06-07-2003, 11:02 AM

The following two methods produce the same results. I am working through some Game Institute courses and I am trying to figure out a few specific details about these different methods.

First Method 1 once rendered has the mesh rotating at a very slow rate where mesh 2 rotates the mesh much faster. I don't really understand why anything within this code would effect a rotating speed. Can anyone offer advice why?

Second, I don't understand why in method 2 there is a need to pass g_TriangleCount*3 in the

glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES,g_TriangleCount*3,GL_U NSIGNED_SHORT,

function call. The second param in the glDrawElements function needs to be the number of triangles so why is there a need to multiply the triangles by 3. Multiplying by 3 returns the number of vertex's right?

Render Mesh 1

glBegin(GL_TRIANGLES);

for(TriangleNum=0; TriangleNum{

for (int VertexNum = 0; VertexNum < g_VertexCount; VertexNum++)

{

glVertex3f(g_pVertices[VertexNum].x,g_pVertices

[VertexNum].y,g_pVertices[VertexNum].z);

}

}

glEnd();

Render Mesh 2

glEnableClientState(GL_VERTEX_ARRAY);

glVertexPointer(3, GL_FLOAT, 0, g_pVertices);

glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES,g_TriangleCount*3,GL_U NSIGNED_SHORT, g_pFaceIndices);

glDisableClientState(GL_VERTEX_ARRAY);

First Method 1 once rendered has the mesh rotating at a very slow rate where mesh 2 rotates the mesh much faster. I don't really understand why anything within this code would effect a rotating speed. Can anyone offer advice why?

Second, I don't understand why in method 2 there is a need to pass g_TriangleCount*3 in the

glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES,g_TriangleCount*3,GL_U NSIGNED_SHORT,

function call. The second param in the glDrawElements function needs to be the number of triangles so why is there a need to multiply the triangles by 3. Multiplying by 3 returns the number of vertex's right?

Render Mesh 1

glBegin(GL_TRIANGLES);

for(TriangleNum=0; TriangleNum{

for (int VertexNum = 0; VertexNum < g_VertexCount; VertexNum++)

{

glVertex3f(g_pVertices[VertexNum].x,g_pVertices

[VertexNum].y,g_pVertices[VertexNum].z);

}

}

glEnd();

Render Mesh 2

glEnableClientState(GL_VERTEX_ARRAY);

glVertexPointer(3, GL_FLOAT, 0, g_pVertices);

glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES,g_TriangleCount*3,GL_U NSIGNED_SHORT, g_pFaceIndices);

glDisableClientState(GL_VERTEX_ARRAY);