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Shadow Mapping with SlimDX and DirectX 11

Shadow mapping is a technique to cast shadows from arbitrary objects onto arbitrary 3D surfaces. You may recall that we implemented planar shadows earlier using the stencil buffer. Although this technique worked well for rendering shadows onto planar (flat) surfaces, this technique does not work well when we want to cast shadows onto curved or irregul...

Expanding our BasicModel Class

I had promised that we would move on to discussing shadows, using the shadow mapping technique. However, when I got back into the code I had written for that example, I realized that I was really sick of handling all of the geometry for our stock columns & skull scene. So I decided that, rather than manage all of the buffer creation and litter the...

Particle Systems using Stream-Out in DirectX 11 and SlimDX

Particle systems are a technique commonly used to simulate chaotic phenomena, which are not easy to render using normal polygons. Some common examples include fire, smoke, rain, snow, or sparks. The particle system implementation that we are going to develop will be general enough to support many different effects; we will be using the GPU’s StreamOut...

Skinned Models in DirectX 11 with SlimDX and Assimp.Net

Sorry for the hiatus, I’ve been very busy with work and life the last couple weeks. Today, we’re going to look at loading meshes with skeletal animations in DirectX 11, using SlimDX and Assimp.Net in C#. This will probably be our most complicated example yet, so bear with me. This example is inspired by Chapter 25 of Frank Luna’s Introduction to 3D Ga...

Loading 3D Models using Assimp.Net and SlimDX

So far, we have either worked with procedurally generated meshes, like our boxes and cylinders, or loaded very simple text-based mesh formats. For any kind of real application, however, we will need to have the capability to load meshes created by artists using 3D modeling and animation programs, like Blender or 3DS Max. There are a number of potential so...

Generating Random Terrains using Perlin Noise

Previously, we have used our Terrain class solely with heightmaps that we have loaded from a file. Now, we are going to extend our Terrain class to generate random heightmaps as well, which will add variety to our examples. We will be using Perlin Noise, which is a method of generating naturalistic pseudo-random textures developed by Ken Perlin. One o...

Drawing a Loading Screen with Direct2D in SlimDX

I know that I have been saying that I will cover random terrain generation in my next post for several posts now, and if all goes well, that post will be published today or tomorrow. First, though, we will talk about Direct2D, and using it to draw a loading screen, which we will display while the terrain is being generated to give some indication of the...

Terrain LOD for DirectX 10 Graphics Cards, using SlimDX and Direct3D 11

Last time , we discussed terrain rendering, using the tessellation stages of the GPU to render the terrain mesh with distance-based LOD. That method required a DX11-compliant graphics card, since the Hull and Domain shader stages are new to Direct3D11. According to the latest Steam Hardware survey , nearly 65% of gamers have a DX11 graphics card, which...

Dynamic Terrain Rendering with SlimDX and Direct3D 11

A common task for strategy and other games with an outdoor setting is the rendering of the terrain for the level. Probably the most convenient way to model a terrain is to create a triangular grid, and then perturb the y-coordinates of the vertices to match the desired elevations. This elevation data can be determined by using a mathematical function,...

Diving into the Tessellation Stages of Direct3D 11

In our last example on normal mapping and displacement mapping , we made use of the new Direct3D 11 tessellation stages when implementing our displacement mapping effect. For the purposes of the example, we did not examine too closely the concepts involved in making use of these new features, namely the Hull and Domain shaders. These new shader types a...