This page lists the presentations we gave at GDC 2003. For each talk, we provide PDF and PPT versions, along with a brief description (helpful for talks with titles that aren't quite self-explanatory).

GDC 2003

Session/Talk TitleDescription
Advanced Visual Effects with Direct3D

DirectX 9.0 Introduction and Features

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PPT

Introduction to DirectX 9.0, as well as the course outline.

Introduction to the DirectX 9.0 Shader Models

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PPT

Understanding the DirectX 9.0 shader models and how to use them, including VS and PS 2_0 as well as 2_x.

D3DX Effects and the DirectX 9 High-Level Shading Language

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PPT

How to add shaders to your production pipeline using DirectX 9's HLSL.

Special Effects in DirectX 9

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PPT

Creating glow, volume fog, shadows, and real-time fur effects.

"Batch, Batch, Batch:" What Does It Really Mean?

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PPT

Understanding batching of geometry and its effect on rendering performance.

Advanced OpenGL Game Programming

OpenGL ARB_vertex_program

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PPT

Understanding the ARB_vertex_program OpenGL extension.

OpenGL ARB_fragment_program

PDFPPTUnderstanding the ARB_fragment_program OpenGL extension.

Superbuffers

PDFPPTUnderstanding the proposed superbuffers ARB OpenGL extensions.

Buffer Objects

PDFPPTOverview of buffer objects.

OpenGL 2.0 Shading Language

PDFPPTOverview of the proposed OpenGL 2.0 Shading Language.

Miscellaneous Extensions

PDFPPTOverview of OpenGL 1.4 extensions, enhanced stencil functionality, and floating-point images.

OpenGL Performance Tuning

PDFPPTHow to achieve high performance in OpenGL.

Procedural Noise

PDFPPTImplementing procedural noise in OpenGL.

OpenGL Shader Tricks

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PPT

How to implement motion blur and cloth simulation using OpenGL.

Summed Area Tables using Graphics Hardware

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PPT

Introduction to summed area tables, and how to implement them using graphics hardware.

Optimized Stencil Shadow Volumes

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PPT

The details of implementing stencil shadow volumes with OpenGL.

From Gaffer to Game Engine: Cinematic Methods and Real-time Tricks

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PPT

An introduction to cinematic techniques, and ideas for how to apply them in real-time.

Hardware Shaders for the Artist

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PPT

An introduction to hardware shaders, targeted at artists.

Optimized Stenciled Shadow Volumes

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PPT

Conceptual and implementation details about using shadow volumes for shadow generation.

Simulation and Animation with Hardware-Accelerated Procedural Textures

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PPT

How to use the GPU for procedural texturing, general purpose calculations, and simulation.

All You Can Eat Polygons: Without the Fat

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PPT

LOD generation using NVIDIA's Melody tool.

Programming the GPU using High-Level Shading Languages

Cg Language Overview

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PPT

An introduction to the Cg Language syntax and constructs.

Using the Cg Runtime

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PPT

An introduction to the Cg runtime library.

Introduction to CgFX

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PPT

An introduction to CgFX and the CgFX tools for 3ds max, Maya, and SOFTIMAGE|XSI.

Graphics Pipeline Performance

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PPT

Graphics pipeline bottlenecks and how to overcome them.

Ogres and Fairies: Secrets of the NVIDIA Demo Team

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PPT

Insight into how the Dawn, Ogre, Time Machine, and Toys demos were created by the NVIDIA Demo Team.