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I have just readed this tutorial about load a 3D model file: http://www.lighthouse3d.com/cg-topics/code-samples/importing-3d-models-with-assimp/. Its render routine uses a recursive_render function to scan all node.

My question:

  1. What is a aiNode struct store?
  2. What different form this method and above method:

    for (int i=0; imNumMesh; ++i) { draw scene->mMeshes[i]; }

Thanks for reading!

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1) The aiNode struct is defined in the Assimp library. Here you can find it its definition on the official documentation:

Public Attributes
aiNode **       mChildren       // The child nodes of this node.
unsigned int *  mMeshes         // The meshes of this node.
aiString        mName           // The name of the node.
unsigned int    mNumChildren    // The number of child nodes of this node.
unsigned int    mNumMeshes      // The number of meshes of this node.
aiNode *        mParent         // Parent node.
aiMatrix4x4     mTransformation // The transformation relative to the node's parent. 

2) I don't know what is the difference between "your method" and recursive_render, but looks like you are missing a lot of information (childs, etc). I'd have a closer look to recursive_render

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thanks for reply, that is what i do not understands, why they are divided model into more "nodes" but not only meshes? –  Bình Nguyên Jun 20 '12 at 15:29
For a definition of "node", I recommend that you read the section about "The Node Hierarchy" from assimp.sourceforge.net/lib_html/data.html. "A node can potentially refer to single or multiple meshes. The meshes are not stored inside the node, but instead in an array of aiMesh inside the aiScene. A node only refers to them by their array index. This also means that multiple nodes can refer to the same mesh, which provides a simple form of instancing." –  Dan Jun 20 '12 at 15:45
thanks for your reply :) –  Bình Nguyên Jun 20 '12 at 15:58
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