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Hi guys

 

Ive been researching the subject of the ribbon trail technique or the sword slash effect (picture below) and was wondering if anyone could provide any advice on how  this is implemented from one time frame of an animated model to the next.

 

 

                                                               Thankyou

 

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I came across a forum topic(link below)  in which the contributor jwatte  gave instructions on how to put together a ribbon trail

but the part where he writes "each frame, you shift the position of each pair of vertices "over" one -- vertex 0 becomes vertex 2, vertex 1 becomes vertex 3, etc." .Im not sure how I would go about implementing this part

 

 

ribbon trail link

http://xboxforums.create.msdn.com/forums/p/82905/500482.aspx#500482

 

 

trianglestrip code

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Audio;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.GamerServices;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Input;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Net;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Storage;

namespace TRISTRIP
{
    public class Game1 : Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Game
    {
        GraphicsDeviceManager graphics;
        GraphicsDevice device;
        BasicEffect basicEffect;
        QuakeCamera fpsCam;
        CoordCross cCross;

        VertexPositionColor[] vertices;
        VertexDeclaration myVertexDeclaration;

        public Game1()
        {
            graphics = new GraphicsDeviceManager(this);
            Content.RootDirectory = "Content";
        }

        protected override void Initialize()
        {
            fpsCam = new QuakeCamera(GraphicsDevice.Viewport);            
            base.Initialize();
        }        

        protected override void LoadContent()
        {
            device = graphics.GraphicsDevice;
            basicEffect = new BasicEffect(device, null);
            InitVertices();
            cCross = new CoordCross(device);
        }

        private void InitVertices()
        {
            myVertexDeclaration = new VertexDeclaration(device, VertexPositionColor.VertexElements);
            vertices = new VertexPositionColor[12];

            vertices[0] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(-5, 1, 1), Color.Red);
            vertices[1] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(-5, 5, 1), Color.Green);
            vertices[2] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(-3, 1, 1), Color.Blue);

            vertices[3] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(-3, 5, 1), Color.Gray);
            vertices[4] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(-1, 1, 1), Color.Purple);
            vertices[5] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(-1, 5, 1), Color.Orange);

            vertices[6] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(1, 1, 1), Color.BurlyWood);
            vertices[7] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(1, 5, 1), Color.Gray);
            vertices[8] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(3, 1, 1), Color.Green);

            vertices[9] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(3, 5, 1), Color.Yellow);
            vertices[10] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(5, 1, 1), Color.Blue);
            vertices[11] = new VertexPositionColor(new Vector3(5, 5, 1), Color.Red);
        }

        protected override void UnloadContent()
        {
        }

        protected override void Update(GameTime gameTime)
        {
            GamePadState gamePadState = GamePad.GetState(PlayerIndex.One);
            if (gamePadState.Buttons.Back == ButtonState.Pressed)
                this.Exit();

            MouseState mouseState = Mouse.GetState();
            KeyboardState keyState = Keyboard.GetState();
            if (keyState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Escape))
                this.Exit(); // Exit with ESC key

            fpsCam.Update(mouseState, keyState, gamePadState);

            base.Update(gameTime);
        }

        protected override void Draw(GameTime gameTime)
        {
            device.Clear(ClearOptions.Target | ClearOptions.DepthBuffer, Color.CornflowerBlue, 1, 0);

            cCross.Draw(fpsCam.ViewMatrix, fpsCam.ProjectionMatrix);

            //draw triangles
            device.RenderState.CullMode = CullMode.None;
            basicEffect.World = Matrix.Identity;
            basicEffect.View = fpsCam.ViewMatrix;
            basicEffect.Projection = fpsCam.ProjectionMatrix;
            basicEffect.VertexColorEnabled = true;

            basicEffect.Begin();
            foreach (EffectPass pass in basicEffect.CurrentTechnique.Passes)
            {
                pass.Begin();
                device.VertexDeclaration = myVertexDeclaration;
                device.DrawUserPrimitives<VertexPositionColor>(PrimitiveType.TriangleStrip, vertices, 0, 10);
                pass.End();
            }
            basicEffect.End();

            base.Draw(gameTime);
        }
    }
}

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