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General Anim8or Forum / Re: Anti-Aliasing with Jagged external edge
« on: March 25, 2008, 06:44:06 am »
Sirren, your solution will make pretty much the same level of quality as the solution I offered, except that you can't perform batch operations with it. Not only that, but depending on what you're using to select by color, it'll still leave artifacts or take out chunks of the character if you try to compensate for those artifacts.

Fallout2 doesn't support semitransparent pixels, correct? Therefore rendering a larger size, cutting the image out and then resizing back down won't work since you'd have to resize back down without any interpolation (no cubic/lanczos/whatever) in order to not have antialiased edges. This would in effect downgrade the quality of the inner details and make it less distinguishable. It probably worked for you because trees don't require specific detailing to look alright when it's low-res, not to mention they're less dynamic.

Simple way to render an alpha channel with shadows is to make your own alpha channel. After you've rendered all the rgb frames, make a copy of the anim8or file(s), and give your objects a stark black material with no specular. Make a new object and add a plane to that, assigning a material with black ambience and white diffuse (value of 2 or 3 for the diffuse). In the scene, set up your single light (to 100% dark raytraced shadows) if it's not already set, add the plane object to it with only receiving shadows, whereas the character object casts and receives, then set the scene background to pure white as well. Render without antialiasing. I've prepared an example for you:

Example file (right click and save link/target as...)




There are batch image processing programs out there such as ImageMagick that will allow you to process all the frames at once via some simple scripting, making it a breeze to handle even thousands of frames automatically.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Anti-Aliasing with Jagged external edge
« on: March 23, 2008, 11:44:27 pm »
That's why I said to use a black background, so that there won't be any ugly blue artifacts when cutting the render out using the alpha channel (black blends better in most cases). Not to mention that Fallout itself is a pretty dark game, so it blends even better. Ideally, use any background that blends with the outline of the character/object the best, when rendering. After you applied the alpha channel, you add the blue background to it and you won't have those artifacts anymore.

Don't be afraid to touch up your alpha channel also before you apply it. Higher res images aren't much of a problem, but you're asking a machine to handle some pretty delicate stuff here. You can easily add one black pixel to the character's arm, and take out one or two from the neck and leg. It's still easier than hand-erasing everything around the silhouette from scratch...

General Anim8or Forum / Re: Anti-Aliasing with Jagged external edge
« on: March 23, 2008, 08:18:10 am »
The AA filter does not affect this kind of request. It's recommended you use bicubic as your AA filter to get the sharpest results, but it performs AA on the entire render regardless of the filter you choose.

Something you can try:
1. Render your image(s) antialiased (preferrably against a black background), save them to file.
2. Render the same images again except only the alpha channel with AA disabled.
3. Use a 2D app to apply the alpha channels to your antialiased renders. Use any color background you need as well. Now you have your jaggies on the outside but AA on the inside.

I'm guessing the engine converts a single color to the transparency, similar to how gifs work (no semi-transparent pixels--bright pink is usually used). If the engine does use semi-transparent pixels (usually the png format), I'd recommend using the same steps, except rendering both channels as antialiased.

General Anim8or Forum / .Org down for a few
« on: March 22, 2008, 06:02:59 am »
To those wondering, will be down until about 8 hours from this post due to some massive hardware changes. Just letting you guys know  ;)

Another is to allow various components like the specular hilight to be a general material.  There ar some major design issues I have to work out first including how to present this to users.  Attributes are quite flexible but not very easy to use ao I'd like another technique.

This is more work for you, but easier for us: How about some sort of "Shader Lab" dialog option from the material editor. This dialog would be a wizard of sorts with a preview window, where you can add and mix attributes from a drop down menu and play with values. Press the preview button and the preview window renders a sample (some primitives on a plane or something :P). I think this will make it much easier and faster for new and old users to make custom materials. If you extend the attributes to include all the bump map values and textures and such, you could even replace the entire material editor with the shader version using a toggle for ART materials versus scanline materials.

Just a thought.

I would like to draw the attention of the new, young, and old anim8or users on this site to check out our ongoing .: XX :. event at Anim8or.Org! Feel free to join in or observe and join in on the next one!

The theme for the current competition is "Transform". Basically, you model, texture, and animate an object which transforms into another object. Read up on the rest of the details by Clicking here!

Did I mention that there is a prize for the first place winner? ;)

Finished Works and Works in Progress / Re: My Ship-So Far
« on: March 05, 2008, 07:57:23 pm »
Can't see anything here...

By the way, I deleted your posts. However, when using public computers, please log off and do not save the passwords/login data when you leave the computer, thanks!

Anim8or v0.98 Discussion Forum / Re: Feature request
« on: January 31, 2008, 02:47:03 am »
Good idea. That or auto-update for dialogs.

General Anim8or Forum / Re: down (again)
« on: December 31, 2007, 11:27:52 pm »
Please wait longer next time before posting about it. If the site is down and not loading for you then it's a server issue covered by the service provider (usually maintenance), meaning that it will be fixed no matter what I do (that, or depending on your connection it could be your internet that's acting up). If it's a long-term outtage, I will post here with a notice and ETA for it coming up, if at all. Otherwise, a user posting here about it will not help make it come back up any faster.

Now, there's a difference between the server not responding and the site not coming up. If there's something unusual going on, like it loads up blank or with some sort of hacker poo, feel free to email me about it instead of posting here, since I would read it much sooner (for example, this is the first time I read your post, several hours from when it was first made). I appreciate your concern for the site, but posting here about it is not the best solution ;) Please consider using this site as a last resort -- though as an alternate to emailing, you may PM me using this site's private messaging system.

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