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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3D primitive rendering library

I am looking for a library which would easily allow me to render shapes (cubes, spheres, lines, circles, etc.) in 3D3 and OpenGL if possible. I want to be able to rapidly design visual debugging tools ...
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What are other sources of screen tearing?

I have a DirectX11 based engine / application that is showing screen tearing on a certain system. The system has a large TV monitor with a GTX 980 graphics card. The tearing tends to happen in ...
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What does HLSL's tex2D return at (0,0)?

I'm trying to understand the mapping of texels to pixels, especially in the context of pixel shaders. I already found out the following: When I define a standard quad with vertices at integer ...
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What range of values can HLSL's tex2D function return?

When using the tex2d function in a HLSL shader, as so: float height = tex2D(heightMap, IN.texCoord).r; What range of values can be returned to the height variable? Is it always a number between ...
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XNA or SlimDX (DirectX 10) for multitouch rhythm game simulator

I'm looking to develop a multitouch rhythm game in C#. It is aimed to be a simulator for an existing arcade game, similar to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAiNNpA3wwg So far, I've decided on ...
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What are the rest of the blending functions used for?

In general, I know of five ways to make use of blending functions (these are for OpenGL, but replace glBlendFunc() with SetRenderState(D3DRS_SRCBLEND) and SetRenderState(D3DRS_DESTBLEND) for DirectX): ...
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What advantages does multisampling have over supersampling?

I never really fully understood this, or found an article which explained all the steps in a friendly way. I'll start with what I do know already (which I hope do not contain misconceptions). I'm ...
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Is the June 2010 DX SDK really the latest?

I have not been involved in game development, using the DirectX SDK, since around 2008. From the looks of it, the June 2010 release, of the DirectX SDK, is still the latest release. This release is ...
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Is using SharpDX or SlimDX easier than using DirectX directly from C++? [closed]

I decided to learn to program in DirectX yesterday, and, not being a huge C++ fanatic, went looking for a .Net wrapper. After reading about SlimDX and SharpDX, I decided I liked what the SharpDX ...
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What sort of things can cause a whole system to appear to hang for 100s-1000s of milliseconds?

I am working on a Windows game and while rendering, some computers will experience intermittent pauses ("hitches" for lack of a better term). When profiled they appear in seemingly random places in ...
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Should I use different input layout for meshes (vertices) with and without normal maps?

I'm writing an DirectX11 game. About 60% of my game models (or "of my vertices") have: Position Texture coordinate Some of them use: Position Texture coordinate Normals And few of them: ...
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Low quality bilinear sampling in WebGL/OpenGL/DirectX

I'm seeing low quality bilinear texture sampling in WebGL, OpenGL and Directx, and was wondering if anyone knew how to make it higher quality? The picture below should help show what I mean. The ...
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Height Map vs 3D Model Mesh

I'm currently working on a 3D PC game (written in C++ and DirectX 9.0) and I'm trying to find the best way to store level data in the memory. The game's action takes place under the ground, so ...
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DirectX Overlay

I have been a code in full convertion mods for the source engine, but now im mostly coding C# applications. That provide utilties for games, during this proccess i have often wanted the ability to do ...
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How to pass rendered frames from OpenGL to DirectX 11?

I have a dll that does some rendering using OpenGL. I need to render it to a texture and use that texture in direct x 11. My current attempt has been to render the OpenGL to a texture on one ...
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2D Line drawing with Pixel Shaders

Recently I asked a question, what is the fastest way to render 2D lines using DirectX, and one of the answers mentioned this paper on Fast Prefiltered Lines which uses Pixel Shaders to accomplish ...
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Render to Texture2DArray slices in DirectX11?

I would like to set a slice of a Texture2DArray as a render target in D3D/DirectX11. It's not clear how to do this. What I'm looking for is the DirectX equivalent of glFramebufferTextureLayer(), ...
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Problem with DirectX scene-graph

I'm trying to implement a basic scene graph in DirectX using C++. I am using a left child-right sibling binary tree to do this. I'm having trouble updating each node's world transformation relative to ...
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Zooming into Mouse Position

I'm trying to implement my camera class for a simulation. But I cant figure out how to zoom into my world based on the mouse position. I mean the object under the mouse cursor should remain at the ...
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Multiple render targets and gamma correctness in Direct3D9

Let's say in a deferred renderer when building your G-Buffer you're going to render texture color, normals, depth and whatever else to your multiple render targets at once. Now if you want to have a ...
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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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Microsoft and media - using the new stuff

Over the past 5 or so years, Microsoft has released APIs / that is intended to replace older APIs: (2006) Direct3D10 (2009) Direct3D11 (2008) XAudio2 / deprecates DirectSound (2006) Windows Media ...
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Why would you use software rendering over hardware rendering, today?

As opposed to CPU or software rendering I assume? Wouldn't generally all current rendering be GPU based, seeing as you would be using OpenGL or Direct X? Could someone give me some info here, can't ...
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Inverting matrix in HLSL

I've got an object in HLSL and I'm using hardware instancing to render multiple copies. But I've come a bit of a cropper when it comes to the vertex normals. Currently I am not using normal mapping ...
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GUI for DirectX [closed]

I'm looking for a GUI library built on top of DirectX- preferably 9, but I can also do 11. I've looked at stuff like DXUT, but it's way too much for me- I'm only needing some UI controls which I would ...
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CUDA 4.1 Particle Update

I'm using CUDA 4.1 to parse in the update of my Particle system that I've made with DirectX 10. So far, my update method for the particle systems is 1 line of code within a for loop that makes each ...
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Starting programming in 3D with C++ [closed]

EDIT: There aren't sufficient enough tutorials for what I'm trying to do in Python, so I'm going to take my time and slowly build up my skills in C++. It's hard to trip and not land in a book of C++ ...
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What is instancing, and how can I update my graphics code to do it?

This question directly follows on from this one: How can I implement a renderer that can draw many kinds of primitives? I have a small amount of drawing code structured in the following way: A mesh ...
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2D graphics with Direct3D

I'm trying to work with 2D graphics using Direct3D 9, but am not sure where to start. Right now I'm using a texture as the "draw buffer", and drawing that texture to screen. For the simplest things, ...
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32 Bit colors difference

Im going through a tutorial to create a basic directx framework, and i've noticed that in there (and other tutorials, when i checked out) use DXGI_FORMAT_R32G32B32A32_FLOAT inside the input element ...
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Spherical to Cartesian Coordinates

Well I'm reading the Frank's Luna DirectX10 book and, while I'm trying to understand the first demo, I found something that's not very clear at least for me. In the updateScene method, when I press A, ...
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Simplex Noise flat land and hills

I'm using the simplex noise to create Minecraft like terrain. I can only achieve hills like this. Does anyone know how to use simplex to make more dynamic landscapes?
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How does one write to another process's OpenGL/DirectX context?

I want to write a short of chat client that display the messages in-game (OpenGL/DirectX), but I really don't know how to handle this. It is easy to write my client in my graphic context... but what ...
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In HLSL pixel shader , why is SV_POSITION different to other semantics?

In my HLSL pixel shader, SV_POSITION seems to have different values to any other semantic I use. I don't understand why this is. Can you please explain it? For example, I am using a triangle with the ...
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Game programming and quantity of timers

I've made a simple 2D game engine using C# and DirectX and it's fully functional for the demo I made to test it. I have a Timer object that uses QueryPerformanceCounter and I don't know what's the ...
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How to reconcile depth ordering with minimal shader context changes?

We generally want to minimise shader-program switches (glUseProgram and all associated context changes) for the sake of performance. AFAIK it is not uncommon to render by shader program, i.e. group ...
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Loading and using an HLSL shader?

I've been looking everywhere and all I can find are tutorials on writing the shaders. None of them showed me how to incorporate them into my scene. So essentially: Given an hlsl shader, if I were to ...
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How can I manually construct a right-handed orthographic projection matrix?

I need the formula to create a orthographic projection matrix. I am using GLM math libary and DirectX11. The reason I cannot use GLM to create it is because the NDC spaces are different between DX11 ...
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Bitwise operators in DX9 ps_2_0 shader

I've got the following code in a shader: // v & y are both uints nPixel = v; nPixel << 8; nPixel |= y; and this gives me the following error in compilation: shader.fx(80,10): error ...
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Ara matrices calculated on the GPU or on the CPU? Would built-in matrix functions be faster than my custom ones?

If I add a math library (for example containing a Matrix class) and use it in my program drawing with OpenGL, will my be work slower than if I used standard OpenGL functions for matrix calculations? ...
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Model format for small game

I'm writing my own small-time game from scratch, and now I'm looking to start creating models. I've been wondering- what is the best model format to use? Given that I will be writing the model loading ...
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Teamviewer doesn't show my game screen

I've been building a 3D engine from scratch using C# and I've tried to show the result to a friend of mine using Teamviewer. When my demo game starts he doesn't see it. He can only see the last active ...
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CreateRenderTarget returns 0x80070057 in big surface resolution

I have created the SLI merged desktop of three 1920x1680 monitors, so the desktop resolution is 5760x1080. There is a 0x80070057 error, while calling CreateRenderTarget to create the RT_Surface: ...
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D3DXMatrixDecompose gives different quaternion than D3DXQuaternionRotationMatrix

In trying to solve this problem, I tracked down the problem to the conversion of the rotation matrix to quaternion. In particular, consider the following matrix: -0.02099178 0.9997436 -0.008475631 0 ...
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Can an existing game be optimised by converting it to use cel-shading?

I assume it's possible to cel-shade existing games through API interception. If done properly, could this be used as a rendering optimization technique? This means rather than doing the cel-shading ...
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ID3D Query Where should I put them?

I'm currently trying to time different parts of my rendering to see how long it takes. I've got the queries working and I'm getting some results. My question is where should I actually start and end ...
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Best way of writing pixel manipuliting-intensive applications with OpenGL/Direct3D

Recently I have been making little experiments with engines similar to old Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Build, engines where the 3D rendering is entirely done in software and therefore you need full ...
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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 is the purpose of mesh optimization functions?

I remember there is a specific function in Direct3D which optimizes a mesh or a 3D object in some way. What is the purpose of this function? How does it reorganize vertices to make it better?
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Capturing a programs performance

I'm trying to capture the performance of the GPU, CPU, FPS and memory usage on a program I'm currently working with and want to avoid having to write my own performance capture stuff. Does anyone know ...