OpenGL : Blending & feedback effect

I’m struggling on a simple project, as an example/sandbox, I’m rendering a small oscillating rectangle on my output. I’m not using glclearcolor() but instead, on every frame I draw a black rectangle before anything else, blending with glBlendFunc(GL_SRC_ALPHA, GL_ONE_MINUS_SRC_ALPHA);

My goal is to see as I play with the alpha of this black rectangle feedback of previous frames, slowly fading, some kind of trail, and it’s more or less working.

My main problem though, the trail never really disappears, and the longer I try to get the trail, the worse it gets. Also, I have to quite crank the alpha before seeing any trail, I don’t really understand why.

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Why does the triangle rendered by OpenGL ES 2.0 , with SDL 2.0 context, vanishes after a single render, if events are not polled?

I was experimenting with OpenGL ES 2.0 and being new to OpenGL, I was trying to render a simple triangle. But I was shocked to see that, if I do not call SDL_PollEvent(...) after glDrawArrays(...) in the game loop, I see the triangle render on the screen for a split second and then it vanishes altogether ! But, if I call SDL_PollEvent then everything is fine ! Can anyone explain to me the reason for this abnormal behavior???

However, this is the interesting part of my code:

This code works perfectly, if I uncomment the commented block of code:

uint32_t vbo;  glGenBuffers(1, &vbo); glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vbo); glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(vertices), vertices, GL_STATIC_DRAW);  glEnableVertexAttribArray(pos); glVertexAttribPointer(pos, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 3*sizeof(float), (void*)0);  bool run = true; SDL_Event e; while (run) {     glDrawArrays(GL_TRIANGLES, 0, 3);   SDL_GL_SwapWindow(window);   /*while(SDL_PollEvent(&e)) {       switch(e.type)       {            case SDL_QUIT:                 run = false;                 break;        } } */ 


Vertex Shader:

precision mediump float;  attribute vec3 pos; void main() {     gl_Position = vec4(, 1.0);  } 

Fragment Shader:

precision mediump float;  void main() {       gl_FragColor = vec4(0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 1.0);  } 

Every help will be greatly appreciated, Thankyou everyone in advance !

OpenGL GLSL ES 3.10 – Referencing a uniform variable, causes the vertex shader to not draw anything

I have this project, that has a default shader, that just draws models and textures. Recently I decided to add a second shader that does a fancy effect, and is used only on some of the objects drawn.

After compiling the project for Linux or Windows, it all works as expected. When compiling the project to Android, only on specific devices, the new shader doesn’t work, while on other devices I tried, it all works.

My shaders

Below is my default vertex shader specifically made for Android devices, this one works on all devices and draws everything without any editing or effect. As far as I understand, the fragment shaders work, so I’ll omit them.

    #version 310 es      in vec4 position;     in vec3 colour;     in vec2 texCoord;      uniform mat4 matrix;     uniform mat4 matrixProjection;      out vec2 outTexCoord;     out vec4 outColour;      void main() {             gl_Position = matrixProjection *matrix *position;             outTexCoord  = texCoord;             outColour  = vec4(colour.rgb, 1);     } 

I hope this looks fairly straight-forward. matrixProjection is the projection matrix, and matrix is the model-view matrix. They both work as expected and I’m able to render a whole scene without issue.

Now here is a simplified version of my new shader:

    #version 310 es      in vec4 position;     in vec3 colour;     in vec2 texCoord;      uniform mat4 matrix;     uniform mat4 matrixProjection;     uniform float animationCurrent;      out vec2 outTexCoord;     out vec4 outColour;      void main() {             gl_Position = matrixProjection *matrix *position;              if (animationCurrent > 0.0) {                     gl_Position.y += 5.0;             }              outColour = vec4(colour.rgb, 1.0);             outTexCoord  = texCoord;     } 

The only difference of the new shader is the new uniform animationCurrent, and an extra if statement that will modify the gl_Position.y of some vertices. Any object that is using this shader, is not drawn at all on the screen on some devices.

What I’ve tried

From the new shader, if I remove the entire if statement, it all works and it displays objects as-is. If I replace the if statement with if (true) it still works, but it just displays all vertices of objects drawn with it slightly higher. If I replace it with if (false) it still works as expected.

So for some reason, just referencing animationCurrent causes the object to not be drawn.

I also tried replacing the if statement with if (matrix[0][0] > 0.0) and it still draws the object, it looks like there’s something specifically wrong with animationCurrent. I tried adding another matrix uniform variable, and set its value the same way as I do matrix, but it wouldn’t draw the object either.

This should mean that the value of animationCurrent is not relevant, and the fact that it’s a uniform float doesn’t matter either.


The problem occurs on an android phone with this hardware:

Device: Moto E (4) Plus - 7.1.1 Vendor graphic card: ARM Renderer: Mali-T720 Version OpenGL: OpenGL ES 3.1 v1.r12p1-01alp0.62f282720426ab7712f1c6b996a6dc82 Version GLSL: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 3.10 

And this android tablet with similar hardware:

Device: Kindle Fire 8 Vendor graphic card: ARM Renderer: Mali-T720 Version GL: OpenGL ES 3.1 v1.r26p0-01rel0.526d936ea9da20486773a9aaceecd920 Version GLSL: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 3.10 

This is an android tablet where everything works as expected:

Device: Lenovo TB-X505F - 10 Vendor graphic card: Qualcomm Renderer: Adreno (TM) 504 Version GL: OpenGL ES 3.2 V@415.0 (GIT@f345350, I0760943699, 1580221225) (Date:01/28/20) Version GLSL: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 3.20 

And here is a slightly older device that works. I’ve modified the shader a bit to support an older glsl version, but the idea is the same:

Device: Kindle Fire 7 Vendor graphic card: ARM Renderer: Mali-450 MP Version GL: OpenGL ES 2.0 Version GLSL: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.00 


My primary goal, is to understand what is causing this. Have I missed something very obvious? Is this a very edge-case bug related to the hardware?

I’m still learning how to support different devices with different versions of glsl, so it’s very likely I’ve missed something.

Any information you have, let me know. I’m willing to try a few things on different devices to find more about this issue.

How to update indices for dynamic mesh in OpenGL?

So I am making a 3D batchrenderer for my engine, and the basic concept is that we make large enough VBO and IBO to accompany all the vertex data(positions, normals, uv etc.) and update the VBO using glMapBuffer or using glbuffersubdata everyframe if we want to make any changes, but in this case the pattern of the IBO (Index Buffer) is predefined (i.e. we assume we have quads and fill it with 012230 for the entirety of the IBO size) but when using 3D models this won’t be the case the IBOs data would be different, so how do I change the IBO data if I instantiate a new model or suppose if I am generating a UV sphere and want to change it’s subdivisions? I have no idea how to deal with dynamically changing(need not be frequent) indices data when using VAOs, VBOs and Index Buffers. afaik we cannot map the ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, and glDrawElements does accept a pointer to indices data but only when we are not using VAOs and VBOs, if we are using them it takes the last argument as a pointer offset in the currently bound ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER. So what’s the best way to deal with dynamic indices?

Attempt to fix sprite sheet pixel bleeding in OpenGL 2D causing sprite distortion

While working on a project, I encountered the common problem of pixel bleeding when trying to draw subregions of my sprite sheet. This caused sort of "seams" to appear at the edges of my sprites. You can see the issue here, on the right and top of the sprite .

Doing some searching, I found others with a similar problem, and a suggested solution (here, and here for example) was to offset my texture coordinates by a bit, such as 0.5. I tried this, and it seemed to work. But I have noticed that sometimes, depending on where the sprite or camera is, I get a bit of distortion on the sprites. Here, the left side appears to be cut off, and here, the bottom seems to have expanded. (I should note, the distortion happens on all sides, I just happened to take screenshots of it happening on the bottom and left.) It may be a little difficult to see in screenshots, but it is definitely noticeable in motion. For reference, here is the part of the sprite sheet that is being displayed here

Does anybody have any idea what is going on here? I didn’t actually notice this issue until recently. I originally set out to resolve the pixel bleeding when I saw it occurring between my tile sprites. This new issue does not occur with them using my current half-pixel offset solution (or if it does, it’s not noticeable).


Texture parameters


Texture coordinate calculation

std::vector<glm::vec4> Texture2D::GetUVs(int w, int h) { std::vector<glm::vec4> uvs; int rows = Width/ w; int columns = Height / h;  for(int c = 0; c < columns; c ++) {     for(int i = 0; i < rows; i ++)     {         float offset = 0.5;         uvs.emplace_back(glm::vec4(float(((i) * w + offset))/Width,                               float(((1 + i) * w - offset))/Width,                               float(((c) * h + offset))/Height,                               float(((1 + c) * h - offset))/Height));     } } return uvs; 

Where Width and Height are the dimensions of the sprite sheet, and w and h are the dimensions of the subregion, in this case 32 and 32.

How I pass the uvs to the shader

GLfloat verticies[] = {     uv.x, uv.w,     uv.y, uv.z,     uv.x, uv.z,      uv.x, uv.w,     uv.y, uv.w,     uv.y, uv.z };  this->shader.Use().SetVector2fv("uvs", 12, verticies); 

Where uv is the uv at an index in the uvs vector that was returned above in the GetUVs function.

Vertex shader

#version 330 core layout (location = 0) in vec2 vertex;   out vec2 TextureCoordinates;  uniform vec2 uvs[6]; uniform mat4 model; uniform mat4 projection;  void main() {     const vec2 position [6] = vec2[]     (         vec2(0.0f, 1.0f),         vec2(1.0f, 0.0f),         vec2(0.0f, 0.0f),          vec2(0.0f, 1.0f),         vec2(1.0f, 1.0f),         vec2(1.0f, 0.0f)     );     TextureCoordinates = uvs[gl_VertexID];    gl_Position = projection * model * vec4(position[gl_VertexID], 0.0, 1.0); } 

Fragment shader

#version 330 core in vec2 TextureCoordinates; out vec4 color;  uniform sampler2D image; uniform vec4 spriteColor;  void main() {         color = vec4(spriteColor) * texture(image, TextureCoordinates); }   

Thanks for reading. I have asked this question a few places and not gotten any response, so any help is greatly appreciated.

Is there a program to convert OpenGL 2.0 to OpenGL-ES 2.0?

I have a 3D game library that uses OpenGL 2.0 for PC and I need to convert it to OpenGL-ES 2.0 to compile it for Android. Because the library is huge, it can’t be done by hand, so I was wondering if there is some kind of software to auto convert desktop OpenGL to OpenGL-ES source code, some wrapper, or maybe some layer running on Android that converts desktop OpenGL to ES on runtime? Perhaps there is a tool that auto converts desktop OpenGL to a cross platform 3D rendering library ?

OpenGL texture2d/image sampling issue. Strange artifacts in texture

I have an issue when using textures in OpenGL, strange artifacts occur where geometry overlaps, but not always. Video Reference. I am using a GL_TEXTURE_2D with GL_ARB_image_load_store to make a custom depth test shader that stores material data for opaque and transparent geometry. The video given shows the artifacts occur where the support structure for a table is occluded behind the top of the table, but strangely, not occurring where the base of the table is occluded by the support.

#version 450 core  in VS_OUT {     vec3 Position;     vec3 Normal;     vec2 TexCoords;      mat3 TanBitanNorm; } fs_in;  // Material data uniform sampler2D uAlbedoMap; uniform sampler2D uNormalMap; uniform sampler2D uMetallicMap;  // Material info out layout(rgba16f) coherent uniform image2D uAlbedoDepthOpaque; layout(rgba16f) coherent uniform image2D uNormalMetallicOpaque; layout(rgba16f) coherent uniform image2D uAlbedoDepthTransparent; layout(rgba16f) coherent uniform image2D uNormalAlphaTransparent;  // Depth info in/out layout(r8) uniform image2D uDepthBufferOpaque; layout(r8) uniform image2D uDepthBufferTransparent;  void main() {     vec3 n_tex = texture(uNormalMap, fs_in.TexCoords).xyz;     n_tex = n_tex * 2.0f - 1.0f;      ivec2 tx_loc = ivec2(gl_FragCoord.xy);     const float opaque_depth = imageLoad(uDepthBufferOpaque, tx_loc).r; // Stored depth of opaque     const float trans_depth = imageLoad(uDepthBufferTransparent, tx_loc).r; // Stored depth of transparent      // Depth processing     if (gl_FragCoord.z > opaque_depth) {         bool tran = false;         if (trans_depth > opaque_depth)             tran = trans_depth > gl_FragCoord.z;         else             tran = true;          // Transparent         if (texture(uAlbedoMap, fs_in.TexCoords).a < 1.0f && tran) {             imageStore(uDepthBufferTransparent, tx_loc,                 vec4(gl_FragCoord.z));              imageStore(uAlbedoDepthTransparent, tx_loc,                 vec4(texture(uAlbedoMap, fs_in.TexCoords).rgb, gl_FragCoord.z));             imageStore(uNormalAlphaTransparent, tx_loc,                 vec4(abs(length(n_tex) - 1.0f) > 0.1f ? fs_in.Normal : normalize(fs_in.TanBitanNorm * n_tex), texture(uAlbedoMap, fs_in.TexCoords).a));         }          // Opaque         else {             imageStore(uDepthBufferOpaque, tx_loc,                 vec4(gl_FragCoord.z));              imageStore(uAlbedoDepthOpaque, tx_loc,                 vec4(texture(uAlbedoMap, fs_in.TexCoords).rgb, gl_FragCoord.z));             imageStore(uNormalMetallicOpaque, tx_loc,                 vec4(abs(length(n_tex) - 1.0f) > 0.1f ? fs_in.Normal : normalize(fs_in.TanBitanNorm * n_tex), texture(uMetallicMap, fs_in.TexCoords).r));         }     }      if (opaque_depth == 0.0f) {         imageStore(uDepthBufferOpaque, tx_loc,             vec4(0.125f));     }      else {         imageStore(uDepthBufferOpaque, tx_loc,             vec4(0.125f + opaque_depth));     } } 

Render with overlapping geometry shows that artifacts still occur outside of reading from the texture. Also in the video, I move the camera back and forth (with orthographic projection) and the artifacts become brighter and darker. Render with overlapping geometry w/out depth processing shows that the brighter/darker values were from the depth test.

Any ideas on why this occurs, and how can I fix it?

Techniques for cursor snap-to-vertex in WebGL or OpenGL?

What’s a technique for snapping the mouse pointer to vertices in WebGL or OpenGL? All I need is the vertex position, no other info.

Ideally, I’d like to do this without needing to keep positions and indices arrays in memory outside of the GPU. BTW, I have already a surface picking technique that uses GPU-resident geometry, which works by sampling the depth buffer at the mouse coordinates and combining that with the unprojected mouse coordinates.

One vague idea: use a vertex colors buffer, that fills triangles with fragments that somehow each encode the position of their nearest vertex position. The fragments could have the absolute position of their nearest vertex, or a vector with length, pointing towards their vertex position. Picking a color on the triangles would provide the nearast vertex position. Though I can’t imagine a way to set up that interpolation on WebGL or OpenGL ES.

Any tips appreciated!

Deciding on whether to learn Rust or OpenGL next

I’m currently a student studying Computer Science. I love to learn new things in order to further enhance my skills in the things I find useful. Part of me wants to learn OpenGL so I can get a better understanding of graphics programming, and to apply it with Unity game making (working on my very first game). However, I am also intrigued in what I read about Rust and too also gain an additional programming language that I can add to my arsenal. I’m stuck and don’t know which would be more useful in the long run. I would appropriate all the help I can get. Thank you!

Draw circle OpenGL 3.3

How do I draw a perfect/smooth circle using OpenGL 3.3 and GLSL? I can only find old OpenGL tutorials or ones that have a blocky circle. I would also like to be able to resize the circle to become an oval, but that is not my highest priority.