View Full Version : SkyBox, VAR, VBO
02-05-2004, 05:12 PM
I´m doing a SkyBox.
Ans it´s has 3 possibles for creating.
With only one texture in every thing, with 2 textures, or with 5 textures. (My Sky box don´t has the botton).
So I need 5 quads.
And i´m thinking in what i will use.
I have writed a model class that use vbo or var.
Im thinking in use only display list for skybox, because it has only 5 quads. And have to create 5 vbos perhaps not will be too fast!
Anyone know the fastest way to do this ???
Thanks a lot!
02-05-2004, 05:26 PM
Geometry transfer is unlikely to be a problem for a sky box. It will be fill rate limited. You could poke the vertices at the card using two cups and a string, and it still wouldn't matter.
This is how we do it:
Artists model sky box in 3dsmax.
Artists export sky box just like any other model.
Artists give name of skybox in per-environment settings.
Sky box is rendered instead of screen clear, always centered on camera.
This just goes through the general model path. If they model a sky box with 18 textures, we'd get 18 different vertex buffers. (They use sky domes a lot, too, for some reason) It just doesn't matter.
02-05-2004, 08:13 PM
I´m usign one moel file that I have created, an made a 3ds export for this.
But I´ve write a Sky class with SkyBox and will write SkyDome soon. I use the class, because many times I will change the textures from the SkyBox. So I will need 3 models, with only diferentes textures.
I want to know whats is better:
1º - Make a list with de glBegin(GL_QUADS), os the 5 quads.
2º - Or make 5 vertex array(float) and use var or vbo, or var with display list.
I want to know if use var in this case will be really better ?
02-05-2004, 09:28 PM
I already said that vertex transfer is not the issue here. You won't see any difference. It's 24 vertices.
02-06-2004, 04:46 AM
02-06-2004, 10:51 AM
i don't see the point in writing your skydome class. Your skydome will have more faces to render than a simple box without a 'floor'.
although the 5 quads will be turned into 10 triangles on the card, sending 5 quads x4 verts (20) is faster than sending 10 tris x 3 vers (30).
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