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**Visible-Surface Detection(identification)**

& Computer Graphics CS2401 Visible-Surface Detection(identification) BY N.SATHISH KUMAR AP CSE

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**Visible-Surface Detection(identification)**

CS2401- Computer Graphics UNIT-2 LAST TOPIC Visible-Surface Detection(identification)

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**Visible-Surface Detection**

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**Visible-Surface Detection Methods**

Determine what is visible within a scene from a chosen viewing position Two approaches Object-space methods: Decide which object, as a whole, is visible Image-space methods: The visibility is decided point-by-point Most visible-surface algorithms use image-space methods Sometimes, these methods are referred to as hidden-surface elimination

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**Approaches Back-Face Removal Depth Buffer A-Buffer Scanline**

Depth Sorting BSP Tree Area Subdivision Octree

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**Back-Face Removal (Culling)**

Used to remove unseen polygons from convex, closed polyhedron Does not completely solve hidden surface problem since one polyhedron may obscure another

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**Back-Face Removal (Culling)**

Compute the equation of the plane for each polygon A point (x,y,z) is behind a polygon surface if Determine back-face In projection coordinates, we need to consider only the z component of the normal vector N

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**Depth-Buffer (Z-Buffer)**

Z-Buffer has memory corresponding to each pixel location Usually, 16 to 20 bits/location.

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**Depth-Buffer (Z-Buffer)**

Initialize Each z-buffer location Max z value Each frame buffer location background color For each polygon: Compute z(x,y), polygon depth at the pixel (x,y) If z(x,y) < z-buffer value at pixel (x,y), then z buffer(x,y) z(x,y) pixel(x,y) color of polygon at (x,y)

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**Depth Calculation Calculate the z-value on the plane**

Incremental calculation

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**Depth-Buffer (Z-Buffer)**

Advantages/Disadvantages Lots of memory Linear performance Polygons may be processed in any order Modifications needed to implement antialiasing, transparency, translucency effects Commonly implemented in hardware very fast

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**Depth-Buffer (Z-Buffer)**

Backface culling Z-buffer algorithm

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**Accumulation Buffer (A-Buffer)**

An extension of the depth-buffer for dealing with anti-aliasing, area-averaging, transparency, and translucency The depth-buffer method identifies only one visible surface at each pixel position Cannot accumulate color values for more than one transparent and translucent surfaces Even more memory intensive Widely used for high quality rendering

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**Accumulation Buffer (A-Buffer)**

Each position in the A-buffer has two fields Depth field: Stores a depth value Surface data field RGB intensity components Opacity parameter (percent of transparency) Depth Percent of area coverage Surface identifier

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Scan Line Method Intersect each polygon with a particular scanline and solve hidden surface problem for just that scan line Requires a depth buffer equal to only one scan line Requires the entire scene data at the time of scan conversion Maintain an active polygon and active edge list Can implement antialiasing as part of the algorithm

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Depth Sorting We need a partial ordering (not a total ordering) of polygons The ordering indicates which polygon obscures which polygon Some polygons may not obscure each other Simple cases

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Depth Sorting We make the following tests for each polygon that has a depth overlap with S If any one of these tests is true, no reordering is necessary for S and the polygon being tested Polygon S is completely behind the overlapping surface relative to the viewing position The overlapping polygon is completely in front of S relative to the viewing position The boundary-edge projections of the two polygons onto the view plane do not overlap

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Depth Sorting Example

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Depth Sorting Cyclically overlapping surfaces that alternately obscure one another We can divide the surfaces to eliminate the cyclic overlaps

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BSP Trees Binary space partitioning is an efficient method for determining object visibility Paint surfaces into the frame buffer from back to front Particularly useful when the view reference point changes, but the objects are at fixed positions

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BSP Tree Construction Choose a polygon T and compute the equation of the plane it defines Test all the vertices of all the other polygons to determine if they are in front of, behind, or in the same plane as T. If the plane intersects a polygon, divide the polygon at the plane Polygons are placed into a binary search three with T as the root Call the procedure recursively on the left and right subtree

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Area Subdivision Image-space method taking advantage of area coherence in a scene Recursively subdivide a square area into equal-sized quadrants if the area is too complex to analyze easily

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Area Subdivision Four possible relationships between polygon surfaces and a rectangular section of the viewing plane Terminating criteria Case 1: An area has no inside, overlapping, or surrounding surfaces (all surfaces are ourside the area) Case 2: An area has only one inside, overlapping or surrounding surfaces Case 3: An area has one surrounding surface that obscures all other surfaces within the area boundaries

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Octrees Visible-surface identification is accomplished by searching octree nodes in a front-to-back order

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