FSR 2.1 UE plugin enhancements part 3: Improving foliage appearance with the ImproveStaticWPO patch

What is this blog post series about?

When we made FSR 2.1 available, we also updated our FSR 2 Unreal Engine plugin. This update not only brings significant improvements to the plugin generally, but we’ve also provided two patches with the package which can increase visual fidelity. 

This five part blog post series – this is part 3 – highlights the issues these patches address, and how you can use them in your own Unreal Engine projects.

AMD FSR 2

Part 1 – Improving foliage appearance: Introduction and using the base pass for velocity generation.

Part 2 – Improving foliage appearance: Improvements via content changes.

→  Part 3 – Improving foliage appearance: Applying the ImproveStaticWPO patch.

Part 4 – Making materials reactive: How to make a specific shading model write to the reactive mask.

Part 5 – Making materials reactive: Applying the LitReactiveShadingModel patch. 

Introducing part 3

Back in part 2, we showed you how to improve the foliage appearance via content changes.

Here in part 3, we show you how to apply the ImproveStaticWPO patch, and the results.

Applying the ImproveStaticWPO patch

For developers building from source, the patch can be applied by following these steps: Git At a terminal supporting Git:
  1. Download the FSR 2 plugin and unzip.
  2. Clone the Unreal Engine Repository:
    • git clone <repo-url> where <repo-url> should be replaced with the URL to the source repository.
  3. Navigate to the root of the Unreal Engine:
    • cd UnrealEngine
  4. Checkout the version of Unreal Engine to be patched:
    • git checkout <version> where <version> should be replaced by the version number such as 4.26, 4.27 or 5.0.
  5. Install the appropriate FSR 2 plugin version to Engine/Plugins/Runtime/AMD .
  6. Apply the patch with Git:
    • git am <path/to/patch> replacing <path/to/patch> with the path to the ImproveStaticWPO.patch file appropriate for the engine version.
  7. Build the engine and check that the patch functions correctly.
  8. Push the change upstream:
    • git push origin HEAD
Other SCMs
  1. Download the FSR 2 plugin and unzip.
  2. Clone the Unreal Engine from the SCM and setup the correct Unreal Engine version as needed.
  3. Install the appropriate FSR 2 plugin version to Engine/Plugins/Runtime/AMD .
  4. Navigate to the root of the Unreal Engine:
    • cd UnrealEngine
  5. Patch the files using the ‘patch’ command-line tool:
    • patch -p1 < <path/to/patch> replacing <path/to/patch> with the path to the ImproveStaticWPO.patch file appropriate for the engine version.
  6. Build the engine and check that the patch functions correctly.
  7. Submit to the SCM.

Patch results

Applying the patch changes the behaviour of the engine to render velocity for objects that use WPO materials even when they are determined to be Static, provided r.BasePassOutputsVelocity is disabled. As with the content changes, enabling this option can result in some static meshes not generating motion vectors. This now allows all WPO materials to emit motion vectors for FSR 2. The patch does not change the Mobility of components, so the only change in behavior is the addition of rendering velocity which will add some overhead on the CPU and GPU. It should not otherwise change the behavior or appearance of the affected objects, unlike changing the Mobility setting of the content.

With the motion vectors available, the FSR 2 upscaling algorithm produces far better results with the grass close to the camera.

Below: 4K screenshots reduced to 1600px wide for comparison

UE 4.27 FSR 2.0.1 Patched UE 4.27 FSR 2.1

Below: 1:1 pixel comparison of 4K screenshot.

UE 4.27 FSR 2.0.1 Patched UE 4.27 FSR 2.1

Coming up next

Continue reading in part 4 to learn about making materials reactive, with the addition of an option in the UE FSR 2.1 plugin to make a specific shading model write to the reactive mask. This is useful in circumstances where a material animates which can cause the upscaler to produce suboptimal results as no motion vectors will exist for the moving pixels. This is especially noticeable when the animated material is obscured by a fine mesh or grill as this confuses the algorithm without motion vectors to indicate what is moving.

Alternatively, feel free to skip ahead to one of the other parts:

Part 1 – Improving foliage appearance: Introduction and using the base pass for velocity generation.

Part 2 – Improving foliage appearance: Improvements via content changes.

Part 3 – Improving foliage appearance: Applying the ImproveStaticWPO patch.

→  Part 4 – Making materials reactive: How to make a specific shading model write to the reactive mask.

Part 5 – Making materials reactive: Applying the LitReactiveShadingModel patch. 

Get the Unreal Engine FSR 2 plugins now!

The package linked below contains all three plugins for UE 4.26, UE 4.27, and UE 5.0. [~340MB] and also includes the patches referred to in this blog series.

Find out more about FSR 2 and our Unreal Engine plugin

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