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BabylonJS, the game loop and "time"


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Hi Temechon thank you for your help (again ;-))

for example in threeJS we have : 

var chrono=new THREE.Clock();//init world...............chrono.start();	function animation(){	t=chrono.getElapsedTime()	sph2.position.x=80*Math.sin(t*0.7);	sph2.position.z=80*Math.cos(t*0.7);	}	function play(){	requestAnimationFrame(play);	animation();	renderer.render(scene, camera);}

Does the  "BABYLON.Clock()" constructor exist ?

else how to do the same thing (to separate "time variable" and FPS) ? With 2 "GetCurentTime" at the beginning and at the end of the game loop ?

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I don't think the constructor BABYLON.Clock() exists today (but maybe Deltakosh will contradict me), but you can create it yourself (it may be a good exercise for your students :) ).

I would create a new function using 

(new Date).getTime()

 to have the current time.


Then, this method could be used at the beginning and at the end of your process. I think it's the easiest way to do it.

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how reach the beginning and the end of the process ? In the "RenderLoop" function ?

// Render loopvar renderLoop = function () {    // Start new frame    engine.beginFrame();    scene.render();    // Present    engine.endFrame();    // Register new frame    BABYLON.Tools.QueueNewFrame(renderLoop);};BABYLON.Tools.QueueNewFrame(renderLoop);
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If you want to know the time consumed to render your scene, you have access to this function : 


This function returns the time used to render the current scene (without any postprocess and without any actions registered with registerBeforeRender and registerAfterRender).


If you want to know the time used by the whole render process (with postprocessing, AND actions registered with registerBeforeRender  and registerAfterRender), then you can use the method 


If I still don't understand your question (shame on me :) ), you can send me an MP (in english or french) and I will try to help you the best I can.


Cheers , 

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  • 2 years later...

I found that using scene.getLastFrameDuration(); caused movement slowdowns (when multiplying rotation and translations by it) near large objects. I use this instead and everything is smooth:

// Put this at the end of all the JavaScript, since it starts immediately.var clock = {    before: performance.now(),    getDelta: function () {        var now = performance.now()        var delta = now - this.before        this.before = now        return delta    }}
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