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!
It was a great experience being at the 72nd World Science Fiction in London from August 14th to 18th 2014! ( http://www.loncon3.org )
So many crazy and unique people all passionate about science fiction. Paradise for a scifi author.
Actually I sold some English book versions of my novel GameW0rldz as paperback and ebook version on a USB stick.
And I sold some 3D scans of scifi fans.
But the most exciting thing was there were over 150 visitors to my 3futurez holodeck demo. Almost everybody was
impressed by this little animation. Many comments were: “Amazing”, “That is really cool”, “wonderful”.
All was done in Blender 3D. The demo was then ported to unity 3d by uniworlds.de .
The ease of usage was one important point. You just put the VR glasses on and can behave naturally in the
world suddenly surrounding you. Just turn your head and you look at the lady dancing between those radio telescopes.
A very few people felt a bit dizzy but especially younger ones adapted really quickly to the surrounding scene.
I had to stop some people from walking around while being blind in the real world but no major accidents happened.
Alas the Loncon is over now. But the game for the 3futurez holodeck musical is on.
Thank you very much for your visit and the very important honest feedback on my demo.
If you also want to get an impression of the holodeck demo you can get it by watching the Loncon 3 mini trailer:
From August 14th to August 18th 2014 the 72nd world science fiction convention will be held at London for the 3rd time (http://www.loncon3.org) . Gordon’s Arcade will be there in the Dealers Hall on Table F14 (about in the middle of the hall).
I have prepared four goodies for you!
First I have copies of the English GameW0rldz scifi novel with me. Come and get your signed printed copy or get the eBook on a USB stick in various formats (epub, mobipocket, html, pdf)
Second I offer insights into the GamW0rldz sequel 3futurez. Discover details about the story and the presentation format as holodeck musical. Watch the first motion captured animation and parts of the storyboard.
Third experience the fascinating 3D technology yourself. Take a first look through my 3D VR Head set and see Natasha Morrison in 3D. Want to take a VR souvenir with you? Get your personal 3d scan. From a 3D photo I will produce a 3D mesh from your face for you and put it into a small 3D animation.
Finally science fiction is not just stories about the future. It is a way to reflect about our chances and our risks and then take actions to create a better future for our civilization. I invite you to join this galactic rebellion. Let’s talk about it. Meanwhile enjoy the great great 5secondfilm about the galactic rebellion.
I am pretty excited about those upcoming days and am looking forward to meeting you in person in London.