DDRAW: ComputeSphereVisibility: Am I in the good way?

Henri Verbeet hverbeet at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 09:13:20 CST 2008

2008/11/13 paulo lesgaz <jeremielapuree at yahoo.fr>:
> Hello
> I would like to implement ComputeSphereVisibility. The sting game is
> completely black because of this stubbed function. Here is my idea to
> implement it. Am I in the good way, or it is completely a bad idea?
> With GetViewport, I retrieve the viewport matrix V, and with  GetTransform,
> I retrieve projection P and world W matrices ofn the device.
> I multiply the three matrices in a matrice M: M=VPW
> If M is singular, function returns with a failing message
> Otherwise, with the matrix M I retrieve the  planes of the frustum view
> (that's a little bit of math, but quite easy)
> Then for each sphere,
>   Let Visibility=0
>     for each plane of the frustum view
>    Let I be the intersection of the orthogonal projection of the center
> sphere on the plane.
>    If I is in the frustum view, then I have the visibility.So
>     Visibility=Visibility|(flag for the visibility of the chosen plane)
> Once I did it for the 6 plane, I have the visibility of the sphere.
> Is it a good point of start?
> David
The basic idea sounds about right. I don't think you need to project
the sphere onto the frustum planes, just using the plane normal to
calculate the distance to the sphere center should do.

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