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03-21-2011, 06:37 AM
Need help with a radar display effect create with opengl.
I need to make something like this :
How to make this residual effect of the screen?
To better understand me, watch the video from link below:
The film is the same effect but did radially.
I would like to make it circular, a 3D map from a fixed point.
I could use pixel shaders or interpolation.
But do not know if this is correct, nor how to implement it.
Can someone help? Thank you in advance

03-21-2011, 02:35 PM
I would have done this with a fragment shader that knows the centre of the circle, and from that can calculate the fragments 'angle', which together with a time parameter would decide the colour of the fragment. Or if the fragment is too far away from the centre (outside the circle), it would be discarded.

03-21-2011, 02:53 PM
I'll provide two less shader heavy alternatives,

Create a reasonably high density ring geometry, with an inner radius of 0 ( or near 0 ) and make the rings alpha gradually build from 0.0 to 1.0 as the angle increases, at each point it will end touching the first triangles of the ring which have 0.0. Then simply color ( possibly via sharer ) and render with blending, and and rotate it.

Create a texture with the radar circle on it that gradually decreases as it goes around, render on a spinning quad with blending.

Zyx_2000's Quality will probably be highest as each calculation is per fragment, with no quality loss. It might also be slower on older hardware depending on what your target system is that may/may not be important.

Depending on your geometry density / texture quality my options quality will vary. As 2, will blur at higher resolutions, and 1 might have stepping / less then circular edges.

03-21-2011, 09:22 PM
Not quite sure what you're asking for. If just you want an easy way to generate a classic, green, circular, radar, sweep pattern, see the code below. It's a little demo I just whipped up do it. You could probably make even it simpler. But it works. It generates the pattern in the figure below. Hold the 's' key down to rotate it.


//************************************************** ****************************
//*********************** OpenGL Radar Sweep Pattern **********************
//************************* MaxH - March 21, 2011 **************************

#include <gl\glut.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <math.h>

float sw = 0;


void Keyboard (unsigned char key, int q, int s)
switch (key) {
case 's' : sw += 3; glutPostRedisplay(); break;
case 27 : exit(0);
default : printf (" Keyboard %c == %d\n", key, key);

//----------------------------- Radar_Pattern --------------------------------

void Radar_Pattern (void)
int i, n = 120;
float da, ga, gb, a, b;
const float TWOPI = 3.1415926535 * 2.0;

da = TWOPI / (float)n;

glBegin (GL_QUADS);
for (i = 0; i < n; i++) {
a = (float)i * da;
b = a + da;
ga = 0.90 * (float)(i ) / (float)n;
gb = 0.90 * (float)(i+1) / (float)n;
glColor3f (0, ga, 0);
glVertex2i (0, 0); glVertex2f (cos(a), sin(a));
glColor3f (0, gb, 0);
glVertex2f (cos(b), sin(b)); glVertex2i (0, 0);
glEnd ();

//-------------------------------- myDisplay ---------------------------------

void myDisplay()
glMatrixMode (GL_PROJECTION);
glLoadIdentity ();
glOrtho (-2.0,2.0, -1.5,1.5, -1.0,1.0);

glMatrixMode (GL_MODELVIEW);
glLoadIdentity ();

glClearColor (0, 0, 0, 0);

glRotatef (sw, 0,0,1);
Radar_Pattern ();


//---------------------------------- main ------------------------------------

int main (int argc, char **argv)
printf ("\n Hold 's' key down to sweep radar pattern.\n");

glutInit (&amp;argc, argv);
glutInitWindowSize (800, 600);
glutInitWindowPosition (400, 100);
glutInitDisplayMode (GLUT_DEPTH | GLUT_DOUBLE);

glutCreateWindow ("Radar Pattern - MaxH - March 2011");
glutDisplayFunc ( myDisplay );
glutKeyboardFunc ( Keyboard );

glutMainLoop ();

return 1;

//************************************************** ****************************
//************************************************** ****************************