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Render Profiles for DAZ Studio 4.5
Posted: 01 February 2013 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Finally after much frustration and trial and error I’ve managed to rebuild my render profiles for DAZ Studio 4.5.

These scripts give you a quick way to change the output quality and dimensions of your renders by manipulating the Shading Rate, Pixel Samples, Pixel Filter Samples, Shadow Samples, etc.  allowing you to quickly and easily go from a “Draft” render to a “Final Quality” render without having to mess with the Render Settings tab and remember what each knob does.

Available for download at: http://daz.tall-tales-racing.com/resources/freebies/renderprofiles/AMRRenderPreferencesDS4.zip

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These presets are free for any use, but may not be distributed by any method other than the original download link indicated above without my express written permission.

Install:
Unzip to the same directory that your DS4 Default Content is installed to. 

Usage:
You will find these presets under DAZ Studio Formats > My Library > Scripts > AMR > DS4 Render Preferences


There are quality and render dimenion presets in this package.  The quality items are defined as the table below.  Render Dimension Presets are divided by aspect ratio and follow generally accepted video standards or are a multiplier thereof, e.g. 3840x2160_2x_HD1080 which is twice the resolution of HD1080.

Quality Preset Definitions:
Draft Quality - Used frequently when setting up a scene.
Pixel Samples X/Y : 4
Shadow Samples : 4
Shading Rate : 2.00
Pixel Filter X/Y : 6
Proof Quality - Used for fine tuning lighting.
Pixel Samples X/Y : 6
Shadow Samples : 8
Shading Rate : 1.00
Pixel Filter X/Y :
Average Quality - This is the first “final” quality setting.  It’s for those who want speed or a little softness.
Pixel Samples X/Y : 8
Shadow Samples : 16
Shading Rate : 0.50
Pixel Filter X/Y : 6
High Quality - Getting serious, this is much finer and is for those who prefer sharper renders.
Pixel Samples X/Y : 8
Shadow Samples : 32
Shading Rate : 0.20
Pixel Filter X/Y : 8
Very High Quality - This is generally used for final renders for competitions and other areas where close inspection is expected.
Pixel Samples X/Y : 12
Shadow Samples : 32
Shading Rate : 0.10
Pixel Filter X/Y : 8
Insane Quality - This is very nearly the highest possible render settings that DAZ Studio can do.  Don’t know why you’d use it other than to torture yourself.
Pixel Samples X/Y : 32
Shadow Samples : 32
Shading Rate : 0.050
Pixel Filter X/Y : 8
Motion Blur Standard - Sets up your render preferences for Motion Blur
Pixel Samples X/Y : 16
Motion Blur Samples : 16
Motion Blur High - A higher quality motion blur for less pixelation
Pixel Samples X/Y : 16
Motion Blur Samples : 32
Depth of Field Standard - Sets up your render for Depth of Field
Pixel Samples X/Y : 12
Depth of Field High - Smoother blurring
Pixel Samples X/Y : 16
Depth of Field Insane - By know you know what this means…
Pixel Samples X/Y : 32

 

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Posted: 01 February 2013 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 01 February 2013 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 01 February 2013 01:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Glad you guys approve. :D

If anyone needs a refresher, you can turn these into custom menu items pretty easily.  Just right-click on the script and select “Create Custom Action” and from then on the script will be listed under the Scripts menu at the top of the screen.

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Posted: 01 February 2013 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yep, Thank you much for getting this ported over the DS4.5 I’ll be all set up very soon.

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Posted: 02 February 2013 08:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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GREAT.
Many thanks Adamr001.

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Posted: 02 February 2013 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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THANK YOU!
This will speed things up for me when rendering as now I don’t have to constantly fool around with changing the settings manually between draft and final rendering. grin

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Posted: 02 February 2013 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thank you @adamr001! This script works awesome. I’m still trying to figure out the best rendering settings to use on my laptop without it crashing and burning and your settings for “high quality” does the trick. I get a wonderful render and no crash.

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Posted: 02 February 2013 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Hey that’s cool stormlyght.  Glad to hear it’s working well. smile

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Posted: 04 February 2013 12:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks, Adam. These have been really useful. I added the render preferences scripts to custom actions and then created a toolbar for them. I love to switch easily between draft and high quality. I ran a test of all of them to compare render times on a single scene. I also compared the results to see if I can see much difference. Or course the results depend entirely on the scene contents, size, and other settings like Max Ray Trace Depth. These are the times I got. It may be interesting to someone else to see the time that can be saved with a draft render, for example. I rendered at 1024 by 768 with a ray trace depth of 2.

Setting   Minutes
draft         2
proof         4
average     12
high         37
very high   55
insane     94

I haven’t explored the DOF or motion blur settings yet.

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Posted: 04 February 2013 08:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Nice comparison barbult. 

The main thing the DOF/Motion Blur settings do is change pixel samples and/or Motion Blur Samples.  They will have an effect, but not as much as the primary render settings will have.

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Posted: 06 February 2013 01:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Adam, I’ve tried the DOF settings now, and all three seem to be the same. How do Std, High, and Insane DOF settings differ?

Edit: I read your description above, but they all seem to set Pixel Samples to 32 (insane). I think all three Motion Blur are the same, too.

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Posted: 06 February 2013 01:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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thanks Adam, have tried it yesterday and it’s really useful

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Posted: 10 February 2013 10:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Hello Will this work with daz 4.5 pro as well?

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Posted: 11 February 2013 12:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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DavidEgolf - 10 February 2013 10:37 PM

Hello Will this work with daz 4.5 pro as well?

Yes, they will.

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Posted: 11 February 2013 08:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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These are great! Thanks so much! grin

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