I want to get the depth of vertex in 0 to 1 range(like it done in the shader) and I do it like this

    D3DXVec3TransformCoord(&vertex, &vertex, &wvp);

depth = vertex.z;

It works(sometimes wrong) but when I write This

    if (depth > 1.0f || depth < 0.0f)return false;

Sometimes it returns false. How can I get correct depth for vertex in 0 to 1 range??

I want to compare two vertexes and select the nearest


    wvp = worldmatrix*viewmatrix*projectionmatrix;

It works wrong when I zoom in

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is there anything behind the camera? \$\endgroup\$
    – Bálint
    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ No but .....if(depth > 1.0f) also returns false \$\endgroup\$
    – harut9
    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wait, what did you set the near clipping plane? \$\endgroup\$
    – Bálint
    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Bálint The convention in D3DX is v*M. Do you have anything to back up your arbitrary swap of convention? \$\endgroup\$ Feb 9, 2016 at 13:33
  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of When is the Z coordinate normalized in GLSL? \$\endgroup\$
    – Tim
    Feb 9, 2016 at 14:12

2 Answers 2


You are missing the normalization step, which requires a W component.

Hence, you should be calling D3DXVec4Transform and not D3DXVec3TransformCoord.

You need to feed this your vertex, with the last component (W) set to a 1.0 value.

The output vertex will have W set in the last component, and you need to divide by that:

v_in[3] = 1.0;


v_out[0] = v_out[0] / v_out[3];
v_out[1] = v_out[1] / v_out[3];
v_out[2] = v_out[2] / v_out[3];

Now you can use v_out[2] as the depth value, but beware: it ranges from -1 to 1, and not from 0 to 1 as you assumed.


Matrix multiplication is not commutative. You need to do projection * view * model

  • \$\begingroup\$ No it also dont works \$\endgroup\$
    – harut9
    Feb 9, 2016 at 13:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok, try out something: before multiplying the vertex with the mvp matrix, multiply it with the mv matrix, and orint out the z value. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bálint
    Feb 9, 2016 at 13:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ I have already done like that \$\endgroup\$
    – harut9
    Feb 9, 2016 at 13:25

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