Feature Overview - using FastHybrid Depth of Field in "Dew"

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In this topic I would like to dig a little deeper into the Depth of Field cool

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 smiley ). 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 laugh . 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 laugh)

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! smiley ...…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! smiley

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STARWARS MODE ON: You've done well my young padawan, you have done well. cool

 

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padawan?? hahaha this is funny laugh cheeky 
thanks smiley
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Very cool - Thanks Drea!