Sunday, November 28, 2010

Live scene editing + path tracing support

The week of Thanksgiving gave me both time to go to Chinatown to have Thanksgiving dinner, time to gamble a bit in Atlantic City, and time to polish my renderer. Speed was once again improved due to a more "greedy algorithm" in scene traversal. Moreover, path tracing support was also added to the renderer (using a path tracing / bidirectional path tracing hybrid model), and it works really well for outdoor scenes, where photon mapping lacks good support. Next, the scene can now be freely edited. Each object as defined in the obj file is extracted out as separate objects, and the user can translate/scale/rotate/delete any of them as needed. Thanks to the fast kd-tree/photon map builder, operating on the scene and reconstructing the entire kd-tree is pretty painless. Last but now least, we can now freely choose from one of six rendering methods during run time: OpenGL wireframe, OpenGL smooth, (bidirectional) path tracing, direct photon mapping, photon mapping with final gathering and ambient occlusion. Below are three videos showcasing the renderer's current capabilities with different scene settings.

The first is a test scene I made for path tracing and scene editing. It includes a bunny, among other objects. The scene contains only 7K triangles.

The second video is our familiar Sponza scene, with 72K triangles. Note the improved performance and brighter interior space (after a fix made to Photon Mapping algorithm).

The third video is for editing the new interior scene, with 608K triangles (I got the wrong triangle count the last time).

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