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

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HLSL identity matrix multiplication not producing identical output

I'm debugging my very simple shader and it's led me to a point where, as a quick test, I'm performing a multiplication of my position vector with an identity matrix. If I don't perform this ...
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3D GUI Shader Problem

So I want to create one of these in my directX11 project. The little axis there that shows you the direction. I have a nice 3d shader for my world geometry that I tweaked from Frank D. Luna (He ...
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How to sample a texture with specified LOD in SM 2.0?

That is my question, in SM 3.0 there is the HLSL intrasic function tex2Dlod to pick a color on a texture2d at specified coords and specified level-of-detail. But after long search on the web, I don't ...
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How to set a struct as a Direct3D9 vertex shader constant?

I have a vs_2_0 shader like this: struct ConstantBuffer { float4 diffuse; float4 specular }; shared uniform ConstantBuffer g_cb : app_constantBuffer; void PS(out float4 Color: COLOR0) { ...
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In HLSL pixel shader, why am I getting [-256.0, 256.0] values in SV_POSITION input?

My question is basically in my DirectX11 pixel shader, why am I getting a range of values from -256.0 to 256.0 in the SV_POSITION input instead of the supposed values from 0.0 to ViewportWidth and 0.0 ...
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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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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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Shader - Simple SSS lighting issue

I am trying to create a simple subsurface scattering effect using a shader but I am facing a small issue. Look at those screenshots. The three images represents three lighting states (above surface, ...
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Sample() returns (0, 0, 0) for normal map 90% of frames

I'm having some trouble reading the values from my Normal map in my lighting fragment shader. The relevant part of the shader code is as follows: Texture2D NormalGB : register(t0); Texture2D ...
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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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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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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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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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Draw many flashlights' focused lights' “circles” on a voxel engine map (and other objects)

So, I've been searching the internet for a while and I still didn't understand how to create a flashlight's "circle" in front of the camera over other objects. I found the following links: using ...
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Shader - Color blending

I would like to know how to blend colors in a specific way. Let's imagine that I have a color (A) and an other color (B). I would like to blend them in such a way that if I choose white for the (B) ...
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tex2Dlod to limit max mip level to use for a texture (atlas)

I'm developing a 3D multitexturing terrain engine in C# on Monogame (XNA) plateform. I would like my engine works on Windows XP or upper, so on DirectX 9c minimum. Monogame allow me to build a DirectX ...
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How to sample png heightmap in HLSL

I am working on simple parallax shader and I have problem with sampling height texture for value. My aproach amples texture and give me RGB values of picture: tex2D(TextureHeightSampler, ...
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Shader - Convert vector into scalar

I am trying to convert a half3 as a simple half but I am facing an issue. As for an example half3(1, 0, 0) give me white but half3(0, 1, 0) gives me black. How can I convert properly a half3 to a ...
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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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When does DirectX convert a vertex/pixel's depth from range Near-Far to 0-1?

When I output a vertex from a vertex shader, it seems to have a world-space-ish mapping. Vertices about 1 unit away have about 1 unit as their Z value. When we input into the pixel shader, the depth ...
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How can I avoid transposing matrices and still use more efficient dp4's instead of a mul and 3 mad's?

I'm using the 'correct' matrix-vector multiplication form (M*v) as recommended here. All my matrices in shaders are prefixed with 'column_major'. This line of HLSL code: hPos = mul( ...
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DirectX11 Shader issue

I am currently having issues with HLSL shaders. I am trying to implement point lights but I am getting unusual data when debugging the shader in Visual Studio. I have read on several sites that say ...
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HLSL Shader Optimilation with MAD(m,a,d)

I understand that the expression x = m*a+d is most efficiently written as x = mad(m,a,d) because at the assembly level only one instruction is needed rather than a multiply and add separately. My ...
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Input Assembler - Vertex Shader linkage error

I'm new to HLSL and have been struggling with this problem for a while and I can't figure it out. I'm getting the below error a number of times in the debug window: D3D11 ERROR: ...
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Update single variable in DirectX Shader

I am trying to update a single variable within a CBuffer but I am unsure of how to do this. I have a LightingBuffer which is passed to the GPU containing, ambient color, diffuse color etc and I want ...
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DirectX 11 Compute Shader Thread Order

I want to implement a simple blurring method using multiple texture taps using a compute shader. The shader simply assigns a pixel color based on several near-by pixels in another texture. I would ...
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HLSL Pixel Shader for Depth Only Pass

I'm using DirectX 11 and shader model 5. There are many tutorials online for writing engines and shaders for shadow mapping. I have found an issue which seems to have a hard to find answer. Typical ...
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Calculating normals after displacement mapping

I'm using C++, DX11 and tessellation. After tessellating a triangle I apply displacement mapping to the new vertices. But they still have the original triangle's normal so the lighting calculation ...
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converting HSLS gives error

I'm using the following parser: https://github.com/unknownworlds/hlslparser I also have the following code: /* * Bo Sun, Columbia University, All rights reserved * ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...