Some good words :)
This tutorial has been written, in order to give an alternative for all of LW users that cannot afford a render farm of Crays in order to render their Volumetric Explosions using Hypervoxels.
So, this technique is about 5 to 10 times faster than Hypervoxels.
I have also made it to have explosions that can be rendered in front of any kind of backgrounds, and not only black or very dark ones.
Some bad words :(
Sometimes, it's possible to see some polygon edges when flying into the explosion. This can be fixed by modifying a bit the path of the camera or by moving/rotating the bad sphere.
If you set a too big amplitude for displacement maps, you'll see polygon edges, so be careful with this.
Some neutral words :|
If you find some bugs in these pages, or wants to suggest me something, or wants a precise (interesting) tutorial not found on the net, please send me a message : firstname.lastname@example.org
10 / 07 / 2000 : Added some explanations about the grid texture on level 2.
23 / 05 / 2000 : Added 'Simulated' to the title, after a suggestion from an user of the LW mailing list....
Yep, this is not a 'true' volumetric tutorial, but a good fake ;)
17 / 05 / 2000 : Added beautiful rollovers on levels selection and some words on level 2.
15 / 05 / 2000 : Uploaded a new mpeg of the animation example, and fix some little mistakes...
07 / 05 / 2000 : First Upload.