Feature Overview - using FastHybrid Depth of Field in "Dew"
In this topic I would like to dig a little deeper into the Depth of Field
Recently I've done some experiments with a really cool new blur rendering method in Vue 9.5, FastHybrid Depth of Field. As stated in the product description at e-onsoftware.com, this new feature enables you to create renders with Depth of Field blur effect in a very easy way; FastHybrid Depth of Field covers an improved technology for rendering DoF swiftly while optimizing visual accuracy.
So let's see how I used this method in my scene titled "Dew".
After setting up the scene (i.e. loading random plants, selecting a suitable static plant from xFrog Flowers 2. for the very foreground and placing the object in focus – a water drop – to its place), I moved on to the camera settings. First I set the focal value to 25mm, then I set the focus and the blur (if you have done renders with DoF in Vue, this will be familiar ). First I linked the focus to the raindrop, as illustrated below:
After this I set the blur value. As you can see on the screencap below, the focal distance from the camera is very small, 8,4 cm, so a lower value of 4% was enough to achieve the effect I wanted.
The scene was pretty much ready for rendering here; now let’s see the point. FastHybrid DoF is located in Render settings, and to be able to use it you need to enable Depth of Field (in render quality). I enabled it, clicked Edit, and there you go, Fast Hybrid 2.5D was added as a 3rd method. Under the blur rendering methods you can set the number of passes. Logical; the more the better . For a macro scene like this, a value between 5 and 10 is suitable for achieving a good quality without wasting too much time on rendering.
One more thing to mention here; if you enabled blur rendering, you don’t need Texture AntiAliasing and Texture Filtering, so I disabled both.
Since it was rather a test scene, I set a relatively small resolution (1024×768) and let it roll. The scene was rendered in ~40 minutes, you can see the final result below:
I used the same technique in my render "Pitipurri" as well. (those cute ladybirds making love in the "Animals" gallery )
Well I hope you enjoyed reading this short overview; I hope it brought you into the mood of experimenting with DoF effect. If you have render(s) where you used FastHybrid DoF, feel free to share! ...…and if you don’t have a version of Vue 9.5, no worries; you can still play with FastHybrid DoF in the PLE version which you can download here for free: https://secure.e-onsoftware.com/try/vue_9_ple/
Thanks for reading!
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