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By QQemka
Hello. I am coding a small thingy in my spare time. All i want to achieve is to load a heightmap (as the lowest possible walking terrain), some static meshes (elements of the environment) and a dynamic character (meaning i can move, collide with heightmap/static meshes and hold a varying item in a hand ). Got a bunch of questions, or rather problems i can't find solution to myself. Nearly all are deal with graphics/gpu, not the coding part. My c++ is on high enough level.
Let's go:
Heightmap  i obviously want it to be textured, size is hardcoded to 256x256 squares. I can't have one huge texture stretched over entire terrain cause every pixel would be enormous. Thats why i decided to use 2 specified textures. First will be a tileset consisting of 16 square tiles (u v range from 0 to 0.25 for first tile and so on) and second a 256x256 buffer with 015 value representing index of the tile from tileset for every heigtmap square. Problem is, how do i blend the edges nicely and make some computationally cheap changes so its not obvious there are only 16 tiles? Is it possible to generate such terrain with some existing program?
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By RenanRR
Hi All,
I'm reading the tutorials from learnOpengl site (nice site) and I'm having a question on the camera (https://learnopengl.com/Gettingstarted/Camera).
I always saw the camera being manipulated with the lookat, but in tutorial I saw the camera being changed through the MVP arrays, which do not seem to be camera, but rather the scene that changes:
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#version 330 core layout (location = 0) in vec3 aPos; layout (location = 1) in vec2 aTexCoord; out vec2 TexCoord; uniform mat4 model; uniform mat4 view; uniform mat4 projection; void main() { gl_Position = projection * view * model * vec4(aPos, 1.0f); TexCoord = vec2(aTexCoord.x, aTexCoord.y); } then, the matrix manipulated:
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 Why use it like that?
 Is it okay to manipulate the camera that way?
in this way, are not the vertex's positions that changes instead of the camera?
 I need to pass MVP to all shaders of object in my scenes ?
What it seems, is that the camera stands still and the scenery that changes...
it's right?
Thank you

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Hi all!
I try to use the Sun shafts effects via post process in my 3DEngine, but i have some artefacts on final image(Please see attached images).
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// uniform sampler2D FullSampler; // RGBA Back Buffer uniform sampler2D BlurSampler; // shafts sampler varying vec4 Sun_pos; const vec4 ShaftParams = vec4(0.1,2.0,0.1,2.0); varying vec2 Tex_UV; #ifndef saturate float saturate(float val) { return clamp(val, 0.0, 1.0); } #endif vec4 blendSoftLight(vec4 a, vec4 b) { vec4 c = 2.0 * a * b + a * a * (1.0  2.0 * b); vec4 d = sqrt(a) * (2.0 * b  1.0) + 2.0 * a * (1.0  b); // TODO: To look in Crysis what it the shit??? //return ( b < 0.5 )? c : d; return any(lessThan(b, vec4(0.5,0.5,0.5,0.5)))? c : d; } void main(void) { vec4 sun_pos = Sun_pos; vec2 sunPosProj = sun_pos.xy; //float sign = sun_pos.w; float sign = 1.0; vec2 sunVec = sunPosProj.xy  (Tex_UV.xy  vec2(0.5, 0.5)); float sunDist = saturate(sign) * saturate( 1.0  saturate(length(sunVec) * ShaftParams.y )); sunVec *= ShaftParams.x * sign; vec4 accum; vec2 tc = Tex_UV.xy; tc += sunVec; accum = texture2D(BlurSampler, tc); tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.875; tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.75; tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.625; tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.5; tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.375; tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.25; tc += sunVec; accum += texture2D(BlurSampler, tc) * 0.125; accum *= 0.25 * vec4(sunDist, sunDist, sunDist, 1.0); accum.w += 1.0  saturate(saturate(sign * 0.1 + 0.9)); vec4 cScreen = texture2D(FullSampler, Tex_UV.xy); vec4 cSunShafts = accum; float fShaftsMask = saturate(1.00001  cSunShafts.w) * ShaftParams.z * 2.0; float fBlend = cSunShafts.w; vec4 sunColor = vec4(0.9, 0.8, 0.6, 1.0); accum = cScreen + cSunShafts.xyzz * ShaftParams.w * sunColor * (1.0  cScreen); accum = blendSoftLight(accum, sunColor * fShaftsMask * 0.5 + 0.5); gl_FragColor = accum; } Demo project:
Demo Project
Shaders for postprocess Shaders/SunShaft/
What i do wrong ?
Thanks!


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