DirectX is a set of multimedia APIs from Microsoft aimed primarily at game developers. Popular APIs within the DirectX collection include Direct3D, XInput, and XAudio.

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What are .fxo and .cod files for?

I've been reading about shaders and looking at code. I found this in the code I'm looking at and it obviously has "Basic.fxo" there. BasicFX = new BasicEffect(device, L"FX/Basic.fxo"); Now my ...
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What are my options other than game engines? [closed]

I'm a programmer. I've experience in Java, python, and c++. I see that some big games are built using game engines (Crysis uses Cryengine). However, other don't (Bayonetta for example). what's their ...
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Signed Distance Fields: How are different colour channels used to improve output of sharp corners?

The naive approach to implementing signed distance field font rendering suffers quality issues where sharp corners get softened (either outward- or inward-facing corners, i.e. convex or concave ...
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Shader - Realtime texture masking

The first thing that comes in mind is masking using RGBA values. With this you can obtain this kind of textures and this kind of results. But with this, you can only store up to 4 masks inside a ...
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DirectX 10 - dimension of vertices passed to vertex shader

I'm trying to learn DirectX programming. Looking at different tutorials there is something about vertices that I find a bit confusing. I know that DirectX uses vertices with four elements (x, y, z, ...
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Draw multiple triangle strips in one draw call DirectX

I'm running into a bottleneck where I'm drawing many basic disconnected colored triangle strips in DirectX 9 (XNA). The problem comes with drawing them all in seperate draw calls, so I'd like to batch ...
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Is it more efficient to transform vertices on the CPU or the GPU?

Working on optimizing the rendering core of my game engine and I have a couple of questions. Is it more efficient to transform vertices to world space on the CPU before you send then stream to the ...
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Encoding Floats to RGBA and Blending causing artifacts

I am using float packing to encode a float value inside a RGBA texture because I don't have access to float texture unfortunately. Here are the function I am using for encoding and decoding. inline ...
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Encoding Float to RG/RGBA and Blending

Encoding a float value inside a RG or RGBA texture is very interesting and useful but it is also become quite useless when you use blending as the result and the values might be altered because of ...
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How is this particular HLSL condition treated with respect to compile- or run-time evaluation?

Let's say I have this very simple pixel shader (cbuffers and other stuff omitted) float4 PS(VertexOut pin, uniform bool useLighting) : SV_Target { float4 retColor = gDiffuseMap.Sample( sampler0, ...
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Can someone explain to me how setting shader parameters aren't a bottleneck?

I am trying to understand this. So I have a bunch of models that need to be rendered. Each model most likely has various "sub meshes" with their own diffuse, specular, etc textures. So for each of ...
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Should I use DirectX 11 for 2d games or should I stick to DirectX 9? [closed]

After two years now I wanted to continue working on my sandbox project which I actually used to learn and experiment with various C++ features and DirectX. So far I have simple elements for 2d ...
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How to rotate an object so that it is aligned with a vector?

I have the following Scenario: Two moving objects (A and B in the picture) need to appear "connected" by a third one (C in the picture). I set the position of the connecting object C as "halfway" ...
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How to disable depth buffer in Directx11

For now i know what i must use OMSetDepthStencilState. In the beginning i must create two states and change them every time i need another. For now i have this and it doesn't work, i.e. objects ...
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Drawing a Line in 3D using DirectX 11

I had a lot of problems to draw a line in a 3D and had a weird results.. The 3D Lines are projects in 2D and that's so weird. They only work with that view matrix configuration: XMVECTOR Eye = ...
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Why I don't have the DX templates even with the Windows 8 SDK installed?

I have Windows 7, 64 bit. I installed the Windows 8.1 SDK from here, and I installed Visual Studio Ultimate 2013. I chose to install everything; the size of the install was around 11GB. Yet I don't ...
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Per instance world matrix is 0.0f/NaN

I'm trying to draw some cubes with Hardware Instancing. However they don't get displayed. So I debugged my code, and found the source of the problem: In my VertexShader, the var that has the per ...
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Is this equivalent to D3DXVec3TransformNormal?

I was porting some code from DirectX to OpenGL. I have the following code: glm::mat4 rotation(1.0f); rotation = glm::rotate(rotation, degrees, m_up); m_look *= rotation; where rotation is a mat4 ...
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Modifying depth values in PixelShader (SharpDX)

I'm relatively new to DirectX, and am currently converting some WPF 2D graphics code that displays geo-located sonar returns. I am using SharpDX, and rendering via a D3DImage. I've got the basics ...
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How to diagnose the problem when the input assembler and the vertex shader look correrct, but the Output Merger is wrong? [closed]

I'm porting some OpenGL code to Direct X 11. I ended up with nothing being drawn on the screen. I reverted to a simple program, which I am writing about here. I'm now trying to use the Graphics ...
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Compiling a shader with fxc results in invalid ps_5_0 output semantic 'COLOR0'

I'm attempting to compile a shader at the command prompt. What am I doing wrong that would make it generate this error? fxc /Od /Zi /T ps_5_0 /E "ps_main" /Fo "basic.pso" "basic.ps" Here is the ...
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DirectX Quaternion SLERP Wrong Answer?

I have some code that looks like this: DirectX::XMVECTOR a, b, c; a = DirectX::XMQuaternionIdentity(); b = DirectX::XMQuaternionRotationAxis(DirectX::XMVectorSet(0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f), 3.1415f); c ...
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Normal Mapped Models Render with render target background color acting as transparency and lighting Problem [closed]

SOLVED. See my comment below. Originally I noticed some sort of transparency when rendering in Direct3D 11. I noticed it was worse once I changed my background color to something other than black. ...
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Trying to bounce a box with a plane using bullet physics

I'm trying to simulate a box that bounces with a plane and I'm beginner with bullet physics. I created a plane (box) and and a box that is falling. The problem is the ball is stalled while colliding ...
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Camera stops moving forwards near World-Center

So basically this is a problem I've been having since forever. I implemented a Camera System, it works fine but somewhere around the center (0, 0, 0) of the world it doesn't work. Actually it works, ...
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CopySubresourceRegion results in no-op

I'm having some trouble copying a subregion from a source texture (2D) to a destination texture. Both textures are mipmapped 2D textures, with dimensions (at mip 0) of 512 x 32. Rather than tell you ...
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SSAO all jagged

So I've been working on SSAO for awhile, and I thought I had it right, untill I loaded up the sponza scene that accompanied the SAO technique I'm implementing ...
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Collada 3d file type

For animations in the Collada file type. How does it store them? I'm reading them in with Assimp and I got the keys. mNumPositionKeys = 24. I made the animation and it had 24 frames. But only 2 were ...
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Animation, Interpolation, & Structure

I have been working on animation in my small game engine recently and I am implementing some interpolation to be used with skeletal animations. I know how to do interpolation but I am not sure where ...
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Shader - Transmittance or Absorption

I am trying to create a transmittance or absorption shader (glsl, hlsl, cg, etc...) in realtime but I don't find any good tutorial or white paper about this subject. I only find offline rendering ...
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Getting a Rect of a SpriteBatch

I'm using DirectXTK, https://directxtk.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=SpriteBatch it's a port of XNA spritebatch. I'm trying to get a bounding rect of my sprite for testing collisions AABB. I draw ...
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How should I fix a graphic glitch caused by t-junctions when using greedy meshing

As you might be able to see in the following image, a "graphic glitch" occurs between triangles. I know you are able to make this less visible by enabling anti-aliasing but i was wondering if there is ...
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D3D11_SAMPLER_DESC::MipLODBias vs ID3D11DeviceContext::SetResourceMinLOD

When implementing a max-texture-detail functionality for a game, which approach is better to use, out of: Setting the D3D11_SAMPLER_DESC::MipLODBias value of a sampler state object, or, Setting the ...
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FBX SDK texture file name

I have built an importer that retrieves necessary vertex data however I wish to be able to read texture file directories. How do I retrieve the texture file name?
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How to use D3D11_SHADER_RESOURCE_VIEW_DESC.Buffer.ElementWidth?

If I want to create an ID3D11ShaderResourceView* to a buffer with a given DXGI_FORMAT (e.g. DXGI_FORMAT_R32G32B32), do I have to also supply a value for ...
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IDXGISwapChain::ResizeBuffers - should I recreate the depth/stencil buffer too?

When I resize the buffers via IDXGISwapChain::ResizeBuffers(), it is required to release any references to views to the back buffer. That of course makes sense, because the back buffer texture is ...
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How to setup a particular blend state where the alpha channel is additive?

I would like to set a blend state to be "additive" and do the following: Result.R = Source.R + Destination.R; Result.G = Source.G + Destination.G; Result.B = Source.B + Destination.B; Result.A = ...
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marshaling c# struct with array to const buffer

I am trying to use a const buffer to pass a structure with an array of values into the pixel shader. However, all my color[] array values are coming in as zeros. I have the struct defined as: ...
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Depth Map not rendering properly in DirectX / HLSL / SharpDX

I've been struggling with this for awhile, and everything I find online says this SHOULD be working, but I apparently missed something. I'm attempting to run Deferred Rendering in SharpDX on a ...
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Particle System Tracking

I have a particle system where instead of tracking the time each particle is alive, I just track the time of the oldest particle and the time of the youngest particle. Basically, the oldest particle ...
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How to share values between different shader programs?

I am using Unity but this might concerns all type of shaders. I would like to know if this is possible to share values between different shader pass.Let's imagine that I am computing something in the ...
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How to translate vertex buffer coordinates in 2D

I am trying to (using a 2D Directx9 engine library) rotate/translate a set of points in a vertex buffer. I understand how this would be done in a 3D system - i.e using the vertex shader stage of ...
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Having trouble getting shader to work with sprite batch in XNA #4

I found a neat "CRT screen" effect shader on the web, but I've never used shaders before and I can't seem to get it working properly. If I do the second sprite batch in my code here normally without ...
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SSAO and normal issues

I'm using a SSAO alghorithm called "SAO", seen here: http://graphics.cs.williams.edu/papers/SAOHPG12/ I'm currently having issues with "smooth" normals, for example when using normal/height maps. To ...
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Shader - Calculate depth relative to Object

I am trying to calculate depth relative to the object.Here is a good solution to retrieve depth relative to camera : Depth as distance to camera plane in GLSL varying float distToCamera; void main() ...
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How can I tint a Texture2D with a gradient?

I am working on a lighting system for my game. Instead of lighting each tile completely with only one color, I want to create a gradient on that tile so to make the lighting look more dynamic and ...
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Design question: best way to model and visualize a long grid of data [closed]

Perhaps some noob questions for a scientific application that you can assist with: I am trying to render a large, evenly spaced grid of data in 2D. The full data set dimensions could be anywhere from ...
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Volumetric spotlight

Hy I'm working on the a volumetric spotlight into my engine(DirectX 11). I read quite a lot about it and would like to find a relatively quick solution. ShaderX3's approach dividing the light volume ...
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HLSL - Binary operations

I'm trying to do binary operations with integers in the hlsl code. For example: int n = 10 & 15; Binary value of 10 = 1010 and Binary value of 15 = 1111. With this, n = 10, because (1010 & ...
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Direct3D 11 - Mipmap level selection

When we sample a texture resource through an SSO in HLSL, how is the mip level selected for sampling; assuming the texture resource contains mips? The SSO has parameters that seem to be concerned ...