[Sidefx-houdini-list] Smart Transparencies

Peter Bowmar pbowmar at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 17:35:11 EST 2008

Is your Maximum Transparency (or whatever it's called) in the Render
tab of the Mantra ROP set to 1 or to .995? Try playing with this.
Basically, when your surface gets to this value Mantra stops rendering
surfaces behind. Not sure if this will help as I haven't thought about
it, just pointing this out to play with :)


Peter B

On 28/01/2008, gravatar at gravatonia.com <gravatar at gravatonia.com> wrote:
> Alrighty guys,
>     I may just be having trouble thinking outside the box on this one.  I
> have an almost transparent shader with a slight emission value on a fairly
> complex particle system.  For the most part it does what it is supposed to,
> but at certain angles and lighting situation, it has a tendency to block
> out if too many surfaces overlap each other.   Can any of y'all think of a
> way either, a. put a maximum on the number of surfaces the camera can see
> through like you can reduce the number of reflections and refraction in
> raytracing or b. a way for the transparency value to halve each time the
> camera sees through the surface so that the rgb value of the pixel never
> actually reachs maximum.  I appreciate the help.
> Grav
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