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

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Rendering everything with a shader when only squares are needed?

I am building a game that is tile-based (filled with glowy vector squares). Right now, I am considering using instancing for drawing these, but I would like to know if there is a faster approach. The ...
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How can I handle the combination of multiple shader effects?

To be able to work efficiently with effects, is there a good way to combine multiple reusable "base" effects to achieve a more complex final result? For example, say I have an effect that handles ...
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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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Does passing uniform constants from technique into shader cause branches?

I am trying to find a way to organize my evergrowing number of shader techniques/functions (I am coding in sm_3.0). One way is to do this: float4 PS_Crossroads(PS_INPUT input, uniform bool ...
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Using tex2Dlod to determine the appropriate size of the texture

We have a top-down game with fixed camera position. We also use orthographic projection so every model in the game will always be viewed from the very same angle and from the very same distance. The ...
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How do I draw an isoline in a shader with a triangle topology?

I have some problems with my displacment. So I would like to have a simple little isoline starting in every triangles face center of the mash pointing in the direction of the corresponding faces ...
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HLSL postprocessing for day to night (DTN)

I am trying to implement a "day-to-night"-filter (as commonly used in cinema) for a 2D game (XNA) by using a full screen HLSL pixel shader. The aim is to transform any bright and colorful image into a ...
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how do I modify Texture2DArray values in shader

I'm using HLSL Shader Model 5.0. I'm using a Texture2D with the vertex positions for a mesh. In the Shader I'm trying to displace patchepositions along the normal of the patches I'd like to actualize ...
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How does HLSL handle clip(vector)?

My goal is to convert clip() to GLSL, version 1.5. I'm currently doing a basic: if (x < 0) discard; But if x is not a scalar, obviously I can't use the "<" operator. So I'm wanting to ...
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Is this GLSL equivalent to this HLSL?

I was wondering if the both shader codes are equivalent. So the question is, is this GLSL vNormal = mat3(FUSEE_ITMV[0].xyz, FUSEE_ITMV[1].xyz, FUSEE_ITMV[2].xyz) * fuNormal; Equivalent to this ...
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Does HLSL implement Shader Model LOD instruction?

The DX Shader Model 5.0 has a lod instruction. It returns "the LOD (level of detail) that would be used for texture filtering". Does HLSL have a built-in intrinsic that can do the same? I know I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Pixel Shader, YUV-RGB Conversion failing

I am tasked with playing back a video hthat comes in in a YUV format as an overlay in a larger game. I am not a specialist in Direct3d, so I am struggling. I managed to get a shader working and am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? ...