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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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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Can I use the HD Graphics 3000's quad list primitive type via D3D?

I was studying some technical documentation on the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, which I'm using as a lower-end reference for my 2D game engine. I noticed the hardware supports a nice "Quad List" ...
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What is the easiest and shortest way to draw a 2d line in c/c++?

I am fairly new to c/c++ but I do have experiance with directx and opengl with java and c#. My goal is to create a 2d game in c with under 2 pages of code. Most of what I have seen requires 3 pages of ...
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How do I convert matrices intended for OpenGL to be compatible for DirectX?

I have finished working through the book "Game Physics Engine Development 2nd Ed" by Millington, and have got it working, but I want to adapt it to work with DirectX. I understand that D3D9+ has the ...
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How do I convert DirectX's .X from binary encoding to text encoding and back

As far as I know, .X format can be text encoded and binary-encoded. I basically want to look into the model I'm playing with, get a better understanding of .X, possibly make some changes in it and ...
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How to check if user has integrated graphics card?

I'm almost done with my Direct3D game. When user starts game first time it will adjust settings (and maximum settings) based on DirectX feature level starting from 9_1 up to 11_1. I have different ...
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How to correctly Dispose a SourceVoice once its finished

i am starting to play a sound with XAudio2 and SourceVoice and once its finished, it should be correctly disposed to not have any leaks. i was expecting it to be something like this: ...
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Render only some of graphics?

In XNA I am building my own textbox, and listbox. For the textbox, I want it to render all text it can, and then cut off at the end of the textbox. But I don't want it to cut whole letters. I want it ...
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How do I use graphics APIs to select the proper display device among multiple attached to a PC?

I have an LCD monitor display and Oculus Rift attached to my PC. I have an Nvidia 820M dedicated GPU. How does the GPU know to which display device it has to render (or to send rendered information)? ...
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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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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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Does Monogame on Windows Desktop use OpenGL or DirectX by default?

if i use monogame 3.0 beta on windows desktop, does it use the directx renderer (sharpdx) or the opengl renderer by default? if it uses directx is there away to make sharpdx call directly? thanks!
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What happens to a D3D11 application when Windows hibernates?

In D3D9 there was the concept of a "device reset". When a device reset occurred textures created with D3DPOOL_DEFAULT had to be recreated, but textures created with D3DPOOL_MANAGED didn't, because, ...
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Why does the D3DXCOLOR structure not work as I expect?

I looked up some R G B values for certain colours, such as "Indian red" for example, which has the RGB values (238, 64, 4). If I use those values into a D3DXCOLOR structure like this: D3DXCOLOR(238, ...
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Creating Font Textures in Direct3d without D3DX

Update: The completed solution using Nathan Reed's answer is posted in my answer below A few open source programs I've seen that render installed fonts do something like this... Create a texture for ...
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How can I draw multiple lines connected via “nodes” with SlimDX?

I currently read out XML data with the following scheme: Position x,y,z I try to add one new Vertex for each position node and add it to a Vertex array. Then I try to render this list of vertices so ...
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loading 3d model data into buffers

I am using assimp to load 3d model data. I have noticed that each loaded model is made up of different meshes. I was wondering should each mesh have it's own vertex/index buffer or should there just ...
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What do you need to know in C++ before starting to program with DirectX

I was wondering what do you need to know in C++ before starting to program with DirectX? I have only been programming in C++ (more for 2D games using SDL and learning the basics) for just over a ...
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When to return a reference and when to return a copy?

I was looking at the d3dx math .h and noticed that a difference between the "+" and "+=" operators: D3DXVECTOR3& operator += ( CONST D3DXVECTOR3& ); D3DXVECTOR3 operator + ( CONST ...
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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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Is there any reason why there isn't a cross-platform implementation of DirectX?

Similar to how Mono can compile C# to various platforms, why isn't there an API that conforms to DirectX's specifications but can produce binaries for all platforms? I understand that there is OpenGL ...
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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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Vertex Buffer Sharing between DirectX11 and Directx9

In my d3d9 engine i want to take benifit of compute shader of d3d11. So firstly I created a vertex buffer in d3d11 with D3D11_BIND_UNORDERED_ACCESS and then tried to create the d3d9 vertex buffer ...
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Matrix in constant buffer on the GPU contains NaNs but not on the CPU

I've got a shader with the following constant buffer: cbuffer ShaderParameters { matrix inverseViewProjectionMatrix; float4 cameraPosition; }; When using Visual Studio 2012's graphic ...
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Render video from file to DirectX11 texture

Is there a way to render a video from file (avi, mp4, etc...) to a texture in a directx11 environment? If so, how?
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Having the same texture data in different ID3D11Texture2D

Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere - I'm rather new to DX. My question concerns conservation of resources - specifically textures in VRAM. I assume that upon returning from a call to ...
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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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Converting from different handedness coordinate systems

I am currently porting a demo from XNA to DirectX which, as I understand it, both have coordinate systems with different handednesses. What are the things I need to bare in mind when converting ...
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Where have the cross and dot products gone in DirectX10?

In D3D9 there were functions to deal with D3DXVECTOR3's in order to calculate dot and cross products. However these have disappeared from the math library in D3D10. I assume they must have gone ...
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What is the “DirectX for Managed Code Update”?

I came upon this site while looking for information about working with DX in managed code and saw that MS released something containing a 'DirectX for Managed Code Update'. This sounds promising but ...
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implementing multi pass rendering in a game engine

I have done multi pass rendering before and understand how it works. I did a simple example which rendered a basic scene with shadows. This was all done in one file. Now I am trying to figure out is ...
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WM_PAINT and Direct3D

I've seen people who've written in code where the graphics of a scene are rendered in response to WM_PAINT. I only ever rendered the scene once all Windows messages were done translating, and then ...
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How do I plot individual pixels using the XNA APIs?

If I wanted to fill my game screen with individually coloured pixels, how would I do this? For example, if I wanted to write a 'game of life'-type game where each pixel was a cell, how would I ...
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Local shape color blending

I am trying to implement this in Unity 4 Pro. But I am stuck in the blending part. I don't understand how you could blend multiples textures/colors using multiples volumes on an object. How could you ...
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Gamepad thumbsticks active range

for my current project I use gamepad. I was successfull in hooking it up in C# through SlimDX. Everything works fine, only problem is that thumbsticks don't fully use the active range. If I move ...
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Implementing multithreaded loading screens

Ok, I have fairly little multi-threading experience, but i have done a similar thing before without issue...but this has me stumped. This is in C++, Directx9 Visual Studio... My game basically runs ...
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Per Instance Textures, and Vertex And Pixel Shaders?

How do you implement per instance textures, vertex shaders, and pixel shaders? Given: 1. Two different model templates in Vertex Buffer, Square & Triangle 2. Instance Buffer with [n] instances of ...
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Why are some objects not rendering properly?

Here's a button I exported from Blender into a .x format: Now here it is in the game with BasicEffect applied to everything: And now with my custom shader: And there's the problem. While the ...
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Do shader program compilers optimise divide-by-PoT-constants to bitshift operations?

So just to restate that, let's say we have this: float f = g / 2; Given the divisor is a constant, will the shader compiler auto-optimise this to a bitshift operation, as some language compilers are ...
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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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Pix for visual studio express 2012 (Desktop)

(Originally asked on stackoverflow) Using visual c++ express 2010 for direct3d you have to download the directX sdk and there is a tool called pix for debugging shaders, looking at 3d resources etc. ...
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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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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 load .FBX files?

I am looking into options for the model assets for my game. I have gotten pretty good with Blender, and want to use C++/DirectX9 (don't need all the excess from 10+), but Blender 2.6 exports .fbx not ...
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How do I create a decal system?

I'm currently given the task to design & create a simple decal-system in C++/DirectX. Does anybody know a great tutorial, article or paper to start with? (Especially the part about 2D-texture to ...
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How can I check for Shader Model 3 support?

Currently I am working on a 3D visualization app. A requirement of my app is that host's graphics card supports Shader Model 3. How can I check for Shader Model 3 support? I know that these versions ...
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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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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 to fill/initialize D3D11_SAMPLER_DESC properly?

If I want to set explicitly every parameter of the structure I just do so and that's it. But what if I want to set only some of them and leave the rest with default values? I've seen in some tutorial ...
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Finding Pixels within UV Coordinates

I am building lightmaps for 3D models. My lightmap algorithm needs to determine which pixels( lumels ) within the lightmap texture fall within the boundary of a mesh face( triangle )...this process ...