[osg-users] Problems getting a model to render using OSG in an MFC application

Jesper D. Thomsen jdt at anybodytech.com
Fri Sep 26 03:54:52 PDT 2008

I tried changing my implementation to follow the osgviewermfc example very closely with the rendering being done exactly as in the example. It didn't help with the problem however.
I'm currently trying to take some screenshots at varying times to try to find out if the model is being rendered and later blanked out.
I was using osgprerender as inspiration for taking screenshots, and I noticed that if I changed the viewer.run() to while(!viewer.done()){viewer.frame()} in the example, I would get the exact same problem as in my own application with the model not being rendered, but the background being rendered.

regards, and thank in advance.

Jesper D. Thomsen
<mailto:jdt at anybodytech.com>
From: osg-users-bounces at lists.openscenegraph.org [osg-users-bounces at lists.openscenegraph.org] On Behalf Of Ümit Uzun [umituzun84 at gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 11:00 AM
To: OpenSceneGraph Users
Subject: Re: [osg-users] Problems getting a model to render using OSG in an MFC application

Hi Jesper,

Anyone couldn't find your problem by this way, but problem looks like simple. I advice you to look at cOSG class and Render threads activation way in osgviewerMFC example. I think there is render thread activation problem. You can change clear color  but can't render scene. So I think problem is threading activation.

I hope have answered your question.
Best Regards.

Umit Uzun

2008/9/25 Jesper D. Thomsen <jdt at anybodytech.com<mailto:jdt at anybodytech.com>>
Hi all, first posting here, so be gentle.

I'm trying to integrate OSG in an existing MFC application in place of a temporary custom OpenGL renderer.

I have looked at the osgviewermfc example and based my code on that. So far I have got a viewer up and running with a single master camera. I have tested that the camera is being redrawn by changing the clear-color to a random value every frame. When I assign scenedata to the viewer there is nothing being drawn however.

I am using the following code in my CView::Oncreate:


// Create a trackball manipulator

trackball =

new osgGA::TrackballManipulator();

// Create a Manipulator Switcher

keyswitchManipulator =

new osgGA::KeySwitchMatrixManipulator;

// Add our trackball manipulator to the switcher


'1', "Trackball", trackball);

// Init the switcher to the first manipulator (in this case the only manipulator)


// Zero based index Value

// Init the main Root Node/Group

mRoot =

new osg::Group;

// Load the Model from the model name

mModel = osgDB::readNodeFile(


//// Optimize the model

//osgUtil::Optimizer optimizer;



// Add the model to the scene


// Local Variable to hold window size data

RECT rect;

// Create the viewer for this window

mViewer =

new osgViewer::Viewer();

// Add a Stats Handler to the viewer


new osgViewer::StatsHandler);

// Get the current window size

::GetWindowRect(m_hWnd, &rect);

// Init the GraphicsContext Traits

traits =

new osg::GraphicsContext::Traits;

// Init the Windata Variable that holds the handle for the Window to display OSG in.

windata =

new osgViewer::GraphicsWindowWin32::WindowData(m_hWnd);

// Setup the traits parameters

traits->x = 0;

traits->y = 0;

traits->width = rect.right - rect.left;

traits->height = rect.bottom - rect.top;

traits->windowDecoration =


traits->doubleBuffer =


traits->sharedContext = 0;

traits->setInheritedWindowPixelFormat =


traits->inheritedWindowData = windata;

// Create the Graphics Context

gc = osg::GraphicsContext::createGraphicsContext(traits);

// Init a new Camera (Master for this View)

osg_camera =

new osg::Camera;

// Assign Graphics Context to the Camera


// Set the viewport for the Camera


new osg::Viewport(traits->x, traits->y, traits->width, traits->height));

// Add the Camera to the Viewer


// Add the Camera Manipulator to the Viewer


// Set the Scene Data


// Realize the Viewer



And in my views OnDraw I use the following:


float r = (float) rand()/RAND_MAX;

float g = (float) rand()/RAND_MAX;

float b = (float) rand()/RAND_MAX;

float a = (float) rand()/RAND_MAX;

osg_camera->setClearColor( osg::Vec4(r,g,b,a) );



As far as I can tell the osgviewermfc uses pretty much the same code.

Any and all help and hint as to what I'm doing wrong would be much appreciated.

Regards, and thanks in advance.

Jesper D. Thomsen

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