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Create procedural mesh from animated skeletal mesh?

Is there a way to do this in C++?

I've found a couple of things that explain something similar but can't quite work it out.

Basically I want to have a procedural mesh that is an exact copy of the skeletal mesh, including animations and morphs, and have it updating at runtime.

It should also have collision.

I don't mind if this will be expensive, it will only be used for one or 2 meshes.

Product Version: UE 4.19
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asked Jul 15 '18 at 05:30 PM in C++ Programming

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This should help, however it doesn't work with morph targets.

 void CopySkeletalMeshToProcedural(USkeletalMeshComponent* SkeletalMeshComponent, int32 LODIndex, UProceduralMeshComponent* ProcMeshComponent)
     FSkeletalMeshRenderData* SkMeshRenderData = SkeletalMeshComponent->GetSkeletalMeshRenderData();
     const FSkeletalMeshLODRenderData& DataArray = SkMeshRenderData->LODRenderData[LODIndex];
     FSkinWeightVertexBuffer& SkinWeights = *SkeletalMeshComponent->GetSkinWeightBuffer(LODIndex);
     TArray<FVector> VerticesArray;
     TArray<FVector> Normals;
     TArray<FVector2D> UV;
     TArray<int32> Tris;
     TArray<FColor> Colors;
     TArray<FProcMeshTangent> Tangents;
     //get num vertices
     int32 NumSourceVertices = DataArray.RenderSections[0].NumVertices;
     for (int32 i = 0; i < NumSourceVertices; i++)
         //get skinned vector positions
         FVector SkinnedVectorPos = USkeletalMeshComponent::GetSkinnedVertexPosition(SkeletalMeshComponent, i, DataArray, SkinWeights);
         //Calc normals and tangents from the static version instead of the skeletal one
         FVector ZTangentStatic = DataArray.StaticVertexBuffers.StaticMeshVertexBuffer.VertexTangentZ(i);
         FVector XTangentStatic = DataArray.StaticVertexBuffers.StaticMeshVertexBuffer.VertexTangentX(i);
         //add normals from the static mesh version instead because using the skeletal one doesn't work right.
         //add tangents
         Tangents.Add(FProcMeshTangent(XTangentStatic, false));
         //get UVs
         FVector2D uvs = DataArray.StaticVertexBuffers.StaticMeshVertexBuffer.GetVertexUV(i, 0);
         //dummy vertex colors
         Colors.Add(FColor(0, 0, 0, 255));
     //get index buffer
     FMultiSizeIndexContainerData indicesData;
     //iterate over num indices and add traingles
     for (int32 i = 0; i < indicesData.Indices.Num(); i++)
         uint32 a = 0;
         a = indicesData.Indices[i];
     //Create the procedural mesh
     ProcMeshComponent->CreateMeshSection(0, VerticesArray, Tris, Normals, UV, Colors, Tangents, true);

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answered Jun 07 '19 at 08:57 PM

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avatar image SimplestWay Jun 11 '19 at 03:52 AM

Hi, tofmedPOST: thank you so much for your greatest work done here, but there is a little problem in your code: error C2065: 'SkinWeights': undeclared identifier, how can I get the value of the SkinWeights variable?

avatar image SimplestWay Jun 11 '19 at 04:04 AM

Oh, I figure it out now: add FSkinWeightVertexBuffer* SkinWeights = SkeletalMeshComponent->GetSkinWeightBuffer(LODIndex); before line 21 and it works fine. thanks a lot for your amazing work!

avatar image tofmedPOST Jun 11 '19 at 05:32 PM

Oops, looks like i forgot a line - I've updated my answer, so you shouldn't be seeing errors now :)

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