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Offline Simius Strabus

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HD209458b flyby
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:46:45 AM »
I guess the title explains itself. There is something odd going on. I've used a light source and a tiny planet with a huge atmosphere to create the orange/yellow star.
(the light source radius is bigger than the planet). For some reason, the rings don't cast a shadow on the gas giant. When I use a 'sun' as a light source, the rings do cast a shadow.... By the way, I created the light source/atmosphere combo to make a nice corona-ish effect.


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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 02:18:15 PM »
COOL! nice music.
how are you creating the rings?

still couldnt find that bike.
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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 03:05:12 PM »
Thats pretty great, so is the other one! Please give technical details on this, rendering times, objects. And yes, I would also like to here about the rings. Im on rings now, so whatever people say I'm listening!:)
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Offline Simius Strabus

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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 05:23:06 PM »
I used a whole lot of tricks to build the rings. Basically its a rock population. I couldn't get the shader for the rocks surface right. So I used the one that came in the NWDA planet pack. Here are some pictures of the node network including the clip file, so you don't need to reinvent everything. (1.4 million rocks....)
Render times vary a lot, 1 to 3 minutes per frame. Some take less time, some take a bit more, at 640x360.
Oh, and that bike? It's hard to spot, but its there  :)
The original movie was 20fps, but that didn't work well, 24fps was no real improvement. 30fps, is great! I'll stick to that right now.
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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2012, 05:10:36 AM »

I like the camera move very much!
And thanks for the file.
Wish you could make this in higher quality as always  :)

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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 07:52:44 AM »
The youtube/vimeo versions are always, well, crappy. I think I'll go for 720p next time. It just takes forever to render. There are 3600 frames is this particular animation, so naturally I'm trying to keep render times to a minimum. I'm currently rendering an animation of about 1000 frames (640x360), on a lower detail setting (0.8) and with motion blur (0.5) enabled. Should be done by tomorrow.
Scene is based on the second picture in this thread: http://www.planetside.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=14469.msg141589#msg141589
Starts out low orbit, camera rotates counterclockwise and backwards, ending up at the camera position in the original still.
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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2012, 01:08:33 PM »
very nice!
I spotted the bike...tumbling nicely!
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Re: HD209458b flyby
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2012, 04:14:57 PM »
Fine render and cool point of view, though it got a little slow about midway - something to think about.  The planet rotation was cool.
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