From MOSAIC Test RendersThe model you all may recognize of the infamous Killeroo which you can find (along with it's licensing) here. If you goto to my photo album you can see other test renders for raytracing setup for Air and 3Delight all using the same Blender project, also the notes for each render show system configuration, render times, and comments for each render. Another interesting render is a identical setup to render this scene under Aqsis without raytracing, but instead using a distant shadow map and depth map based ambient occlusion:
If you're running Blender 2।45 and download the latest CVS of MOSAIC you may want to grab and play with the Blender project files ;
From MOSAIC Test Renders
From MOSAIC Test Renders
raytraced setup (3Delight, Air, Pixie): raytraced_killeroo.blend
mapped setup (Aqsis, RenderDotC): mapped_killeroo.blend
WARNING THESE ARE 16 MEG FILES EACH!!
The default shading system is fairly simple in concept, when MOSAIC is started, or before exporting it checks to make sure 10 Blender text files exist :
I've also completed the render pass and mapping controls for building various render pass types. For right now these passes would still need to be built by hand but has laid the ground work for me to build utilities to automate this! These features include the ability to control perspective, clipping and DOF for non-camera objects set as active cameras (good for lamp views and cube maps from objects perspectives), mapping dialogs to setup depth to tx exports per pass, the ability to select "into" camera objects that are duplis (such as using a lamp as dupli on a mesh and setting up a pass for each one), the ability to render every RIBset in a scene as a separate pass (such as setting up a linked scene for a cube map and using a different RIBset for each of the 8 cube perspectives). The last one is a key feature because it allow the setup and logical control of hundreds of related passes in a single Blender scene. Although these allows you to build passes it is really intended for use by utilities that will automate all this and just allow the user direct control after the passes are constructed. Like I said above, I'm very close to finalizing all the basic controls and features so I can release a new beta download and update all the documentation and examples :)
Now that everything is in place for manually handling render passes the next step is building a series of automated dialogs to generate render passes. Hopefully if all goes well this should take 1 to 2 weeks :)
This is >WHiTeRaBBiT< signing off!!!