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• Hello,
i try to implement voxel cone tracing in my game engine.
At first step i try to emplement the easiest "poor mans" method
a.  my test scene "Sponza Atrium" is voxelized completetly in a static voxel grid 128^3 ( structured buffer contains albedo)
b. i dont care about "conservative rasterization" and dont use any sparse voxel access structure
c. every voxel does have the same color for every side ( top, bottom, front .. )
d.  one directional light injects light to the voxels ( another stuctured buffer )
I will try to say what i think is correct ( please correct me )
GI lighting a given vertecie  in a ideal method
A.  we would shoot many ( e.g. 1000 ) rays in the half hemisphere which is oriented according to the normal of that vertecie
B.  we would take into account every occluder ( which is very much work load) and sample the color from the hit point.
C. according to the angle between ray and the vertecie normal we would weigth ( cosin ) the color and sum up all samples and devide by the count of rays
Voxel GI lighting
In priciple we want to do the same thing with our voxel structure.
Even if we would know where the correct hit points of the vertecie are we would have the task to calculate the weighted sum of many voxels.
Saving time for weighted summing up of colors of each voxel
To save the time for weighted summing up of colors of each voxel we build bricks or clusters.
Every 8 neigbour voxels make a "cluster voxel" of level 1, ( this is done recursively for many levels ).
The color of a side of a "cluster voxel" is the average of the colors of the four containing voxels sides with the same orientation.

After having done this we can sample the far away parts just by sampling the coresponding "cluster voxel with the coresponding level" and get the summed up color.
Actually this process is done be mip mapping a texture that contains the colors of the voxels which places the color of the neighbouring voxels also near by in the texture.
Cone tracing, howto ??
Here my understanding is confus ?? How is the voxel structure efficiently traced.
I simply cannot understand how the occlusion problem is fastly solved so that we know which single voxel or "cluster voxel" of which level we have to sample.
Supposed,  i am in a dark room that is filled with many boxes of different kind of sizes an i have a pocket lamp e.g. with a pyramid formed light cone
- i would see some single voxels near or far
- i would also see many different kind of boxes "clustered voxels" of different sizes which are partly occluded
How do i make a weighted sum of this ligting area ??
e.g. if i want to sample a "clustered voxel level 4" i have to take into account how much per cent of the area of this "clustered voxel" is occluded.
Please be patient with me, i really try to understand but maybe i need some more explanation than others
best regards evelyn

• Hi guys, when I do picking followed by ray-plane intersection the results are all wrong. I am pretty sure my ray-plane intersection is correct so I'll just show the picking part. Please take a look:

// get projection_matrix DirectX::XMFLOAT4X4 mat; DirectX::XMStoreFloat4x4(&mat, projection_matrix); float2 v; v.x = (((2.0f * (float)mouse_x) / (float)screen_width) - 1.0f) / mat._11; v.y = -(((2.0f * (float)mouse_y) / (float)screen_height) - 1.0f) / mat._22; // get inverse of view_matrix DirectX::XMMATRIX inv_view = DirectX::XMMatrixInverse(nullptr, view_matrix); DirectX::XMStoreFloat4x4(&mat, inv_view); // create ray origin (camera position) float3 ray_origin; ray_origin.x = mat._41; ray_origin.y = mat._42; ray_origin.z = mat._43; // create ray direction float3 ray_dir; ray_dir.x = v.x * mat._11 + v.y * mat._21 + mat._31; ray_dir.y = v.x * mat._12 + v.y * mat._22 + mat._32; ray_dir.z = v.x * mat._13 + v.y * mat._23 + mat._33;
That should give me a ray origin and direction in world space but when I do the ray-plane intersection the results are all wrong.
If I click on the bottom half of the screen ray_dir.z becomes negative (more so as I click lower). I don't understand how that can be, shouldn't it always be pointing down the z-axis ?
I had this working in the past but I can't find my old code

• Hi,
I finally managed to get the DX11 emulating Vulkan device working but everything is flipped vertically now because Vulkan has a different clipping space. What are the best practices out there to keep these implementation consistent? I tried using a vertically flipped viewport, and while it works on Nvidia 1050, the Vulkan debug layer is throwing error messages that this is not supported in the spec so it might not work on others. There is also the possibility to flip the clip scpace position Y coordinate before writing out with vertex shader, but that requires changing and recompiling every shader. I could also bake it into the camera projection matrices, though I want to avoid that because then I need to track down for the whole engine where I upload matrices... Any chance of an easy extension or something? If not, I will probably go with changing the vertex shaders.

• Hello,
in my game engine i want to implement my own bone weight painting tool, so to say a virtual brush painting tool for a mesh.
I have already implemented my own "dual quaternion skinning" animation system with "morphs" (=blend shapes)  and "bone driven"  "corrective morphs" (= morph is dependent from a bending or twisting bone)
But now i have no idea which is the best method to implement a brush painting system.
Just some proposals
a.  i would build a kind of additional "vertecie structure", that can help me to find the surrounding (neighbours) vertecie indexes from a given "central vertecie" index
b.  the structure should also give information about the distance from the neighbour vertecsies to the given "central vertecie" index
c.  calculate the strength of the adding color to the "central vertecie" an the neighbour vertecies by a formula with linear or quadratic distance fall off
d.  the central vertecie would be detected as that vertecie that is hit by a orthogonal projection from my cursor (=brush) in world space an the mesh
but my problem is that there could be several  vertecies that can be hit simultaniously. e.g. i want to paint the inward side of the left leg. the right leg will also be hit.
I think the given problem is quite typical an there are standard approaches that i dont know.
Any help or tutorial are welcome
P.S. I am working with SharpDX, DirectX11

• Hi, I'm implementing a simple 3D engine based on DirectX11. I'm trying to render a skybox with a cubemap on it and to do so I'm using DDS Texture Loader from DirectXTex library. I use texassemble to generate the cubemap (texture array of 6 textures) into a DDS file that I load at runtime. I generated a cube "dome" and sample the texture using the position vector of the vertex as the sample coordinates (so far so good), but I always get the same face of the cubemap mapped on the sky. As I look around I always get the same face (and it wobbles a bit if I move the camera). My code:
//Texture.cpp:         Texture::Texture(const wchar_t *textureFilePath, const std::string &textureType) : mType(textureType)         {             //CreateDDSTextureFromFile(Game::GetInstance()->GetDevice(), Game::GetInstance()->GetDeviceContext(), textureFilePath, &mResource, &mShaderResourceView);             CreateDDSTextureFromFileEx(Game::GetInstance()->GetDevice(), Game::GetInstance()->GetDeviceContext(), textureFilePath, 0, D3D11_USAGE_DEFAULT, D3D11_BIND_SHADER_RESOURCE, 0, D3D11_RESOURCE_MISC_TEXTURECUBE, false, &mResource, &mShaderResourceView);         }     // SkyBox.cpp:          void SkyBox::Draw()     {         // set cube map         ID3D11ShaderResourceView *resource = mTexture.GetResource();         Game::GetInstance()->GetDeviceContext()->PSSetShaderResources(0, 1, &resource);              // set primitive topology         Game::GetInstance()->GetDeviceContext()->IASetPrimitiveTopology(D3D_PRIMITIVE_TOPOLOGY_TRIANGLELIST);              mMesh.Bind();         mMesh.Draw();     }     // Vertex Shader:     cbuffer Transform : register(b0)     {         float4x4 viewProjectionMatrix;     };          float4 main(inout float3 pos : POSITION) : SV_POSITION     {         return mul(float4(pos, 1.0f), viewProjectionMatrix);     }     // Pixel Shader:     SamplerState cubeSampler;     TextureCube cubeMap;          float4 main(in float3 pos : POSITION) : SV_TARGET     {         float4 color = cubeMap.Sample(cubeSampler, pos.xyz);         return color;     } I tried both functions grom DDS loader but I keep getting the same result. All results I found on the web are about the old SDK toolkits, but I'm using the new DirectXTex lib.

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Currently i am working on my first attempt at integrating Compute Shaders into my engine. Recently i ported my engine over to DX11. Currently i support VS, GS, and PS. so the next step is logically, CS.

I have gone thru and "wrapped" the functionality that allows me to create the Buffer, UAV and the SRV for the buffer.

I can set the CS, the UAV and i dispatch, which executes the CS, and i verify the output by copying the UAV to a staging buffer ( ala DX SDK examples ). the UAV contains the expected values.

The problem comes when i try to set the associated Shader Resource View for the buffer. Using pix, the Shader Resource says the buffer is filled with 0's. However, it should be filled with 1's ( just for debug purposes ).

The shader i am using, works if i hard code the values to output, so i know the shader is executing. I have even tried to index into the StructuredBuffer with a constant ( 1 ), so that i know that the threads are not mixing up.

Setting the UAV - This works and has been verified
ID3D11UnorderedAccessView* uav = buffers_[buffer]->GetUnorderedAccess(); immediateContext_->CSSetUnorderedAccessViews(0, 1, &uav, 0);

ID3D11ShaderResourceView* pFromRV = buffers_[buffer]->GetShaderResource(); ID3D11ShaderResourceView* aRViews[ 1 ] = { pFromRV }; immediateContext_->PSSetShaderResources(0, 1, aRViews);

CopyToFrame Shader - Takes in a buffer, and returns the value
StructuredBuffer<float4> buffer : register( t0 ); cbuffer cbPS : register( b0 ) { uint4 g_param; }; void VS(uint VertexID: SV_VertexID, out float2 oTexCoord : TexCoord, out float4 oPosition : SV_Position) { // Produce a fullscreen triangle oPosition.x = (VertexID == 2) ? 3.0f : -1.0f; oPosition.y = (VertexID == 0) ? -3.0f : 1.0f; oPosition.zw = 1.0f; oTexCoord = oPosition.xy * float2(0.5f, -0.5f) + 0.5f; } void PS(float4 iPosition : SV_Position, out float4 oColor : SV_Target) { oColor = buffer[1]; }

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Hi,

Two possible things come to my mind.
Do you unbind the UAV, when your CS was executed?
ID3D11UnorderedAccessView* nouav[] = {NULL}; immediateContext_->CSSetUnorderedAccessViews(0, 1, nouav, 0);
That’s necessary, otherwise d3d will yell warnings at you, when you try to bind a SRV on the resource somewhere else, because you have the buffer still bound as output (i.e. as UAV).

Second, does the shader display the right values when you just clear and not bind the UAV?
float clear[] = {1,0,0,1}; // red color ID3D11UnorderedAccessView* uav = buffers_[buffer]->GetUnorderedAccess(); immediateContext->ClearUnorderedAccessViewFloat(uav, clear);

Cheers!

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Yes, i was unbinding it, and it was clearing. My problem was in the CS Shader the buffer was designed as uint4, but the shader resource view buffer was float4. this caused the shader assembly code to do a utof which makes a very large number. making them both uint4, or float4 works.

any thoughts on why ftou turns 16.0 into a very large unsigned number. instead of just making it 16?

thanks much