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Blender to Directx exporter... works, but i think its too hacky

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Hi all,


I have been working on a simple model exporter and have been having proplems with my UV coordinates.


When i exported from blender a textured cube the texture would not map properly. After a small search I realised that this was beacuse blender stores UV coordinates in relation to the the origin being at the bottom left and directx uses the top left. I then edited my exporter by changing...

V = V




V = 1 - V


This sort of worked but it ended up with the textures being displayed backwards....






I then started reading through a directx exporter I found that it used some code to turn triangles backward (vertindex = vertindex[::-1])


vert1 = 3 

vert2 = 2

vert3 = 1


so I gave that a try to see how it affected everything and it yeilded this result...




so I changed the rasterizer settings to cull the front of triangles and display the back...




This worked!

But I can't help feeling that this is the wrong way to do things.


Am I missing a more simple, less hacky way to do things here?


does it by chance have anything to do with the fact that blender uses different XYZ coordinates to directx


X = left/right

Y = forward/back

Z = up/down



X = left/right

Y = up/down

Z = foward/back



Any help would be greatly appreciated, I think it is something I am doing wrong beacuse anything I have read so far on this topic has ended with the answer simply being to invert the V coord. This does not work for me so I assume that I am doing something fundementally wrong


btw here is my texture...




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does it by chance have anything to do with the fact that blender uses different XYZ coordinates to directx

Yes, it does. In your importer you can transform all vertices by a matrix that translates vertices between coordinate systems.

Positions need to be rotated 90 degrees around the x-axis, and mirrored/scaled along the z-axis (depending on whether you use a left- or right handed coordinate system).

Matrix xfrm = MatrixRotationAxis(X_AXIS, PI * 0.5) * MatrixScaling(Vec3(1.0, 1.0, -1.0)).

You can then use that matrix to transform other vertex components (like normals) as well.

For UVs, '1.0f - V' will work. Edited by eppo

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Positions need to be rotated 90 degrees around the x-axis, and mirrored/scaled along the z-axis (depending on whether you use a left- or right handed coordinate system).


Thanks, that was indeed my problem. All I had to do was create the rotation/scale matrix and apply it to all the vertices on export and also turn my indices for each triangle backward


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