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    • By Achivai
      Hey, I am semi-new to 3d-programming and I've hit a snag. I have one object, let's call it Object A. This object has a long int array of 3d xyz-positions stored in it's vbo as an instanced attribute. I am using these numbers to instance object A a couple of thousand times. So far so good. 
      Now I've hit a point where I want to remove one of these instances of object A while the game is running, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it. At first my thought was to update the instanced attribute of Object A and change the positions to some dummy number that I could catch in the vertex shader and then decide there whether to draw the instance of Object A or not, but I think that would be expensive to do while the game is running, considering that it might have to be done several times every frame in some cases. 
      I'm not sure how to proceed, anyone have any tips?
    • By fleissi
      Hey guys!

      I'm new here and I recently started developing my own rendering engine. It's open source, based on OpenGL/DirectX and C++.
      The full source code is hosted on github:
      https://github.com/fleissna/flyEngine

      I would appreciate if people with experience in game development / engine desgin could take a look at my source code. I'm looking for honest, constructive criticism on how to improve the engine.
      I'm currently writing my master's thesis in computer science and in the recent year I've gone through all the basics about graphics programming, learned DirectX and OpenGL, read some articles on Nvidia GPU Gems, read books and integrated some of this stuff step by step into the engine.

      I know about the basics, but I feel like there is some missing link that I didn't get yet to merge all those little pieces together.

      Features I have so far:
      - Dynamic shader generation based on material properties
      - Dynamic sorting of meshes to be renderd based on shader and material
      - Rendering large amounts of static meshes
      - Hierarchical culling (detail + view frustum)
      - Limited support for dynamic (i.e. moving) meshes
      - Normal, Parallax and Relief Mapping implementations
      - Wind animations based on vertex displacement
      - A very basic integration of the Bullet physics engine
      - Procedural Grass generation
      - Some post processing effects (Depth of Field, Light Volumes, Screen Space Reflections, God Rays)
      - Caching mechanisms for textures, shaders, materials and meshes

      Features I would like to have:
      - Global illumination methods
      - Scalable physics
      - Occlusion culling
      - A nice procedural terrain generator
      - Scripting
      - Level Editing
      - Sound system
      - Optimization techniques

      Books I have so far:
      - Real-Time Rendering Third Edition
      - 3D Game Programming with DirectX 11
      - Vulkan Cookbook (not started yet)

      I hope you guys can take a look at my source code and if you're really motivated, feel free to contribute :-)
      There are some videos on youtube that demonstrate some of the features:
      Procedural grass on the GPU
      Procedural Terrain Engine
      Quadtree detail and view frustum culling

      The long term goal is to turn this into a commercial game engine. I'm aware that this is a very ambitious goal, but I'm sure it's possible if you work hard for it.

      Bye,

      Phil
    • By tj8146
      I have attached my project in a .zip file if you wish to run it for yourself.
      I am making a simple 2d top-down game and I am trying to run my code to see if my window creation is working and to see if my timer is also working with it. Every time I run it though I get errors. And when I fix those errors, more come, then the same errors keep appearing. I end up just going round in circles.  Is there anyone who could help with this? 
       
      Errors when I build my code:
      1>Renderer.cpp 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.h(15): error C2039: 'string': is not a member of 'std' 1>c:\program files (x86)\windows kits\10\include\10.0.16299.0\ucrt\stddef.h(18): note: see declaration of 'std' 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.h(15): error C2061: syntax error: identifier 'string' 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.cpp(28): error C2511: 'bool Game::Rendering::initialize(int,int,bool,std::string)': overloaded member function not found in 'Game::Rendering' 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.h(9): note: see declaration of 'Game::Rendering' 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.cpp(35): error C2597: illegal reference to non-static member 'Game::Rendering::window' 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.cpp(36): error C2597: illegal reference to non-static member 'Game::Rendering::window' 1>c:\users\documents\opengl\game\game\renderer.cpp(43): error C2597: illegal reference to non-static member 'Game::Rendering::window' 1>Done building project "Game.vcxproj" -- FAILED. ========== Build: 0 succeeded, 1 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========  
       
      Renderer.cpp
      #include <GL/glew.h> #include <GLFW/glfw3.h> #include "Renderer.h" #include "Timer.h" #include <iostream> namespace Game { GLFWwindow* window; /* Initialize the library */ Rendering::Rendering() { mClock = new Clock; } Rendering::~Rendering() { shutdown(); } bool Rendering::initialize(uint width, uint height, bool fullscreen, std::string window_title) { if (!glfwInit()) { return -1; } /* Create a windowed mode window and its OpenGL context */ window = glfwCreateWindow(640, 480, "Hello World", NULL, NULL); if (!window) { glfwTerminate(); return -1; } /* Make the window's context current */ glfwMakeContextCurrent(window); glViewport(0, 0, (GLsizei)width, (GLsizei)height); glOrtho(0, (GLsizei)width, (GLsizei)height, 0, 1, -1); glMatrixMode(GL_PROJECTION); glLoadIdentity(); glfwSwapInterval(1); glEnable(GL_SMOOTH); glEnable(GL_DEPTH_TEST); glEnable(GL_BLEND); glDepthFunc(GL_LEQUAL); glHint(GL_PERSPECTIVE_CORRECTION_HINT, GL_NICEST); glEnable(GL_TEXTURE_2D); glLoadIdentity(); return true; } bool Rendering::render() { /* Loop until the user closes the window */ if (!glfwWindowShouldClose(window)) return false; /* Render here */ mClock->reset(); glfwPollEvents(); if (mClock->step()) { glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT | GL_DEPTH_BUFFER_BIT); glfwSwapBuffers(window); mClock->update(); } return true; } void Rendering::shutdown() { glfwDestroyWindow(window); glfwTerminate(); } GLFWwindow* Rendering::getCurrentWindow() { return window; } } Renderer.h
      #pragma once namespace Game { class Clock; class Rendering { public: Rendering(); ~Rendering(); bool initialize(uint width, uint height, bool fullscreen, std::string window_title = "Rendering window"); void shutdown(); bool render(); GLFWwindow* getCurrentWindow(); private: GLFWwindow * window; Clock* mClock; }; } Timer.cpp
      #include <GL/glew.h> #include <GLFW/glfw3.h> #include <time.h> #include "Timer.h" namespace Game { Clock::Clock() : mTicksPerSecond(50), mSkipTics(1000 / mTicksPerSecond), mMaxFrameSkip(10), mLoops(0) { mLastTick = tick(); } Clock::~Clock() { } bool Clock::step() { if (tick() > mLastTick && mLoops < mMaxFrameSkip) return true; return false; } void Clock::reset() { mLoops = 0; } void Clock::update() { mLastTick += mSkipTics; mLoops++; } clock_t Clock::tick() { return clock(); } } TImer.h
      #pragma once #include "Common.h" namespace Game { class Clock { public: Clock(); ~Clock(); void update(); bool step(); void reset(); clock_t tick(); private: uint mTicksPerSecond; ufloat mSkipTics; uint mMaxFrameSkip; uint mLoops; uint mLastTick; }; } Common.h
      #pragma once #include <cstdio> #include <cstdlib> #include <ctime> #include <cstring> #include <cmath> #include <iostream> namespace Game { typedef unsigned char uchar; typedef unsigned short ushort; typedef unsigned int uint; typedef unsigned long ulong; typedef float ufloat; }  
      Game.zip
    • By lxjk
      Hi guys,
      There are many ways to do light culling in tile-based shading. I've been playing with this idea for a while, and just want to throw it out there.
      Because tile frustums are general small compared to light radius, I tried using cone test to reduce false positives introduced by commonly used sphere-frustum test.
      On top of that, I use distance to camera rather than depth for near/far test (aka. sliced by spheres).
      This method can be naturally extended to clustered light culling as well.
      The following image shows the general ideas

       
      Performance-wise I get around 15% improvement over sphere-frustum test. You can also see how a single light performs as the following: from left to right (1) standard rendering of a point light; then tiles passed the test of (2) sphere-frustum test; (3) cone test; (4) spherical-sliced cone test
       

       
      I put the details in my blog post (https://lxjk.github.io/2018/03/25/Improve-Tile-based-Light-Culling-with-Spherical-sliced-Cone.html), GLSL source code included!
       
      Eric
    • By Fadey Duh
      Good evening everyone!

      I was wondering if there is something equivalent of  GL_NV_blend_equation_advanced for AMD?
      Basically I'm trying to find more compatible version of it.

      Thank you!
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Hi, I have a problem. Can anyone help me to use a 3d texturing on Opengl? My difficult is the loading of the image (bitmap) as texture. In the 2D case I don't have problems because I use auxDIBImageLoad. Is the same for 3D loading? This is my code:
  tex[0] = auxDIBImageLoad("Immagine1.bmp");
  if (!tex[0]) return 0;
  glGenTextures(1, &texture[0]);
  glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_3D, texture[0]); 
  glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_GENERATE_MIPMAP_SGIS, GL_TRUE);
  glTexImage3D(GL_TEXTURE_3D, 0, 3, 65, 65,65, 0, GL_RGB,GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, tex[0]->data);     
I hope someone could help me! Thanks, Dax

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bmp files are for 2d images.
If you want some 3D textures, usually they are in the Microsoft DDS format and there might be some free ones in the nvidia SDK and also the AMD SDK

developer.nvidia.com

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Firstly, do you know what you use 3D textures for? and what is your usecase, is it possible what you actually want is a cubemap?

You can create a 3D texture with BMPs but you have to provide several slices to the OpenGL driver, it can then filter between these slices, the more slices you have the better fidelity your 3D texture will be.

a simple example:

GLuint tex;
const int WIDTH=128;
const int HEIGHT=128;
const int CHANNELS=3;//RGB8
const int NUM_SLICES=4;

unsigned char* buffer = new unsigned char[WIDTH*HEIGHT*CHANNELS*NUM_SLICES];
loadAllSlices(buffer, NUM_SLICES);

glGenTextures(1, &tex);
glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_3D, tex);
glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_TEXTURE_MIN_FILTER, GL_LINEAR);
glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_TEXTURE_MAG_FILTER, GL_LINEAR);
glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_S, GL_REPEAT);
glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_T, GL_REPEAT);
glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_R, GL_REPEAT);
glTexImage3D(GL_TEXTURE_3D, 0, GL_RGB8, WIDTH, HEIGHT, NUM_SLICES, 0, GL_RGB,
GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, buffer);

delete[] buffer;



Where loadAllSlices simply copies all the BMPs image data into buffer to appear consecutively in memory.

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Original post by silvermace
Firstly, do you know what you use 3D textures for? and what is your usecase, is it possible what you actually want is a cubemap?

You can create a 3D texture with BMPs but you have to provide several slices to the OpenGL driver, it can then filter between these slices, the more slices you have the better fidelity your 3D texture will be.

a simple example:
*** Source Snippet Removed ***

Where loadAllSlices simply copies all the BMPs image data into buffer to appear consecutively in memory.


Fantastic!!! Is the solution of my problem.
My bitmap is image of a sphere. I would i cube whit this image and the 3d texture is composed whit 64 similar image.

Your code is perfect for my problem because i can see how create a buffer whit my image. But where I specified the file name?


unsigned char* buffer = new unsigned char[WIDTH*HEIGHT*CHANNELS*NUM_SLICES];
loadAllSlices(buffer, NUM_SLICES);


This is the creation of the buffer but where is the filename of my 64 textures?

Thaks!!!

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Thats up to you to figure out [smile], all you have to do is write the loadAllSlices method, in this function you can know about the files which you need to load.

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yes, basically its like packing 64 images into one array and sending that to the OpenGL driver.

say I have 2 images A and B, each has 4 bytes total. then the buffer would be 8 bytes in size and look like this in memory: AAAABBBB

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Hi, I have another problem :(

This is my implementation of loadAllSlice. It compile correctly but it doesn't work texture mapping.


FILE *pfile;
FILE *pfileW;

AUX_RGBImageRec *TextureImage[64];
char nomefile[20];
char c;
int k = 0;
int i;
int j = 0;
pfile = fopen("Common\\elenco.ini","r");
if(!pfile) exit(0);
pfileW = fopen("Common\\bitmap.bmp","w");

while(fgets(nomefile,20,pfile)!= NULL){
nomefile[strlen(nomefile)-1] = '\x0';
TextureImage[k] = auxDIBImageLoad(nomefile);
//Caricamento nel buffer
i = 0;
while(i < HEIGHT*WIDTH*CHANNELS){
buffer[j] = TextureImage[k]->data;
i++;
j++;
}
k++;
}


Elenco.it is a file whit inside all name of my bitmap.

Bye

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