Line Traces / RayCasts How To Get UV Info From Hits

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Author: Rama (talk)

In this wiki I provide you with the code to add the option to return UV information about raycast hits (PhysX) / Line Traces (UE4) !

This is an optional flag that you can set, that does not affect performance or change UE4 behavior at all until it is turned on.

Even when turned on I have not noticed any performance impact, but if you examine my code you will see that performance of UE4 and the internal works of the PhysX code are entirely unchanged unless the optional flag is enabled.


Github Engine Version

You must be using a Github version of UE4 in order to change these files below and recompile the engine.

Using a github version of UE4 you can add your own code to the engine and really make UE4 your own!

You can follow the steps here to obtain a github version of UE4!

How to get Github Version of UE4

My PhysX C++ Code For You!

I am using line numbers for the .cpp files especially to avoid posting any UE4 engine code publicaly.

Please note my line numbers are subject to change as more code is added to the engine.

The line numbers below are accurate to version 4.7.3 of UE4. So you can always download 4.7.3 source code from Github to ensure you are seeing the larger context of my cpp code changes.

The code you do see here are my additions to the UE4 engine code to support returning UV information from PhysX PxRaycastHits.


Around line 1485, in FHitResult, add this

/** If CollisionQueryParams has bReturnUV set to true and the trace is a ray cast / line trace, then this value will be filled with the uv of the hit component at the point of impact */
FVector2D UV;


Starting around line 38, make these two changes (emphasized with arrows)

/** Whether we want to return the UV at the hit location. Only valid for Line Traces / Ray casts */
bool bReturnUV;       					//<~~~~~~~~~~~~

/** Set of components to ignore during the trace */
TArray<uint32, TInlineAllocator<1> > IgnoreComponents;

// Constructors
FCollisionQueryParams(bool bInTraceComplex=false)
	bTraceComplex = bInTraceComplex;
	TraceTag = NAME_None;
	bTraceAsyncScene = false;
	bFindInitialOverlaps = true;
	bReturnFaceIndex = false;
	bReturnPhysicalMaterial = false;
	bReturnUV = false;				//<~~~~~~~~~~~~


Around line 858, add this

	POutputFlags |= PxSceneQueryFlag::eUV;

then around line 900 add this:

	OutHit.UV = FVector2D(PHit.u,PHit.v); //u and v are exclusive to PxRaycastHit


Around line 1700:

bool UPrimitiveComponent::LineTraceComponent(struct FHitResult& OutHit, const FVector Start, const FVector End, const struct FCollisionQueryParams& Params)
	bool bHaveHit = BodyInstance.LineTrace(OutHit, Start, End, Params.bTraceComplex, Params.bReturnPhysicalMaterial, Params.bReturnUV);


Modify this function

 *  Trace a ray against just this bodyinstance
 *  @param  OutHit					Information about hit against this component, if true is returned
 *  @param  Start					Start location of the ray
 *  @param  End						End location of the ray
 *	@param	bTraceComplex			Should we trace against complex or simple collision of this body
 *  @param bReturnPhysicalMaterial	Fill in the PhysMaterial field of OutHit
 *  @param bReturnUV					Fill in the UV field of OutHit
 *  @return true if a hit is found
bool LineTrace(struct FHitResult& OutHit, const FVector& Start, const FVector& End, bool bTraceComplex, bool bReturnPhysicalMaterial = false, bool bReturnUV = false) const;


around line 3383 add this

	POutputFlags |= PxSceneQueryFlag::eUV;

then around line 3348 add this

	OutHit.UV = FVector2D(BestHit.u,BestHit.v); //u and v are exclusive to PxRaycastHit

Currently Supported Line Trace Functions

With the above changes you can retrieve hit information from:




Other line traces that use PxRaycastHit could be altered in similar fashion to support returning UV information.

Sample Usage Code

Once you've made the above changes and recompiled your UE4 Engine, you can use this code to get UV information from raycasts!

I used this code at the project-level in the tick function of my sample character:

The results of this code are shown in my picture above (except I am using a screen message)

void AISMCharacter::Tick(float DeltaTime)

	FVector Start	= GetActorLocation();
	FVector End 	= Start + GetActorRotation().Vector() * 10240;
	FCollisionQueryParams TraceParams(FName(TEXT("VictoreCore Trace")), true, this);
	TraceParams.bTraceComplex = true;

	// Focus of this wiki, telling UE4 we want the UV info!
	TraceParams.bReturnUV = true;
	//Ignore Actors
        FHitResult HitOut;
		HitOut,		//result
		Start,	//start
		End , //end
		ECC_Pawn, //collision channel
	VSCREENMSG2("UV!", HitOut.UV.ToString());


With these changes to the UE4 engine you can now get UV information back from line traces!


Rama (talk)