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      I'm following rastertek tutorial 14 (http://rastertek.com/tertut14.html). The problem is, slope based texturing doesn't work in my application. There are plenty of slopes in my terrain. None of them get slope color.
      float4 PSMAIN(DS_OUTPUT Input) : SV_Target { float4 grassColor; float4 slopeColor; float4 rockColor; float slope; float blendAmount; float4 textureColor; grassColor = txTerGrassy.Sample(SSTerrain, Input.TextureCoords); slopeColor = txTerMossRocky.Sample(SSTerrain, Input.TextureCoords); rockColor = txTerRocky.Sample(SSTerrain, Input.TextureCoords); // Calculate the slope of this point. slope = (1.0f - Input.LSNormal.y); if(slope < 0.2) { blendAmount = slope / 0.2f; textureColor = lerp(grassColor, slopeColor, blendAmount); } if((slope < 0.7) && (slope >= 0.2f)) { blendAmount = (slope - 0.2f) * (1.0f / (0.7f - 0.2f)); textureColor = lerp(slopeColor, rockColor, blendAmount); } if(slope >= 0.7) { textureColor = rockColor; } return float4(textureColor.rgb, 1); } Can anyone help me? Thanks.

    • By cozzie
      Hi all,
      As a part of the debug drawing system in my engine,  I want to add support for rendering simple text on screen  (aka HUD/ HUD style). From what I've read there are a few options, in short:
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      2. Using Direct2D/Directwrite, combine with DX11 rendertarget/ backbuffer
      3. Use an external library, like the directx toolkit etc.
      I want to go for number 2, but articles/ documentation confused me a bit. Some say you need to create a DX10 device, to be able to do this, because it doesn't directly work with the DX11 device.  But other articles tell that this was 'patched' later on and should work now.
      Can someone shed some light on this and ideally provide me an example or article on  how to set this up?
      All input is appreciated.
    • By stale
      I've just started learning about tessellation from Frank Luna's DX11 book. I'm getting some very weird behavior when I try to render a tessellated quad patch if I also render a mesh in the same frame. The tessellated quad patch renders just fine if it's the only thing I'm rendering. This is pictured below:
      However, when I attempt to render the same tessellated quad patch along with the other entities in the scene (which are simple triangle-lists), I get the following error:

      I have no idea why this is happening, and google searches have given me no leads at all. I use the following code to render the tessellated quad patch:
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      for (unsigned int i = 0; i < scene->GetEntityList()->size(); i++) { Entity* entity = scene->GetEntityList()->at(i); if (entity->m_VisualComponent->m_visualType == VisualType::MESH) DrawMeshEntity(entity, cam, sun, point); else if (entity->m_VisualComponent->m_visualType == VisualType::BILLBOARD) DrawBillboardEntity(entity, cam, sun, point); else if (entity->m_VisualComponent->m_visualType == VisualType::TERRAIN) DrawTerrainEntity(entity, cam); } HR(m_swapChain->Present(0, 0)); Any help/advice would be much appreciated!
    • 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.
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      OutsideTess = (1,1,1,1), InsideTess= (2,1)

      I expected 4 triangles in the quad, not two. Any idea of whats wrong?
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      Domain shader:
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    • 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.
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      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?
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DX11 Is Xna Still Required If I Migrate From Dx9 To Dx11 Using C#?

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I notice there is a package called XNA that used to be required to run games on windows 7 platform with DX11....

I think it's a SDK package, but sometimes, when running certain games, the game fails to start if

I didn't install the XNA even though I am not writing any code.


Despite of the new Windows 10 OS, if I still use windows 7 and targeted at 7, should I install the XNA SDK?


I am asking this because the default SDK which comes from VS2013 already has a fairly good coverage.




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I notice there is a package called XNA that used to be required to run games on windows 7 platform with DX11....
No. XNA is a lightweight game framework/engine library, like MonoGame, SFML, SDL, etc...

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Despite of the new Windows 10 OS, if I still use windows 7 and targeted at 7, should I install the XNA SDK?


I would have to say whether or not you decide to install it really depends on how comfortable you are with using DirectX11 because you do not require XNA to use DirectX11. But you can still use Windows 10 and XNA there is a fix for that now if you plan on using XNA instead.

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XNA helping you for DX11 is coincidence. XNA was built on top of DX9 and possibly it's installation installed something else you needed like the DX9 SDK or something.


Microsoft stopped supporting XNA and the MonoGame team took it over. They ported it to DX11 and it now is based off DX11 with the advantage of Shader Model 5.


XNA/MonoGame is a C#.Net "wrapper" for DirectX. If you want a little bit easier way to work up to DirectX, XNA and MonoGame are a superb way to do it largely because of the great XNA 3 books that were published. Once you really have a solid understanding of things in MonoGame/XNA it's a lot easier to start doing DirectX.


DirectX in no shape form or fashion needs MonoGame or XNA to be installed. Quite the reverse in that they run on top of DirectX.


DirectX is more meant for C++ programming although some have managed to make it work using other programming languages such as SharpDX which uses C# but is not that well documented.


One thing you may be getting confused on is that in order to do DX11 in Windows 7 you have to have two copies of DirectX installed. DirectX is now part of the Windows SDK which is basically pre-installed. And if you're in Win10 that's great. But in Windows 7 it doesn't work for a lot of stuff. You actually have to have a second copy of DirectX installed, from what I've experienced. So, you install the old DirectX SDK in addition to the Windows SDK that's already installed. It's kind of confusing, and I think Microsoft wanted it to be that way because they want to do anything in their power to force you to stop using anything before Windows 8. But if you get both installed you can do DX11 in Windows 7.


So, the bottom line is that you should never have to install XNA in order to program DX11. It may be installing the DirectX SDK and that may be what you are experiencing. And in order to do DX11 in Win7 you have to install the DX SDK in addition to the Windows SDK even though DX is built into the Windows SDK.

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