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Performance of blendshapes

Discussion in 'Editor & General Support' started by Buretto, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Buretto

    Buretto

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    I noticed this has been asked many times before, but there doesn't seem to be a clear answer.
    What are the performance impacts of blend shapes? And are there any specific things to avoid while using them?

    In particular, this post caught my attention: https://answers.unity.com/questions/1578678/performance-impact-of-blend-shapes.html

    It would be nice to know before creating any model's and bench-marking them only to find blend shapes are unusable for a certain purpose.

    I'm curious so I guess I'll create a poll too, although I expect this post won't get much attention judging by all the other posts already made about this topic.
     
  2. Lurking-Ninja

    Lurking-Ninja

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    As almost everything, it depends. That's why this piece what I quoted from you isn't true. The only proper way to go ahead is to measure with stuff you rely on. So make one actor and measure for yourself on your target platform.

    In general blend shapes slower than bone-based changes. But blend shapes can be more detailed and sometimes more realistic. (Sometimes)
    If you have a couple of characters on screen at one time and you're targeting mid-level PCs, go crazy with blend shapes. If you will have a ton of characters on screen at once, probably you will either seriously cut back the number of blend shapes or switch to bone-based morphs and cut back even those or even choose design time morphs so you can bake them.

    It depends.
     
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