View Full Version : Sphere mapping

Kilam Malik
04-18-2001, 10:10 PM
Is there a difference between the sphere mapping in Microsofts software implementation and the sphere mapping in NVIDIAs drivers? I see different reflections (rotated 90 degrees) in this implementations.

Are there additional parameters to adjust it or do I have to adjust the normal vectors manually in the different implementations?

Anybody has similar experiences with other graphic accelerators?


04-19-2001, 08:46 PM
Yup I've got a similar prob. Doing some sphere mapping and on a TNT2 its beautiful. But on a pc with nothing that uses the basic MS drivers its as if the map is stretched vertically not horizontally?

Still looks ok but not as it should.

04-21-2001, 02:59 PM
On the subject of sphere mapping. I was wondering if anyone else wanted to enact sphere mapping in such a way that the reflection texture coordinates are calculated based on a reflection coming from a source other than the camera itself as OpenGL does when it generates texture coordinates. I would like to do this as I am experimenting with having the camera chase an object. It orients itself directly behind the object (a hover car.) I would like it so that when I turn the car the reflection map changes along with the car's rotation as it appears when I rotate the car and the camera is in a fixed location.

Right now the map stays exactly the same since the camera aligns itself perfectly behind the car (it moves slightly, but not enough to get the effect I want.)

I know what the sphere mapping formula is and I believe I can probably calculate the texture coordinates myself, but I figure if I let OpenGL do it, it may be faster.

Has anyone else messed with this? Could the GL_TEXTURE_MATRIX have something to with it?

Daniel Piron

04-21-2001, 04:24 PM
If you multiply the texture matrix with the camera transform (or the inverse, I can't figure it out right now), it might do the trick.

(otoh, it might not.. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif