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  1. Hi guys. Has anyone of you ever tried to make shaders in mental-mill? What kind of changes should I make in the code to have it working in XNA?
  2. Help!! I really need to know how to implement this in Catalin Zima's Deferred rendering. Can anybody please help me?
  3. Yes I know. The problem is that I'm still a novice at programming. That's why I would really appreciate some more explanations, especially related to a possible implementation into Catalin Zima's example.
  4. I've tried setting up the SSAO from [url="http://www.codeplex.com/wikipage?ProjectName=XNACommunity&title=SSAO&referringTitle=Home"]this site[/url] first. But I couldn't get it working. However I would much more prefer to implement the ambient occlusion described in this forum (the one I've linked in the first post). The fact is that I'm not really sure of the process I have to follow to set up SSAO in a deferred renderer.
  5. Sorry if I'm bumping this post, but I REALLY need help. Please.
  6. Hi Guys. I'm new to this forum. I hope you can help me whit a very big problem I've got. The fact is that I really need to implement a SSAO algorithm like the one described in the topic "A Simple and Practical Approach to SSAO" found [url="http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/reference/programming/140/lighting-and-shading/a-simple-and-practical-approach-to-ssao-r2753"]here[/url] in my XNA 3.1 deferred rendering engine (built from Catalin Zima's tutorial), but I just can't figure out how to do it. I'm just wondering if someone cuold please explain it clearly to me or (if he's got it) send me a sample with something similar. I've chosen the implementation described on this forum because it's really much better than the Crysis one which can be found on the XNA Community (I've also tried implementing that one but with no results). Please help me. I've looked all over the internet but couldn't find anything. Thanks in advance.