A proprietary shading language developed by Microsoft for use with the Microsoft Direct3D API.

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How can I test if one point can “see” another point. (XNA)

I want to test if my enemy can see the player, however I want this to be pixel-perfect. I already have all of the solid objects drawing into a separate render state. It should be noted that every ...
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DirectX Compute shader (HLSL) makes texture black

Hello this is my first question on this forum :) When using compute shader in directx to change the color to blue the texture only gets black. I really don't understand what the problem could be and I ...
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Need help creating points in an array

I'm creating a lightning geometry shader using hlsl that creates an array of points based on an arbitrary number of generations. The gist of what I want to accomplish is here: ...
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D3D11/C++ Inaccuracies in uv interpolation in pixel shader. How to avoid?

I'm trying to draw a quad with a texture onto the screen such that texels and pixels perfectly align. Sounds pretty easy. I draw 2 triangles (as TRIANGLE_LIST, so 6 vertices) using these shaders: ...
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XNA Distortion Shader problem

So I came up with a distortion pixel shader in hlsl, but it has some issues. First of all, here is how it works: The shader uses another texture generated by the program as a distortion "map" (if ...
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Multi-textured terrain XNA-monogame

I'm developing a TerrainEngine for my project and I have some issues with the multi-texturing part. I already tried some techniques but it doesn't match with my TerrainEngine's conception. My ...
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Using Appendbuffers in unity for terrain generation

Like many others I figured I would try and make the most of the monster processing power of the GPU but I'm having trouble getting the basics in place. CPU code: using UnityEngine; using ...
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Geometry Shader input vertices order

MSDN specifies (link) that when using triangleadj type of input to the GS, it should provide me with 6 vertices in specific order: 1st vertex of the triangle processed, vertex of an adjacent triangle, ...
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Multisampled Nearest Filtering in PS 2.0 is it possible?

My game involves blocky, pixelated 3D textures. When using nearest neighbor filtering with a texture sampler, I get the desired result of nicely pixelated textures -- with the caveat that hard lines ...
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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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What will happen if the argument of mix() or clamp() is above 1 or below 0?

There's two magnificent intrisincs: mix() in GLSL and clamp() in HLSL, which are used to implement linear interpolation. Let's say we have a variable: float v = ?; // where ? can be [-FLOAT_MAX, ...
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What does ddx (hlsl) actually do?

I'm a bit confused. The official documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb509588(v=vs.85).aspx) says that ddx(input) is the partial derivative of the input with ...
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Normalizing a homogeneous 3d point

As I've seen corruption in geometry, why is it a bad idea to normalize a homogeneous (divide by w) the vertex position returned from vertex shader? Update Vertex shader: // float4 pos : ...
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Binding an Instance Matrix with an InputLayout

If I want to bind an instance matrix to a vertex shader, how do I go about it? For example, here is a super-simple VS input: struct VS_IN { float4 Position : POSITION; row_major float4x4 ...
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FXC: Error X3501: 'main': entrypoint not found

I am trying to compile a vertex shader using VS2013, but every time I try, FXC returns the following error: Error error X3501: 'main': entrypoint not found I've reduced the vertex shader to its ...
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VS2013: Compiling Shaders with Shader Model 5.0

When I try to compile two HLSL files included in my project, the compilation fails with an error: Error error X4502: invalid vs_2_0 input semantic 'INSTANCE' However, I notice it's trying to use ...
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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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How can I add sphere falloff to my specular lighting implementation?

I'm using point light in my game and tried to add specular lighting. It looks good but when standing close to wall player can clearly see where lights end. Image from front: Image when near wall: ...
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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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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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How can I convert between float3 and float2 in HLSL?

I want to offload some 3D calculations to the GPU without raising my requirements to DX10. Specifically, I am generating densities in 64x64x64 3D blocks, which fit nicely into 512x512 2D textures. I ...
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Blending Lightmaps and Dynamic Texture Shadows in HLSL

I'm using Gile[s] as my lightmapper and my engine can execute HLSL scripts with DirectX 9. I would like to accomplish something like this for performance reasons. I was told that this technique can ...
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In XNA 4, how can I access SpriteBatch's transformMatrix in my shader?

I would like to use a custom effect with a regular XNA SpriteBatch. I have a 2D camera which computes a transform matrix, so I need my shader to take this into account. I have put a world matrix ...
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2D HLSL World position

I'm trying to get world position from my vertex shader to my pixel shader so that I can disable the shader once a preset X coordinate has been passed (no shading once I'm over X). Getting the screen ...
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In HLSL, what is the difference between “static const” and “#define” for constants?

So far I've been declaring all my constant variables as static const in my HLSL code, yet virtually every single shader example I've come across uses #define instead. I know the reasons I would I use ...
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Vertex definitions and shaders [closed]

I noticed that from looking at other examples like say .. riemers tutorials he takes a buffer with a bunch of vector3's in it and ties it to a shader which expects a float4 ... why does this work in ...
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The way of avoiding branching for textured and not-textured objects

I know that branching is an expensive operation on GPU (not as much as it used to be, but still). The most common situation where I use branching is when I have both textured and non-textured ...
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HLSL: using “?” operator in Technique section produces branches?

I recently found that you can do this: int AnotherShaderConstant = 0; float4 PixShader(VSOUT input, uniform bool Direction) { float4 color; if (Direction) color = GoLeft(); else ...
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XNA 3.1 to 4.0 Vertex Shader Not Drawing [closed]

I have recently been converting our XNA 3.1 game to XNA 4.0 and am stuck on the shaders. I have the game running, but nothing is drawing to the screen, except things not using a shader. This is only ...
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HLSL 5.0 assembly shows tons of ieq / add / or instructions for array indexing in loop

First of all, I have to apologize for the long code samples, but their content is not so important. Besides they are really simple and I tried to comment as much as possible. I'm working on a pixel ...
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Transparency using HLSL in XNA

I currently working on Depth Data on Kinect SDK v1.8 on XNA and I wanna show an Image Inside the Depth view of Human body. the image below is just an example of what I wanna do : ...
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Directx: HLSL Texture based height map. (Shader 5.0)

I'm trying to implement a GPU based height map the simplest (and fastest) way that I know how. I passed a (.png, D3DX11CreateShaderResourceViewFromFile()) texture into the shader, and I'm attempting ...
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Screen Space Decals Normal Mapping [closed]

I'm trying to implement screen space decals with normal mapping support. Up to this point I'm able to project decals into my scene. I'm even able to sample from the normal map in decal space. I ...
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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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How do I sample a Depth/Stencil Texture in HLSL?

I am shadow mapping in Direct3D 9. I'm trying to avoid rendering depth to a 32-bit render target. So, I've created a depth/stencil texture( a texture w/usage Depth/Stencil ). When I render I do this: ...
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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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SharpDx Custom effect in SpriteBatch

I'm trying to port a blur effect from an XNA project over to SharpDx, and I get a "Null Reference Exception" wich I'm unable to find the reason for. private void blurShadow(RenderTarget2D to, ...
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Dynamic Flow Control in HLSL with Array References

I'm trying to do lighting calculations for an array of point lights in HLSL. I simply want to pass light direction vectors from the vertex shader to the pixel shader. Here is sample code: static ...
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Geometry shader: Dynamic output?

I'm currently using a geometry shader to generate grass blades out of single root points that are layed out in a grid. For each root point, I generate a grass blade with, right now, a constant number ...
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Very subtle HLSL syntax change causes compliation error

The following HLSL works and compiles: texture2D renderTarget; float h; // declared here sampler GetRenderTarget = sampler_state { texture = <renderTarget>; }; float3 GetHsvFromRgb(float3 ...
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HLSL: An array of textures and sampler states

The shader must switch between multiple textures depending on the Alpha value of the original texture for each pixel. Now this would word fine if I didn't have to worry about SamplerStates. I have ...
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HLSL compiled code

I've been using RenderDoc for debugging my shaders, and one thing that struck me as odd is that sometimes, after stepping through the debugger, I notice some vector attributes are interchanged, for ...
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Fullscreen triangle pass and texcoords

So I have a fullscreen triangle shader like this: #ifndef FULLSCREEN_TRIANGLE_VERTEX_HLSL #define FULLSCREEN_TRIANGLE_VERTEX_HLSL // Variation on Timothy Lottes FXAA vertex shader, for CCW frontface ...
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Rasterization Rules and States

This thread directly concerns lightmap generation; however, indirectly, the rasterization of polygons by the GPU. I am currently generating lightmaps using a pixel shader. To the shader I send 3 ...
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How does Direct3D know if a constant buffer is for the vertex or pixel shader?

I have a question about constant buffers in directX 11. They really confuse me and after searching on google most sites simply supply sample code without explaining how it works. I am probably ...
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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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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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What are some good resources for learning HLSL?

The last time I tried learning HLSL, I made a few shaders and mostly understood what I was doing, but I still felt like I was stumbling in the dark. Most of what I learned I got from various blog ...
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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 ...