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

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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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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 [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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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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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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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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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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Why does my blur shader implementation produce this strange result?

I tried to implement the blur shader shown here. Instead of having a simple 2D texture I use Unity's GrabPass function to capture what's behind the plane to have a transparent effect. Then I apply ...
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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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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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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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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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What are registers in HLSL for?

I've read this document about HLSL registers, but it's more of a syntax description and not a purpose explanation. What are registers in HLSL, actually? How and when do I use them? What happens if I ...
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Constant buffer content packing

I've read this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff476898%28v=vs.85%29.aspx#Shader_Constant_Buffer but there's not much information in it. When creating a constant buffer do I ...
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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 ...