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I was fiddling around in FX Composer last night and came up with a pretty nice-looking fake sub-surface scattering effect, as follows: http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/1489/sss1je8.jpg http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/2131/sss2tt2.jpg http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/3440/sss3gu5.jpg http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/3603/sss4nu5.jpg I'll post my full algorithm/code when I get back from work later today. In a nutshell, I have a simple half-lambert base diffuse term, nothing special. The sub-surface scattering effect is divided up into three parts: 1) A dot product between the inverse surface normal and the light, clamped from 0 to 1, and finally distance attenuated; 2) Another half-lambert term between the inverse normal and view, also distance attenuated; 3) Scaling of subsurface color by red, green and blue extinction coefficients. The final shot demonstrates the effects of tweaking these to produce a blue scatter color. In addition, I have the 1 - N dot V squared rim lighting term put forth in the Dawn demo by nVidia (but this time scaled by the clamped dot product between light and normal, to avoid that weird backlighting) and a basic Blinn-Phong specular added on top. Since those pictures were taken I've done some basic work on extending my algorithm to account for colored lighting and non-uniform material thickness, although it doesn't look quite as nice as it does in those earlier screens. So, my questions are: 1) Anyone know of a good way to make this handle the non-uniform thickness more gracefully (I'll post some pictures later for review) 2) Any additonal suggestions for improving this to look more skin-like as a whole? Feedback of any sort is appreciated, though. I originally wrote this to replace some shaders in Oblivion and possibly even Doom 3, and as such lack the ability to use depth buffers, spherical harmonics or any of that stuff, unless any and all information can be passed in through textures and shader constants ONLY. This is also targeted at SM3.0, although it works just fine in SM2.0 and the OpenGL equivalents (this has been ported to ARB assembly without incident)

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Alright, that took decidedly longer than expected to post-- that's what you get for being busy, I guess :(

Anyways, here's a shot with the translucency map and a few tweaks:
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/2391/sssab9.jpg

I obviously fixed the eyebrow and hair thing, but it looks less... soft. Any suggestions? Should I even bother posting the code?

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For being so simple, these screenies look quite impressive. I'd certainly love to see that fx/fxproj to play with it :)

I only miss a little rougness (pores) and some more oilyness (specular) to be convinced that this is skin. But again, for being a quite simple approximation, this already looks awesome.

To address the thickness problem, maybe xNormal can help? That tool supports among many other things producing a thickness map. Having thickness from every point of view as shader input, the wrong lighting visible on the ear in the last shot should disappear.
One could also overlay two thickness maps, to account for bones (this would need another model for the skull to be created, but I guess that wouldn't be too hard to derive from the original mesh - it doesn't have to be perfect). This would make the head in the last shot look less like an obsidian statue and more like a flesh and bone thing (well, if red was used for scattering).

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Code isn't a problem, here's all the relevant shader stuff

string description = "Subsurface Scattering Hack";
//------------------------------------
float4x4 worldViewProj : WorldViewProjection;
float4x4 world : World;
float4x4 worldInverseTranspose : WorldInverseTranspose;
float4x4 viewInverse : ViewInverse;

float4 LightPosition1 : POSITION
<
string Object = "PointLight";
string UIName = "Light 1";
string Space = "World";
> = {1403.0f, 1441.0f, 1690.0f, 0.0f};

float3 specColor
<
string UIWidget = "color";
string UIName = "Specular Color";
> = {0.9f, 0.9f, 1.0f};

float3 lightColor
<
string UIWidget = "color";
string UIName = "Light Color";
> = {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f};

float materialThickness
<
string UIWidget = "Slider";
float UIMin = 0.0f;
float UIMax = 1.0f;
float UIStep = 0.01f;
string UIName = "Material Thickness Factor";
> = 0.6f;

float rimScalar
<
string UIWidget = "Slider";
float UIMin = 0.0f;
float UIMax = 1.0f;
float UIStep = 0.01f;
string UIName = "Rim Light Strength";
> = 1.0f;

float extinctionCoefficientRed
<
string UIWidget = "Slider";
float UIMin = 0.0f;
float UIMax = 1.0f;
float UIStep = 0.01f;
string UIName = "Extinction Coefficient, Red";
> = 0.80f;

float extinctionCoefficientBlue
<
string UIWidget = "Slider";
float UIMin = 0.0f;
float UIMax = 1.0f;
float UIStep = 0.01f;
string UIName = "Extinction Coefficient, Blue";
> = 0.12f;

float extinctionCoefficientGreen
<
string UIWidget = "Slider";
float UIMin = 0.0f;
float UIMax = 1.0f;
float UIStep = 0.01f;
string UIName = "Extinction Coefficient, Green";
> = 0.20f;

float specularPower
<
string UIWidget = "Slider";
float UIMin = 0.0f;
float UIMax = 100.0f;
float UIStep = 0.50f;
string UIName = "Blinn Specular Power";
> = 1.0f;

texture diffuseTex;
texture thicknessTex;
texture normalTex;

sampler normalSampler = sampler_state
{
texture = <normalTex>;
MinFilter = point;
MagFilter = point;
MipFilter = point;
AddressU = CLAMP;
AddressV = CLAMP;
};

sampler2D diffuseSampler = sampler_state
{
Texture = <diffuseTex>;
MinFilter = Linear;
MagFilter = Linear;
MipFilter = Linear;
AddressU = WRAP;
AddressV = WRAP;
};

sampler2D thicknessSampler = sampler_state
{
Texture = <diffuseTex>;
MinFilter = Linear;
MagFilter = Linear;
MipFilter = Linear;
AddressU = WRAP;
AddressV = WRAP;
};

struct VSOut
{
float4 position : POSITION;
float2 texCoord : TEXCOORD0;
float3 worldNormal : TEXCOORD1;
float3 eyeVec : TEXCOORD2;
float3 lightVec : TEXCOORD3;
float3 worldTangent : TEXCOORD4;
float3 worldBinormal : TEXCOORD5;
float3 vertPos : TEXCOORD6;
};

struct AppData {
float4 position : POSITION;
float2 UV : TEXCOORD0;
float3 normal : NORMAL;
float3 tangent : TANGENT;
float3 binormal : BINORMAL;
};

VSOut SkinVS(AppData IN, uniform float4 lightPosition)
{
VSOut OUT;

OUT.worldNormal = normalize(mul(IN.normal, worldInverseTranspose).xyz);
OUT.worldTangent = normalize(mul(IN.tangent, worldInverseTranspose).xyz);
OUT.worldBinormal = normalize(mul(IN.binormal, worldInverseTranspose).xyz);

float3 worldSpacePos = mul(IN.position, world);
OUT.lightVec = lightPosition - worldSpacePos;
OUT.texCoord = IN.UV;
OUT.eyeVec = viewInverse[3].xyz - worldSpacePos;
OUT.position = mul(IN.position, worldViewProj);
OUT.vertPos = worldSpacePos;
return OUT;

};

float halfLambert(float3 vec1, float3 vec2)
{
float product = dot(vec1, vec2);
product *= 0.5;
product += 0.5;
return product;
}

float blinnPhongSpecular(float3 normalVec, float3 lightVec, float specPower)
{
float3 halfAngle = normalize(normalVec + lightVec);
return pow(saturate(dot(normalVec, halfAngle)), specPower);
}

float4 SkinPS(VSOut IN) : COLOR0
{
float attenuation = (1.0f/distance(LightPosition1, IN.vertPos));
attenuation *= 10.0f;
float3 eyeVec = normalize(IN.eyeVec);
float3 lightVec = normalize(IN.lightVec.xyz);
float3 worldNormal = normalize(IN.worldNormal);
//float3 nMap = tex2D(normalSampler, IN.texCoord);
//worldNormal.x = dot(nMap.x, IN.worldTangent);
//worldNormal.y = dot(nMap.y, IN.worldBinormal);
//worldNormal.z = dot(nMap.z, IN.worldNormal);
float4 dotLN = halfLambert(lightVec, worldNormal) * attenuation;
float3 indirectLightComponent = (float3)(materialThickness * max(0, dot(-worldNormal, lightVec)));
indirectLightComponent += materialThickness * halfLambert(-eyeVec, lightVec);
indirectLightComponent *= attenuation;
indirectLightComponent.r *= extinctionCoefficientRed;
indirectLightComponent.g *= extinctionCoefficientGreen;
indirectLightComponent.b *= extinctionCoefficientBlue;
indirectLightComponent.rgb *= tex2D(thicknessSampler, IN.texCoord).r;
float3 rim = (float3)(1.0f - max(0.0f, dot(worldNormal, eyeVec)));
rim *= rim;
dotLN *= tex2D(diffuseSampler, IN.texCoord);
float4 finalCol = dotLN + float4(indirectLightComponent, 1.0f);
rim *= max(0.0f, dot(worldNormal, lightVec)) * specColor;
finalCol.rgb += (rim * rimScalar * attenuation * finalCol.a);
finalCol.rgb += (blinnPhongSpecular(worldNormal, lightVec, specularPower) * attenuation * specColor * finalCol.a * 0.05f);
finalCol.rgb *= lightColor;
return float4(finalCol);
};

technique subSurfaceScattering
{
pass p0
{
VertexShader = compile vs_2_0 SkinVS(LightPosition1);
PixelShader = compile ps_2_0 SkinPS();
ZEnable = true;
ZWriteEnable = true;
AlphaBlendEnable = false;
SrcBlend = SrcAlpha;
DestBlend = InvSrcAlpha;
CullMode = CW; //None, CW, or CCW
}
}


That's regular HLSL, could be converted to Cg, GLSL or whatever other shading language you prefer. I just use the Dawn lambert skin fxproj and apply that skin shader to the face. I made the thickness map myself, as you can see it's pretty hack-y, so I'll leave you be on that. Diffuse map comes with FX Composer.

Thanks for the tips! :) I'm working on a normal map thing as we speak, although the ones supplied with the Dawn demo just look kind of funny when I apply them-- perhaps they're in the wrong space or something.

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Thanks for the shader code, InvalidPointer. Unluckily, it'll take some work this weekend to get it to work, since FX Composer doesn't like something, it crashes right away :(

I've been thinking about thickness and all for a while, there seems to be no easy way to get it perfect everywhere. Even a thickness map won't do, because no matter how you turn it, the ears will always be shaded wrong. There's of course the option to calculate per-pixel thicknes like in nVidia's "Luna" demo, but then we're not talking about a fast and efficient implementation any more (render several passes, blur, etc...). Also, the algorithm again is only an approximation. Mostly it doesn't matter much, but for example looking at the oral cavity from the side, it will produce a false "thick" result, when in fact it's mostly "empty" air with two thin layers of cheeks.

So, I was wondering if shadow mapping the skull wouldn't be helpful, and still cheap enough (a single z-only render of a possibly much simplified model).
The idea is to scale the head model down a bit, and remove/flatten ears and nose and render that into the shadow map. It probably doesn't even have to be perfectly anatomically accurate.
So that will leave you with an "outer part" where there is skin and flesh (and rim light scattering), and an "inner part" where bones absorb all of the back light (regardless of thickness), so only scattering from incidential light and half-lambert lighting account to the colour.

Thickness should not be something to worry about much then. Around the border, anything N dot V isn't a terribly bad approximation, since the normals will point more "sidewards" the thinner the cross-section.
Now, in the "deeper" regions it does not work so well, but we have these masked out with the shadow map. Also, the disturbing artefacts when the ear is rim-lit although it obviously couldn't be (as the head is in the way) are gone.

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Thanks for the shader code, InvalidPointer. Unluckily, it'll take some work this weekend to get it to work, since FX Composer doesn't like something, it crashes right away :(

I've been thinking about thickness and all for a while, there seems to be no easy way to get it perfect everywhere. Even a thickness map won't do, because no matter how you turn it, the ears will always be shaded wrong. There's of course the option to calculate per-pixel thicknes like in nVidia's "Luna" demo, but then we're not talking about a fast and efficient implementation any more (render several passes, blur, etc...). Also, the algorithm again is only an approximation. Mostly it doesn't matter much, but for example looking at the oral cavity from the side, it will produce a false "thick" result, when in fact it's mostly "empty" air with two thin layers of cheeks.

So, I was wondering if shadow mapping the skull wouldn't be helpful, and still cheap enough (a single z-only render of a possibly much simplified model).
The idea is to scale the head model down a bit, and remove/flatten ears and nose and render that into the shadow map. It probably doesn't even have to be perfectly anatomically accurate.
So that will leave you with an "outer part" where there is skin and flesh (and rim light scattering), and an "inner part" where bones absorb all of the back light (regardless of thickness), so only scattering from incidential light and half-lambert lighting account to the colour.

Thickness should not be something to worry about much then. Around the border, anything N dot V isn't a terribly bad approximation, since the normals will point more "sidewards" the thinner the cross-section.
Now, in the "deeper" regions it does not work so well, but we have these masked out with the shadow map. Also, the disturbing artefacts when the ear is rim-lit although it obviously couldn't be (as the head is in the way) are gone.


Could the thickness map not be tweaked? I can use XNormal with some settings fiddles to make a decent thickness thing and then just work in Photoshop to make a nice-looking approximation for some of the effects you describe.

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      After all required shaders are created, the rest of the fields of the PipelineStateDesc structure provide depth-stencil, rasterizer, and blend state descriptions, the number and format of render targets, input layout format, etc. For instance, rasterizer state can be described as follows:
      PipelineStateDesc PSODesc; RasterizerStateDesc &RasterizerDesc = PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.RasterizerDesc; RasterizerDesc.FillMode = FILL_MODE_SOLID; RasterizerDesc.CullMode = CULL_MODE_NONE; RasterizerDesc.FrontCounterClockwise = True; RasterizerDesc.ScissorEnable = True; RasterizerDesc.AntialiasedLineEnable = False; Depth-stencil and blend states are defined in a similar fashion.
      Another important thing that pipeline state object encompasses is the input layout description that defines how inputs to the vertex shader, which is the very first shader stage, should be read from the memory. Input layout may define several vertex streams that contain values of different formats and sizes:
      // Define input layout InputLayoutDesc &Layout = PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.InputLayout; LayoutElement TextLayoutElems[] = {     LayoutElement( 0, 0, 3, VT_FLOAT32, False ),     LayoutElement( 1, 0, 4, VT_UINT8, True ),     LayoutElement( 2, 0, 2, VT_FLOAT32, False ), }; Layout.LayoutElements = TextLayoutElems; Layout.NumElements = _countof( TextLayoutElems ); Finally, pipeline state defines primitive topology type. When all required members are initialized, a pipeline state object can be created by IRenderDevice::CreatePipelineState() method:
      // Define shader and primitive topology PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.PrimitiveTopologyType = PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TYPE_TRIANGLE; PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.pVS = pVertexShader; PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.pPS = pPixelShader; PSODesc.Name = "My pipeline state"; m_pDev->CreatePipelineState(PSODesc, &m_pPSO); When PSO object is bound to the pipeline, the engine invokes all API-specific commands to set all states specified by the object. In case of Direct3D12 this maps directly to setting the D3D12 PSO object. In case of Direct3D11, this involves setting individual state objects (such as rasterizer and blend states), shaders, input layout etc. In case of OpenGL, this requires a number of fine-grain state tweaking calls. Diligent Engine keeps track of currently bound states and only calls functions to update these states that have actually changed.
      Binding Shader Resources
      Direct3D11 and OpenGL utilize fine-grain resource binding models, where an application binds individual buffers and textures to certain shader or program resource binding slots. Direct3D12 uses a very different approach, where resource descriptors are grouped into tables, and an application can bind all resources in the table at once by setting the table in the command list. Resource binding model in Diligent Engine is designed to leverage this new method. It introduces a new object called shader resource binding that encapsulates all resource bindings required for all shaders in a certain pipeline state. It also introduces the classification of shader variables based on the frequency of expected change that helps the engine group them into tables under the hood:
      Static variables (SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_STATIC) are variables that are expected to be set only once. They may not be changed once a resource is bound to the variable. Such variables are intended to hold global constants such as camera attributes or global light attributes constant buffers. Mutable variables (SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_MUTABLE) define resources that are expected to change on a per-material frequency. Examples may include diffuse textures, normal maps etc. Dynamic variables (SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_DYNAMIC) are expected to change frequently and randomly. Shader variable type must be specified during shader creation by populating an array of ShaderVariableDesc structures and initializing ShaderCreationAttribs::Desc::VariableDesc and ShaderCreationAttribs::Desc::NumVariables members (see example of shader creation above).
      Static variables cannot be changed once a resource is bound to the variable. They are bound directly to the shader object. For instance, a shadow map texture is not expected to change after it is created, so it can be bound directly to the shader:
      PixelShader->GetShaderVariable( "g_tex2DShadowMap" )->Set( pShadowMapSRV ); Mutable and dynamic variables are bound via a new Shader Resource Binding object (SRB) that is created by the pipeline state (IPipelineState::CreateShaderResourceBinding()):
      m_pPSO->CreateShaderResourceBinding(&m_pSRB); Note that an SRB is only compatible with the pipeline state it was created from. SRB object inherits all static bindings from shaders in the pipeline, but is not allowed to change them.
      Mutable resources can only be set once for every instance of a shader resource binding. Such resources are intended to define specific material properties. For instance, a diffuse texture for a specific material is not expected to change once the material is defined and can be set right after the SRB object has been created:
      m_pSRB->GetVariable(SHADER_TYPE_PIXEL, "tex2DDiffuse")->Set(pDiffuseTexSRV); In some cases it is necessary to bind a new resource to a variable every time a draw command is invoked. Such variables should be labeled as dynamic, which will allow setting them multiple times through the same SRB object:
      m_pSRB->GetVariable(SHADER_TYPE_VERTEX, "cbRandomAttribs")->Set(pRandomAttrsCB); Under the hood, the engine pre-allocates descriptor tables for static and mutable resources when an SRB objcet is created. Space for dynamic resources is dynamically allocated at run time. Static and mutable resources are thus more efficient and should be used whenever possible.
      As you can see, Diligent Engine does not expose low-level details of how resources are bound to shader variables. One reason for this is that these details are very different for various APIs. The other reason is that using low-level binding methods is extremely error-prone: it is very easy to forget to bind some resource, or bind incorrect resource such as bind a buffer to the variable that is in fact a texture, especially during shader development when everything changes fast. Diligent Engine instead relies on shader reflection system to automatically query the list of all shader variables. Grouping variables based on three types mentioned above allows the engine to create optimized layout and take heavy lifting of matching resources to API-specific resource location, register or descriptor in the table.
      This post gives more details about the resource binding model in Diligent Engine.
      Setting the Pipeline State and Committing Shader Resources
      Before any draw or compute command can be invoked, the pipeline state needs to be bound to the context:
      m_pContext->SetPipelineState(m_pPSO); Under the hood, the engine sets the internal PSO object in the command list or calls all the required native API functions to properly configure all pipeline stages.
      The next step is to bind all required shader resources to the GPU pipeline, which is accomplished by IDeviceContext::CommitShaderResources() method:
      m_pContext->CommitShaderResources(m_pSRB, COMMIT_SHADER_RESOURCES_FLAG_TRANSITION_RESOURCES); The method takes a pointer to the shader resource binding object and makes all resources the object holds available for the shaders. In the case of D3D12, this only requires setting appropriate descriptor tables in the command list. For older APIs, this typically requires setting all resources individually.
      Next-generation APIs require the application to track the state of every resource and explicitly inform the system about all state transitions. For instance, if a texture was used as render target before, while the next draw command is going to use it as shader resource, a transition barrier needs to be executed. Diligent Engine does the heavy lifting of state tracking.  When CommitShaderResources() method is called with COMMIT_SHADER_RESOURCES_FLAG_TRANSITION_RESOURCES flag, the engine commits and transitions resources to correct states at the same time. Note that transitioning resources does introduce some overhead. The engine tracks state of every resource and it will not issue the barrier if the state is already correct. But checking resource state is an overhead that can sometimes be avoided. The engine provides IDeviceContext::TransitionShaderResources() method that only transitions resources:
      m_pContext->TransitionShaderResources(m_pPSO, m_pSRB); In some scenarios it is more efficient to transition resources once and then only commit them.
      Invoking Draw Command
      The final step is to set states that are not part of the PSO, such as render targets, vertex and index buffers. Diligent Engine uses Direct3D11-syle API that is translated to other native API calls under the hood:
      ITextureView *pRTVs[] = {m_pRTV}; m_pContext->SetRenderTargets(_countof( pRTVs ), pRTVs, m_pDSV); // Clear render target and depth buffer const float zero[4] = {0, 0, 0, 0}; m_pContext->ClearRenderTarget(nullptr, zero); m_pContext->ClearDepthStencil(nullptr, CLEAR_DEPTH_FLAG, 1.f); // Set vertex and index buffers IBuffer *buffer[] = {m_pVertexBuffer}; Uint32 offsets[] = {0}; Uint32 strides[] = {sizeof(MyVertex)}; m_pContext->SetVertexBuffers(0, 1, buffer, strides, offsets, SET_VERTEX_BUFFERS_FLAG_RESET); m_pContext->SetIndexBuffer(m_pIndexBuffer, 0); Different native APIs use various set of function to execute draw commands depending on command details (if the command is indexed, instanced or both, what offsets in the source buffers are used etc.). For instance, there are 5 draw commands in Direct3D11 and more than 9 commands in OpenGL with something like glDrawElementsInstancedBaseVertexBaseInstance not uncommon. Diligent Engine hides all details with single IDeviceContext::Draw() method that takes takes DrawAttribs structure as an argument. The structure members define all attributes required to perform the command (primitive topology, number of vertices or indices, if draw call is indexed or not, if draw call is instanced or not, if draw call is indirect or not, etc.). For example:
      DrawAttribs attrs; attrs.IsIndexed = true; attrs.IndexType = VT_UINT16; attrs.NumIndices = 36; attrs.Topology = PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLE_LIST; pContext->Draw(attrs); For compute commands, there is IDeviceContext::DispatchCompute() method that takes DispatchComputeAttribs structure that defines compute grid dimension.
      Source Code
      Full engine source code is available on GitHub and is free to use. The repository contains two samples, asteroids performance benchmark and example Unity project that uses Diligent Engine in native plugin.
      AntTweakBar sample is Diligent Engine’s “Hello World” example.

       
      Atmospheric scattering sample is a more advanced example. It demonstrates how Diligent Engine can be used to implement various rendering tasks: loading textures from files, using complex shaders, rendering to multiple render targets, using compute shaders and unordered access views, etc.

      Asteroids performance benchmark is based on this demo developed by Intel. It renders 50,000 unique textured asteroids and allows comparing performance of Direct3D11 and Direct3D12 implementations. Every asteroid is a combination of one of 1000 unique meshes and one of 10 unique textures.

      Finally, there is an example project that shows how Diligent Engine can be integrated with Unity.

      Future Work
      The engine is under active development. It currently supports Windows desktop, Universal Windows and Android platforms. Direct3D11, Direct3D12, OpenGL/GLES backends are now feature complete. Vulkan backend is coming next, and support for more platforms is planned.
    • By reenigne
      For those that don't know me. I am the individual who's two videos are listed here under setup for https://wiki.libsdl.org/Tutorials
      I also run grhmedia.com where I host the projects and code for the tutorials I have online.
      Recently, I received a notice from youtube they will be implementing their new policy in protecting video content as of which I won't be monetized till I meat there required number of viewers and views each month.

      Frankly, I'm pretty sick of youtube. I put up a video and someone else learns from it and puts up another video and because of the way youtube does their placement they end up with more views.
      Even guys that clearly post false information such as one individual who said GLEW 2.0 was broken because he didn't know how to compile it. He in short didn't know how to modify the script he used because he didn't understand make files and how the requirements of the compiler and library changes needed some different flags.

      At the end of the month when they implement this I will take down the content and host on my own server purely and it will be a paid system and or patreon. 

      I get my videos may be a bit dry, I generally figure people are there to learn how to do something and I rather not waste their time. 
      I used to also help people for free even those coming from the other videos. That won't be the case any more. I used to just take anyone emails and work with them my email is posted on the site.

      I don't expect to get the required number of subscribers in that time or increased views. Even if I did well it wouldn't take care of each reoccurring month.
      I figure this is simpler and I don't plan on putting some sort of exorbitant fee for a monthly subscription or the like.
      I was thinking on the lines of a few dollars 1,2, and 3 and the larger subscription gets you assistance with the content in the tutorials if needed that month.
      Maybe another fee if it is related but not directly in the content. 
      The fees would serve to cut down on the number of people who ask for help and maybe encourage some of the people to actually pay attention to what is said rather than do their own thing. That actually turns out to be 90% of the issues. I spent 6 hours helping one individual last week I must have asked him 20 times did you do exactly like I said in the video even pointed directly to the section. When he finally sent me a copy of the what he entered I knew then and there he had not. I circled it and I pointed out that wasn't what I said to do in the video. I didn't tell him what was wrong and how I knew that way he would go back and actually follow what it said to do. He then reported it worked. Yea, no kidding following directions works. But hey isn't alone and well its part of the learning process.

      So the point of this isn't to be a gripe session. I'm just looking for a bit of feed back. Do you think the fees are unreasonable?
      Should I keep the youtube channel and do just the fees with patreon or do you think locking the content to my site and require a subscription is an idea.

      I'm just looking at the fact it is unrealistic to think youtube/google will actually get stuff right or that youtube viewers will actually bother to start looking for more accurate videos. 
    • By Balma Alparisi
      i got error 1282 in my code.
      sf::ContextSettings settings; settings.majorVersion = 4; settings.minorVersion = 5; settings.attributeFlags = settings.Core; sf::Window window; window.create(sf::VideoMode(1600, 900), "Texture Unit Rectangle", sf::Style::Close, settings); window.setActive(true); window.setVerticalSyncEnabled(true); glewInit(); GLuint shaderProgram = createShaderProgram("FX/Rectangle.vss", "FX/Rectangle.fss"); float vertex[] = { -0.5f,0.5f,0.0f, 0.0f,0.0f, -0.5f,-0.5f,0.0f, 0.0f,1.0f, 0.5f,0.5f,0.0f, 1.0f,0.0f, 0.5,-0.5f,0.0f, 1.0f,1.0f, }; GLuint indices[] = { 0,1,2, 1,2,3, }; GLuint vao; glGenVertexArrays(1, &vao); glBindVertexArray(vao); GLuint vbo; glGenBuffers(1, &vbo); glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vbo); glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(vertex), vertex, GL_STATIC_DRAW); GLuint ebo; glGenBuffers(1, &ebo); glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, ebo); glBufferData(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(indices), indices,GL_STATIC_DRAW); glVertexAttribPointer(0, 3, GL_FLOAT, false, sizeof(float) * 5, (void*)0); glEnableVertexAttribArray(0); glVertexAttribPointer(1, 2, GL_FLOAT, false, sizeof(float) * 5, (void*)(sizeof(float) * 3)); glEnableVertexAttribArray(1); GLuint texture[2]; glGenTextures(2, texture); glActiveTexture(GL_TEXTURE0); glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture[0]); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_S, GL_CLAMP_TO_EDGE); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_T, GL_CLAMP_TO_EDGE); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_MAG_FILTER, GL_LINEAR); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_MIN_FILTER, GL_LINEAR); sf::Image* imageOne = new sf::Image; bool isImageOneLoaded = imageOne->loadFromFile("Texture/container.jpg"); if (isImageOneLoaded) { glTexImage2D(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, GL_RGBA, imageOne->getSize().x, imageOne->getSize().y, 0, GL_RGBA, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, imageOne->getPixelsPtr()); glGenerateMipmap(GL_TEXTURE_2D); } delete imageOne; glActiveTexture(GL_TEXTURE1); glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture[1]); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_S, GL_CLAMP_TO_EDGE); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_T, GL_CLAMP_TO_EDGE); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_MAG_FILTER, GL_LINEAR); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_MIN_FILTER, GL_LINEAR); sf::Image* imageTwo = new sf::Image; bool isImageTwoLoaded = imageTwo->loadFromFile("Texture/awesomeface.png"); if (isImageTwoLoaded) { glTexImage2D(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, GL_RGBA, imageTwo->getSize().x, imageTwo->getSize().y, 0, GL_RGBA, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, imageTwo->getPixelsPtr()); glGenerateMipmap(GL_TEXTURE_2D); } delete imageTwo; glUniform1i(glGetUniformLocation(shaderProgram, "inTextureOne"), 0); glUniform1i(glGetUniformLocation(shaderProgram, "inTextureTwo"), 1); GLenum error = glGetError(); std::cout << error << std::endl; sf::Event event; bool isRunning = true; while (isRunning) { while (window.pollEvent(event)) { if (event.type == event.Closed) { isRunning = false; } } glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT); if (isImageOneLoaded && isImageTwoLoaded) { glActiveTexture(GL_TEXTURE0); glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture[0]); glActiveTexture(GL_TEXTURE1); glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture[1]); glUseProgram(shaderProgram); } glBindVertexArray(vao); glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES, 6, GL_UNSIGNED_INT, nullptr); glBindVertexArray(0); window.display(); } glDeleteVertexArrays(1, &vao); glDeleteBuffers(1, &vbo); glDeleteBuffers(1, &ebo); glDeleteProgram(shaderProgram); glDeleteTextures(2,texture); return 0; } and this is the vertex shader
      #version 450 core layout(location=0) in vec3 inPos; layout(location=1) in vec2 inTexCoord; out vec2 TexCoord; void main() { gl_Position=vec4(inPos,1.0); TexCoord=inTexCoord; } and the fragment shader
      #version 450 core in vec2 TexCoord; uniform sampler2D inTextureOne; uniform sampler2D inTextureTwo; out vec4 FragmentColor; void main() { FragmentColor=mix(texture(inTextureOne,TexCoord),texture(inTextureTwo,TexCoord),0.2); } I was expecting awesomeface.png on top of container.jpg

    • By khawk
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      Now operated by GameDev.net, NeHe is located at http://nehe.gamedev.net where it has been a valuable resource for developers wanting to learn OpenGL and graphics programming.

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