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

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PCF shadow shader math causing artifacts

For a while now I used PCSS for my shadow technique of choice until I discovered a type of percentage closer filtering. This method creates really smooth shadows and with hopes of improving ...
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Rendering oily/polluted water?

Any shader wizards out there have an idea of how to achieve an oily/polluted water effect, similar to this: Ideally, the water would not be uniformly oily, but instead the oil could be generated ...
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HLSL What you get when you subtract world position from InvertViewProjection.Translation?

In one of NVIDIA's Vertex shaders (the metal one) I found the following code: // transform object normals, tangents, & binormals to world-space: float4x4 WorldITXf : WorldInverseTranspose < ...
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Radiosity using a hemisphere

I'm working on a radiosity processor. I'm projecting scene geometry onto a hemisphere at a high order of tessellation during a visibility pass onto a 1024x1024 render target. The problem is that the ...
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write to depth buffer while using multiple render targets

Presently my engine is set up to use deferred shading. My pixel shader output struct is as follows: struct GBuffer { float4 Depth : DEPTH0; //depth render target float4 Normal : COLOR0; ...
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How AlphaBlend Blendstate works in XNA 4 when accumulighting light into a RenderTarget?

I am using a Deferred Rendering engine from Catalin Zima's tutorial: His lighting shader returns the color of the light in the rgb channels and the specular component in the alpha channel. Here is ...
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What light attenuation function does UDK use?

I'm a big fan of the light attenuation in UDK. Traditionally I've always used the constant-linear-quadratic falloff function to control how "soft" the falloff is, which gives three values to play ...
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HLSL How to flip geometry horizontally

I want to flip my asymmetric 3d model horizontally in the vertex shader alongside an arbitrary plane parallel to the YZ plane. This should switch everything for the model from the left hand side to ...
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What's the difference between Textures and VertexTextures in XNA?

The GraphicsDevice class of XNA has the properties Textures and VertexTextures. What is the exact difference? I don't really understand what MSDN tells me about this. I usually use Effect parameters ...
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Computing pixel's screen position in a vertex shader: right or wrong?

I am building a deferred rendering engine and I have a question. The article I took the sample code from suggested computing screen position of the pixel as follows: VertexShaderFunction() { ... ...
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Fast lighting with multiple lights

How can I implement fast lighting with multiple lights? I don't want to restrain the player, he can place an unlimited number and possibly overlapping (point) lights into the level. The problem is ...
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Projecting shadow map

I'm having a problem with shadow mapping and don't know where to go from here. Take a look at this screenshot: The cube circled in green is the light position, the light direction is pointed ...
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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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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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How to encode float3 into float2 and back again in HLSL?

Good afternoon, I am looking 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 ...
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Storing few values in an int - small gain

This might be a bit hard-to-answer question, but... I had a DirectX::XMFLOAT3 as a vertex attribute. I have changed it to just an int by placing the 3 floats into int (using only 8 bits per float). In ...
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Shadow Mapping Wrong Results

Since 2 days, i'm trying to figure out whats wrong with my shadow shader. The shadow map is drawn correctly, just the projection on to the scene is not working. The Vertex Shader Code seems fine: ...
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Color grading, shaders and 3d textures

I'm trying to implement color correction with the 3d lookup table. The lookup table is actually just a 2d texture 256x16 and consists of 16 squares which one is 16x16. When it comes to rendering, I ...
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HLSL's Tex2D for GLSL?

I am trying to port a HLSL shader to GLSL. I'm just not quite sure how to convert this line: outA += Input.Color.a * tex2D(s, Input.TexCoord.xy + float2(-4.0 * pxSz.x * blurSize,0)).a * 0.05; ...
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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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XNA hlsl tex2D() only reads 3 channels from normal maps and specular maps

Our engine uses deferred rendering and at the main draw phase gathers plenty of data from the objects it draws. In order to save on tex2D calls, we packed our objects' specular maps with all sorts of ...
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Accounting for waves when doing planar reflections

I've been studying Nvidia's examples from the SDK, in particular the Island11 project and I've found something curious about a piece of HLSL code which corrects the reflections up and down depending ...
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Hemispherical Projection

I'm trying to implement a radiosity processor. I'm aware of many places online to find information about radiosity. I found a great source on NVidia's website is GPU Gems - Chapter 39 . On this page ...
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XNA & HLSL - rendering a model with its original materials (colors)

I am currently trying to code my own HLSL effect file, in order to render an FBX model I made with Autodesk maya, and to which I have applied some materials (colors). before trying to write an effect ...
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Write colors with alphablending but don't write into the alpha channel

I am using XNA 4.0, hence DX9 and HLSL. I have a RenderTarget2D "MAIN" that I want to add semi-transparent objects "TRANS" to. I want them to blend with MAIN using the TRANS's alpha and inverseAlpha ...
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Using multiple passes in OpenCL .net

I'm new to opencl but I have some experience using HLSL. In HLSL multiple passes are used when you need to finish a computation before moving on to the next step. I would like to know how this sort ...
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HLSL Textured Light: outputs only a specific part of the texture (new problem)

Problem 1 I am trying to create a spotlight that instead of giving the circle within the spotlight a simple color, applies a texture to it. However, where the texture is supposed to be is only a ...
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HLSL Gaussian blur pixelshader: blur is not occurring

I am trying to use postprocessing to create a gaussian blur, however, no blur is to be seen, what am I doing wrong? I have included the full code at the bottom of this post in a google docs link, but ...
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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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HLSL grayscale pixel shader: How to get the original colors of the model?

The following code gives me a completely black colored model, while it should be a model shaded in greyscale: float4 SimplePixelShader(VertexShaderOutput input) : COLOR0 { //some lambertian ...
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How do I rotate a single object in HLSL?

I have a World with a 3D model of a head in it and that World rotates, like such: protected override void Update(GameTime gameTime) { //other stuff angle += 0.00005f; //more other stuff ...
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XNA HLSL no model textures

I am using XNA and HLSL to render all the models in my game, so far there is only one, a flashlight. My flashlight model is a .fbx file type, and it loads the model in the game perfectly fine. ...
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What is this alpha blending result?

I'm having an exam soon and got a problem with one alpha blending exercise: BlendState BS3 { BlendEnable[0] = TRUE; SrcBlend[0] = ONE; SrcBlendAlpha[0] = ZERO; ...
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Adding false if statement to pixel shader produces a lag

One of lines in pixel shader produces a lag (lower fps). I can't understand why. if (TextureEnabled) color *= texDiffuse.Sample(texDiffuseSam, input.UV); Interesting fact is: TextureEnabled is ...
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Masking an area inside/outside a line strip

I have some point lights in my game which are just sprites implemented with help of HLSL. Currently I'm trying to implement dynamic shadows and I managed to make the program calculate the area in ...
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How to control in the vertex shader where pixel ends up in the renderTarget?

What if I have an arbitrary renderTarget, that is smaller than the screen (say it is 1x1 pixel) and I want to make sure in the VertexShaderFunction that all my pixels end up exactly in that 1 pixel ...
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Which coordinate space is the canonical default for each shader pipeline stage?

I'm working with Direct3D 11 and HLSL. I use four different shaders (vertex, hull, domain and pixel). I always have troubles using the right coordinate space in my shaders. Could somebody identify ...
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GPGPU Programming using HLSL and XNA

XNA Newbie question: I'm trying to get the GPU to perform some calculations for me. I'm trying to figure out how to send some data to the GPU, get the GPU to process it, then get the result back. ...
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Calculate mipmap level in a loop with varying iteration?

How can I calculate the correct mipmap level in a shader? It needs to be used in a loop which runs a variable number of times so the compiler will not allow me to use Sample or the derivative ...
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XNA 4.0 Pixel Shader 3.0 Exact Texture Lookup/Sample Issue

I am stuck on trying to solve this problem. I originally had some shaders written that worked for XNA 3.1, but after converting to XNA 4.0 they would no longer compile due to instruction counts, flow ...
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XNA 3.1 to 4.0 Vertex Shader Not Drawing

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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Stereo 3D: drawing 2D elements at apparent screen depth

I'm developing an application making use of DirectX11's stereoscopic features. At such I am not relying on nVidia's automatic implementation. That means I have to replicate a way to render 2d elements ...
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When are HLSL literals taken as a float and integer?

float2 uv = float2(fX % 1, fY % 1) * 1/16; In the above example 1/16 is treated as a float, multiplying the float2 by 0.0625, but in: float2 uv = float2(fX % 1, fY % 1) * 1/16 + float2(1/16,0); ...
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Is it possible to retrieve shader function names associated with a technique pass using the DirectX Effect API?

For example, given the pass pass p0 { SetVertexShader(CompileShader(vs_4_0, VSFunction())) SetPixelShader(CompileShader(ps_4_0, PSFunction())) } Ss it possible to retrieve the names ...
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Are global shader variables slower than texture look ups?

I want to send quite a bit of data to the GPU, the data will never change (or will change very rarely) after it has been created. Is there a performance impact to using global shader variables or ...
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Volume raycaster problems HLSL

Hi this is my first question here so if I fail to include some necessary piece of information please dont rip my head off. ^^ I can't seem to get my volume raycaster to workt properly. I've been ...
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Vertex and Fragment Shader worldNormal

How to access/calculate worldNormal in a Vertex and Fragment shader ? Thanks a lot !
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Angle to Vector3?

I am working on getting my directional lights to match the sun in my atmospheric scattering shader. I have a float that ranges from 0 to 6.28 (TwoPi). How would I calculate a vector3 from this angle? ...
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When to apply AA as post?

I'm working with a deferred shading technique. I have diffuse, normal and depth buffers, which I combine for the final scene composition. Where and when exactly do I apply an anti-aliasing pass (such ...
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XNA HLSL Exclude texture?

I'm going through HLSL tutorials and I have lighting and texturing setup. Right now in my shader I take a texture, but if I leave that variable blank it gives me an error. Half of my models have ...