Scene View Extensions

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This page is a current topic of research, some things may not be accurate.

AuthorAlessa "Codekitten" Baker Page StatusWIP Unreal Version5.2

What are Scene View Extensions?

Scene View Extensions (SVEs) are in essence a relatively simple way to inject into the render pipeline your own shader (Pixel, Vertex or Compute Shader) from your own HLSL to be compiled on the Render Dependency Graph.

Since ISceneViewExtension is extensible, it allows for this to be called within a plugin making it one of the easier ways to add to the render pipeline without requiring Engine Modification.

Unfortunately, SVEs aren’t documented by Unreal Engine, however the actual header file SceneViewExtension.h is surprisingly one of the better documented parts of the engine.

There aren’t many hook points available, but here is a list of the ones that are mainly accessible [3].


Unfortunately as of Unreal Engine 5.1 some of these have calls have been deprecated, see their UE_DEPRECATED macro in the header file for more information.

SetupViewFamilyCalled on game thread when creating the view family.
SetupViewCalled on game thread when creating the view.
SetupViewPointCalled when creating the viewpoint, before culling, in case an external tracking device needs to modify the base location of the view
SetupViewProjectionMatrixCalled when creating the view, in case non-stereo devices need to update projection matrix.
BeginRenderViewFamilyCalled on game thread when view family is about to be rendered.
PreRenderViewFamily_RenderThreadCalled on render thread at the start of rendering.
PreRenderView_RenderThreadCalled on render thread at the start of rendering, for each view, after PreRenderViewFamily_RenderThread call.
PostRenderBasePass_RenderThreadCalled right after Base Pass rendering finished
PrePostProcessPass_RenderThreadCalled right before Post Processing rendering begins
SubscribeToPostProcessingPassThis will be called at the beginning of post processing to make sure that each view extension gets a chance to subscribe to an after pass event.
PostRenderViewFamily_RenderThreadAllows to render content after the 3D content scene, useful for debugging
PostRenderView_RenderThreadAllows to render content after the 3D content scene, useful for debugging

Overriding any of these allows for you ISceneViewExtensionBase to call on your new pass and have it running on the render stack.

Any of the ones with _RenderThread give access to their own FRDGBuilder which is the starting point for building a graph of passes to be rendered with the Render Dependency Graph.

How to create a SVE

Before we get started please check out the article on Custom .Ush files as this will get you started on generating your own virtual shader path to be able to store your own shaders relative to your plugin directory.

The technique in the article above also is just a super helpful way to run custom HLSL in an IDE and not have to rely on writing code in that horrible tiny text box on the details panel of the Custom Node (this appears to be changing with a correctly formatted box in UE5.4+ on UE5-main 👀❤️).

Additional Resources

[1] Global shaders in Unreal without engine modification by Caius
[2] SceneViewExtensionTest by A57R4L
[3] SceneViewExtension.h