DirectX 11 is the latest release of Microsoft's collection of APIs which contain features to aid in game development.

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SV_POSITION in pixel shader

What are the uses for SV_POSITION in the pixel shader? Previously this was the POSITION semantic and it wasn't readable in the pixel shader, but now that it is, what can it be used for? In an SM2 ...
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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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Changing the culling mode in the HLSL effect

I'm writing a cel-shading effect in HLSL and Direct3D 11, and I need to be able to flip the culling mode on the outline pass of the effect. I know you do this in XNA by setting CullMode to CW or CCW ...
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Question about mipmaps + anisotropic filtering

I'm a bit confused here and maybe someone can explain this to me. I created a simple test texture for my terrain which is nothing more than a solid green color with a black grid overlayed on top of ...
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Can I animate render targets or the swap chain?

I want to animate some synthetic video bits to fullscreen w/o tearing. Can I set up D3D 9/10/11 in exclusive mode, and have it present a series of buffers that I'm writing to? I know how to copy ...
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Render full-screen gradient or texture

What's the simplest way to fill the background of the screen with a gradient or a texture in Direct3D 10/11? I'm building a Windows 8 metro app in which the camera never moves and I render some ...
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What do I need to reload after a device reset?

Is there a complete list of resources that need to be reloaded after a device reset? I want to make sure I'm not missing anything. Also, should I reload them from disk each time, or do I want to make ...
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D3D11 Multiple Render Targets

I wanted to try rendering to multiple render targets as a first step to deferred shading, but I'm getting somewhat peculiar behavior where the contents of all render targets are the same as the first ...
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DX11 - Compute shader - wrong index calculation

I have volume (3D image) divided into blocks 16x16x16. Whole volume is 128x128x128. Data are stored in linear memory in my shader. For every block, i store start index within linear memory. Now, I ...
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Geometry Shader and Stream Output with Directx11

I am having trouble trying to send verticies generated in the Geometry Shader to Stream Output. What I am trying to accomplish is to generate verticies from the Geometry Shader and store them to a ...
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How to set sprite source coordinates?

I am creating own sprite drawer with DX11 on C++. Works fine but I dont know how to apply source rectangle to texture coordinates of rendering surface(for animation sprite sheets) ...
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DX11 - Weird shader behavior with and without branching

I have found problem in my shader code, which I dont´t know how to solve. I want to rewrite this code without "ifs" tmp = evaluate and result is 0 or 1 (nothing else) if (tmp == 1) val = X1; if (tmp ...
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What are the tessellation factors Direct3D11?

I don't quite understand the documentation but if I was to tessellate a mesh using 3 control points in Direct3D11 with the "tri" domain am I right in thinking that SV_TessFactor is how many times to ...
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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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Why does calling CreateDXGIFactory prevent my program from exiting?

I'm using CreateDXGIFactory to get the graphics adapters and display modes. When I call it, it works fine and I get all the data. However, when I exit my program, the main Win32 thread exits, but ...
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E_FAIL: An undetermined error occurred (-2147467259) when loading a cube texture

I'm trying to implement a skybox into my engine, and I'm having some trouble loading the image as a cube map. Everything works (but it doesn't look right) if I don't load using an ...
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Memory allocation strategy for the vertex buffers (DirectX 10/11)

I'm writing a CAD system. I have a 3D scene and there are many different objects (walls, doors, windows and so on). The user can add or delete objects. The question is: How do I keep track of all the ...
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Per-vertex position/normal and per-index texture coordinate

In my game, I have a mesh with a vertex buffer and index buffer up and running. The vertex buffer stores a Vector3 for the position and a Vector2 for the UV coordinate for each vertex. The index ...
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Should I go with OpenGL to see my future in Game Development industry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I continue studying OpenGL or just switch to DirectX to give me a better chance of landing a job in the game industry? I tried Google but found quite old ...
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D3DX11CreateShaderResourceViewFromFile returns E_FAIL [closed]

When trying to create a texture, my call to D3DX11CreateShaderResourceViewFromFile keeps returning E_FAIL. To me that's about as generic as it gets, and I can't figure the problem out. The code looks ...
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How best to handle ID3D11InputLayout in rendering code?

I'm looking for an elegant way to handle input layouts in my directx11 code. The problem I have that I have an Effect class and a Element class. The effect class encapsulates shaders and similar ...
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Loading textures with SharpDX in Metro

I have converted my C# game from OpenTK (OpenGL) to SharpDX (DirectX) and have it up and running from Visual Studio 2010. I also have it up and running from Visual Studio 11 in Metro, in the Windows 8 ...
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Why does my game not update unless I'm moving the mouse?

I'm pretty confused by what's happening. Now that I've finally put something moving on my screen, I notice it doesn't update unless I move the mouse, or press a key, or trigger other events. Using ...
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DX11 StreamOut to Vertex Buffer from GeometryShader, can't clear Buffer?

I'm trying to use a geometry shader to continuously modify the positions of vertices, and save the modfied verts in a buffer. I have two vertex buffers, one is bound to the IA stage / the vertex ...
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Where have the Direct3D 11 tutorials on MSDN have gone?

I've had this tutorial bookmarked for ages. I've just decided to give DX11 a real go, so I've gone through that tutorial, but I can't find where the next one in the series is! There are no links from ...
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Managing Shaders and Objects in DirectX 11

The title explains my two biggest logical problems with developing a game. It's something I sit up at night thinking about, and that is "What is the most effective way to manage shaders" and "What is ...
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Drawback of using multiple bind flags

As far as I understand Direct3D 11 I have to specify certain BindFlags in order to use a resource in a specific stage of the pipeline. From my experience some combinations are more common like ...
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DirectX11, how to properly update a staging buffer with a structured buffer's count using CopyStructureCount

Alright, I'm not quite sure what is going on with my code at the moment. I'm currently getting around to defining behavior for my particle system, and to better do this I need to know how many ...
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Adapting DirectX samples to SlimDX

I'm trying to learn DirectX and SlimDX but I'm having a terrible time getting started. I'm taking the Triangle tutorial and trying to add color and transformations. Starting with controlling color, ...
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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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How do you rotate a cube map?

I'm looking for suggestions on this Say you have a cube map. You want to rotate it as efficiently as possible. You can render the cube map, rotate the camera, and render the scene to another cube ...
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Is the output from D3DCompile specific to one GPU, or not?

In Direct3D 11 there is a two-stage shader compilation process; you first pass the HLSL source code into D3DCompile, which outputs a "blob" of bytecode. You then take this blob and call ...
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What is the AlphaToCoverage blend state useful for?

Alright, just finished most of my early UI stuff and I wanted the windows to have some transparency. So I expanded my application to initialize and bind blend states so that my UI shader could ...
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Determine the stride of a DirectX Texture2D line?

Is there a way to determine, or preferably calculate/predict, the the stride of a line of a DirectX 11 Texture2D resource when using SharpDX? (E.g. Can we say the stride of a line is always a power ...
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Why can't I write to my render targets?

Alright, been working on setting up my first deferred rendering attempt using a light prepass technique in Direct3D 11. Anywho, I've been having problems understanding and using render targets. Never ...
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Which of these DirectX11 calls actually sends data to the GPU?

I'm trying to learn graphics programming and DirectX11. I'm trying to learn how to minimize CPU-GPU transfer and graphics programming in general. I have a question that I have been unable to answer ...
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How to fix odd artifacts at the edges of textures in DirectX 11?

In my DirectX 11 project, when I have textures they have odd artifacts at the edges. I've seen it before and searched online, but I can't find any DirectX examples that I can get to work. You can ...
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Real-Time Terrain Deformation

I can't really find anything at all on this topic. There's a bunch of YouTube videos that show people doing it, but there aren't any articles that I can find explaining the mechanics of it. In my ...
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Extracting blend values from uint32 not working as expected

I have the following shader configuration code : uint gBlendValue = 0xffffff00; Terrain.Effect.GetVariableByName("gBlendValue").AsScalar().Set(gBlendValue); And I have the following shader code : ...
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How can I convert an OBJ model into arrays of vertices and indices?

I'm writing a simple model loader just to learn how models are loaded. I wrote a program to convert .OBJ files in a custom format. (It's virtually exactly the same as .OBJ, I wrote it once again just ...
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How do I keep a triangle strip between geometry shader invocations?

I'm using a small geometry shader to build a "ribbon" from a set of points. For each point, I create 4 vertices that represent a section of the ribbon: [maxvertexcount(4)] void GS( point GS_Input ...
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Does the latest DirectX SDK support both Direct3D 9.0c and 11?

1) What is the latest version of DirectX SDK? 2) For my purposes I need DirectX 9.0c SDK and DirectX 11 SDK. Do I need to install these libraries separately or last DirectX SDK package contains both ...
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What features does D3D have that OpenGL does not (and vice versa)?

Are there any feature comparisons on Direct3D 11 and the newest OpenGL versions? Well, simply put, Direct3D 11 introduced three main features (taken from Wikipedia): Tessellation Multithreaded ...
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Why can I not map a dynamic texture in D3D?

I am trying to map a Texture2D resource in DirectX11 via SharpDX. The resource is declared as a ShaderResource, with Dynamic usage and the 'Write' CPU flag specified. My call however fails with a ...
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Marshalling C# Structs into DX11 cbuffers

I'm having some issues with the packing of my structure in C# and passing them through to cbuffers I have registered in HLSL. When I pack my struct in one manner the information seems to be able to ...
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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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How can I draw dashed or dotted lines with a pixel shader?

I am trying to draw the 2D graphics (like line, polyline, polygon etc.) using Direct3D for drawing I am using LINE_LIST. Now I want to make the lines thicker and apply patterns to the line as ...
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Why would you want multiple render targets?

In d3d11, you can bind multiple render targets ID3D11DeviceContext::OMSetRenderTargets. But why would you want to do this?
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How do I create a CPU read/write buffer in SlimDX (what are the legal combinations of Usage and CPUAccess flags)?

Currently, I create a vertex buffer in SlimDX like so: SlimDX.Direct3D11.BufferDescription Description = new SlimDX.Direct3D11.BufferDescription(); Description.BindFlags = ...
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DirectX11, how do I manage and update multiple shader constant buffers?

Alright, I'm having a hard time grasping how constant buffers are bound to a pipeline stage and updated. I understand that DirectX11 can have up to 15 shader-constant buffers per stage and each buffer ...