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TL;DR They belong to the same family of solvers, where sphere tracing is one method of ray marching, which is the family name. Raymarching a definition Raymarching is a technique a bit like traditional raytracing where the surface function is not easy to solve (or impossible without numeric iterative methods). In raytracing you just look up the ray ...


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Ray marching is an iterative ray intersection test in which you step along a ray and test for intersections, normally used to find intersections with solid geometry, where inside/outside tests are fast. Images from Rendering Geometry with Relief Textures A fixed step size is pretty common if you really have no idea where an intersection may occur, but ...


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What is wrong with it seems to be explained on the next two slides: it leads to non-energy-conserving results, where the apparent brightness of the volume changes depending on the scattering coefficient. My read of it is that the "wrong" integration code implicitly assumes a constant transmittance over the extent of each voxel. But the trouble is, when the ...


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The problem, I think, is that you are comparing two different kinds of depth values. For want of better terms, the rasterizer's depth buffer stores 'parallel' depth, whereas raymarching calculates 'true' depth - that is, the rasterizer stores the distance to the plane parallel to the view plane which contains the point, but the raymarcher calculates the ...


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Ray marching is a ray tracing method where you take multiple steps along a ray to find intersection with geometry or to perform integration of in-scattered light from participating media (fog, clouds, water, etc.) along the ray. Signed distance fields doesn't really help you with participating media rendering since it's a method of finding the ray ...


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I've tried to figure this out as well, but I don't think there is a solution that is just as performant as tracing one sphere. Basically you would want to cast one ray to hit a infinite set of repeating spheres with no marching iteration. That would be awesome but is not possible: Let me explain. Ray-tracing is basically finding the analytical ...


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Forward ray-tracing means that rays starts from the light source and are traced towards the eye (light-surface-eye), this is a highly inefficient but accurate method. Reverse raytracing is simply starting in the eye and then trace them towards the light source. These are two classes of ray tracers. Ray casting is the use of ray-surface intersection tests ...


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In techniques I've seen that use a frustum-aligned voxel grid (so-called "froxels"), it looks like option 2 in your diagram. The voxels are cuboids in post-projective screen space, so when transformed back to world space they look like mini-frusta, automatically expanding as they get farther from the camera. Marching along eye rays is then very easy: you ...


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The usual way of doing this with raymarching is to define your surface as a signed-distance field and use finite differences to get the gradient of the distance function at the point you’re sampling. In other words, if you have a function map(p) that returns the signed distance value at a point p, the normal at p is given by: float epsilon = 0.001; // ...


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After many research I figured out how it works: he defined three buffer in glsl and i get 3 sampler2D for multipass, in each fbo attachments. the params are (buffer : file : id) file is the targeted shader, here we want the current so no file. id is the fbo attachment (0 to 7). then he could make the mesh easily:


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with CGAL you can generate mesh by implicit function. https://doc.cgal.org/latest/Mesh_3/index.html Search for "implicit". There is an example of generating meshes from the funciton of a sphere.


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Unfortunately, gl_FragDepth won't enable you to write outside of the rasterized triangle's screen-space bounds. All it enables is to modify the values written to the depth buffer within the triangle, replacing the triangle's true depth with a shader-calculated value. What you're seeing in the screenshot in the Unity forum thread you linked to is two ...


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You can look into alias-free volumetric sampling algorithm by Huw Bowles for potential solution to the ray marching aliasing issues. The basic idea is to snap your samples to planes based on the ray direction that's best explained with this Shadertoy demo.


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