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SoC2006 BillboardClouds         Billboard Clouds - GSoC 2006

Student: Mats Leksell (swx)

Mentor: Andres Carrera (Lioric)

Status: Experimental, obtain it from ogreaddons/billboardclouds

Overview

The concept of billboard clouds were introduced by Xavier Décoret et al as a way of simplifying a complex model to a small number of view independent billboards while preserving the visible quality of the output.

More information can be found here:

Billboard Clouds for Extreme Model Simplification

Forest rendering

Objective

Create an easy to use library for creating a billboard cloud from an input mesh.

Progress

Implemented a simpler plane selection algorithm
( as described here: http://www.cs.utah.edu/~lacewell/billboardclouds/index.html )

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/4417/top16cs.png

http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/7048/left12rp.png
left12rp.png
http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/369/front10el.png

Implemented an image packing algorithm

http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/9306/packing4mn.png
packing4mn.png
Implemented texture generation

http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/3391/bettertexture9ns.png
bettertexture9ns.png
Implemented normal map generation

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/7662/normalmap8yi.png
normalmap8yi.png
Implemented the plane selection using density grid

I've implemented the plane selection procedure described in Image-Based Rendering of Forests

Currently working on

Working on optimizing the selection procedure.