This is correct -- When you press the Yellow button, it will build only those devices necessary to build the selected device. When you push the green button, it will build everything.
To be able to use the green build button but only build certain devices, put them into a group by creating a group (drag after pressing the last button under the "Tools" tab in the workview or ctrl-g), then when the group is selected hit d to disable the entire set of devices. Repeating will enable them.
I had, I admit it, some devices still enabled, when I baked the 16k*16k pixels extent.....but they were out of the current chain!!! >.<
How could it be they got involved in the calculations? =(
Now I've disabled all the devices except the pre-baked volcano heightfield and the height output. And it actually takes like seconds and just 3 heightfields to build the whole 30x30km extent.....I'm a bit confused....
I thought, when I hit the yellow button, that WM calculates only the concurrent devices for the selected stage of the chain. I mean, for example, if from the same device I have two different flows and outputs departing, I thought only the selected output and the preceding devices would be used for the calculation, not also the other path.
So I'd like to know if there's some "worldly wisdom" I should be aware of to avoid a very high (and useless) amount of heightfields to be used when they're not needed....
Ok, forget about the details loss when raising the extent size, that's because of the 3D view graphic limits....silly me! -.-'
Right now I've retested it adding a constant to "fill" the empty part of the extent, but the result is the same, it takes a lifetime to, basically, add two simple heightfiels together. Checking the build window I noticed it took up to 15 heightfields, then I just stopped it because I forgot to change the temp folder and it was creating its 12th 1GB temp file on my OS disk.
So, now, is there any way to limit the heightfields number? Just to preserve RAM as well as to speed up the whole process.....if possible.... =|
Maybe I missed some important option? Which would not be that strange, honestly.... -.-
I'm planning to build a ~30x30Km wide extent and I need it at a resolution of 16.384x16.384 pixels.
Luckily, part of the features are going to be isolated. Since calculating an extent that wide could take hours and hours, I was planning to pre-bake some features as separate RAW files and embed them through file input devices.
Just to see how better it would work, I've pre-baked a small 3.072x3.072 pixels volcano and embedded it in an empty 16.384x16.384 extent as explained above.
The result is that it took like 30 minutes to calculate the whole thing although a 4.0GHz i7 and 12GB of RAM @1600MHz.
Since the extent is empty and the volcano is just a pre-baked heightfield, I expected it to be pretty fast. More important, in the 3D view I had the clear impression that the volcano had lost most of its details.
So I was wondering if there's any trick to make WM calculate the least possible, when I give it pre-baked heightfields and all it has to do is pasting them together.
Maybe filling the empty parts of the extent with a constant generator....?