Xna tutorial for rotating a 3D model

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Xna tutorial for rotating a 3D model
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Microsoft's XNA Studio is a powerful and relatively easy to program suite designed to provide one interface for creating games for Windows PCs, Xbox consoles and even Windows 7 phones. Using this program, in conjunction with the free version of Microsoft Visual Studio, both 2D and 3D games can be created. A good way to get started with XNA 3D game programming is to load and rotate a 3D model.

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  1. 1

    Create a new project in Microsoft XNA Studio by clicking "File" and "New Project" and selecting "Windows Game."

  2. 2

    Right-click the "Content" folder in the "Solutions Explorer" and choose "Add" and "New Folder." Name it "Models."

  3. 3

    Repeat step 2, but this time name the folder "Textures."

  4. 4

    Right-click each folder you just created and select "Add Existing Item." Add an existing 3D model and its texture to the appropriate folders. If you do not have a 3D model, you can download one from Microsoft's website (see Resources).

  5. 5

    Paste the following new variables within the source code, just below the "public class Game" line:

      float aspectRatio;
        Model my Model;
        Vector3 model Position = Vector3.Zero;
        float model Rotation = 0.0f;
        Vector3 camera Position = new Vector3(0.0f, 50.0f, 5000.0f);
  6. 6

    Paste the following code into the "LoadContent" function that was created for you when you created your project:

            my Model = Content.Load<Model>("Models\\p1_wedge.fbx");
            aspectRatio = graphics.GraphicsDevice.Viewport.AspectRatio;

    This uses the free sample model provided by Microsoft "p1_wedge.fbx."

  7. 7

    Paste the following code from Microsoft within the "Draw" function:

            // Copy any parent transforms.
            Matrix[] transforms = new Matrix[myModel.Bones.Count];
            // Draw the model. A model can have multiple meshes, so loop.
            foreach (ModelMesh mesh in myModel.Meshes)
                // This is where the mesh orientation is set, as well
                // as our camera and projection.
                foreach (BasicEffect effect in mesh.Effects)
                    effect.World = transforms[mesh.ParentBone.Index] *
                        * Matrix.CreateTranslation(modelPosition);
                    effect.View = Matrix.CreateLookAt(cameraPosition,
                        Vector3.Zero, Vector3.Up);
                    effect.Projection = Matrix.CreatePerspectiveFieldOfView(
                        MathHelper.ToRadians(45.0f), aspectRatio,
                        1.0f, 10000.0f);
                // Draw the mesh, using the effects set above.
  8. 8

    Paste the following code from Microsoft in the Update function:

            // Allows the game to exit
            if (GamePad.GetState(PlayerIndex.One).Buttons.Back ==
            model Rotation += (float)gameTime.ElapsedGameTime.TotalMilliseconds *

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