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Material vanishes when camera is far away

I currently have a massive object (5 km x 5 km) with a material. The material renders perfectly fine (albeit at very low quality) when close up; but when I get the camera far enough away to see it all at once the material starts flickering and then just vanishes.

I am using the default top down character so you can see how far out the camera is. alt text

Any help on finding a way to force the material to stay visible?

Or is it because there a built in unchangeable distance that materials stop rendering at?

Product Version: UE 4.15
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asked Mar 22 '17 at 12:27 AM in Rendering

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I have just found a possible solution, if you set the texture plane's Z scale to a high number the material can be seen at large distances.

Although this doesn't help with 3D objects (since they would then become very tall and distorted), can anyone help there?

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answered Mar 23 '17 at 09:35 PM

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Maybe your object has automatic LOD and that creates the mess. Try disabling this checkbox in asset window, and rebuild the scene again.

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answered Mar 23 '17 at 10:24 PM

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I currently have the texture applied to an actor and can't find the menu you have shown. (isn't that menu only for static meshes?)

I have also found that applying the texture to a static mesh that is big enough to see that far away doesn't have the same problem as I stated above and works (mostly: the texture isn't mapped right) flawlessly.

avatar image Einz Mar 23 '17 at 11:54 PM


Static mesh is is placed in the space with actor, you can change the static mesh properties assigned to the actor, by clicking here :

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Double click on the static mesh thumbnail and you will get the same window as I got in the first screenshot.

You may look into the documentation for UE4 from Epic, like there :


Sometimes its hard to find what you need in those documentations, but all in all they are comprehensive guide to the UE things. I know that UE allows you to jump into the engine and start having fun, but all in all, it is a complicated engine and you will need a manual for sure.

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avatar image BackSun Mar 24 '17 at 12:23 AM

Thanks for showing me that but sadly changing the LOD doesn't help any.

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Adjust the "Bound Scale" up on Rendering in the Details Section on the Mesh or Object.

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