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 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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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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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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Why do most game devs prefer OGL for OS X and D3D for Windows? [closed]

Today I decided to check what Diablo 3 developers used to do graphics: OpenGL or Direct3D? My mind was completely blown: For Windows, they've used D3D and for OS X they've used OGL. I did some ...
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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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How do I integrate bullet physics into my game?

I downloaded the release file found here, but I'm just not sure where to start. In my game I have a number of oblongs and a sphere, I want all of these to collide with one another. (They all have ...
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GUI for DirectX

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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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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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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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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What happens to data between vertex shader and pixel shader?

Short version: What can happen to the output of a vertex shader that leads to no(or very few) pixels being drawn, especially in relation to a perspective matrix. Long version: My problem refers to ...
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How to capture the screen in DirectX 9 to a raw bitmap in memory without using D3DXSaveSurfaceToFile

I know that in OpenGL I can do something like this glReadBuffer( GL_FRONT ); glReadPixels( 0, 0, _width, _height, GL_RGB, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, _buffer ); And its pretty fast, I get the raw bitmap in ...
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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 do I Fallback to Older DirectX Versions?

I had a feeling that it would be easier to tackle this problem before I got too deep into development (unless, of course if that's a bad idea/the hard way, please inform me...). I'm creating my game ...
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Mapping a Vertex Buffer in DirectX11

I have a VertexBuffer that I am remapping on a per frame base for a bunch of quads that are constantly updated, sharing the same material\index buffer but have different width/heights. However, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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SRV from UAV on the same texture in directx

I'm programming gpgpu raymarching (volumetric raytracing) in directx11. I succesfully perform compute shader and save raymarched volume data to texture. Then i want to use same texture as SRV in ...
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Extract smaller frustum from camera frustum?

Background: I was thinking of implementing multiselection by performing a frustum culling on a sub-part of the screen. Problem: Given total screensize, a rectangle on the screen (pos, size), and ...
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DirectX Unproject troubles

I have an orthographic projection and I try to unproject a point from screen space. Following are the view and projection matrices: var w2 = ScreenWidthInPixels/2; var h2 = ScreenHeightInPixels/2; ...
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What does multisampling skip or improve? (so it can be faster than 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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Real time reflections

I just had a quick look at the new Crysis 2 DX11 update, and was quite surprised by some of the new features, especially the real time reflections on moving models. From what I could gather, there are ...
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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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Using sky for indirect lighting - should I remove the sun?

I'm attempting to achieve slightly more realistic ambient lighting in outdoor scenes using the sky cubemap. When rendering an object, I first calculate the direct lighting contribution using ...
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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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Is Batching Geometry Every Frame Always Slower Than Individual Draw Calls

I'm currently have an application that has ~10k draw calls. I implemented a batching scheme where I group all objects that share material, vertex format, etc and pre-transform them by their world ...
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Non axis aligned bounding box collision and physics

Exactly how much more expensive, and while we're at it, difficult, is it to have non-axis aligned bounding boxes in your framework? I realise that it very much depends on what you're trying to do, so ...
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Open World Object Management

I'm currently creating a system that essentially creates a world at run-time based on a seed I choose. In this system, I made it so that there are certain "chunks" that divide up different sections of ...
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Applying an outline effect to primitives

I am trying to draw an outline on a collection of quads in Direct3D. I have three intersecting quads on the same plane in the following configuration: (The different colors here are just to ...
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Is it possible to programmatically prevent a game from pausing when its window loses focus? [closed]

I'm playing Skyrim in windowed mode and I am trying to create a bot for this game for personal use. I would like to have the bot play the game in the background, while I do other things, the only ...
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How Often do you change Vertex/Index/etc Buffers?

So im still learning but I think i've got a grasp of most things DX11 (Well....beginner things) And I REALLY do apologize for all the questions.....but I'd rather understand EVERYTHING before I move ...
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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 ...