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Rendering screenshots from Unity3d with transparent backgrounds
using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections;
using System.IO;
1. Create a camera for rendering texture.
2. Create a RenderTexture object and set it as targetTexture on renderer camera.
1. Attach this script to the renderer camera's game object.
2. Set renderer camera's Clear Flags field to Solid Color and set Background color's alpha to zero.
3. Use the inspector to set frameRate and framesToCapture.
4. Choose your desired resolution in Unity's Game window (must be less than or equal to your screen resolution).
5. Turn on "Maximise on Play".
6. Play your scene. Screenshots will be saved to YourUnityProject/Screenshots by default.
public class TransparentBackgroundScreenshotRecorder : MonoBehaviour
#region public fields
[Tooltip("A folder will be created with this base name in your project root")]
public string folderBaseName = "Screenshots";
[Tooltip("How many frames should be captured per second of game time")]
public int frameRate = 24;
[Tooltip("How many frames should be captured before quitting")]
public int framesToCapture = 24;
#region private fields
private string folderName = "";
private Camera renderCamera;
private int renderFrame = 0; // how many frames we've rendered
private float originalTimescaleTime;
private bool done = false;
private int width;
private int height;
private RenderTexture renderTexture;
private Texture2D outputTexture;
void Awake()
renderCamera = gameObject.GetComponent<Camera>();
renderTexture = renderCamera.targetTexture;
Time.captureFramerate = frameRate;
void LateUpdate()
if (!done)
Debug.Log("Complete! " + renderFrame + " videoframes rendered. File names are 0 indexed)");
IEnumerator CaptureFrame()
yield return new WaitForEndOfFrame();
if (renderFrame < framesToCapture)
Debug.Log("Rendered frame " + renderFrame);
done = true;
void CacheAndInitialiseFields()
originalTimescaleTime = Time.timeScale;
width = renderTexture.width;
height = renderTexture.height;
outputTexture = new Texture2D(width, height);
void CreateNewFolderForScreenshots()
// Find a folder name that doesn't exist yet. Append number if necessary.
folderName = folderBaseName;
int count = 1;
while (System.IO.Directory.Exists(folderName))
folderName = folderBaseName + count;
System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory(folderName); // Create the folder
public void RenderTextureToPNG()
RenderTexture oldRT =; // Save old active render texture = renderTexture;
outputTexture.ReadPixels(new Rect(0, 0, width, height), 0, 0);
SavePng(); = oldRT;
void SavePng()
string path = string.Format("{0}/{1:D04} shot.png", folderName, renderFrame);
var pngShot = outputTexture.EncodeToPNG();
File.WriteAllBytes(path, pngShot);
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