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Okay, I'm new to gamedev.net, but not a n00b. I've been working on a tool that loads a model format used by a game I like. And the format also contains a 16-bit TGA image as the texture. I've extracted the texture and saved it externally (Also in memory) but I can't bind it to a texture in OpenGL. I can bind the 24/32 bit images so I made a few temporary ones in the place of the 16-bit. But since the model format only supports 16-bit TGA... I'm rather stuck. I googled around for an answer and found little that helped me out. There were bogus examples claiming you could load the data with GL_RGB5... but they failed. My data is composed of 2 byte values in place of the standard 3 bytes (RGB). For example: My first pixel in the 24-bit TGA is 16,16,0 (RGB) where as the 16-bit is composed of 64,8 as the bytes. I first thought about attempting to load it as a 16-bit, but I can't get OpenGL to load it. Next I tried converting the pixels manually and loading the data as a 24-bit image... but none of the bitshifts I tried worked (I've never been good with bits) Supposedly, the format is: byte1 = ARRRRRGG byte2 = GGGBBBBB but due to lo-hi (or was it hi-lo?) the second byte comes first (GGGBBBB then ARRRRRGG) I know it's not the API itself and it's me doing the wrong... but I can't figure it out. Help would be greatly appreciated here :) If this has been answered before, please link me to it (or possibly dumb it down or give me a solution that doesn't force me to read for a few weeks and try to learn bits, which I simply do not understand) Thanks in advance.

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Try this:

glTexImage2D( GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, GL_RGB5_A1, width, height, 0, GL_RGBA, GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_5_5_5_1, data );

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Thanks, I never expected a reply so soon :D

Sadly that didn't work. At least it does something. It loads the data fine, I can even make out the texture... under all that garbled junk.


this is what the texture actually is meant to look like (This is the 24-bit texture btw):


Any idea of a way to fix this? I'm getting a feeling that we're close now.
But we're getting somewhere at last! :) Thanks so far.

Sheesh, I never realized that this forum doesn't support BBCode >.> ahh well.

EDIT2: Never mind :D HTML code works instead.

[Edited by - RexHunter99 on January 16, 2009 9:28:17 PM]

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Are you using C/C++? If you are, get DevIL. If you are using GCC, use reimp to convert the coff libraries rather than compiling it yourself. This is a bit of the code I use. Also, in my experience, most 16-bit images are coded as 5-6-5 or 5-5-5-1, 1 being a useless bit.

bool GLTexture :: LoadFromImage(LPSTR strFilename)
UINT nImage;
char strBuffer[1024];
bool bEnabled; // Used to restore the state of GL_TEXTURE_2D at the end of the this function.

ilGenImages(1, &nImage);
sprintf(strBuffer, "SOURCE: GLTexture::LoadFromImage()\nERROR: Could not load file %s. File likely does not exist.", strFilename);
MessageBox(0, strBuffer, "Error! Application must terminate.", MB_ICONERROR);
ilDeleteImages(1, &nImage);
return 0;

if(!(bEnabled = glIsEnabled(GL_TEXTURE_2D))) glEnable(GL_TEXTURE_2D);
glGenTextures(1, &m_nTexture);
glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, m_nTexture);
gluBuild2DMipmaps(GL_TEXTURE_2D, ilGetInteger(IL_IMAGE_BYTES_PER_PIXEL), ilGetInteger(IL_IMAGE_WIDTH),
ilGetInteger(IL_IMAGE_HEIGHT), ilGetInteger(IL_IMAGE_FORMAT), GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, ilGetData());
glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0);
if(!bEnabled) glDisable(GL_TEXTURE_2D); // If GL_TEXTURE_2D was originally disabled, disable it again. */

// Delete the DevIL image
ilDeleteImages(1, &nImage);

return 1;

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I'd rather not compile this with a library that I'll only use for a few functions involving the textures... Not too mention DevIL doesn't work on my PC at all.

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Looks like the R and B channels need to be swapped. There doesn't seem to be a GL_BGR5_1 format, so you might want to try plain old GL_BGR. If that doesn't work you'll just have to do some bitshifts.

Edit: You may also have to change GL_RGBA to GL_BGRA.

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So I want to try something like this?

glTexImage2D( GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, GL_RGB5_A1, width, height, 0, GL_BGRA, GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_5_5_5_1, data );

I was just checking the game that these model's go with (Me and a few other people have it's source code) and the data is loaded into a structure with the following:
WORD Texture[256*256];

(The game actually allows for non-uniform textures as long as they are 256 pixels wide, so the actual array size can be larger than that, but that's basically what it is 90% of the time.)

But since the game doesn't use D3D or Glide like most normal games do, I can't exactly work out how it loads the textures... >.>

If I was to manually bitshift them into RGB (or to whatever I need) how would I do that? I've tried to bitshift a bit today... but no luck.

I just checked a documentation... and I thought that maybe I could try this:
But doesn't that turn it into the reverse? eg; RGBA becomes ABGR

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OMG I think I just figured out how to convert a WORD into 3 RGB values!
I've been toying around with bits in GameMaker 6.1... (Yeah, don't even start about how lame GM is) and I may have gotten it! (So far all my testing has come up perfectly.)

Here's the little code I use to get the RGB from a BGRA WORD
B=((WORD>>0) & 31)*8
G=((WORD>>5) & 31)*8
R=((WORD>>10) & 31)*8

I used that on a WORD value of 2112 from the 16-bit texture. Then I checked the 24-bit texture and found that the value was indeed R=16 G=16 B=0.
Then I ran that WORD into the code above:
B=((2112>>0) & 31)*8
G=((2112>>5) & 31)*8
R=((2112>>10) & 31)*8

And it returned 16,16,0 (RGB respectively)
Now I managed to basically reverse that out of a jumble of code from the game's source code which made almost no logical sense. And I think it originally bit shifted to the right by 8 not multiplied... but this does exactly what I wanted!

Theoretically, you could use this:
A=((2112>>15) & 31)*8
To get the alpha... or maybe not... I don't know to be honest, Alpha only takes up 1 bit of the 16 and I won't need it anyway.

If I encounter any more problems, or if my method fails me, I'll come back. But for now this seems to be a case solved :D

I didn't double post, kittycat posted before me with some help but deleted their post (I think because I posted before they edited their post with some really helpful info)
Thanks kittycat for contributing to this :)

[Edited by - RexHunter99 on January 16, 2009 11:11:35 PM]

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Okay, so far I've gotten no problems. But I suck with bits... can someone help me reverse that code I posted above, so it can convert 3 RGB values into a WORD (with alpha)

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