I noticed a rather strange behavior when camera turns away from the light source. You can notice in the following movie that when turning to the left side of the camera it goes smoothly, the pass from the god rays area to an area wo the effect goes gradual. To right side of the camera however, the pass is very sudden. It seems the color of the skybox, not the sun, so blueish is scattered almost to opacity, maximum is when the actual lightsource is in the left bottom corner of the screen.
Anyone has an idea about the cause and possible fixes?
Thanks in advance,
LE: changing the skybox with a darker one, turns into disaster, the scattered color of the skybox is darkening the viewport completely when the actual light source is in bottom left corner. The other direction or looking straight to the lightsource, works fine, no problem.
One more thing, it seems the effect itself is at maximum intensity when the light position is translated to screen coordinates 0,0 - lower left corner, not the center of the screen. I think thats related to the issue above. Ill investigate more in the code…
No problem with removing when off camera. The problem is that the scattering is not symmetric to the center of the screen, as I said, the maximum strength is when in lower left corner of the display, thus leading to the fact that the removing when turning to right, is much more obvious than removing when turning left…
sorry to be such a pain in the back, its still the same as behavior, meaning, the phase out is not the same if you move the camera to the right of the light source or to the left.
also, the maximum intensity of the effect is still in the lower left corner of the screen (0,0) not in the center (width/2, height/2) and i think thats what causes the difference in phasing out by direction left or right. i tried to play with the filter but no luck in changing the maximum point of intensity from lowleft to center of the screen. ill keep trying…
@fbucur I had the same issue. The code for adaptive didn’t seem quite right. The scatter intensity was very high when the light source was in the lower left hand corner, but was weak in the top/left, top/right, bottom/right. I also saw the “snapping” when the light source came out of view from the left side. I came up with a few alternatives. The first one keeps the intensity quite high until the light source leaves the screen. The second approach is more subtle. I ended up creating a scattering filter (based on the stock one) that has a toggle for the “high gain” method (#1).
I was able to fix this by effectively overriding postQueue()
Original LightScatteringFilter line 105:
innerLightDensity = Math.max(lightDensity - Math.max(screenLightPos.x, screenLightPos.y), 0.0f);
Also, I noticed that “adaptative” (i assume this is supposed to be adaptive) doesn’t have a getter/setter pair.
Now, for my question!
@nehon Is there any way to prevent the light scattering from using the skybox as part of the input texture? When the skybox consists of clouds it makes sense to use the sky texture, as the clouds appear to sit between the camera and the light (sun) and you get nice rays of light emitting from the lighter spots. The issue I’m having is that my scene is in space and I don’t want the rays of light to be emitting from the background stars.
I’m usuing bloom + light scattering to create a nice warm looking sun. I’d like to have the scattering of the bloom and light source effectively rendered “on top of” the skybox.
to answer your question, I’d like the light scattering to work on an arbitrary object, or even a light source… Right now it only work on the skybox really and there is no way around it.
it’s been a long time since i didn’t look at the code this filter could use a brush up I guess.
Thank you @aaron! This “simple” fix is surprisingly effective. @nehon I really think this should be integrated into your version, it really fixes opacity snapping problems when we turn the camera to the right. It really smooths out the filter’s opacity transitions altogether.
I just want to post here that I had to adjust 2 lines tough to get a perfect saturation, altough it may only be specific to my implementation, but if you see distorted over saturated colors when aiming at the sun, simply change these 2 lines: (around lines 113-114)