Here it is. I refined the earlier approaches to render a stereoscopic VR sphere including the toon shading and the freestyle lines in resolution of 4096×4096.
It has some artifacts in the freestyle lines and some sawtooth distortion especially in the upper and lower part. But as the equirectangular projection highly compresses those parts it looks good to me on my VR headset which is a Google Nexus 5 (Full HD resolution) using vrPlayer.
Just klick on the image to download the large version.
Klick on the top image to visit the google phototsphere.
Finally I packed the complete toon render setup into a immersive photosphere. The problem that was to solve was that freestyle doesn’t support panoramic cams – especially equirectangular. The solution was to create 6 renders (cube projection) with freestyle applied and create an equirectangular render in a second step from that with the prerendered cubes.
It seems that we have accomplished a sufficient quality. Next step is to add a sterescopic sphere like we did with the low quality render before.
Here is the complete photosphere as equirectangular image of 4096×2048:
Yeah! I think this is the toon look I want to achieve for the 3futurez holodeck musical ! Dark intense shadows with a toon band shader, yet a faint glow in the reflection of Natasha’s back. Plus wonderful freestyle lines. There is some more magic in the compositor. The great thing is: The quality is excellent so that we can apply it on animation without need to manually postprocess anything.
Feel free to use it as wallpaper. Klick on the image to get the full HD resolution.
This fabulous toon render setup was built by Colin Barton using blender and cycles for me. Check out his website: www.aversionofreality.com
The author of http://www.aversionofreality.com/ – Colin Barton – did a great job
creating a toon rendering setup for 3futurez. We are not finished yet
but here is a first toon rendered turntable impression.
Using blender cycles 512 samples and freestyle for the black edges.
FCAL crazy idea #3: 2015.01.18a – The LarkinLiveHolodizer
The LarkinLiveHolodizer is a system for transmitting live acting performances to the spectator to his favourite VR device, may it be a holodeck, VR glasses, stereo retina projection or direct nerve induction or whatever. Now: What is the difference to animation or tweaked recording? It is live. You can enjoy the live performance of a real actor as if you were sitting right there in the first row. Watching his performance, his emotion, even his glitches – without the need of being there – and without the limitations for the actor. Think like this actor. You perform and several million people are sitting in the first row. With this technology this is possible. The future is bright!
FCAL crazy idea #2: 2015.01.09a – savonius Wind Turbine in Drain pipe (original from 13th of August 2014)
today I present the savonius wind turbine in a drain pipe. I had the idea when traveling to the Loncon3.org – the world science fiction convention on August 13th 2014 during my flight from Frankfurt to London City Airport.
The idea is to put the construction into a drain pipe so you can transport it on a camping bus. Maybe have some covers / caps for the pipe.
The pipe hase some flipable legs and it can be secured by some ropes or lines.
Step 1 is: get it from your bus, flip the legs open and foster it with the ropes.
Step 2: get the turbine out with another line. It is folded and made out of fabric / cloth for kites.
Step 3: open it with other lines / ropes so it is like an opened newspaper.
Step 4: There are flexible metal or fiber tent poles that can be pulled by another rope/line so the turbine is now in form of an S shape seen from top.
Step 5: Plug in your devices needing power at the socket in the drain which means the electric parts, the dynamo/generator and the sockets need to be placed in the drain as well.
That’s it for today.
License: public domain
Patents or other I.P.:unknown.
my name is Frederic Christian Axel Larkin and I am going to change the world by making a gift to mankind frequently starting right now on January, 1st 2015.
For now I cannot tell you all about me. But you could see me as a mad scientist having thousands of ideas about new technology combined with our ancient heritage and hopefully a bit of wisdom.
I will explain more of my intentions later on. But for now it is enough for you to know: each of these ideas is released by me into the public domain including all text and all other media (images, video etc.)
So everybody can use it for free, and nobody can prevent him to do so, unless of course… there is a patent or something similar that restricts usage to the intellectual property holder. Continue reading on Larkin’s crazy ideas #1, 2015.01.01.a. inflatable telepresence bot »