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Coercing Assimp into reading OBJ PBR materials

Edit January, 4th 2022 : The Assimp maintainers merged just a few days ago a pull request that enables PBR support by Assimp’s OBJ importer. If you are able to use a recent version of Assimp, I would advise you to go get it and work with it the way Assimp expects it. See the pull request here.

These days, I’m trying to import 3D models exported as Wavefront OBJ files in my Vulkan renderer. In order to achieve that effortlessly (kinda), I’m using the very good Assimp (pun not intended) library.

It kinda works well if you stick to a « traditional Blinn-Phong » lighting pipeline (also known as « prehistoric lighting » 😉 ), with ambient/diffuse/specular components and so on. Everything is there. Things become trickier if you try to bring PBR into the mix, with roughness, metallic and ambient occlusion maps for example.

What parameters should you use in Assimp to read those values ? What texture type should be used in order to import those maps ? Turns out it’s not as easy as one would think, because support on both the Wavefront OBJ specification and Assimp is just not there.

So I had to cheat a little, let me explain how !

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Reblog: Problem with on 64-bit Ubuntu

This isn’t a « true » reblog, but I just wanted to say that I had the same problem than the author of the blog post I’m about to link, and that his solution just did the trick for me too, so I thought I would give him full credit for the solution given it just worked completely unaltered in my situation too.

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