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A way to modify pixels every frame with good performance?

Discussion in 'Scripting' started by ZowPac, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. ZowPac

    ZowPac

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    Okay, so I have a very strong suspicion that Unity is not the tool for this job (is that heresy?), but it wouldn't hurt to ask and see what brilliance is out there that wouldn't have occurred to me...

    Basically I need to be able to change any pixel on the screen - easy, right? A Texture2D turned toward the camera... the problem is that many - perhaps sometimes even all - the pixels will change from frame to frame based upon a mathematical formula (something that doesn't break down in a way I could do it in chunks easily).

    SetPixel() is not very fast, but even if I use a huge Color array with SetPixels() instead there's still a big delay, which I figure is, in part, from reloading the texture into the graphics hardware.

    How to do this in a more Unity-like way? Maybe something like a stripped down SpriteManager, where the texture doesn't change (some gradient presumably), but we're talking hundreds of thousands of GameObjects, into the millions on larger screens, and that can't be good, right?

    I can look into compiling in extensions to address screen pixels, but that's not going to very portable

    I'm sure there are some improvements or approaches I'm not thinking of, but is there any reason to even think I can get reasonable performance out of Unity on this one?
     
  2. Eric5h5

    Eric5h5

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    Sounds like you should be using a shader.

    --Eric
     
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