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News and Development => Feature Requests => Topic started by: Ben on January 06, 2009, 03:20:57 pm

Title: Node: Mid-Tree terrain Baking
Post by: Ben on January 06, 2009, 03:20:57 pm
Due to the resolution dependence of erosion I'd like to suggest a convenience node to help bypass this problem. Of course resolution independent erosion would be the preferred choice but maybe this is more viable. What I would love is to be able to have outputs set their resolution. However, this would potentially be very bad when you have such nodes that are dependent. The output resolutions would create inconsistent results.

So maybe if there was a new node. All it would do is bake its input (at a preferred resolution separate from the world res) into a bitmap and output that bitmap. Perhaps you don't let the user link anything pre-bake node hook into anything post-bake node to prevent inconsistency. Ideally, there would be a small amount of smoothing to make up for the lower resolution.

This idea is, I like my major terrain features at 512 but I want to further detail it at higher resolutions. If I set my res to 1024 all my large terrain features that result from erosion are replaced with smaller details.
Title: Re: Node: Mid-Tree terrain Baking
Post by: monkschain on January 13, 2009, 05:51:44 am
Have you considered using the Checkpoint device?

monks
Title: Re: Node: Mid-Tree terrain Baking
Post by: Ben on January 14, 2009, 01:50:31 pm
Is that the actual name of the device? I am unable to find anything. I looked through my devices, through help and the forum.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Node: Mid-Tree terrain Baking
Post by: nikita on January 16, 2009, 05:50:05 pm
The Checkpoint device has been removed during beta testing and it wouldn't help you in it's current implementation.

But having different resolutions in one file has been suggested before and might make its way into WM sooner or later. :)
Title: Re: Node: Mid-Tree terrain Baking
Post by: Ben on January 18, 2009, 01:26:12 pm
Great, glad to hear it's already on the table. Thanks guys.