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Test for Alpha Layer - Lens Flares in Imagine 3D v. 2.19
Make your own, perfect lens flares in Imagine and animate.

To the YouTube Video:

https://youtu.be/xLGq1bu18S8


And here the scene again with much more particles:

https://youtu.be/qHSqNYPLDUM

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I have found a very simple way how to let Imagine interact with very professional light and lens flares. Because the module lensflr2.ifx is already very stale and has no nice effects.

With my variant you can achieve the most beautiful lighting effects via simple multilayer rendering, which are otherwise only used by 3DS Max or Blender. In addition, my variant is completely simple and takes no time to calculate.

For the original-basic scene, I simply use a self-made filterbrush as a backflare ( Layer 1 )... which is only visible if a body hides the fake light.

This first rendered scene is then imported as a multilayer in a second scene and recalculated with the fake flare in Layer 2 quasi in real time.

I use exactly the same camera (path) position in the animation in Scene 2 and also position the second LensFlare exactly where the Layer 1 flare was positioned. So the Layer 2 Flare outshines the objects as in real ... and the scene looks very real.

Above all, you are no longer dependent on these pensive effects of the Imagine globals lensflr2.ifx module .... and you can design your scenes much more creatively. And you always have full control over your effect, which you can still readjust perfectly.

And I have to say ... the effect looks as if the scene was calculated with a real light source and a flare module.

So that you understand better how it is done, I have uploaded my scene here in the download area. Once you understand how easy this method works, you'll never again use the boring Imagine Lensflare module. Take a look at the multi-pass scene in the Action-Editor! Then you also understand how everything works.

You can download the project file here:

http://www.imagine3d.org/modules/wfdo ... glefile.php?cid=1&lid=342






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fragomatik
Posted: 2018/7/9 21:42  Updated: 2018/7/9 21:42
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Joined: 2007/9/2
From: Oz
Posts: 65
 Re: Test for Alpha Layer - Lens Flares in Imagine 3D v. 2.19
Superb! Thanks so much for sharing your techniques.

The video looks fantastic! I hope to see all of your beautiful astronomical object clips compiled into a documentary or animation someday...please!

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Marabufx
Posted: 2018/7/10 5:51  Updated: 2018/7/10 5:51
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Joined: 2004/11/6
From: Germany
Posts: 274
 Re: Test for Alpha Layer - Lens Flares in Imagine 3D v. 2.19
Hello Perry my friend,
Thanks for your praise

The project is self-explanatory in nature.

Step 1:
Please unzip the project to c:\imagine\projects\

Step 2:
project_anim1280x720.is rendering as it is. Please save the images in the folder \renderings\ as * .bmp file with the name .pic

If you use the Scannline Renderer, then in the Requester "Render Setup" under "Options" you have to raise the "Sphere Points" from 12 to 50, so that the planet does not become edgy. If you use raytracing mode, you do not have to do that.

Step 3:
If you have rendered all images in the first part, then you open the project "project_flare_multipass1280x720" and render this too. The images from this project then you put in the sub-folder \renderings\flare_multipass\

And that's it. Now you have 2 rendered scenes, which you can use as you wish. Scene 1 would then be without additional flare, while Scene 2 is with lens reflection.

The scene 2 renders in real-time mode, since only the lens effect is added to scene 1.

PS:
as I have built the scenes in detail and z.Bsp. you have animated the particles, etc. then you realize everything yourself, if you look closely at the objects and scenes in the Action Editor.

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bobbystahr
Posted: 2018/7/10 7:08  Updated: 2018/7/10 7:08
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From: WinnipegManCan
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 Re: Test for Alpha Layer - Lens Flares in Imagine 3D v. 2.19
Brilliant, just brilliant. Haven't opened Imagine up in a while now but this just inspired me to do just that...thanks.

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Marabufx
Posted: 2018/7/10 8:36  Updated: 2018/7/10 8:36
Home away from home
Joined: 2004/11/6
From: Germany
Posts: 274
 Re: Test for Alpha Layer - Lens Flares in Imagine 3D v. 2.19
Hello Bobby and Perry

I calculated the scene again with several particles. And there you can see how fine one can adjust the effect by means of scaling. Since you can with many particles or bodies that pass the light, much with copy and paste in Action Editor make

I did not even have time for a cup of coffee to rework the multipass scene!

Click here for the new video:
https://youtu.be/qHSqNYPLDUM

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fragomatik
Posted: 2018/7/10 19:34  Updated: 2018/7/10 19:34
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Joined: 2007/9/2
From: Oz
Posts: 65
 Re: Test for Alpha Layer - Lens Flares in Imagine 3D v. 2.19
Excellent, thank you!


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