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CHW
01-19-2004, 09:38 AM
Good morning to all,

Has anyone heard of an volumetric plug-in from Japan called OGO Taiki.

The renders are stunning. I am trying to get some more info on it if anyone out there has any.

Many Thanks,

CHW

bloontz
01-19-2004, 10:59 AM
http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/%7Epq1a-ogs/taiki.html

I don't think he is still developing it and I believe you need a Ogo Hikari license to run it-

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/%7Epq1a-ogs/sss_e.html

Ogo Hikari is only $30 I believe.

Both plugs are somewhat buggy and the docs aren't much help but they are such cool plugs that it's well worth playing with them.

CHW
01-19-2004, 11:50 AM
thank you!

I saw the hikari plug-in but was unsure of the intergration.

It's still there for $30. I'll give it a whirl.

CHW

bloontz
01-19-2004, 12:06 PM
I don't think the two plugs are integrated, just Taiki is tied to the Hikari license. The best way to get results with the plugs is probably to look at the example scenes, there are a lot of them.

Matt
01-19-2004, 12:08 PM
I'm amazed NT haven't grabbed these, cleaned 'n' speeded them up and integrated them into LW!

bloontz
01-19-2004, 12:32 PM
I agree, they are sooo [email protected] cool.

CHW, because the plugs have bugs I would recommend working on duplicate objects and scenes! I've had situations where objects wouldn't load in modeler with Ogo Hikari applied to them. I was able to fix them by loading them into Layout and removing the Hikari plug from the objects. Still well worth the hassle. I love the volumetric textures in Hikari.

CHW
01-19-2004, 01:29 PM
Good afternoon sirs bloontz and Matt,

Thank you both for your responses.

I am perplexed as well; why has LW not jumped on this plug-in! I called them this morn regarding it, and they had no clue what I was talking about.

I'm still wrestling with the PayPal account setup so I can purchase a key ( 3 days verification wait ).

I was able to render some of the examples without volumetric antialaising, and even at that, it took 6.5 hours to render 120 frames. Well worth the wait. The imagery is straight out of a renaissance painting.

I'm going to have to build a render farm to do the full version of it.

Thanks again for the tips.

Now all I have to do is figure out a quick way to put leaves on my trees.

CHW

bloontz
01-19-2004, 02:21 PM
I think 3DWorld #48 has a free full Xfrog 3 on the cover CD. It makes beautiful trees, though the poly count can get huge quickly. That and HDInstance would be a great combo I think.

CHW
01-19-2004, 02:24 PM
Thank you,

Where do I get these guys?

CHW

bloontz
01-19-2004, 02:34 PM
http://www.3dworldmag.com/

You can find copies in some book stores, Usually takes a while to reach stores outside of the UK.

Here's the Xfrog site-

http://www.xfrogdownloads.com/greenwebNew/products/productStart.htm

They also sell libraries of premade trees and plants.

And HDInstance-

http://www.happy-digital.com/instance.asp

I haven't used it but it is said to be very cool, has a couple limitations I think.

CHW
01-19-2004, 05:17 PM
Most Cool; Thank you greatly. I will definitely explore these avenues.

I would like to throw a curve ball at you however; is there a way to do this within the functional confines of LW 7.5?

bloontz
01-19-2004, 07:13 PM
I think Point Clone Plus may be what you want, should be on the Modify tab. It allows you to clone a foreground object to points in the background with some controls for randomizing.

CHW
01-19-2004, 07:58 PM
Excellent!

Thank You.

I'll try it tomorrow morn when I'm not so exhausted and brain fried.