[Sidefx-houdini-list] lit fog query

Larry Giunta larry at gcreativestudios.com
Fri Nov 12 11:10:02 EST 2010

yeah, I can confirm having success with this technique on a project  
fairly recently.

I believe it was a box SOP with an isooffeset SOP appended to that,  
set to fog volume.
Not sure if this is handled more directly by a shelf tool now.

We then used the billowy smoke material on that object and got pretty  
good results.

In our case we needed to animate a blossoming eclipse type of effect,  
so we did use some
animated mask geo ( in front of the light ) to generate z-depth maps  
to direct the light rays as needed.

Renders were longer but it did give us more control over the look and  
quality of the final results.


On Nov 12, 2010, at 8:13 AM, Mark Elendt wrote:

> I don't do real production, so maybe this doesn't count.
> However, to get lit fog, I now just put down a big cube as a volume
> object and lower the sampling.
> http://www.sidefx.com/index.php? 
> option=com_forum&Itemid=172&page=viewtopic&t=17462
> It's a lot easier to set up, more accurate and handles multiple light
> sources.  It probably takes a little longer to render though (you
> still want z-depth shadows :)
> On Friday Nov 12 at 11:42, Phil Spicer wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Is there any advance on the lit fog shader for creating fog light  
>> volume renders? I notice that it still is listed at SHOP Level,  
>> and the Atmosphere Object assignment of it still produces the lit  
>> fog effect. I just wanted to check if any better or faster method  
>> of generating this effect has been established.
>> Kind regards,
>> Phil.
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