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glResolveMultisampleFramebufferAPPLE copying depth buffer



I’m trying to use glResolveMultisampleFramebufferAPPLE on iOS to copy a one framebuffer object to another. I also want to copy the depth buffer into a texture. Is this possible?

I’m copying from a multisampled FBO, in my read FBO I have a texture attached for both the colour attachment and the depth buffer, it doesn’t flag any errors after the resolve and I get the color copied but not the depth.

I’m trying to do a depth of field affect, I managed it on windows with a glBlitFramebuffer. Any ideas how I could achieve that on iOS?




Hi Nick,

As far as I can tell from the specification, this isn’t possible, at least not easily, as the resolve operation only affects colour data. Unfortunately you also can’t attach a non-multisampled depth texture to a multi-sampled framebuffer, and nor can you create a multisampled depth texture, which rules both of these options for working around the limitations.

So unless you have a spare channel in your colour texture, you’re likely to have to do a second render with the same data, and write the value of “glFragCoord.z” to your colour output, then do a resolve on that. If you do have a spare channel, you can just do this as part of your main render - typically this can be written into the alpha channel if you are doing an opaque render, for example.

If you do have to do a second render, it’s going to be a fairly expensive operation unfortunately, so you may want to look at alternative methods of achieving your effects; but this should work for most cases.