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Hello. I am currently working on a rendering engine which is meant to render character animations. Right now I am working on vertex blending to make the body parts move with the bones.

For each vertex declaration, I have a short that represents the first bone's weight, and 2 shorts representing which bones the vertex is affected by. These 2 shorts also are indexes to an array of combined transformation matrices (in world space) which represent each bone's transformation in world space.

When the model is loaded from the file, this loop is run for each vertex to build the array of vertices that will be uploaded to the vertex buffer:

for (int i=0;i<(int)_numVertex;i++)
  cVertices[i].x = vertex[i].pos[0];
  cVertices[i].y = vertex[i].pos[1];
  cVertices[i].z = vertex[i].pos[2];
  cVertices[i].normal.x = vertex[i].normal[0];
  cVertices[i].normal.y = vertex[i].normal[1];
  cVertices[i].normal.z = vertex[i].normal[2];
  cVertices[i].tu = vertex[i].uv[0];
  cVertices[i].tv = vertex[i].uv[1];
  cVertices[i].su = (float)(vertex[i].normal[0]/2)+0.5;
  cVertices[i].sv = (float)(vertex[i].normal[1]/2)+0.5;
  _bone1List[i] = vertex[i].boneID[0];
  _bone2List[i] = vertex[i].boneID[1];
  _boneWeight1[i] = vertex[i].boneWeight1*0.01f;
  cVertices[i].b1 = _boneWeight1[i];
  cVertices[i].matIndices = ((_bone2List[i] & 0xFF) << 8) | (_bone1List[i] & 0xFF);

"b1" is the bone weight, and "matIndices" is the packed DWORD with the matrix palette indices.

For each frame, this loop is then called to update the world transformation matrices palette which contains each bone's combined transformation matrix:
for (int i=0;i<boneController._numBones;i++)
dev->SetTransform(D3DTS_WORLDMATRIX(i), boneController.getBoneList()[i].getCombinedTransAdr());

The problem is, when the model is loaded, the entire character is overly stretched and goes off the top of the screen. Does anyone know why this could be happening?

Here is my FVF declatation:
FLOAT x, y, z;
DWORD matIndices;
D3DVECTOR normal;
FLOAT tu, tv;
FLOAT su, sv;
Posted 27-Jun-12 7:01am

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Solution 1

There could be a host of different reasons for this. First of all, two bone weights is too low. 4 is respectable. But this is most probably not the problem.

The problem could be bad math in your vertex shader. In any case, you would need to provide more info for us ti diagnose the problem.

-Debdatta Basu

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