Ask Blender to return the vertices being rendered?

I currently have a mesh. Would it be possible to ask Blender to return me (e.g. using Python) the vertices that will be rendered/visible given the current camera location and lighting settings?


Now this will take you back to Blender 2.49b where there was an option to use radiocity render. The radiocity render is based on Vertex rendering system. And so when you render with it, there is an option to create new meshes based on that render. You will get thousands of vertexes that way.

sorry never tested this before!

will this be in 3D or 2D ?

is this going going to be included in 2.5 ?