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Thursday, November 19 (Week 14) 



Tuesday, November 17 (Week 14) 



Thursday, November 12 (Week 13) 
 Perlin noise
 Simulating a 3d texture in WebGL



Tuesday, November 10 (Week 13) 
 Texture mapping in three.js
 Skybox in three.js
 Bump mapping

TextureThreejs.html
RotatingCubeWithTexture.html
RotatingCubeWithModelAndTexture.html
SkyboxWithCamera.html
SkyboxWithReflection.html
TextureThreejsWithFBO.html


Thursday, November 5 (Week 12) 
 Introduction to three.js
 The base type THREE.Object3D: position, rotation, and scale; maintains a list of child objects
 Rotation options (remember angles are always in radian measure)
 Basic abstractions: You combine a geometry (vertex attributes) and a material (surface properties) to make a mesh, which is a subtype of Object3D.
 Objects can be added to a scene, and can be added as children of other objects
 lights can be added to a scene (lights are also subtypes of Object3D)
 The
render operation of a renderer takes in a scene and camera (which is a subtype of Object3D)
 A base Object3D can serve as a dummy object in a hierarchy
 How it works: behind the scenes, three.js dynamically generates, loads, and compiles the shader source code needed to implement the geometry and material
 Can also incorporate your own shader code via ShaderMaterial or RawShaderMaterial
 Run ShaderMaterial and open up the shader editor. You will be able to see the autogenerated shader code provided by three.js, along with the custom code provided in ShaderMaterial.html

 Take a look at the first couple of chapters of the book by Tony Parisi (see the Resources page)
 Code examples:
Basic.html
ShaderMaterial.html
EulerThreejs.html
HierarchyThreejs.html
RotatingCube.html
RotatingCubeWithModel.html


Tuesday, November 3 (Week 12) 
 Framebuffer objects
 Shadow mapping



Thursday, October 29 (Week 11) 
 Cube maps  texture "coordinate" is a worldcoordinate vector pointing
to a spot on one of six images arranged in a cube
 In vertex shader, just transform the vertex coordinate into world space and pass the xyz value to fragment shader.
 Fragment shader has a uniform of type
samplerCube (containing the texture unit number)
 Sample from the cube map using GLSL function
textureCube
 Skyboxes
 Environment mapping (reflection and refraction)
 Note: E and N vectors need to be in world coordinates, not eye coordinates as for lighting, so the normal matrix used is the inverse transpose of just the model transformation, not view * model

TextureCube.html
TextureCubeWithReflection.html


Tuesday, October 27 (Week 11) 
 Texture sampling parameters
 Magnification  one texel to many fragments
 Causes pixelation
 NEAREST ("box" filter  single sample) or LINEAR ("tent" filter  average of four samples)
 Minification  many texels to one fragment
 Causes artifacts when there is a lot of detail in the texels

 NEAREST (single sample) or LINEAR (four samples)
 Mipmaps  precalculate an average of a region of texels
 MIPMAP_NEAREST or MIPMAP_LINEAR (interpolate between values obtained from two mip levels)
 Anisotropic filtering  by taking more samples in one direction, can use
a more detailed mip level
 Generating texture coordinates using cylindrical vs parallel projection



Thursday, October 22 
 Texture mapping, con't
 Setting up (see loadImagePromise and createAndLoadTexture in cs336util.js):
 Generate a handle for a texture
 Choose an active "texture unit" to use during initialization (default is 0, usually ok)
 Bind texture to the binding point TEXTURE_2D (or TEXTURE_CUBE)
 Load data (image)
 Set wrapping and sampling parameters
 Rendering:
 In shaders:
 Declare attribute variable for texture coordinates
 Declare varying variable for texture coordinates
 In fragment shader, declare uniform variable of type
sampler2D (or samplerCube )
 Use
texture2D function to sample a value from texture based on the interpolated texture coordinates
 Use the resulting vec4 as a color, or in some other way
 In JS:
 Choose an active "texture unit" under which to bind the texture
 Bind texture to binding point
 Set uniform variable for sampler  value to pass is the texture unit number
 You can use the sampled value from texture memory
in many different ways, e.g.
 replace existing surface color
 blend with surface color
 modulate some aspect of surface properties, e.g. specular reflectivity
 just use texture coordinates to procedurally generate a surface effect
 (Edit the lines labeled (1), (2), and (3) in the fragment shader for LightingWithTextureAndModel.html)

 To review the basics of texture mapping, see the section "Pasting an image onto a rectangle" in Chapter 5 of the teal book
 Code examples:
Texture.html
LightingWithTextureAndModel.html
LightingWithProceduralTexture.html


Tuesday, October 20 (Week 10) 
 Computing face normals using a cross product
 Algorithm for "averaging" normal vectors from the faces adjacent to a vertex (re. HeightMap.js)
 Introduction to texture mapping
 Modeler associates texture coordinates (s, t), aka (u, v) with each vertex
 These coordinates are interpolated as varying variables
 Fragment shader uses them to sample from a location in a 2D image
 Sampled value can be used as surface color, or something else...

Texture.html
(Try experimenting with the choice of texture coordinates, or the image, at the top of the file)


Thursday, October 15 (Week 9) 



Tuesday, October 13 (Week 9) 
 Using CS336Object to define a movable camera
 Review  how inheritance works in Javascript
 Add methods for extracting the view matrix and projection matrix
 Defining multiple lights
 array sizes and loop bounds in
GLSL have to be compiletime constants
 Alpha compositing
 Idea: blend together two color values, called "source" (the color currently being drawn) and "destination" (what's already in the framebuffer)
 Typical operation: if $\alpha$ is the source alpha value, then use
($\alpha$)(src color) + ($1  \alpha$)(dst color).
 To implement: enable, set blending function and set blending equation
 gl.enable(gl.BLEND)
 gl.blendFunc(gl.SRC_ALPHA, gl.ONE_MINUS_SRC_ALPHA)
 gl.blendEquation(gl.FUNC_ADD)
 Challenge  transparent objects have to be drawn backtofront (not always possible)
 Potential gotcha with WebGL  if you don't want transparent objects blended against the canvas background, need to set alpha attribute when getting context, e.g.:
 let gl = canvas.getContext("webgl", {alpha:false});
 The OBJ file format for models
 The three.js OBJ loader is in three.jsmaster/examples/js/loaders
 The JS runtime loads resources asynchronously: Using async/await (See loadOBJPromise in cs336util.js)
 Running a local server (see the
Resources page)

RotatingCubeWithCamera.html
(See the comments marked "***" to see how to add in the camera and camera controls)
Lighting3Multiple.html
Alpha.html
Lighting3WithObj.html
(Edit the js file to change the model)
You can find OBJ files for the dragon model (75MB) and the hairball model (236MB) at https://casualeffects.com/data/. (Note that our code is not able to handle the multiobject OBJ files or material properties.)


Thursday, October 8 (Week 8) 
 Hierarchical objects  defining "child" objects relative to a "parent" object's frame
 The problem of defining child objects relative to a frame that has been scaled
 In these examples, if world frame is F, and parent object's vertices are FTRSc, we want child vertices to be rendered relative to frame FTR, not FTRS
 In traditional OpenGL, programmer would explicitly manage a matrix stack

 Using recursion
 Each CS336Object has an array of child objects
 When rendering an object, it recursively renders its child objects,
passing its own matrix to children to serve as the childrens' "world"
 Dummy objects do not actually draw anything, but serve as the world for one or more child objects

RotatingSquare0.html
RotatingSquare.html
HierarchyWithTree3.html


Tuesday, October 6 (Week 8) 
 Shading techniques
 Gouraud shading: use lighting model to calculate color at vertices, interpolate color to fragments
 Phong shading: calculate vectors L, N, and V at vertices and interpolate, then use lighting model to calculate color perfragment
 Issues with Gouraud shading
 Edges are still visible, since linear interpolation of vertex colors across a face is not completely realistic (effect is exaggerated by Mach banding)
 Severe artfacts when specular component is added in (specular highlight is either missed or exaggerated)
 Filling out the lighting model
 Material properties: 9 numbers (ambient, diffuse, specular reflectivity for red, green, and blue), plus one additional number for the specular exponent
 Light properties: 9 numbers (ambient, diffuse, specular intensity for red, green, and blue)
 Can be passed to shader as two 3 x 3 matrices plus the exponent
 Why the L, N, V vectors need to be normalized after interpolation
 The normal matrix is the inverse transpose of the view * model matrix (taking just the upper left 3 x 3 submatrix)

Lighting3.html
(Also see the Lighting2 examples from last time for demonstration of the differences
between Gouraud shading and Phong shading)


Thursday, October 1 (Week 7) 
 Introduction to lighting and normal vectors
 Lambert's law: for a perfectly diffuse surface, reflected illumination at a vertex is proportional to $\cos(\theta)$, where $\theta$ is the angle between the
light direction and the surface direction

$\cos(\theta) = \vec{L} \cdot \vec{N}$, where $\vec{L}$ is a unit vector in the direction of the light and $\vec{N}$ is a unit vector perpendicular to the surface (known as a normal vector for the surface)
 The normal vector is an additional attribute for each vertex
 Programming diffuse lighting in the vertex shader
 The illusion of the surface shape is determined by the direction of the
normal vectors
 Face normals  perpendicular to each triangular face
 Vertex normals  usually obtained by averaging the face normals for adjacent triangles
 For dot products, coordinates have to be relative to the same frame
 Common convention  transform everything into eye coordinates
for the lighting calculation
 Adding in a constant to simulate ambient light
 For a partially reflective surface, the specular reflection depends on the angle $\phi$ between the direction
$\vec{V}$ to the viewer (camera) and the reflected direction $\vec{R}$ of the light source
 The Phong or ADS lighting model (reflection model) consists of
 An ambient term that is constant
 ...plus a diffuse term that is proportional to $\vec{L} \cdot \vec{N}$
 ...plus a specular term that is proportional to $(\vec{R} \cdot \vec{V})^t$ where $t$ is a constant affecting the apparent "shininess", and
$\vec{R} \cdot \vec{V} = \cos(\phi)$

First experiment:
Lighting0.html
Second experiment, rotating cube:
Lighting1.html
Using a sphere model, diffuse only, calculated in vertex shader (Gouraud shading):
Lighting2.html
Diffuse, calculated in fragment shader (Phong shading):
Lighting2a.html
Including specular, calculated in vertex shader (Gouraud shading):
Lighting2b.html
Including specular, calculated in fragment shader (Phong shading):
Lighting2c.html
(See comments at the top of the Lighting2x html files. The four examples all use the same Javascript code; only the shader code is different. Edit the main method to change the model or to change from vertex normals to face normals.)
Use Lighting2c.html to experiment with various values of the specular exponent.


Tuesday, September 29 (Week 7) 
 Spherical linear interpolation of quaternions (slerp) using the three.js
library
 Compare the ad hoc rotation about the quaternion axis (around lines 423424 of RotationsWithQuaternion.js) to the use of the slerp method (line 453 of RotationsWithQuaternionSlerp.js)
 Summary of coordinate systems we have seen:
 (designer creates >) Model coordinates
 (model transformation >) World coordinates
 (view transformation >) Eye coordinates
 (projection transformation >) Clip coordinates
 (perspective division >) Normalized device coordinates (NDC)
 (viewport transformation >) Window coordinates
 Clip coordinates are 4dimensional homogeneous coordinates with a wcomponent that is normally not equal to 1 (if perspective projection is being used)
 NDC are 3dimensional with x, y, and z between 1 and 1, but z is NOT linearly related to the original zvalue in eye space (if perspective projection is being used). In fact $z_{NDC}$ is proportional to $\frac{1}{z_{eye}}$, so it does preserve correct depth ordering
 Window coordinates are what we see as gl_FragCoord.xy
 x and y are integral values that range from 0 to the framebuffer width/height  this is a linear rescaling of the NDC values
 gl_FragCoord.z is (usually) rescaled to be from 0 to 1
 zfighting: there may not be sufficient precision in the depth buffer to accurately distinguish between very close zvalues, leading to artifacts
 Because of the nonlinear relationship between the depth in eye space and the depth in NDC, the effect is worst when objects are far away and the near plane is close
 The viewport transformation is controlled by the function
gl.viewport( $x_0$, $y_0$ width, height)
 maps NDC x value from [1, 1] into [$x_0$, $x_0$ + width] in window coordinates
 maps NDC y value from [1, 1] into [$y_0$, $y_0$ + height]

RotationsWithQuaternionSlerp.html
GL_example1a_resizable.html
Zfighting.html
depth_graph.pdf


Thursday, September 24 (Week 6) 
 Issues with Euler angles
 Unnatural and confusing in many cases
 Subject to "gimbal lock"  losing a degree of freedom when two of the axes end up aligned with each other
 Difficult to interpolate between rotations for animation
 You can't just interpolate between rotation matrices, since the intermediate values aren't rotation matrices!
 Example: what matrix is halfway between these two rotations, if you just average the corresponding entries?
\[\begin{bmatrix}1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix}
\longrightarrow
\begin{bmatrix}0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{bmatrix}
\]
 Every combination of Euler angles can be described as a single rotation with some axis and angle
 For every orthogonal matrix $M$ there is a vector $\vec{v}$ such that
$M\vec{v} = \vec{v}$ (an eigenvector with eigenvalue 1)
 Therefore $\vec{v}$ is the actual axis of rotation
 A quaternion describes a rotation as four numbers representing an axis and an angle
 The quaternion for angle $\theta$ with axis $\shortcvec{v_1}{v_2}{v_3}^T$ is, literally, the four numbers:
\[\cvec{\sin\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right) v_1}
{\sin\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right) v_2}
{\sin\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right) v_3}
{\cos\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)}
\]
 The scaling by sine and cosine looks bizarre, but it's basically there to make the multiplication operations work nicely...
 ...but we don't care; we rely on library functions to do the gory stuff
 There are library functions to create a quaternion from a rotation matrix or axis/angle, and to create a rotation matrix from a quaternion
 The three.js library internally converts all rotations to quaternions
 Most importantly: Quaternions can be linearly interpolated to get smooth animation between rotations
 Introducing the idea of the CS336Object from hw3
 The convention TRS: scale, then rotate, then translate
 encapsulate the scale, rotation, and translation for an object in a scene
 instead of calculating matrices, provide operations such as "move forward" or
"turn right" or "look at"

 Nice visualization of Euler angles and the problem of gimbal lock on YouTube. (Notice that when he talks about Z being at the "bottom of the hierarchy" at 1:56, he's basically saying the Z rotation is being applied intrinsically (multiplying on the right)).
 See chapter 7 of the Gortler book for a brief, graphicscentric explanation of quaternions (available online through ISU library, see the Resources page)
 Code examples:
RotationsWithQuaternion.html
(Put the model into any rotation, then press the 'a' key to see it rotate back to the identity, about the quaternion axis. Use 'A' and 'a' to do it again.)
See lines 230  237 to see how the three.js library is being used to get the axis and angle from the quaternion.
RotatingCubeAxisTest.html
Uncomment lines 248251 to see how a quaternion can be used to perform rotation about an arbitrary axis.


Tuesday, September 22 (Week 6) 
 Arts and crafts!
 Use a physical object to help visualize 3D rotations
 Any possible orientation of the coordinate axes that doesn't change the lengths or the angles between the basis vectors, is a rotation
 If you write down the coordinates of the transformed basis vectors as columns of a matrix, that's a rotation matrix
 A rotation matrix is always orthogonal (the columns are an orthonormal set of vectors comprising the basis for the rotated frame)
 But it's not necessarily a rotation about one of the coordinate axes
 Composing rotations about the three coordinate axes
 Euler angles
 Choose an ordering of two or three axes, such as YZY or XYZ
 Any rotation can be obtained as a sequence of three rotations about that sequence of axes
 The headpitchroll convention (YXZ)
 Spherical coordinates
 Using head and pitch angles to describe a direction
 Rotations about an arbitrary axis
 One strategy:
 Let $YX$ denote the pitch and head rotation needed to align the yaxis with the desired axis of rotation.
 Let $\theta$ be the desired angle of rotation
 Then $YX$ * RotateY($\theta$) * $X^{1}Y^{1}$ is the rotation matrix
 Or, use the THREE.Matrix4 method
makeRotationAxis (See #2 in the animation loop for RotatingCubeAxisTest.js )

Rotations.html
RotatingCubeAxisTest.html


Thursday, September 17 (Week 5) 
 Spinning cube example
 updates the model transformation once each frame, multiplying it by a onedegree rotation about one of the axes
 Edit the animation loop (lines 255295 of RotatingCube.java) to see the difference between multiplying on the left vs multiplying on the right
 Orthographic vs perspective projections
 Homogeneous coordinates revisited
 For any nonzero $w$, $\cvec{wx}{wy}{wz}{w}^T$ describes the same 3D
point as $\cvec{x}{y}{z}{1}^T$
 This representation allows us to do a perspective projection by matrix multiplication
 Also allows the rasterizer to more efficiently do perspectivedependent calculations
 The first three coordinates are then divided by the $w$coordinate to recover a 3D point in "Normalized Device Coordinates" (NDC)
 (This operation is called perspective division)
 Deriving a basic perspective matrix using similar triangles: if the center of projection is at the camera position, and the projection plane is $n$ units in front of the camera at $z = n$, then the projected values $x$ and $y$ values are $x' = \frac{xn}{z}$ and $y' = \frac{yn}{z}$. Note:
\[\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\
0 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\
0 & 0 & 1 & 0 \\
0 & 0 & \frac{1}{n} & 0
\end{bmatrix}
\begin{bmatrix}x \\ y \\ z \\ 1 \end{bmatrix}
= \begin{bmatrix}x \\ y \\ z \\ \frac{z}{n} \end{bmatrix}
\mbox{which is the same point as}
\begin{bmatrix} \frac{xn}{z} \\ \frac{yn}{z} \\ n \\ 1 \end{bmatrix}
\]
 Basic perspective matrix above works great for $x$ and $y$, but loses depth information since all $z$values are collapsed to $n$.
 The standard OpenGL perspective matrix performs the same transformation on $x$ and $y$, but uses some mathematical trickery to keep some information about $z$ too
 The THREE.Matrix4 function
makePerspective specifies the viewing region as a rectangular frustum (chopped off rectangular pyramid) using left, right, top, bottom to describe dimensions of the near plane
 See also the helper function
createPerspectiveMatrix (in cs336util.js), which specifies the viewing region using a field of view angle plus an aspect ratio

 The section "Specifying the Visible Range (Pyramid)" in teal book ch. 7 illustrates the perspective projection
 This excellent page by Song Ho Anh goes over the derivation of the perspective matrix (and has some illustrations of the "viewing frustum")
 Experiment with perspective matrices in the rotating cube example (lines 90  110)
 Code examples:
RotatingCube.html
DepthWithPerspective.html
(You can see the basic perspective matrix created at line 44)


Tuesday, September 15 (Week 5) 
 A matrix is orthogonal (sometimes called orthonormal) if its columns represent unitlength vectors that are orthogonal to each other.
 An arbitrary rotation of a standard basis is always an orthogonal matrix
 If $A$ is orthogonal, then $A^{1} = A^T$ (the inverse is just the transpose)
 The projection transformation is where you specify how
some volume of the world is to be mapped into clip space
 Specified by six "clipping planes" defining a rectangular
region relative to the camera frame
 Deriving an orthographic projection matrix: ranges [left, right], [bottom, top], and [near, far] are all scaled into [1, 1] using three Fahrenheit to Celsius conversions
 See comment #8 in
DepthWithView.js, about line 123
 See this derivation by Song Ho Anh
 The lookAt matrix: define the camera frame by specifying:
 $\widetilde{\rm{eye}}$  where is the camera?
 $\widetilde{\rm{at}}$  what's it pointed at?
 $\vec{up}$  which way is up?
 Calculate basis $\shortcvec{\vec{x}}{\vec{y}}{\vec{z}}$for camera with two cross products:
 $\vec{z} = \widetilde{\rm{eye}}  \widetilde{\rm{at}}$, normalized
 $\vec{x} = \vec{up} \times \vec{z}$, normalized
 $\vec{y} = \vec{z} \times \vec{x}$
 $R$ = matrix whose columns are the coordinates of
$\vec{x},\vec{y},\vec{z}$. $R$ is orthogonal, so $R^{1} = R^T$
 $T$ = Translate($\widetilde{\rm{eye}})$, so $T^{1}$ = Translate($\widetilde{\rm{eye}}$)
 view matrix is inverse of $TR$, which is $R^TT^{1}$, i.e., the transpose of $R$ times Translate($\widetilde{\rm{eye}}$)
 See comment #9 in DepthWithView.js, about line 133
 The leftof rule: a transformation matrix is always applied with respect to the basis immediately to its left
 Example: consider a translation $T$ and consider a set of translated points $\mathcal{F}T\underline{c}$. When we apply another transformation $R$, we can either do
 $\mathcal{F}RT\underline{c}$  $R$ is applied wrt the original frame $\mathcal{F}$ ("extrinsically")
 $(\mathcal{F}T)R\underline{c}$  $R$ is applied wrt the transformed (local) frame $\mathcal{F}T$ ("intrinsically")
 Try the first two radio buttons in Transformations2.html
 To perform a transformation $M$ wrt some other frame $\mathcal{F'} = \mathcal{F}A$, use the matrix $AMA^{1}$

 Read Gortler chapter 4, in particular see the illustration in section 4.2
 Code examples: Experiment with compositions of transformations using the key controls:
Transformations2.html


Thursday, September 10 (Week 4) 
 "Pseudocode" for standard matrices
 RotateX($\theta$), RotateY($\theta$), RotateZ($\theta$)
 Scale($s_x, s_y, s_z$)
 Translate($t_x, t_y, t_z$)
 Matrix inverse: $AA^{1} = A^{1}A = I$
 Why $(AB)^{1} = B^{1}A^{1}$
 Not every matrix has an inverse
 Standard transformation matrices are easy to invert, e.g.
inverse of Scale(2, 3, 1) is Scale(1/2, 1/3, 1)
 The depth buffer and gl_FragCoord.z
 The depth buffer algorithm for hidden surface removal
initialize all locations of depth buffer to "infinity"
in each fragment (x, y)
let z' = value in depth buffer at (x, y)
if gl_FragCoord.z < z'
set depth buffer value at (x, y) to gl_FragCoord.z
run the fragment shader
else
do nothing

Clip space is lefthanded!
 larger zcoordinate means "farther away"
 For an affine matrix $M$ and frame $\mathcal{F}$, the product $\mathcal{F}M$ is also a frame, transformed by $M$
 Example: if $\underline{c}$ is the coordinate vector that takes you from Main and Duff to Steve's house, and $M$ is the transformation that takes Main and Duff to the Clocktower, then how do you get from the Clocktower to Steve's house?
 First invert $M$ to get from Clocktower to Main & Duff
 Then use coordinates $\underline{c}$ to get to Steve's.
 That is, $M^{1}\underline{c}$ gives you the coordinates of Steve's house with respect to the Clocktower
 More generally, if point $\widetilde{p}$ has coordinates $\underline{c}$ w.r.t. a frame $\mathcal{F}$, and $\mathcal{F}' = \mathcal{F}M$, then $\widetilde{p}$ has coordinates $M^{1}\underline{c}$ w.r.t. $\mathcal{F}'$. That is:
$$\begin{align}
\mathcal{F}' &= \mathcal{F}M \\
\Longrightarrow \mathcal{F}'M^{1} &= \mathcal{F} \\
\Longrightarrow \mathcal{F}'M^{1}\underline{c} &= \mathcal{F}\underline{c} = \widetilde{p}
\end{align}$$
 This is how we define a camera or view matrix: If $M$ is the transformation to the camera frame, then multiplying by $M^{1}$ gives you the coordinates of everything in the scene, relative to the camera.
 The idea of the projection matrix is to choose what region gets mapped into clip space. By default, this is just a cube centered at the camera's origin that goes from 1 to 1 in all three dimensions.
 The model transformation typically places a model's vertices into the scene, or "world"
 The most common pattern is to think of all vertices as being transformed by the model, view, and projection matrices (i.e. projection * view * model)

 The section "Correctly Handling Foreground and Background Objects" in teal book ch. 7 describes the depth buffer
 The idea of finding the coordinates of a point with respect to some other frame has a lovely explanation in Chapter 13 ("Change of basis") of the linear algebra videos at 3blue1brown.com. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 are also relevant to what we have been doing lately.
 Code examples:
Depth.html
(There are two lines marked "***"  these are the changes needed to allocate and use the depth buffer)
DepthWithView.html
(Work through the detailed comments numbered 1 through 7  uncomment the relevant code to try each one out)


Tuesday, September 8 (Week 4) 
 Recall that we can use homogeneous coordinates to represent points and vectors.
 The 4th coordinate is 0 for a vector and 1 for a point
 A linear transformation can be represented by a 4x4 matrix whose bottom row and right column are both $\cvec{0}{0}{0}{1}$ (The upper left 3x3 submatrix is the same as what we derived last time.)
 An affine transformation is a linear transformation followed by a translation (shift)
 in one dimension: $f(x) = mx + b$
 A translation is represented by a matrix of the form below:
\[
\begin{bmatrix}1 & 0 & 0 & t_x \\
0 & 1 & 0 & t_y \\
0 & 0 & 1 & t_z \\
0 & 0 & 0 & 1
\end{bmatrix}
\begin{bmatrix}x \\ y \\ z \\ 1 \end{bmatrix}
=
\begin{bmatrix}x + t_x \\ y + t_y \\ z + t_z \\ 1 \end{bmatrix}
\]
 An affine matrix is any 4x4 matrix with $\cvec{0}{0}{0}{1}$ in bottom row
 The product of affine matrices is an affine matrix
 An affine matrix represents an affine transformation:
 An affine matrix $M$ can always be decomposed into
a linear (or "rotational") part $R$ followed by a translational part $T$, that is, $M = TR$ where $T$ is a translation and $R$ is linear
\[
\begin{bmatrix}1 & 0 & 0 & t_x \\
0 & 1 & 0 & t_y \\
0 & 0 & 1 & t_z \\
0 & 0 & 0 & 1
\end{bmatrix}
\begin{bmatrix}a & d & g & 0 \\
b & e & h & 0 \\
c & f & i & 0 \\
0 & 0 & 0 & 1
\end{bmatrix}
=
\begin{bmatrix}a & d & g & t_x \\
b & e & h & t_y \\
c & f & i & t_z \\
0 & 0 & 0 & 1
\end{bmatrix}
\]
 Note that $RT$ is also an affine transformation, and its linear part is $R$, but its translational part is not $T$. That is, $RT = T'R$, where $T'$ is a translation that is generally not equal to $T$.
 Using
gl.uniform4fv to pass matrix data to the GPU
 Matrix data is passed to the GPU in columnmajor order
 Overview of matrix operations from the three.js library

 See sections 3.2  3.5 of Gortler (ignore 3.6 on normal vectors for now)
 The teal book section "Translate and Then Rotate" in ch. 4 goes into composing multiple transformations
 You'll need the Matrix4 type from three.js. You can download the core library from Canvas, see link #6 on our Canvas front page. See
threejs.org
for more info.
 See the documentation for the three.js Matrix4 type
 Code examples (edit the main method to try different transformations):
Transformations.html
Transformations1.html


Thursday, September 3 (Week 3) 
 An orthonormal basis consists of three unit vectors that are orthogonal (perpendicular) to each other
 A standard basis is an orthonormal basis that is righthanded
 The dot product can be calculated from the coordinates with respect to an orthonormal basis
 Linear transformations in 3d
 key feature: if you transform points that are collinear, then the resulting points are also collinear...
 ...so triangles are transformed to triangles
 For a given basis
$\mathcal{B} = \shortcvec{\vec{e_1}}{\vec{e_1}}{\vec{e_1}}$, a linear transformation $f$ is represented by a matrix $M$ such that if $\underline{c}$
is a coordinate vector w.r.t. $\mathcal{B}$ for some vector $\vec{u}$, then
$M\underline{c}$ is the coordinate vector for the transformed vector $f(\vec{u})$
 The columns of $M$ are just the coordinate vectors for
$f(\vec{e_1}), f(\vec{e_2})$, and $f(\vec{e_3})$
 Examples of 3d linear transformations and their matrices  90 degree rotation, scaling
 Composing transformations is matrix multiplication
 If $R$ and $S$ are matrices for two transformations and $\underline{c}$ is a coordinate vector, then
\[
(SR)\underline{c} = S(R\underline{c})
\]
that is, the matrix $SR$ represents the transformation that does $R$ first, then $S$

 See sections 2.3 and 3.3 of Gortler
 In the teal book, the section "Moving, Rotating, and Scaling" in chapter 3 is a basic introduction to transformations


Tuesday, September 1 (Week 3) 
 In graphics, we need to deal with multiple "frames of reference" (coordinate systems)
 Vectors and points as geometric entities
 Vector operations  scaling and addition
 Length, normalization
 The dot product between two unit vectors is the cosine of the angle between them
 A point plus a vector is a point
 The difference between two points is a vector
 Linear combinations of vectors (scale and add)
 A 3d vector space consists of all 3D vectors with the basic operations above
 A 3d basis for a vector space is a set of three independent vectors
$\vec{b_1}, \vec{b_2}, \vec{b_3}$
such that every possible 3d vector can be written as a linear combination of $\vec{b_1}, \vec{b_2}, \vec{b_3}$
 A 3d affine space consists of all 3d vectors and points
 A 3d frame (coordinate system) is a basis along with a designated point called the origin
 Matrices and matrix multiplication
 Representing a basis as a row matrix of three vectors,
$\mathcal{B} = \shortcvec{\vec{b_1}}{\vec{b_2}}{\vec{b_3}}$
 Representing a frame as a row matrix of three vectors and a point,
$\mathcal{F} = \cvec{\vec{b_1}}{\vec{b_2}}{\vec{b_3}}{\widetilde{o}}$
 If vector $\vec{u} = u_1\vec{b_1} + u_2\vec{b_2} + u_3\vec{b_3}$, then the column matrix \[ \underline{c} = \begin{bmatrix} u_1 \\ u_2 \\ u_3 \\ 0 \end{bmatrix}
= \cvec{u_1}{u_2}{u_3}{0}^T
\]
is a coordinate vector for $\vec{u}$ with respect to frame $\mathcal{F}$. Note that in terms of matrix multiplication, we can write
\[
\mathcal{F}\underline{c} = \cvec{\vec{b_1}}{\vec{b_2}}{\vec{b_3}}{\widetilde{o}}\cvec{u_1}{u_2}{u_3}{0}^T = \vec{u}
\]
(where the superscript $T$ indicates the matrix transpose)
 Likewise, if point $\widetilde{p} = u_1\vec{b_1} + u_2\vec{b_2} + u_3\vec{b_3} + \widetilde{o}$, then the column matrix $\cvec{u_1}{u_2}{u_3}{1}^T$ is a coordinate
vector for $\widetilde{p}$ w.r.t. frame $\mathcal{F}$,
 Key point: the coordinates of a vector or point depend on what basis or frame is being used, and the coordinates only have meaning with respect to a basis or frame

 Read Sections 2.1, 2.2, and 3.1 of the Gortler book. This is just a few pages and summarizes pretty much everything we talked about today.
 Review basic matrix operations if you have not seen them before


Thursday, August 27 (Week 2) 
 There are three kinds of variables modifiers in GLSL
 attribute variables are used to pass pervertex data from the CPU to GPU
 uniform variables are used to pass uniform data from CPU to GPU
(same value in every vertex/fragment shader instance)
 varying variables are used to pass data from vertex shader to fragment shader (values are interpolated by the rasterizer)
 Using functions such as
uniform1f  set a uniform with one float value
uniform4f  set a vec4 uniform with four floating point values
uniform4fv   set a vec4 uniform with an array of values
 etc...
 Overview of the WebGL Reference Card, GLSL types and functions
 Linear interpolation!
 Basic example: Converting Fahrenheit to Celsius
 Suppose we have some Farenheit temperature $x$ and we want the Celsius temperature $y$. Then
$$\beta = \frac{x  32}{212  32}$$
tells you "how far" $x$ is along the scale from 32 to 212. We want to go the same fraction of the way along the Celsius scale from 0 to 100, i.e.,
$$y = 0 + \beta(100  0)$$
To say that the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales are "linearly related" just means, e.g., that if we are 25% of the way from 32 to 212 in Fahrenheit, we should be 25% of the way from 0 to 100 in Celsius.
More generally, to map the 32to212 scale to any range $A$ to $B$, you have $$\begin{eqnarray}
y &=& A + \beta\cdot(B  A) \\
&=& (1  \beta)\cdot A + \beta\cdot B \\
&=& \alpha\cdot A + \beta\cdot B
\end{eqnarray}$$
where $\alpha = 1  \beta$.
One way to think of this is that you have two quantities $A$ and $B$ to be "mixed", and the proportion $\beta$ tells you "how much $B$" and $\alpha$ is "how much $A$".
This is nice because it generalizes to interpolating within a triangle using barycentric coordinates.
This page has an explanation and some pictures.
 Defining additional vertex attributes as
attribute variables
varying variables: values are interpolated by the rasterizer along with the vertex position

 Chapter 6 of the teal book is an overview of the GL Shading Language
 WebGL Reference Card (also see "More references" on the
resource page)
 Install
Spector.js (WebGL inspector extension) from the Chrome Web Store
 Code examples:
GL_example1a_uniform_color.html
GL_example1a_with_animation.html
GL_example2_varying_variables.html


Tuesday, August 25 (Week 2) 
 Recap of basic steps in our Hello, World example
 The purpose of an
attribute variable in the vertex shader is to pass pervertex data from CPU to GPU
 The function
vertexAttribPointer associates the vertex attribute
with the data in your buffer
 Vertex shader must always set the builtin variable
gl_Position
 Fragment shader normally sets the builtin variable
gl_FragColor
 Drawing primitives
gl.TRIANGLES , gl.LINES , etc.
 The builtin variable
gl_FragCoord available in the fragment shader
gl_FragCoord.x and gl_FragCoord.y represent the position of the fragment within the framebuffer, ranging from 0 up to the canvas width/height
 (
gl_FragCoord.z is the "depth" information, stored in a separate buffer called the depth buffer. It ranges from 0 to 1.)
 Experimenting with the Chrome shader editor
 Using an index buffer to select order of vertices
 Animation by updating a uniform variable in each frame
 Using
requestAnimationFrame to create animation loop

GL_example1a_shifted.html
GL_example1a_gradient.html
GL_example1a_with_discard.html
GL_example1a_with_animation.html
GL_example1_indexed.html
ListExample.html (Experiment with different primitives)


Thursday, August 20 (Week 1) 
 Preview of typical vertex processing steps:
 Model transformation places instance of model into world coordinates
 View transformation transforms world into eye/camera coordinates (scene from eye/camera view point)
 Projection transformation transforms a viewable region of scene into clip coordinates (a 2x2x2 cube representing the "viewable" triangles to be handed to the rasterizer)
 Odds and ends:
 Basic application structure; the
onload event in JS. See
foo.html
,
foo.js
(output goes to JS console).
 Setting up a WebGL context and clearing the canvas (see GL_example0)
 RGBA encoding of color as four floats
 The graphics context is a state machine (function calls rely on lots of internal state)
 The idea of binding a buffer or shader to become "the one I'm currently talking about"
 Binding points ARRAY_BUFFER, ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER
 Overview of the steps involved in our "Hello, World!" application
 (Initialization)
 Create context
 Load and compile shaders
 Create buffers
 Bind each buffer and fill with data
 (Each frame)
 Bind shader
 For each attribute...
 Find attribute index
 Bind a buffer with the attribute data
 Set attribute pointer to the buffer
 Enable the attribute
 Set uniform variables, if any
 Draw, specifying primitive type
 Options for primitives: TRIANGLES, LINES, LINE_STRIP, etc.

 Chapters 2 and 3 of the teal book provide a detailed and careful overview of the steps described above.
 Read and experiment with GL_Example1a below
 try changing the vertices
 try the commentedout lines in the draw() function
 Code examples:
GL_example1a.html
GL_example0.html
GL_example1.html
GL_example1a.html
(You can view the associated html and javascript source in the developer tools (CtrlAlti), or just grab everything directly from the examples/intro directory. In GL_example1a, the boilerplate code is moved into
examples/util.
)


Tuesday, August 18 (Week 1) 
 Introduction
 This is a course in 3D rendering using OpenGL, not a course in developing GUIs!
 WebGL is a set of browserbased JavaScript bindings for OpenGL ES 2.0, which is essentially OpenGL 3.2 with the deprecated stuff and fancy features removed
 Overview of the GPU pipeline:
 (Model  a set of vertices organized into a "mesh" of triangles)
 > Vertex processing (*)
 > Primitive assembly (and clipping)
 > Rasterization
 > Fragment processing (*)
 > (Framebuffer  graphics memory mapped to an actual display window)
 (*) Vertex and fragment processing stages are programmed via "shaders" using GLSL, the OpenGL shading language

 Read the syllabus
 See the Resources page for textbook information
 Learn JavaScript (see Resources page for ideas)
