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Photoreal lanscapes in MAX?
show user profile  Dr. Jim
OK,....looking at Photoreal lanscape options....
Think large fields, trees,..mountains in distance,...etc...etc.

Products like Vue Extreme seem to offer incredible imagery, details all within quite an acceptable render time. Not sure how the manage poly's or such.....but it seems like the level of detail they offer would cripple MAX (in terms of polys) OR would give 3 hour frame times. Not too mention they offer incredible ease of use to build these enviro;s.

BUT,...they are not MAX,....and do require workarounds and such for getting the final image with MAX models/particles/....etc all living within the terrain.
(Please dont mention Vue 7 Extremes max sux donkey balls).

Just wondering what options you guys may know of to get large, highly detailed REALISTIC terrains in MAX?


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3/30/2009 5:29:38 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 5:29:38 AM)
show user profile  Dave
Hire Grotey.

Seriously though, I have no idea. Does it really have to be IN max though? I thought this is what all that clever compositing milarky is used for?

"I flew over Egypt once"

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3/30/2009 5:43:22 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 5:43:22 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Dont get me wrong, doesnt HAVE to be in MAX at all! Even if it is all in MAX I would render seperate passes anyway.....

By using 2 seperate apps, it does introduce the whole camera matching/camera data exchange..etc...etc. And ofcourse matching lighting and all that.
I couldnt find any terrain apps that will share that data with MAX. Again,...Vue says it will,....but after talking with some users in who tried it in their pipeline, it was very, v ery dodgy.

So any options,...whether IN MAX, or via a seperate program...I dont long as it is integrated....


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3/30/2009 5:48:12 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 5:48:12 AM)
show user profile  TimTamFin
Only alternative that comes to mind is Landsim from Bionatics - haven't seen many renders, so can't say if the quality is photoreal or not.

EDIT: Sorry about that... I just visited their site... I thought that they had max exporter for it... looks like they don't...

World Builder has LiveLink feature ( 3dsmax support)

"...World Builder is a world generation software with landscape, sky, lighting, water and wind systems. It includes a 'LiveLink' plugin connection to Max allowing you to combine your animations and scenes with the World Builder environments seamlessly...."

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3/30/2009 6:00:27 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:06:51 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim

Looks like worldbuilder is outdated though,..........talking about compatability with MAX 6!
Plus,...images dont look that good....

thx though!

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3/30/2009 6:10:19 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:10:19 AM)
show user profile  TimTamFin
Outdated ... just like me :-(

How about using few different software...

For trees / forests:
Bionatics NatFx
( Both as max plugins )

Realistic Landscape:

( Export as OBJ )

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3/30/2009 6:28:55 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:29:28 AM)
show user profile  K-tonne
speedtree is hilariously expensive- more than max even

Website and Portfolio

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3/30/2009 6:30:53 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:30:53 AM)
show user profile  TimTamFin

I should have mentioned MAX
495 USD

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3/30/2009 6:35:57 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:36:24 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
eh......tis true,.....and the quad/world machine stuff doesnt look too good.

The only one I see that actually looks good is the Vue stuff,....but fek, is buggy and not cheap either.

Lord,.....unbeknownst to me, landscaoe generation is apparantley right up there with fluids!


....maybe I will rethink shot to be in white limbo........
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3/30/2009 6:38:25 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:38:25 AM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
Speedtree pricing:

Unreal Engine 3 License:

$9,995 per title

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3/30/2009 6:39:27 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:39:27 AM)
show user profile  TimTamFin
SpeedTreeMAX (495USD) and SpeedTreeRT (What Grotey Said)

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3/30/2009 6:41:58 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:41:58 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim

I really dont want to half to "do" teh damn landscape,...fek!....its SO much more than a grass texture and some trees! Lord. Think about it.


thanks though!.....

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3/30/2009 6:44:22 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 6:44:22 AM)
show user profile  TimTamFin
Yes, you're screwed :P

Just out of curiosity - what kind of problems you had with vue xstream ? I knew it sounded too good to be true...

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3/30/2009 7:10:08 AM (last edit: 3/30/2009 7:10:08 AM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Here's a problem I have with vue6 in max: it would be nice to see where you're putting things!
too bad, you can't. you have to guess. this should not take 6 tries to get right! Maybe vue7 is better.
don't know



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3/30/2009 8:01:14 AM (last edit: 3/31/2009 6:39:50 AM)
show user profile  Mashedpot8er
Hi Dr Jim. Years ago I had a chance to play about on dreamscape a bit and it seemed very powerful. Its a max plugin, so great integration. The user galleries do look a bit rubbish, but i'm sure i got some quite nice stuff going on with it.

heres a linky

Cad Monkey

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3/31/2009 3:28:16 AM (last edit: 3/31/2009 3:28:16 AM)
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