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SolidRocks
show user profile  STRAT
http://solidrocks.subburb.com/


anyone tried it yet? (free demo available for d/l)

causing quite a stir in the vrayforc4d forums.





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10/29/2012 2:47:23 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 2:47:23 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Fully automated and faster! Oh man. Now if only the traffic would die down so I can get to the free download page...

[edit] Shit, now I can't even load up the main page.

[edit] Got it, trying it out now.
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10/29/2012 3:06:38 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 3:08:49 PM)
show user profile  3joez
I prefer manual tweaking and can't imagine a plugin setting my scene.
Obviously, if you are not into Vray, that could do.
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10/29/2012 3:29:28 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 3:29:28 PM)
show user profile  Westcoast13
Not a Vray user but that looks pretty cool. Yet another tool to make the whole process 'easier'.

I know HDR Light Studio was brought up here recently and Bolts reply was something like, "Learn to light." I guess this falls under the same category but IMO its just another tool to increase productivity really.


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10/29/2012 4:03:45 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 10:08:55 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Well here's a simple test:

Here's a render I did using my own settings. Render time 1:01:21


And then I loaded up SolidRocks and clicked the auto exposure, white balance and made sure nothing was over-exposed. Render time 0:45:03


Conclusion from a SolidRocks noob perspective: my original scene was too dark but solid rocks went and made it look like a clay render. Will see if I can tweak it to something inbetween. Liking the faster render time, though. Might start putting together a demo reel.
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10/29/2012 4:13:05 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 4:15:24 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Played some more with SolidRocks. Found the interior/exterior/etc presets. Also found that auto setting the exposure messed up again. Checked some more and it had set my camera's shutter speed to 0.0037. Maybe it's because I didn't bother chucking in a background? Anyway, quick to fix. Did a quick clay render, took about 10-15 seconds (sorry, didn't make a note of it) and I reckon it looks great. So, SolidRocks gets my thumbs up.


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10/29/2012 9:38:03 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 9:38:03 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
"the complex process of setting up vray"



hahhaahhahahha.

-Marko Mandaric



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10/29/2012 9:50:24 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 9:50:24 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
I know, it ain't too hard to get "okay" results. Trouble for me is my laptop doesn't give correct output and whenever I see one of my renders on another monitor I get pissed off with my laptop and want to chuck it out the window. So I like the over-exposed feature.

To get great results in the shortest possible time per frame is something that I don't have the knowledge for. Good thing is SolidRock gives an output of the main variables it changes so I reckon I can learn a lot faster by studying that.
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10/29/2012 9:56:13 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 9:56:52 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Seems like a bad idea to rely on a product to set up vray for you considering that would limit what you would know how to do with vray if that makes sense?

Sort of like if you had a robot make you a ham sandwhich so much that you forgot how to do it yourself and then were SOL once you wanted a turkey sandwhich.

Just limiting yourself by taking the easyway out it seems to me (for anyone who would strictly rely on a product like this), but the same could be said for many plugins that do specialty stuff for you.




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10/29/2012 9:56:47 PM (last edit: 10/29/2012 9:56:47 PM)
show user profile  donvella
I think its great for modellers who dont know/care how to set up their lighting.

Screw vray, mantra baby :P






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10/30/2012 12:23:24 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 12:23:24 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
Yup, 99% of users, even long time users, still use the default settings day in day out. This will help them more than an experienced user who knows the ropes.





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10/30/2012 12:28:06 AM (last edit: 10/30/2012 12:28:06 AM)
show user profile  maddog2002
solid rocks is the sh*t for advanced lighting, arq rendering, it will always help find the best settings ( time - quality wise ), product rendering, camera fly-through...

but unless you have one mighty renderfarm to take advantage of it in animation ( organic, character animation ), we are mostly still pretty much tied to traditional lighting, and LOTS of compositing...

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10/31/2012 9:05:57 PM (last edit: 10/31/2012 9:05:57 PM)
show user profile  LionDebt
mad dog bomber? Or just maddog2002? remembered mdb's name... Either way.. .lots of old faces reappearing these days :)
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10/31/2012 10:07:55 PM (last edit: 10/31/2012 10:08:25 PM)
show user profile  maddog2002
just maddog2002, haven`t been here since forever, i remember mdb too... and twitt... and some others...

long time tho...

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10/31/2012 11:48:14 PM (last edit: 10/31/2012 11:48:14 PM)
show user profile  Sajith83
Been using it for years.. awesome tool, especially for archviz
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11/1/2012 8:25:35 AM (last edit: 11/1/2012 8:25:35 AM)
 
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