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The Ocean thread (the new one)

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You can do cubemap reflection already, (cubemap blend). Refraction, depends what you want, softness controls the amount of refraction, the normalmap controls the amount of refraction distortion.

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Thanks for the update.

I made a new wavemap for it which is more smooth and not so rippled.More a matter of taste. :)

 

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One small wish: Is it possible to let the foam scroll a bit because if a wave raises and lowers the foam always appears at the same place again so it looks a bit static.

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That is looking very nice Michael. The foam looks photo realistic now and I like the new wavemap.

 

I feel a little sorry for shadmar .... it's not so much he's created a monster he can't control so much as he's created a monster everyone else wants to control wink.png I feel by the time this process is complete the water's going to splash out of the screen and soak me biggrin.png

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He sorry. Its just I like to do 3D stuff. :D

You guys can make cool code. I can make cool 3D and can go totally overboard with my requests to coders because I have no clue about it. lol

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right now i'm just doing mockups with the new ocean water to get that "perfect" mix of settings... but so far, it's greatly exceeded my expectations...

 

 

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maybe when i get a lil more skilled with art and scenery composition i'll become more demanding... but for now, for me... this looks just fine...

 

great job Shad...

 

--Mike

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That is looking very nice Michael. The foam looks photo realistic now and I like the new wavemap.

 

I feel a little sorry for shadmar .... it's not so much he's created a monster he can't control so much as he's created a monster everyone else wants to control wink.png I feel by the time this process is complete the water's going to splash out of the screen and soak me biggrin.png

It's always good to get a second set of eyes on your work. Sometimes when you focus on something so long, you can't see it the same way others do.

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It's always good to get a second set of eyes on your work. Sometimes when you focus on something so long, you can't see it the same way others do.

That is so true.

 

@Red Nice scene there too

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One easy improvement would be to have a color for shallow water, a color for deep water, and a depth value that controls how it changes. Shallow ocean water is usually turquoise, changing to deep blue as it gets deeper:

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@Michael, Thx for the new texture, looks way better than mine. (can I use your textures in the next update?)

Also it sounds like a good idea to scroll it slightly.

If we had two normal textures we could switch and blend back and forth every second or so.

 

@pixel don't feel sorry for me, the only way to improve is through constructive feedback. Without some sort of audience it gets boring pretty fast. No challenge then :)

 

@Josh, I like the idea, I have explore that one.

 

But i'm vacating in Denmark for a while so I'll have a look when I get back.

I also have some ideas on how to solve tiling.

 

 

 

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Yes you can use the textures of course. :)

Maybe just mixing your normalmap with mine or flipping one normalmap for motion will save some performance but get the result you have in mind.

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No, they are simple meshes made with Sculptris. Now I also tested terrain texturing and painting, and it's amazingly easy also to do, and you have infinite "terrain layers". The different terrain meshes melt quite nicely together, because sculptis uses very balanced triangle distribution, while leaving the polycount pretty low too:

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Interesting next would be to make some sculpted water object smile.png

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Texturing is really fun in Sculptris, because you can seamlessly rotate, scale and smear the texture, and also recolor it on top. I think this a good proof of concept that sculpted terrains work quite well, and bring more powerful features than 2D heightmap terrains. On top of that I think sculpted terrains even render faster, because you can occlude parts of the terrain by using seperate models:

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The only thing you might need to do is cut them into chunks so you can so some LOD'ing

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Yes, chunking seems to be important for mesh terrains. Damn, I knew Josh would delete my posts, because he thinks it's "derailing". I was aware of that, and tried to make an Article (=User Tutorial) about mesh terrains, but the damn IPboard software is always buggy somewhere. I noticed that with a single terrain mesh, the 4096 res is still not high enough, so one should use smaller terrain chunks, and maybe one global flat ground to guide the composition.

 

EDIT: Hmm, I think IPBoard had some rollback, because also status messages were deleted.

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hey... what's that i'm looking at!! what's seamless!! did you do something new!!?? biggrin.png

 

--Mike

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something new? or careful positioning... i can't seem to get mine to mesh so cleanly...

 

--Mike

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Using a vertex texture to force tiling to line up. Havent uploaded the new version yet.

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Guest Red Ocktober

ahhh haaaaa!!!! biggrin.png

 

looks great...

 

--Mike

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