Depth buffer stores a depth (z-coordinate) of a rendered pixel of a 3D scene. Depth buffer is used in Z-buffering (management of image depth coordinates). Because of this depth buffer is often called Z-buffer.

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Depth write and depth test in Unity

Scenario: several objects (o1, o2,.., on) have to be rendered with the z test disable, but the z values must be written to the depth buffer. In another pass, some other objects (t1, t2,..., tm) need ...
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IsoMetric Map draw: sort with Z-Buffer and anchor point

I'm writing an IsoMetric renderer for my html5 isometric game. The isometric renderer should be able to render objects with floating point coordinates. DEMO: http://matt93.altervista.org/game/ ...
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How to best utilize depth buffer precision

Are there strategies to minimize depth buffer precision problems with hyperbolic depth buffers, such as the ones resulting from perspective projection matrices, or depth buffers in general? For ...
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Changing the maxDepth of viewport

Whenever I change the maxDepth of the viewport from 1.0 to say 300.0f (just for kicks), everything on my screen disappears. Why is that? Is there anywhere else I have to account for this change in ...
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Why does switching to fullscreen produce this graphical glitch?

I followed this tutorial and things were looking good. However, when switching to Fullscreen from 800x600 using alt-enter, I noticed an error in debug output: DXGI WARNING: IDXGISwapChain::Present: ...
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Creating a 2D texture array for depth view

Following my question here, I decided to create an 2D texture array for all of my depth screen texture so that I can use them for shadows for all my lights. I'm having an issue setting it up, I'm ...
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XNA DepthBias increases performance even when EarlyZ is turned off. Why?

My 3d scene consists of three main polygons: The first and the second polygons overlap each other (have the same World matrix and use the same geometry), the third one is perpendicular to the first ...
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How to print Depth to a Texture2D and then read it in the next pass on a shader in DirectX11

I'm programming a two-pass effect in DirectX 11 (SharpDX). It's supposed to write the depth to a texture in the first pass and then use that texture to extract data on the second one in the pixel ...
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Use depth bias for shadows in deferred shading

We are building a deferred shading engine and we have a problem with shadows. To add shadows we use two maps: the first one stores the depth of the scene captured by the player's camera and the ...
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Accesing depth buffer from shader

I read this presentation and on 6th slide I found that is not need to use multiple render targets and depth can be taken directly from depth buffer. From which version of DirectX or OpenGL can be ...
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How do you tell OpenGL ES 2.0 to use a texture as the depth buffer?

I want to render a scene with an outline post processing effect in OpenGL ES 2.0. First I render all the opaque objects. Then I use a post processing shader for silhouette detection that uses the ...
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How do I copy the depth buffer to CPU memory in Direct3D 9?

I have code in OpenGL that uses glReadPixels to copy the depth buffer to a CPU memory buffer: glReadPixels(0, 0, w, h, GL_DEPTH_COMPONENT, GL_FLOAT, dbuf); How do I achieve the same in Direct3D? I ...
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Early Z-test / depth-test in DirectX 11

As a DirectX noob i'm trying to wrap my head around depth buffers and specifically how pixel shaders are called for obscured pixels. From what i understand, the rasterizer calls the pixel shader for ...
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using heightmap to simulate 3d in an isometric 2d game

I saw a video of an 2.5d engine that used heightmaps to do zbuffering. Is this hard to do? I have more or less no idea of Opengl(lwjgl) and that stuff. I could imagine, that you compare each pixel ...
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How to pass depth buffer from OGRE to CUDA?

I am using OGRE for rendering some objects. At every frame, I would like to pass the resulting depth buffer to CUDA for running some kernels on it and computing a result. How can I achieve this? How ...
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Direct3D9 depth write without depth test

In OpenGL and Direct3D11 depth write is disabled if depth test is disabled. To enable depth write with out depth test in gl you must enable depth test with depth func always. OpenGL Even if the ...
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Why does my depth test fail on Nvidia cards?

I sent a test version of my in-development game to some friends, and they found out that the Depth Test in OpenGL does not work on Nvidia cards. I'm using LWJGL. I use my own matrices and send them ...
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Slow glReadPixels

I have implemented a lense flare for my game, and it looks great. The first draft used individual sprites each with its own draw call. This was very slow, so I reengineered it to use a single draw ...
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How scanline rendering finds an intersection with an object

I'm a newbie with graphics and after I read many articles on the web I still don't understand how in rasterizing from a pixel coordinate like (0;0) on the screen the intersection with an object (let's ...
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How to update “dynamicVertexBuffer” correctly with “setdata” on XNA?

I developed a small 3d games xna and uses a "DynamicVertexBuffer" and "DynamicIndexBuffer" to store and draw my vertices. Everything works fine, but my problem is the "Update" function where I update ...
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Best approach to depth streaming via existing codec [closed]

I'm working on a development system (and game) intended for games set mostly in static third-person views. We produce our scenery by CG and photographic techniques. Our background art is rendered ...
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How to clear a buffer to 1.0 instead of 0.0 in OpenGL?

Using glClear() you can set the buffer specified by the parameter to 0.0. This is useful say if you want pixels not covered by models to be black. Because vec3(0.0, 0.0, 0.0) results in black. But ...
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How do you display non-cutout transparent 2D textures with a depth buffer? (OpenGL)

I've been able to get my 2D renderer to display transparent cutout textures by testing the alpha of a fragment and discarding if it is less than 1 (or any fraction really). The problem is I want to ...
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Using depth buffer on a sprite

I am following this guide: http://www.cocos2d-iphone.org/wiki/doku.php/prog_guide:tiled_maps Trying to create a tiled map that also supports multiple layers. The guide says that a way is to use ...
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Drawing sprites messes up my model in XNA4

I have a model which draws correctly in XNA4. However if I try to add a background image (or any sprite), the rendering of my model is messed up. There are two problems with the rendering model is ...
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GLSL light coloring blocked surfaces

I have created a very simple lighting shader. It currently only supports point lights, but it lights up surfaces that are completely blocked from the light. I know why, but I want to know how I can ...
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Forcing early-z with raytracing

I'm working on a GLSL raytracer, and I need to be able to edit gl_FragDepth in the FS. However, doing so disables early-z culling. The scene is rendered front-to-back and the FS can only push points ...
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Why distant objects are being drawn in front of close objects?

I am rendering two cubes in the space using XNA 4.0 and the layering of objects only works from certain angles. Here is what I see from the front angle (everything ok) Here is what I see from ...
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Scan-Line Z-Buffering Dilemma

I have a set of vertices in 3D space, and for each I retain the following information: Its 3D coordinates (x, y, z). A list of pointers to some of the other vertices with which it's connected by ...
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Depth interpolation for z-buffer, with scanline

I have to write my own software 3d rasterizer, and so far I am able to project my 3d model made of triangles into 2d space: I rotate, translate and project my points to get a 2d space representation ...
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Get Specific depth values in Kinect (XNA)

I'm currently trying to make a hand / finger tracking with a kinect in XNA. For this, I need to be able to specify the depth range I want my program to render. I've looked about, and I cannot see how ...
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Using SpriteBatch with BasicEffects and layerDepth creates negative Z values?

Simply: Why don't all of these sprites draw? What do I need to do to make them draw? I'm trying to use SpriteBatch.Draw with the layerDepth parameter to help reduce overdrawn. However I can't get it ...
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Copying render target texture loses all depth [duplicate]

I have a render target RenderTargetScene that holds my scene texture with the scene's depth buffer rtScene = new RenderTarget2D( graphicsDevice, ...
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Is it possible to read the frame to be output to the screen from GPU in XNA?

I want my XNA game to do its thing and at the end of the Draw() call read the the frame that is sent to the screen into memory (which in XNA would presumably be a Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Color[]). Is ...
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How to render depthmap image in 3d?

I'm new to game development and XNA. I have this depthmap image and I want to render it in 3D, how do I do it, any tutorial or blog post would be helpful.
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My transparent objects overwrite opaque objects depth and always draw on top?

I have set up an 'Order Independent Transparency' method for drawing my transparent objects. The algorithm can be simplified as follows: DrawOpaqueObjects() DrawTransparentObjects() Drawing the ...
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What is the format of DXGI_FORMAT_D24_UNORM_S8_UINT?

I'm trying to read the values in a depth texture of type DXGI_FORMAT_D24_UNORM_S8_UINT. I know this means "24 bits for depth, 8 bits for stencil" "A 32-bit z-buffer format that supports 24 bits for ...
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Position Reconstruction from Depth by inverting Perspective Projection

I had some trouble reconstructing position from depth sampled from the depth buffer. I use the equivalent of gluPerspective in GLM. The code in GLM is: template GLM_FUNC_QUALIFIER detail::tmat4x4 ...
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How can I simulate multiple depth channels?

Here's what I'd like to achieve: Rendering a first pass of objects in my scene, using standard depth comparison Rendering another pass of objects in the same scene, but with the following rules: A ...
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What would be a good filter to create 'magnetic deformers' from a depth map?

In my project, I am creating a system for deforming a highly detailed mesh (clothing) so that it 'fits' a convex mesh. To do this I use depth maps of the item and the 'hull' to determine at what point ...
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When does depth testing happen?

I'm working with 2D sprites - and I want to do 3D style depth testing with them. When writing a pixel shader for them, I get access to the semantic DEPTH0. Would writing to this value help? It seems ...
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What are the valid DepthBuffer Texture formats in DirectX 11? And which are also valid for a staging resource?

I am trying to read the contents of the depth buffer into main memory so that my CPU side code can do Some Stuff™ with it. I am attempting to do this by creating a staging resource which can be read ...
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Early Z culling - Ogre

For Ogre experienced people, but also experts in the field: Early Z culling is sometimes quite desirable, and that's what I tried to do in Ogre by using a two pass material. The first one is writing ...
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Can I use the default depth buffer when drawing to FBO?

How to attach default depth buffer to FBO? How to use depth renderbuffer buffer attached to FBO (after drawing to it) as a default depth buffer? Basically I want to use the same depth buffer for both ...
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Direct3D9 application won't write to depth buffer

I've got an application written in D3D9 which will not write any values to the depth buffer, resulting in incorrect values for the depth test. Things I've checked so far: D3DRS_ZENABLE, set to TRUE ...
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How to deal with large depth buffer values due to extreme distances

Alright, this is semi-related to my last question here So I've got an really big coordinate system and need to handle rendering large astral bodies from extreme distances. My current approach ...
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Depth Buffer not working in XNA?

I'm stumped. I have been fighting this for about 2 hours now. Here are the interesting parts of my code: protected override void Update(GameTime gameTime) { // Allows the game to exit if ...
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Why are my scene's depth values not being written to my DepthStencilView?

I'm rendering to a depth map in order to use it as a shader resource view, but when I sample the depth map in my shader, the red component has a value of 1 while all other channels have a value of 0. ...
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Renderbuffer to GLSL shader?

I have a software that performs volume rendering through a raycasting approach. The actual raycasting shader writes the raycasted volume depth into a framebuffer object, through gl_FragDepth, that I ...
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The Depth buffer and Perspective

I'm having trouble understanding the behaviour of my OpenGL program; and in drawing my Z-Buffer out to the screen. It will probably be best to just start with code, here is my GLSL shader: in vec3 ...