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 Subject: Reality Render thread. A new beginning.

Pret-a-3D opened this issue on May 14, 2012 · 8453 posts

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  Plixy    ( ) ( posted at 8:44AM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929079

Quote - Anyone know if reality will work in 4.5?

 

As already stated, it does not currently work. But it is a safe bet to say that it *will *work once Paolo sets his mind and schedule to make it so. He may wait until the version is less of a beta with the uninstalling of the stable version and all that. Much of what I'm saying is speculation. Only he can answer as to when, the challenges (or lack of them) to making the update, and he's taking some vacation time for at least a couple of days, maybe more.

Better support on a day to day level and versioning etc I've personally never seen, so if people are at all worried about buying the product thinking it won't be kept up to date I'd go ahead and buy it personally. If people are wondering if they can install the latest Studio beta and keep using Reality, not at this time. 

All my info is based on past observations falling Reality for some time now, and statements made in the now transitioning Daz forums. I have no insider info. :P


  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 9:00AM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929085

I agree 4 was a pain in its early stages and I still prefer to work in 3 when I can..


  FyraNyanser    ( ) ( posted at 9:41AM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929100

A DAZ technical bod says:

Third Party Plug-ins [...] should be along shortly as we have kept the PA's in the loop on the SDK changes, and in many, though not all, cases it is just a matter of recompiling and we have great faith in our Plug-in Developers.

As long as Reality isn't one of those "not all cases", it doesn't look like we should have to wait too long for Paolo to get it working—after his vacation, that is.

I've been reading the comments on 4.5 and I'm looking forward to it.

I, on the other hand, never got on with Studio 3, after having started on Studio 4. I think to a great extent it's down to what you are used to.

 

 


  DominiqueB    ( ) ( posted at 9:54AM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929103

I never took to DS3, so I kind of started fresh with version 4.  But to tell the truth Reality is pretty much the reason I use Studio at all.

Dominique Digital Cats Media

  KrazyHorse    ( ) ( posted at 10:21AM Wed, 16 May 2012 · edited on 10:25AM Wed, 16 May 2012 · @3929110

Quote - Anyone know if reality will work in 4.5?

 

No it won't................ 

 

 

Late to the party again. 


  FyraNyanser    ( ) ( posted at 10:26AM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929109

Oh, missed this post from Paolo (in this forum).

Reality and Studio 4.5

I guess we should let this thread get back to Reality renders. Here's what I've uploaded so far:


  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 10:30AM Wed, 16 May 2012 · edited on 10:38AM Wed, 16 May 2012 · @3929117

 http://fav.me/d4zykf8

http://fav.me/d4zvo9c

http://fav.me/d4ztml4

http://fav.me/d501mur


  Reggie68    ( ) ( posted at 12:13PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929153


  takoyaki8    ( ) ( posted at 12:53PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929176

Welcome to the boards Penny. You can play with us anytime. ;)

Reality Plug-in tips for DAZ Studio and other 3D stuff @ TakoYakida World

  callad    ( ) ( posted at 1:08PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929186

Note received from Paolo regarding 4.5


Hello.

 

As some of you have noticed DAZ has released Studio 4.5RC1 today. Reality 2.2 is not compatible with this version so, please do not file bugs about it.

 

I will update Reality to support Studio but I am on vacation starting today till the end of May so nothing is going to happen during this time. You can expect an update to Reality and the first beta the first week of June.

 

Please feel free to share this information with the public at large. I will connect from time to time to look at the forums but, for the next two weeks, I will be pretty much off-the-grid.

 

All the best.

--- Paolo Ciccone

 



  Plixy    ( ) ( posted at 2:14PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929216

Quote - Oh, missed this post from Paolo (in this forum).

Reality and Studio 4.5

I guess we should let this thread get back to Reality renders. Here's what I've uploaded so far:

 

Lovely renders but I must ask about the very nice "non-human" skin colour texture work. Customs or just playing with the in-studio channels ontop of pale ones? It is something I struggle with for non-human races, so much less choice in the library and I've not got the handle on tweeking the Diffuse channel as well as I'd like, or I'm using poor bases for the task. Anything you're willing share on that?


  FyraNyanser    ( ) ( posted at 4:00PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929253

Quote - Lovely renders but I must ask about the very nice "non-human" skin colour texture work. Customs or just playing with the in-studio channels ontop of pale ones? It is something I struggle with for non-human races, so much less choice in the library and I've not got the handle on tweeking the Diffuse channel as well as I'd like, or I'm using poor bases for the task. Anything you're willing share on that?

Thanks for your comments. The blue and white texture is "straight out of the box" ("Felix" from Animotions). It's just a really well done texture. I struggle with some textures and end up being disappointed with them, and then others "just work"—this is one of them. Frankly, I think if you have got a poor texture set there's little you can do about it. There's a lot of talk about shaders, HSS, and what have you, but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

The green fellow, though is a standard DAZ human texture (although it's an "Elite"—"Stratton" and these are generally pretty good) and the magic is almost entirely to do with Reality/Luxrender. I don't think I ever change the surfaces settings in DAZ; I just let Reality do the conversions and play with all the settings there.

One of the nice things about Reality is that it has the "top coat" shader feature which has a colour property, and that's what I used. I think the idea of "top coat" is that it is like a glaze in ceramics. Although it doesn't have to be tinted, when it is it gives an  effect that is much more subtle and attractive than changing the diffuse colour or tinting the texture directly in an image editor, plus there is a simulation of depth.

Although this looked good to me without any postwork, I cheated a bit here in Photoshop by making a copy of the background layer and blending the two with the "multiply" setting and changing the levels on the base layer only. The main effect of that was to give it that slightly metallic look and making it more contrasty. I don't pretend to any cleverness with this—I just mess about until I get something I like.


  argel1200    ( ) ( posted at 5:02PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929270

It would be really cool if they did not break plugins, but with a new file export option, I would assume the SDK had to change at least a little bit? If we're lucky, it might only require a recompile or some slight changes.

BTW, looks like the old forums went read-only a couple hours ago. Knocking on wood this transition goes well, so we can ocus on griping about missign functionality! ;)

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  argel1200    ( ) ( posted at 5:05PM Wed, 16 May 2012 · edited on 5:15PM Wed, 16 May 2012 · @3929272

Hey, I thought Penny was only allowed to come in if she promised to NOT be good!?!? ;)

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  RFreise    ( ) ( posted at 5:59PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929285

Attached Link: http://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/index.php?image_id=2328200

Hi all

Most of you have probably seen this from the contest over at Daz But thought I'd post for those who haven't and might be interested


  Tollaris    ( ) ( posted at 7:27PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929317

Guess I can chime in here until the Daz forums are back up and running. Hope the flag system is top priority once they get the place back up over there.


  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 7:28PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929318

Just wanted to share this setting mem conservative in output has my 11 character scenes going... A little sluggish when it starts but it renders...


  FSMCDesigns    ( ) ( posted at 7:51PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929325

Well lets give this image thing a shot

DS4pro, genesis, V4 catsuit, no postwork. Much bigger version on the link below

 

bigger at deviantart

Regards, Michael

My DeviantArt page


  Braintickler    ( ) ( posted at 10:21PM Wed, 16 May 2012  · @3929361

Cat woman is a great pictutre. With DOF it will be perfect...


  RLSprouse    ( ) ( posted at 9:12AM Thu, 17 May 2012 · edited on 9:14AM Thu, 17 May 2012 · @3929483


Hi Gang, good to join you over here.  I am finally beginning to get some decent results with Reality/LUX after many poor attempts.  I guess I expected it to just be easier but it's been a real struggle for me.

Here is a recent effort, using a mesh light camera left for the main, and another camera right for fill.  These take many hours to render, so I am beginning to plan for a more powerful machine.  I have not had any luck using GPL with Reality/LUX, but at least since giving that up the dreaded fireflies have not returned.  I know I need to go through and edit many of the materials changing them from glossy to matte, etc.

Regards,

  ~ Russ (a.k.a. Ansel)


  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 9:14AM Thu, 17 May 2012 · edited on 9:17AM Thu, 17 May 2012 · @3929484

  Reggie68    ( ) ( posted at 12:11PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · edited on 12:13PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · @3929551

Getting Naughtier

http://fav.me/d507p09


  BradHP    ( ) ( posted at 1:18PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · edited on 1:24PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · @3929582

Attached Link: http://fav.me/d507wom

Let's see if I can get an image to post here.

 EDIT: the answers appears to be no, I can't, so click the link above. 

Took a short break from playing Diablo 3...to make an image inspired by Diablo 3. I didn't have any armour in my content library that really matched my favorite demon Hunter image from the game manual so this is as close as I can get for now.

Now back to the game.


  RFreise    ( ) ( posted at 1:32PM Thu, 17 May 2012  · @3929591

Content Advisory! Nudity advisory.

Attached Link: http://bruuna-fanpage.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4zne6c

Another by me

Some nice work being posted


  RFreise    ( ) ( posted at 1:34PM Thu, 17 May 2012  · @3929593

Content Advisory! Nudity advisory.

Attached Link: http://my.deviantart.com/messages/#/d5045ex

And my latest


  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 4:51PM Thu, 17 May 2012  · @3929674

Cool Rob

Off topic what were they thinking over at DAZ?  Put out a new beta version of studio the shut the site for any forum or technical support?? I am glad I am a Reality use and need to wait a bit....


  argel1200    ( ) ( posted at 7:02PM Thu, 17 May 2012  · @3929717

Jogging down the jungle path, you come to a halt as you watch cannibals build a pit trap right in front of you. You continue to watch as they conceal it, and eventually, as your impatience is about to boil over, post two "Pit Trap Ahead" signs, one for each direction of the path. "Finally, the path is clear again" you think, as you leave your hiding place and start jogging down the path again, immediately falling into the pit trap. Later that day, as you are being spit roasted alive, you wonder why the cannibals installed a new pit trip on the jogging path....

More poignant questions like "why couldn't it have been a deadly pit trap" and "WTF was I thinking?!?" elude you...

Much later that evening, the cannibals decide that the new regulations from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Food requiring warning signs for said food are not so bad after all.

Anyway, that’s a long and hopefully humorous way of saying you only have yourself to blame if you install release candidate software just before a big website and forum cutover occurs. That and you should know how much sympathy  to expect from me! ;)

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  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 7:06PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · edited on 7:06PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · @3929719

Whooaaa dude LOL the new site is up but yeah I choose to wait for the official release.. Not all candidate software are bad we are using a candidate 1.0 of Lux are we not?


  argel1200    ( ) ( posted at 7:11PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · edited on 7:23PM Thu, 17 May 2012 · @3929721

Yeah, but I'm not asking the guys at Lux what the heck were they were thinking, knowing Reality users would be jumping all over it! Edit2: And there was no Lux website + forum cutover. And we can still use 0.9 if we have problems with 1.0RC1, right?

Edit1: Can you tell I'm bored that the new forums are not up yet? ;)

Edit3: And hey, I did imply it was an obvious trap, right? ;)

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  bobvan    ( ) ( posted at 7:36PM Thu, 17 May 2012  · @3929729

LOL actually if one saved their studio 4 version 37 thay can go back to that as well but yeah the cutover thing really baffles me!!


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