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Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:17 pm
by Dade
epilectrolytics wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:11 pm
Dade wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:45 pm
It sounds like a wrong world volume setup :?:
There is a fog box around the room, the camera and emitters are outside and no world volume defined.
When I define one and assign it as exterior to the fog box and the emitters, there is no change in rendering, still no incoming beam and the caustic beams are too bright.

(I think @FarbigeWelt has somewhere tested BiDir against Hybrid with lasers and volumes and found similar inconsistencies.)
If the box is made of NULL material, it may not work. Just use the world volume and remove the NULL material box :idea:

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:41 pm
by kintuX
A side note from observing this scene.
With a simple test, to again show not to expect too much out of PT vs BiDir... no matter how many tricks or time one invests, IME, lack of precision and feature richness is constantly limiting the creation of effortless beauty.

"Laser on. A matte plane in a Fog."

Compute Unit: CPU
Halt Time: 30s

PT
LaserFog_PT.jpg

BiDir
LaserFog_BiDir.jpg

Also, from a quick look into details it seems to me there are quite a few differences between old Classic and New Core without any change to the scene :? IDK, just looks like too much time went into circling around the hot potato... ;)

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:38 am
by epilectrolytics
Dade wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:17 pm
If the box is made of NULL material, it may not work. Just use the world volume and remove the NULL material box :idea:
Yep, that worked (for the incoming beam).
With world volume, PathOCL Metro + PGI and light tracing I could trace the rays completely.
Still volume caustics per light tracing are too bright and reflections on glass bodies are also missing
(Simple glass without dispersion for testing).
Screenshot.jpg

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:59 pm
by Noah_
epilectrolytics wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:38 am
Dade wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:17 pm
If the box is made of NULL material, it may not work. Just use the world volume and remove the NULL material box :idea:
Yep, that worked (for the incoming beam).
With world volume, PathOCL Metro + PGI and light tracing I could trace the rays completely.
Still volume caustics per light tracing are too bright and reflections on glass bodies are also missing
(Simple glass without dispersion for testing).
Screenshot.jpg
Could you share that scene please.

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:18 am
by epilectrolytics
I didn't save that one, but was able to recreate it for v2.3beta on Blender 2.81a.
The "incoming beam" directly from the IES light is not rendered by light tracing (because no caustic before going through the first sphere) and therefore extremely slow to converge.
I did never finish this render but it will need several thousand samples.
Best to use PathOCL with Sobol sampling (better than Metropolis as I just discovered).
The engines have been changed in the mean time but volumetric caustics from light tracing are still too bright IMHO.

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:33 pm
by Noah_
epilectrolytics wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:18 am
I didn't save that one, but was able to recreate it for v2.3beta on Blender 2.81a.
The "incoming beam" directly from the IES light is not rendered by light tracing (because no caustic before going through the first sphere) and therefore extremely slow to converge.
I did never finish this render but it will need several thousand samples.
Best to use PathOCL with Sobol sampling (better than Metropolis as I just discovered).
The engines have been changed in the mean time but volumetric caustics from light tracing are still too bright IMHO.
Wow Thank you very much for taking the time to reconfigure the scene.

Although I have a doubt, why is the mirror material mixed with metal?

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:08 pm
by epilectrolytics
Noah_ wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:33 pm
why is the mirror material mixed with metal?
Mirror material is too perfect for my taste so I mixed in a reflective material with a little roughness to create a bit of a light halo on the mirror surface (did not turn out very well).

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:18 am
by Noah_
Barely 5000 samples :?

Image

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:13 am
by epilectrolytics
Yep, while light tracing is faster than BiDir, path tracing (of the volumetric scattering from the IES light) is way slower than BiDir so that it makes no sense to render it this way.

I wonder why adaptive sampling (with Sobol) is not catching this.

I think there is already an implementation for user defined sampling (brush? area?) in LuxCoreUI but not yet in Blender which would definitely help with this scene.

Re: Spheres scene challenge

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:27 pm
by epilectrolytics
Noah_ wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:18 am
Barely 5000 samples :?
It just dawned on me that the problem with the incoming light could be easily solved by putting a glass pane in front of the emitting plane, outside of the screen.
Then it will be a caustic beam like the rest and rendered quickly with light tracing :idea: