The Crowd Render Proxy allows to add Displacement on Entities geometry to add details at render time. As Redshift Displacement parameters can not be stored in the Character Geometry File (.fbx or .gcg), displacement information must be stored at the Character File level.

Examples of Displacement Mapping with different displacement amounts


Displacement Shaders are created automatically when a displaced mesh is imported to the character geometry mapping.
However, a Displacement Shader can be added manually:
  • open the Character File in the Character Maker and go to the Geometry Tab
  • select the Mesh you want to displace in the Main Workspace
  • drag and drop a Shader Node from the Asset Nodes tab
  • enter a name for the Shader
  • enter "displacement" as the category of the Shader

Example of a Displacement Shader applied to a Shading Group Node


It is possible to configure a Displacement Shader by linking to the Shading Group Node some specific Shader Attributes. Here are the supported Shader Attributes (those parameters are the same attributes defined by Redshift for each mesh in Maya):

Attribute Name Type Description
disp_maxDisplace float Maximum length the displacement shaders/textures will be displacing the vertices by (notice that this value can also be controlled with a ppAttribute).
disp_scale float Scales the displacement results, which has the effect of accentuating or toning down the displacement (notice that this value can also be controlled with a ppAttribute).
disp_autobump int Emulates what would happen if you were to tessellate your geometry to a sub-pixel level and modifies the surface normals accordingly, as if they were bump-mapped. (notice that this value can also be controlled with a ppAttribute).

Example of Shader Attributes applied to a Displacement Shader

To work properly, the default Subdivision parameters of the Crowd Render Proxy should be changed as specified in Redshift User Guide.