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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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Shader Variable Types

I have a simple question. what are the meaning of : half4 myHalf; myHalf.yyyy; myHalf.xxzz; // or myHalf.yw Thanks a lot !
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SSAO Distortion [closed]

I'm currently (attempting) to add SSAO to my engine, except it's...not really work, to say the least. I use a deferred renderer to render my scene. I have four render targets: Albedo, Light, Normal, ...
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Why is it when I render a basic cube, my editor's grid changes too?

I have one HLSL file for DirectX11 that only has input layout for color and position. Then another HLSL file for the simple cube that has position, normal and textures. What I noticed is when I render ...
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Volumetric Fog Shader - Camera Issue

I am trying to build an infinite fog shader. This fog is applied on a 3D plane. For the moment I have a Z-Depth Fog. And I encounter some issues. As you can see in the screenshot, there are two views. ...
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What is the difference between a modelview-projection matrix and world-view-projection matrix?

So basically I wrote a shader a long time ago that uses all World and WVP matrices. Now I am working in an engine that will only give me access to ModelView, MVP, and model to world space matrices. ...
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HLSL Pixel Shader Compile, Flow Control, Instruction Count, XNA Issue

im trying to find help with an issue im having moving from the XNA 3.1 framework to XNA 4.0. The shaders I wrote for my 2D game work fine in XNA 3.1, but wont even compile in 4.0. At first I got ...
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Defining lines from a heightmap

To a pixel shader of a 2D game, I'm passing a 1-row heightmap that holds the height in UV coordinates of evenly distributed points throughout the texture I'm drawing, but as for n points there will ...
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Do I need to rewrite my HLSL shaders when porting from XNA to MonoGame?

I'm looking at porting an XNA project I have to monogame, but I have a fair number of HLSL shaders. It seems that Monogame for PC uses OpenGL as the rendering backend, and I'd rather not have to ...
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How do you add rotation to particles?

Today I was working on a particle system and I can't figure out how to give the particle billboards a rotation (so to have them spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise while facing the player). I ...
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2D Water top surface profile

I am trying to create the effect of the water surface thickness with a vertex-fragment shader. I am in a 3D game environment but It's a scroll view so a "2D" view. Here is a good tutorial of creating ...
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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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3D Distortion Effect

I'm trying to make a distortion effect similar to this: However I'm not making a 2d screen space effect. I'm applying it to a 3d scene and I want it to be placed IN the world, so it can be blocked ...
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Shader registers for different graphics card

The title is not very explicative, so i'll try to make myself clear. I have two "working"(on which i work on) PCs : a desktop that runs an NVIDIA GT440 an a laptop with a RADEON HD 4650. I have a ...
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In the Direct3D 9 Effect API, how do you find the texture variable linked to a sampler?

In Direct3D 9 effect files you can write a sampler state that specifies a texture variable to use, like Texture2D g_texSkyDome; SamplerState g_samplerSkyDome { Texture = <g_texSkyDome>; ...
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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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Custom sampling points for anti-aliasing [closed]

I'm trying to write an anti-aliasing shader in HLSL, but I can't find any way to rasterize at a custom point. (in between pixels on the screen, but not orderly like supersampling) Is there any way to ...
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Are there alternatives to Vertex Tweening?

Now that I'm getting into animating 3D entities in my game, I was wondering what the best approach for this would be. I did some research and came across something called "Vertex Tweening". However, ...
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How can I use shaders to make a square have a waving effect?

I'm new to using shaders to do some fancy effects and I'm struggling with them. I'm using DirectX 11 and HLSL. I have this square in the middle of the screen: It's just a square that I've created ...
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Weird rendering issue when applying lightmap through HLSL

I have a weird issue when trying to render the lightmaps in my game. Please see the following screenshots. Note how the scene looks up close with the lightmaps enabled. Note how that same part of ...
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Techniques for reducing terrain shader complexity

My terrain shader does quite a bit, but I don't know how to break it up in any way that will reduce my instruction count without removing key features of the terrain. It does the following: ...
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HLSL Multitexturing with more than 4 textures

I've come up with an idea that should work in multitexturing a terrain with more than 4 textures, up to a 64 if a supported ShaderModel is used. I'm trying to use the RGBA color values as both values ...
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Passing multiple colors to a pixel shader in DirectX

I have a pixel shader that sets the output color based on the interaction of an input texture, sort of like: if (case1) { output.Color = float4(0, 0, 0, 0); } else if (case2) { output.Color = ...
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tex2dlod and tex2d giving different values [closed]

I've been having trouble with vertex texture fetch for a terrain system I am implementing. I'm using C++/DirectX9. I have already implemented exactly what I want as a prototype in C#/XNA and now ...
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How to achieve supersampling / anti-aliasing in pixel shaders?

I am trying to write a couple pixel shaders to apply to images similar to Photoshop effects. For example this effect: ...
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HLSL Triplanar texturing and multi texturing performance

I'm stuck for my terrain rendering shader code for DX9. I'm looking to implement triplanar texturing, a texture atlas, and blending between different textures. Right now it's working. The problem is ...
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Switching to a vertex shader

TL;DR I need to switch from a vertex array passed to the pixel shader with a real vertex shader approach. In my prototype, the terrain is procedurally generated and I have the following result: ...
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Adding Shader Model 3.0 support to my Direct3D9 app

So far, we've only used pixel shaders because we never needed to do any custom processing at the vertex shader level. However, the 3.0 model shader forces you to define a vertex shader. And that's ...
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Why does matrix multiplication lead to different result if it's done on CPU, compared to GPU(shader)?

If I'm calculating a "camera space" on the CPU, by multiplying the view with the projection matrix on the CPU , and afterwards multiplying the world to the result my vertices do not pass to the pixel ...
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HLSL - Creating Shadows in 2D

The way that I create shadows is by the following technique: http://www.catalinzima.com/2010/07/my-technique-for-the-shader-based-dynamic-2d-shadows/ But I have questions to HLSL. The way that I ...
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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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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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The saturate function is not working in my pixel shader

I wrote a pixel shader for my game and when I tried to compile it an error occurred: ID3DXEffectCompiler::CompileEffect: There was an error compiling expression When I removed all the saturate ...
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Constant Buffer size mismatch on PS, fine on VS and GS

I have the following C/C++ struct: struct ShadowMapCB { Math::Matrix4 cropMatrix[4]; Math::Matrix4 textureMatrix[4]; float splitPlane[4]; }; and my HLSL constant buffer: ...
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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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How to implement input-texture limited alphablending of 2 textures with HLSL?

I try to implement a HLSL shader the does the normal Alphablend with premultiplied colors (just as XNA4 does) but depending on some existing colors. One can think of adding a glow to a 2D terrain ...
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XNA 3D custom shader/effect gives shakey rendering in the distance

I am rendering a simple flat plane + texture to use as the floor for a game. I'm rendering it using a custom effect I've written. The problem I have is that the ground in the distance gets a bit ...
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HLSL Circle all white

I have been trying to get my shader code (HLSL) to draw a simple circle but after a day and a half I am getting nowhere. It seems people are using the x^2 + y^2 = r^2 and remap texcoords but I only ...