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Old 08-01-2016, 01:55 AM
Vaquero Vaquero is offline
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Question Custom Effect Shading

I'm trying to change they way models get shaded, so I was looking into the custom effects. The documentation only gives very simple examples.

When things get more complicated I need helper functions, but I suspect these are not supported to work with vizard's effects framework?
Let's do a really simple dummy example.

Assume inside the shader code I want to use this helper function:
float halve(float k)
    return k*0.5;
Of course, in a real world example it will be much more complicated than this.

But whereever I put this function, it throws some error. Inside Shader, but outside Units:
# Setup model
logo = vizfx.addChild('logo.osgb')

code = """
Effect CustomShadingModel { 
        Shader { 
	    float halve(float k)
		   return k*0.5;
            BEGIN FinalColor
            float half_r = halve(gl_FragColor.r);
            gl_FragColor.rgb = vec3(half_r, 1.0, 1.0);	
customEffect = viz.addEffect(code)

# Apply effect specifically to a model
** WARNING: Invalid character when parsing "<effect string>", line 8:
float halve(float k)
If I put it in the properties, I get the same error, and if I put it inside the Unit section I get another error message.

So is this really not possible with the effects framework?

If not, I would have to use a custom GLSL fragment shader? But the documentation on this is very sparse (just a make-a-uniform-color-example). How do I get the ViewDirection, the surface normal, the light direction, etc. to be used inside the shader code? And how can I apply the shader to all osgb models loaded and reference their texures inside the code? Because I don't want to set all textures for a hundred objects via script.
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