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Author Topic: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)  (Read 101204 times)

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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2008, 02:29:41 pm »

Hi Steve,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! It's a very nice step!

I'm in love with Anim8or! It is a very compact program with tons of functionalities, and very easy to play with.

Cheers,
Geraldo
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2008, 05:21:20 pm »

Dear Steve,

I really Like Anim8or.  It is clear and to the point software like VirtualDub video editor and Wax.

I was wondering if you can set up a function to allow invisible objects to receive shadows?

This would be great for compositing 3d to the Real world video.

Right now I make object invisible (casting the shadow) onto material something like what I will be compositing onto.

Then I eliminate the the receiving material through chroma with wax.

Thanks!

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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2008, 01:11:51 am »

AlDi:  If you set an objects transparency and specular values to 0, anim8or will still render the shadows since anim8or doesn't support raytraced shadows (though perhaps it does when using transparency with the ART raytracer.)  But with basic renders you can simply set the transparency and specular to 0 and render out, and you'll get only the shadows.
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2008, 04:38:53 pm »

Wow. Definitely a rendering improvement.  I can't wait to try the new features on some of my existing models. 

Only thing I woud suggest, is adding a "cancel" feature to the render process. ...I was rendering one of the example files you give when I realized it wasn't the example I had wanted to view... I had to wait for the render to complete before I could close it and open the correct file.

Also, have you ever considered forming a development team like the one for POV-Ray to lighten your development load and to speed up the process?   Just curious...
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2008, 04:44:11 pm »

When you press esc when rendering (might need to press a couple of times), the render will stop.

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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2008, 05:22:59 pm »

Esc works fine with the other render engines but I get no response when using ART.  Maybe it is just because it's so much more system intensive...
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2008, 10:02:16 pm »

Okay
I've noticed that while rendering anything that normally takes a long time, anim8or will switch to Not responding, and only after the render is done will anim8or start responding again.
Now this may be b/c I'm using vista but I'm not sure.
I always make sure to save my work before rendering a medium or large sized scene, b/c if anim8or locks up. Either it won't work anymore or I'll have to wait for it to finish not even knowing what its up to b/c the preview render is frozen.

Also while we're on the topic of rendering, if you set the render preview to off, will the render go faster.

And another question, if you were to go to the process of anim8or in task manager, and set the priority to a higher priority than normal, will anim8or go faster.
I tried it, but I wasn't really sure if there was a change in render time or not. I'll try recording the times the next time I do it.
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2008, 05:58:02 am »

Flametiger74 - Please post this kind of thing to a new topic.  This thread simply anounces that v0.97 is available.  It is not for bug reports.  (What graphics card do you have?  THis is most certainly a driver problem, possible a badly designed driver.  That's exctly why I added the ability to turn off renders.)
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2008, 08:35:24 pm »

That feature is really cool and it seems very useful. Keep up the great job!
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2008, 01:52:22 pm »

HiHoSilver:

I tried to do what you suggested.  The receiving material still doesn't receive/display shadows while transparent.

 :-[

95c apparently does have Raytracing Shadows under camera options.
 
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2008, 08:19:00 pm »

Flametiger74 - Please don't continue with this discussion in thes thread.  Post this to a new topic.  This thread simply anounces that v0.97 is available.  It is not for bug reports. 
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2008, 12:13:54 am »

Finally, raytracing!

Does it handle shadows of transparent objects as well?

Great improvement, by the way!
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2008, 01:14:22 am »

No, shadows of transparent objects are still black.  That may be supported in an update but I still have a bit of code to write for it.
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2008, 04:55:26 pm »

I have just one though. I don't agree with the term "dielectric". A dielectric material is any material has the ability to store opposite electrical charges. Most insulators like glass or polyester are dielectric.

Shouldn't the materials be called refractive? I can't associate the term "dielectric" with light.
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Re: v0.97 Preview Ready (With ART Ray Tracer!)
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2008, 08:00:14 pm »

Quote from Wikipedia entry for dielectric:

"Many phenomena in electronics, solid state and optical physics can be described using the underlying assumptions of the dielectric model"
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