Real Time Rendering – Combining transforms.

;For every object that are being rendered in the scene, we currently have three transformations. They are local space to world space, world space to camera space and finally camera space to projected space or the 2D plane of the screen. All these transformations are performed in the vertex shader. As you all know, vertex shader is called for every vertex in the object. Even though modern GPUs are massively parallel, calculating these matrices are still computationally intensive. Hence, instead of calculating these in the vertex shader, we calculate them in C++ and then pass the one single transform from local to projected space as a constant buffer to the shader, where we can then pass this value to the output. A constant buffer is one which does not change over a draw call. This reduces the number of instructions vertex shaders compile to.

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As you can see from the above slideshow, the number of instructions of shaders before passing the local to projected transform and after have changed considerably. If we are using, some other transforms such as world to camera or local to world; we can pass them in the constant frame buffer as these transforms will not change throughout a frame.

We calculate local to projected space transform by multiplying local to world, world to camera and camera to projected space matrices together. The order in which we concatenate matrics does not matter as long as the camera to projected transform or the result of it multiplied to other matrices is on the left-hand side of the operation. This is because the camera to projected transform is not an affine transformation.

I am doing in the following way since I want to save the local to camera transform in my per draw call constant buffer for my speciality shaders from assignment 2 to work since it is hard to get back the other transforms from local to projected transform as we have to convert 2D space into 3D space

local to camera = world to camera * local to world;

local to projected = camera to projected * local to camera;

 

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