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    • By KaiserJohan
      Am trying a basebones tessellation shader and getting unexpected result when increasing the tessellation factor. Am rendering a group of quads and trying to apply tessellation to them.
      OutsideTess = (1,1,1,1), InsideTess= (1,1)

      OutsideTess = (1,1,1,1), InsideTess= (2,1)

      I expected 4 triangles in the quad, not two. Any idea of whats wrong?
      struct PatchTess { float mEdgeTess[4] : SV_TessFactor; float mInsideTess[2] : SV_InsideTessFactor; }; struct VertexOut { float4 mWorldPosition : POSITION; float mTessFactor : TESS; }; struct DomainOut { float4 mWorldPosition : SV_POSITION; }; struct HullOut { float4 mWorldPosition : POSITION; }; Hull shader:
      PatchTess PatchHS(InputPatch<VertexOut, 3> inputVertices) { PatchTess patch; patch.mEdgeTess[ 0 ] = 1; patch.mEdgeTess[ 1 ] = 1; patch.mEdgeTess[ 2 ] = 1; patch.mEdgeTess[ 3 ] = 1; patch.mInsideTess[ 0 ] = 2; patch.mInsideTess[ 1 ] = 1; return patch; } [domain("quad")] [partitioning("fractional_odd")] [outputtopology("triangle_ccw")] [outputcontrolpoints(4)] [patchconstantfunc("PatchHS")] [maxtessfactor( 64.0 )] HullOut hull_main(InputPatch<VertexOut, 3> verticeData, uint index : SV_OutputControlPointID) { HullOut ret; ret.mWorldPosition = verticeData[index].mWorldPosition; return ret; }  
      Domain shader:
      [domain("quad")] DomainOut domain_main(PatchTess patchTess, float2 uv : SV_DomainLocation, const OutputPatch<HullOut, 4> quad) { DomainOut ret; const float MipInterval = 20.0f; ret.mWorldPosition.xz = quad[ 0 ].mWorldPosition.xz * ( 1.0f - uv.x ) * ( 1.0f - uv.y ) + quad[ 1 ].mWorldPosition.xz * uv.x * ( 1.0f - uv.y ) + quad[ 2 ].mWorldPosition.xz * ( 1.0f - uv.x ) * uv.y + quad[ 3 ].mWorldPosition.xz * uv.x * uv.y ; ret.mWorldPosition.y = quad[ 0 ].mWorldPosition.y; ret.mWorldPosition.w = 1; ret.mWorldPosition = mul( gFrameViewProj, ret.mWorldPosition ); return ret; }  
      Any ideas what could be wrong with these shaders?
    • By simco50
      I've stumbled upon Urho3D engine and found that it has a really nice and easy to read code structure.
      I think the graphics abstraction looks really interesting and I like the idea of how it defers pipeline state changes until just before the draw call to resolve redundant state changes.
      This is done by saving the state changes (blendEnabled/SRV changes/RTV changes) in member variables and just before the draw, apply the actual state changes using the graphics context.
      It looks something like this (pseudo):
      void PrepareDraw() { if(renderTargetsDirty) { pD3D11DeviceContext->OMSetRenderTarget(mCurrentRenderTargets); renderTargetsDirty = false } if(texturesDirty) { pD3D11DeviceContext->PSSetShaderResourceView(..., mCurrentSRVs); texturesDirty = false } .... //Some more state changes } This all looked like a great design at first but I've found that there is one big issue with this which I don't really understand how it is solved in their case and how I would tackle it.
      I'll explain it by example, imagine I have two rendertargets: my backbuffer RT and an offscreen RT.
      Say I want to render my backbuffer to the offscreen RT and then back to the backbuffer (Just for the sake of the example).
      You would do something like this:
      //Render to the offscreen RT pGraphics->SetRenderTarget(pOffscreenRT->GetRTV()); pGraphics->SetTexture(diffuseSlot, pDefaultRT->GetSRV()) pGraphics->DrawQuad() pGraphics->SetTexture(diffuseSlot, nullptr); //Remove the default RT from input //Render to the default (screen) RT pGraphics->SetRenderTarget(nullptr); //Default RT pGraphics->SetTexture(diffuseSlot, pOffscreenRT->GetSRV()) pGraphics->DrawQuad(); The problem here is that the second time the application loop comes around, the offscreen rendertarget is still bound as input ShaderResourceView when it gets set as a RenderTargetView because in Urho3D, the state of the RenderTargetView will always be changed before the ShaderResourceViews (see top code snippet) even when I set the SRV to nullptr before using it as a RTV like above causing errors because a resource can't be bound to both input and rendertarget.
      What is usually the solution to this?
    • By MehdiUBP
      I wrote a MatCap shader following this idea:
      Given the image representing the texture, we compute the sample point by taking the dot product of the vertex normal and the camera position and remapping this to [0,1].
      This seems to work well when I look straight at an object with this shader. However, in cases where the camera points slightly on the side, I can see the texture stretch a lot.
      Could anyone give me a hint as how to get a nice matcap shader ?
      Here's what I wrote:
      Shader "Unlit/Matcap"
              _MainTex ("Texture", 2D) = "white" {}
              Tags { "RenderType"="Opaque" }
              LOD 100
                  #pragma vertex vert
                  #pragma fragment frag
                  // make fog work
                  #include "UnityCG.cginc"
                  struct appdata
                      float4 vertex : POSITION;
                      float3 normal : NORMAL;
                  struct v2f
                      float2 worldNormal : TEXCOORD0;
                      float4 vertex : SV_POSITION;
                  sampler2D _MainTex;            
                  v2f vert (appdata v)
                      v2f o;
                      o.vertex = UnityObjectToClipPos(v.vertex);
                      o.worldNormal = mul((float3x3)UNITY_MATRIX_V, UnityObjectToWorldNormal(v.normal)).xy*0.3 + 0.5;  //UnityObjectToClipPos(v.normal)*0.5 + 0.5;
                      return o;
                  fixed4 frag (v2f i) : SV_Target
                      // sample the texture
                      fixed4 col = tex2D(_MainTex, i.worldNormal);
                      // apply fog
                      return col;
    • By DiligentDev
      I would like to introduce Diligent Engine, a project that I've been recently working on. Diligent Engine is a light-weight cross-platform abstraction layer between the application and the platform-specific graphics API. Its main goal is to take advantages of the next-generation APIs such as Direct3D12 and Vulkan, but at the same time provide support for older platforms via Direct3D11, OpenGL and OpenGLES. Diligent Engine exposes common front-end for all supported platforms and provides interoperability with underlying native API. Shader source code converter allows shaders authored in HLSL to be translated to GLSL and used on all platforms. Diligent Engine supports integration with Unity and is designed to be used as a graphics subsystem in a standalone game engine, Unity native plugin or any other 3D application. It is distributed under Apache 2.0 license and is free to use. Full source code is available for download on GitHub.
      True cross-platform Exact same client code for all supported platforms and rendering backends No #if defined(_WIN32) ... #elif defined(LINUX) ... #elif defined(ANDROID) ... No #if defined(D3D11) ... #elif defined(D3D12) ... #elif defined(OPENGL) ... Exact same HLSL shaders run on all platforms and all backends Modular design Components are clearly separated logically and physically and can be used as needed Only take what you need for your project (do not want to keep samples and tutorials in your codebase? Simply remove Samples submodule. Only need core functionality? Use only Core submodule) No 15000 lines-of-code files Clear object-based interface No global states Key graphics features: Automatic shader resource binding designed to leverage the next-generation rendering APIs Multithreaded command buffer generation 50,000 draw calls at 300 fps with D3D12 backend Descriptor, memory and resource state management Modern c++ features to make code fast and reliable The following platforms and low-level APIs are currently supported:
      Windows Desktop: Direct3D11, Direct3D12, OpenGL Universal Windows: Direct3D11, Direct3D12 Linux: OpenGL Android: OpenGLES MacOS: OpenGL iOS: OpenGLES API Basics
      The engine can perform initialization of the API or attach to already existing D3D11/D3D12 device or OpenGL/GLES context. For instance, the following code shows how the engine can be initialized in D3D12 mode:
      #include "RenderDeviceFactoryD3D12.h" using namespace Diligent; // ...  GetEngineFactoryD3D12Type GetEngineFactoryD3D12 = nullptr; // Load the dll and import GetEngineFactoryD3D12() function LoadGraphicsEngineD3D12(GetEngineFactoryD3D12); auto *pFactoryD3D11 = GetEngineFactoryD3D12(); EngineD3D12Attribs EngD3D12Attribs; EngD3D12Attribs.CPUDescriptorHeapAllocationSize[0] = 1024; EngD3D12Attribs.CPUDescriptorHeapAllocationSize[1] = 32; EngD3D12Attribs.CPUDescriptorHeapAllocationSize[2] = 16; EngD3D12Attribs.CPUDescriptorHeapAllocationSize[3] = 16; EngD3D12Attribs.NumCommandsToFlushCmdList = 64; RefCntAutoPtr<IRenderDevice> pRenderDevice; RefCntAutoPtr<IDeviceContext> pImmediateContext; SwapChainDesc SwapChainDesc; RefCntAutoPtr<ISwapChain> pSwapChain; pFactoryD3D11->CreateDeviceAndContextsD3D12( EngD3D12Attribs, &pRenderDevice, &pImmediateContext, 0 ); pFactoryD3D11->CreateSwapChainD3D12( pRenderDevice, pImmediateContext, SwapChainDesc, hWnd, &pSwapChain ); Creating Resources
      Device resources are created by the render device. The two main resource types are buffers, which represent linear memory, and textures, which use memory layouts optimized for fast filtering. To create a buffer, you need to populate BufferDesc structure and call IRenderDevice::CreateBuffer(). The following code creates a uniform (constant) buffer:
      BufferDesc BuffDesc; BufferDesc.Name = "Uniform buffer"; BuffDesc.BindFlags = BIND_UNIFORM_BUFFER; BuffDesc.Usage = USAGE_DYNAMIC; BuffDesc.uiSizeInBytes = sizeof(ShaderConstants); BuffDesc.CPUAccessFlags = CPU_ACCESS_WRITE; m_pDevice->CreateBuffer( BuffDesc, BufferData(), &m_pConstantBuffer ); Similar, to create a texture, populate TextureDesc structure and call IRenderDevice::CreateTexture() as in the following example:
      TextureDesc TexDesc; TexDesc.Name = "My texture 2D"; TexDesc.Type = TEXTURE_TYPE_2D; TexDesc.Width = 1024; TexDesc.Height = 1024; TexDesc.Format = TEX_FORMAT_RGBA8_UNORM; TexDesc.Usage = USAGE_DEFAULT; TexDesc.BindFlags = BIND_SHADER_RESOURCE | BIND_RENDER_TARGET | BIND_UNORDERED_ACCESS; TexDesc.Name = "Sample 2D Texture"; m_pRenderDevice->CreateTexture( TexDesc, TextureData(), &m_pTestTex ); Initializing Pipeline State
      Diligent Engine follows Direct3D12 style to configure the graphics/compute pipeline. One big Pipelines State Object (PSO) encompasses all required states (all shader stages, input layout description, depth stencil, rasterizer and blend state descriptions etc.)
      Creating Shaders
      To create a shader, populate ShaderCreationAttribs structure. An important member is ShaderCreationAttribs::SourceLanguage. The following are valid values for this member:
      SHADER_SOURCE_LANGUAGE_DEFAULT  - The shader source format matches the underlying graphics API: HLSL for D3D11 or D3D12 mode, and GLSL for OpenGL and OpenGLES modes. SHADER_SOURCE_LANGUAGE_HLSL  - The shader source is in HLSL. For OpenGL and OpenGLES modes, the source code will be converted to GLSL. See shader converter for details. SHADER_SOURCE_LANGUAGE_GLSL  - The shader source is in GLSL. There is currently no GLSL to HLSL converter. To allow grouping of resources based on the frequency of expected change, Diligent Engine introduces classification of shader variables:
      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. This post describes the resource binding model in Diligent Engine.
      The following is an example of shader initialization:
      ShaderCreationAttribs Attrs; Attrs.Desc.Name = "MyPixelShader"; Attrs.FilePath = "MyShaderFile.fx"; Attrs.SearchDirectories = "shaders;shaders\\inc;"; Attrs.EntryPoint = "MyPixelShader"; Attrs.Desc.ShaderType = SHADER_TYPE_PIXEL; Attrs.SourceLanguage = SHADER_SOURCE_LANGUAGE_HLSL; BasicShaderSourceStreamFactory BasicSSSFactory(Attrs.SearchDirectories); Attrs.pShaderSourceStreamFactory = &BasicSSSFactory; ShaderVariableDesc ShaderVars[] =  {     {"g_StaticTexture", SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_STATIC},     {"g_MutableTexture", SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_MUTABLE},     {"g_DynamicTexture", SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_DYNAMIC} }; Attrs.Desc.VariableDesc = ShaderVars; Attrs.Desc.NumVariables = _countof(ShaderVars); Attrs.Desc.DefaultVariableType = SHADER_VARIABLE_TYPE_STATIC; StaticSamplerDesc StaticSampler; StaticSampler.Desc.MinFilter = FILTER_TYPE_LINEAR; StaticSampler.Desc.MagFilter = FILTER_TYPE_LINEAR; StaticSampler.Desc.MipFilter = FILTER_TYPE_LINEAR; StaticSampler.TextureName = "g_MutableTexture"; Attrs.Desc.NumStaticSamplers = 1; Attrs.Desc.StaticSamplers = &StaticSampler; ShaderMacroHelper Macros; Macros.AddShaderMacro("USE_SHADOWS", 1); Macros.AddShaderMacro("NUM_SHADOW_SAMPLES", 4); Macros.Finalize(); Attrs.Macros = Macros; RefCntAutoPtr<IShader> pShader; m_pDevice->CreateShader( Attrs, &pShader ); Creating the Pipeline State Object
      To create a pipeline state object, define instance of PipelineStateDesc structure. The structure defines the pipeline specifics such as if the pipeline is a compute pipeline, number and format of render targets as well as depth-stencil format:
      // This is a graphics pipeline PSODesc.IsComputePipeline = false; PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.NumRenderTargets = 1; PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.RTVFormats[0] = TEX_FORMAT_RGBA8_UNORM_SRGB; PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.DSVFormat = TEX_FORMAT_D32_FLOAT; The structure also defines depth-stencil, rasterizer, blend state, input layout and other parameters. For instance, rasterizer state can be defined as in the code snippet below:
      // Init rasterizer state RasterizerStateDesc &RasterizerDesc = PSODesc.GraphicsPipeline.RasterizerDesc; RasterizerDesc.FillMode = FILL_MODE_SOLID; RasterizerDesc.CullMode = CULL_MODE_NONE; RasterizerDesc.FrontCounterClockwise = True; RasterizerDesc.ScissorEnable = True; //RSDesc.MultisampleEnable = false; // do not allow msaa (fonts would be degraded) RasterizerDesc.AntialiasedLineEnable = False; When all fields are populated, call IRenderDevice::CreatePipelineState() to create the PSO:
      m_pDev->CreatePipelineState(PSODesc, &m_pPSO); Binding Shader Resources
      Shader resource binding in Diligent Engine is based on grouping variables in 3 different groups (static, mutable and dynamic). Static variables 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. They are bound directly to the shader object:
      PixelShader->GetShaderVariable( "g_tex2DShadowMap" )->Set( pShadowMapSRV ); Mutable and dynamic variables are bound via a new object called Shader Resource Binding (SRB), which is created by the pipeline state:
      m_pPSO->CreateShaderResourceBinding(&m_pSRB); Dynamic and mutable resources are then bound through SRB object:
      m_pSRB->GetVariable(SHADER_TYPE_VERTEX, "tex2DDiffuse")->Set(pDiffuseTexSRV); m_pSRB->GetVariable(SHADER_TYPE_VERTEX, "cbRandomAttribs")->Set(pRandomAttrsCB); The difference between mutable and dynamic resources is that mutable ones can only be set once for every instance of a shader resource binding. Dynamic resources can be set multiple times. It is important to properly set the variable type as this may affect performance. Static variables are generally most efficient, followed by mutable. Dynamic variables are most expensive from performance point of view. This post explains shader resource binding in more details.
      Setting the Pipeline State and Invoking Draw Command
      Before any draw command can be invoked, all required vertex and index buffers as well as the pipeline state should be bound to the device context:
      // Clear render target const float zero[4] = {0, 0, 0, 0}; m_pContext->ClearRenderTarget(nullptr, zero); // 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); m_pContext->SetPipelineState(m_pPSO); Also, all shader resources must be committed to the device context:
      m_pContext->CommitShaderResources(m_pSRB, COMMIT_SHADER_RESOURCES_FLAG_TRANSITION_RESOURCES); When all required states and resources are bound, IDeviceContext::Draw() can be used to execute draw command or IDeviceContext::DispatchCompute() can be used to execute compute command. Note that for a draw command, graphics pipeline must be bound, and for dispatch command, compute pipeline must be bound. Draw() 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); Tutorials and Samples
      The GitHub repository contains a number of tutorials and sample applications that demonstrate the API usage.
      Tutorial 01 - Hello Triangle This tutorial shows how to render a simple triangle using Diligent Engine API.   Tutorial 02 - Cube This tutorial demonstrates how to render an actual 3D object, a cube. It shows how to load shaders from files, create and use vertex, index and uniform buffers.   Tutorial 03 - Texturing This tutorial demonstrates how to apply a texture to a 3D object. It shows how to load a texture from file, create shader resource binding object and how to sample a texture in the shader.   Tutorial 04 - Instancing This tutorial demonstrates how to use instancing to render multiple copies of one object using unique transformation matrix for every copy.   Tutorial 05 - Texture Array This tutorial demonstrates how to combine instancing with texture arrays to use unique texture for every instance.   Tutorial 06 - Multithreading This tutorial shows how to generate command lists in parallel from multiple threads.   Tutorial 07 - Geometry Shader This tutorial shows how to use geometry shader to render smooth wireframe.   Tutorial 08 - Tessellation This tutorial shows how to use hardware tessellation to implement simple adaptive terrain rendering algorithm.   Tutorial_09 - Quads This tutorial shows how to render multiple 2D quads, frequently swithcing textures and blend modes.
      AntTweakBar sample demonstrates how to use AntTweakBar library to create simple user interface.

      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 textures, using compute shaders and unordered access views, etc. 

      The repository includes Asteroids performance benchmark based on this demo developed by Intel. It renders 50,000 unique textured asteroids and lets compare performance of D3D11 and D3D12 implementations. Every asteroid is a combination of one of 1000 unique meshes and one of 10 unique textures. 

      Integration with Unity
      Diligent Engine supports integration with Unity through Unity low-level native plugin interface. The engine relies on Native API Interoperability to attach to the graphics API initialized by Unity. After Diligent Engine device and context are created, they can be used us usual to create resources and issue rendering commands. GhostCubePlugin shows an example how Diligent Engine can be used to render a ghost cube only visible as a reflection in a mirror.

    • By tedyage
         I want to output the Image file from the shaderresourceview of the rendertexture, so I have to transfer the shaderresourceview into a image object, and I don't know how to do this. Could you help me with it? 
         PS:I am using SharpDx to develop my program. So it's better be coding by C#. Many thanks.
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The next phase in my 2d game framework is animation. At the moment I have just one sprite texture for my moving sprites.

As I am using SlimDX, I don't have the handy sprite-related classes that XNA has. As such, I need to understand the principles of using sprite sheets instead of separate sprite images.

1. What defines a sprite sheet?

Is this just a large image with multiple animation frames organised into their own tiles in that image? Or does it also have some kind of header file which tells you the vectors of the rectangled which bound each image?

2. How are textures mapped from the sprite sheet?

Is this achieved via calls in the C# calling program, or via the HLSL fx file? I am using DX11 by the way.

I'm sure with a little guidance I can get cracking on this. Thanks in advance anyways.smile.png

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I think I know what to do now.


This will allow me to build a sprite sheet from separate images, which I can generate in GIMP easily enough. I would then need to map the texture using the texture coordinate attributes for each CustomVertex object (instance variable of a sprite) in my game.

I'll set the vectors as per the rectangle definitions in the spritesheet config file, and transform them through an orthogonal matrix.

I think this is the principle anyways.cool.png

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OMG No ! Not sprite sheets if you are using DX11. Use a texture array, they are so much better. biggrin.png. Tricky to setup and get to know but so much more powerful after that.

Texture arrays are definitely very useful, but I don't think they are a replacement for sprite sheets.
Why do you consider texture arrays so much better for sprite storage?
They definitely have some useful properties, such as texture clamping, which is problematic with sprite sheets,
but what happens when individual sprites have different resolutions or different amounts of animation frames?

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Of course they are a replacement for sprite sheets. For me it was a no-brainer, one minute i was using sprite sheets and the next minute, life was easier. Texture array's remove the problems inherent to sprite-sheets.

You can contrive any number of scenarios that might break a technique / technology. But that doesn't change the fact that by and large, Texture arrays make sprite sheets (in their regular usage scenario) redundant.

And just thinking about animation frames ... you can have any number of animation frames you like for any particular sprite with texture arrays. Using texture arrays doesn't change how you interpret your sprite collection at the higher level or how you are sampling your sprites to form animation.

And in regards to sprites with different resolutions, how many different resolutions are you talking about ? You could only look at sprite sheets as being more appropriate for particular situations. You can store sprites with different resolutions into a texture array, that's no problem, if you're happy with burning some empty memory (I think compression will mitigate that cost), and if there are only a few exceptionally small/large sprites then you can divide them up, and pass them in via another texture slot, maybe on their own or in another array, though i suppose you might want to stick with a single sprite pipeline. Anyway im not arguing that sprite sheets aren't useful in those scenarios, im just not familar with having to do that, and i stand by my point that texture arrays are better than sprite sheets (in most circumstances).

I would concede though that if the OP described how they were going to use the sprites, what sizes etc, then perhaps Hyunkel's points should be considered if appropriate. Edited by Gavin Williams

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I agree that texture arrays are ideal in a situation where you have many sprites of the same (or nearly the same) size.
However, as you said, it depends entirely on what the OP is doing.
The last project I worked on for example, had completely arbitrary sprite sizes.

I suppose we both agree that if you can use texture arrays instead of sprite sheets, you should definitely go for it.

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Thanks guys - but I am not familiar with using texture arrays.

In terms of what I am seeking to achieve, I can explain.

For my simple Pacman game, upon detecting a valid keypress in the game look I initiate movement to the next tile on the game board. I want to change the texture for Pacman every pixel of movement. This means changing the texture of the sprite every iteration of the game loop.

The method of retrieving said texture is the issue here. Should this be via sprite sheet, whereby I just change the texture mapping, or should the texture itself be swapped out for another? If the latter, I take it that I can either a) load a new individual texture, or b) retrieve it from a pre-loaded array of textures. Option b) would certainly seem to be less expensive, since the overheads of the load method will be negated in favour of in-memory data retrieval.

That said, if a spritesheet is in memory, I am not clear on how computationally expensive this is compared against using a texture array.

Do I have the right idea here? cool.png

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