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SDL clear function

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Hiya I was wondering if SDL_Surface has a function that clears the surface (fills it with black). Would there be any disadvantages calling this on the backbuffer before drawing it to the screen?

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SDL_FillRect( SDL_GetVideoSurface(), NULL, 0 );

Replace 0 with any combination of SDL_MapRGB(SDL_GetVideoSurface()->format,r,g,b) for different colours.

Replace NULL with the address of a SDL_Rect structure to control how much of the surface to fill. NULL means "fill the entire surface".

Disadvantages, it might be slow. If you can just clear the backgrounds under the sprites that are moving that can be much faster. Depends on the kind of game you have really, as to what you can do.

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