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4.2.1.4 The Camera

In Crystal Space there is an interface called ‘iView’ which encapsulates both ‘iCamera’ and ‘iClipper2D’ instances. In principle you can use those classes directly but using ‘iView’ is easier. Now, edit ‘simple.h’ to make use of ‘iView’:

 
...
class Simple
{
private:
  ...
  csRef<iView> view;
  ...
  void ProcessFrame ();
  void FinishFrame ();
  ...

Then, edit ‘simple.cpp’ and make the following changes at the end of our Application() function:

 
bool Simple::Application ()
{
  ...
  view.AttachNew(new csView (engine, g3d));
  iGraphics2D* g2d = g3d->GetDriver2D ();
  view->SetRectangle (0, 0, g2d->GetWidth (), g2d->GetHeight ());
  ...
  view->GetCamera ()->SetSector (room);
  view->GetCamera ()->GetTransform ().SetOrigin (csVector3 (0, 5, -3));

  return true;
}

So, first we create a view for our world and a particular 3D renderer. The view has a current sector which is passed to the camera and is set by SetSector(). The camera also has a position in that sector which you can set by first getting the camera with GetCamera() and then setting the position (which is a ‘csVector3’) with SetPosition(). The view also holds a clipping region which corresponds to the area on the window that is going to be used for drawing the world. Crystal Space supports convex polygons as viewing areas, but in this case we use a simple rectangle the same size as the window. We set this viewing rectangle with SetRectangle().

The call to create a new view is a bit special. See the discussion on smart pointers for a detailed discussion (see section Correctly Using Smart Pointers).

Now, this still isn't enough. We have a camera but the camera is not used. We have to write code that actually draws the screen. We will do this in the functions ProcessFrame() and FinishFrame(). Note that Crystal Space is event driven so the actual drawing needs to be triggered by the event handler. Add the following code somewhere in the source file:

 
void Simple::ProcessFrame ()
{
  // Tell 3D driver we're going to display 3D things.
  if (!g3d->BeginDraw(
    engine->GetBeginDrawFlags() | CSDRAW_3DGRAPHICS))
    return;

  // Tell the camera to render into the frame buffer.
  view->Draw ();
}

void Simple::FinishFrame ()
{
  g3d->FinishDraw ();
  g3d->Print (0);
}

Drawing the screen is done in two steps. First there is the part that is done in ProcessFrame(). Here, we will actually fill the display. In this case we let the engine do most of that work by calling view->Draw(). But, in principle, you can do any kind of drawing here.

In ProcessFrame() we first have to indicate to the 3D rasterizer that we want to start drawing 3D graphics. This call makes sure that the needed buffers are set up and performs all necessary initialization. The engine often needs extra settings for this as well so you must call engine->GetBeginDrawFlags() to get these flags and bitwise-or them with the ones that you want.

The second part is in FinishFrame() where we actually dump the frame to the screen. The reason this is split is that other components (plugins) in Crystal Space may choose to listen to events and draw additional things on top of the 3D view rendered in ProcessFrame(). When a frame needs to be rendered, the Crystal Space framework will send four messages:

Compile and run this example. For the first time you should see something: A solid wall. Congratulations, you have created your first almost useful Crystal Space application.


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