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Effect Format (Direct3D 11)

An effect (which is often stored in a file with a .fx file extension) declares the pipeline state set by an effect. Effect state can be roughly broken down into three categories:

  • Variables, which are usually declared at the top of an effect.
  • Functions, which implement shader code, or are used as helper functions by other functions.
  • Techniques, which can be arranged in effect groups, and implement rendering sequences using one or more effect passes. Each pass sets one or more state groups and calls shader functions.

Diagram of the categories of declarations for effects, including variables at the top, functions in the middle, and techniques at the bottom

The preceding diagram shows the categories of effect state.

The definition of the effect binary format can be found in Binary\EffectBinaryFormat.h in the effects source code.



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