I'm learning graphics programming by iterating on a cubes demo I've been working on. The demo currently has 10000 cubes being rendered, but only a fraction of those are on screen at any given time in most cases. I know the GPU hardware typically takes care of only rendering what it needs to, and clipping out the rest, but before rendering, I still have to calculate animation positions and so forth. This only actually needs to be done if a given cube is going to be on-screen though, which leaves me wondering if there's an easy way to only perform CPU-wise calculations on cubes that are going to be visible in camera space. Is this effectively a collision detection problem, i.e. working out if each cube overlaps the camera area? What's the usual approach?
axefrogMember Since 08 Apr 2011
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