buffer_create_from_vertex_buffer_ext

Syntax:

buffer_create_from_vertex_buffer_ext(vertex_buffer, type, alignment, start_vertex, num_vertices)


Argument Description
vertex_buffer The vertex buffer index to use.
type The type of buffer to create (see the constants list below).
alignment The byte alignment for the buffer
start_vertex The starting vertex.
num_vertices The total number of vertices to copy.


Returns: Real


Description

You use this function to allocate a portion of memory as a buffer in your game filled with the data from a previously created vertex buffer. The function returns a unique buffer id that should be stored in a variable and used for all further function calls to the buffer. The function takes the id for the vertex buffer to use (as returned by the function vertex_create_buffer(), for example) with the following constants being used to define the buffer type:

Constant Description
buffer_fixed A buffer of fixed size.
buffer_grow A buffer that will "grow" dynamically as data is added
buffer_wrap A buffer where the data will "wrap". When the data being added reaches the limit of the buffer size, the overwrite will be placed back at the start of the buffer, and further writing will continue from that point.
buffer_fast Special "stripped" buffer that is extremely fast to read/write to. Can only be used with buffer_u8 data types, and must be 1 byte aligned.
buffer_vbuffer



Apart from the buffer type, you will also have to set the byte alignment for the buffer. This value will vary depending on the data that you wish to store in the buffer, and in most cases a value of 1 is perfectly fine. However, be aware that for some operations a specific alignment is essential, and an incorrect alignment may cause errors (for further details on alignment see Buffer Alignment). The following is a general guide to show which values are most appropriate for each data type (when in doubt, use an alignment of 1):

NOTE: Vertex buffers are 1 byte aligned, but you can create the buffer with any alignment depending on how you want to treat the data, as the vertex data is simply a raw memory copy into the buffer.

The final two arguments are used to specify the range of vertex data that you wish to copy into the newly created buffer. The start vertex can be anywhere between 0 and the number of vertices -1, and then you give the number of vertices from that point to copy. You can use the function vertex_get_number() on the vertex buffer to get the total number of vertices stored.

NOTE: It's important that you remove any dynamically created resources like this from memory when you no longer need them to prevent memory leaks, so when you are finished with the buffer that you have created you should free it up again using buffer_delete. Also note that the vertex buffer used to create the new buffer is not removed from memory either and you should use the function vertex_delete_buffer() when it is no longer required.


Example:

var v_num = vertex_get_number(model_buff); player_buffer = buffer_create_from_vertex_buffer(model_buffer, buffer_grow, 1, 0, v_num - 1);

The above code allocates memory to a buffer then copies the data of all vertices from the given vertex buffer into it, returning the index of the new buffer which is stored in the variable "player_buffer", for future use.