Animating the time of day in DAZ Studio?

JoepingletonJoepingleton Posts: 745
edited May 2016 in Daz Studio Discussion

Back in college we had an assignment to paint a location at different times of day to see how the light changes.  I was playing around in the DAZ Studio Iray setting and noticed that there was an "Environment" setting named "SS Time".  Is there a way to set a keyframe for this setting?

Attached is a sample render of a secne with two hour incraments.  

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  • linvanchenelinvanchene Posts: 1,303
    edited May 2016

    As far as I know it is a limitation of the current DAZ Studio API that certain render engine specific parameters cannot be animated with the default timeline and even Keymate or Graphmate plugins.

    The former OctaneRender for DAZ Studio plugin developer t_3 invested a lot of time and energy to work around this by adding an separate internal timeline to the OcDS plugin. You can animate OctaneRender specific parameters like material settings, light emission, render and postprocessing settings.

    -> You can use the OctaneRender Daylight Environment to make animations with the sun moving at a specific time of day, date and place on earth.

    Video of the OcDS Daylight Environment settings:

    http://vimeo.com/55246483

    Video example of an animated Daylight Environment:

    https://vimeo.com/54735567

    The videos show the interface of an older OcDS build but in the current version OR 3.x you can set a keyframe for each parameter you see in the environment options.

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    Quick example with a cube:

    The red dots and the red line below the OctaneRender parameter Latitude indicate that there is a keyframe set on the OctaneRender plugin timeline.

    Frame 1 Lattitude 48

    image

    Frame 10 Lattitude -62

    image

    The whole 10 frame animation preview in the OctaneRender Image browser:

    image

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    Frame 10 Lattitude -62.jpg
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    10 frame animation.jpg
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  • DAZ_JoshDAZ_Josh Posts: 1,334

    Have you tried loading the Sun Dial and animating that?

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  • linvanchenelinvanchene Posts: 1,303
    edited May 2016
    DAZ_Josh said:

    Have you tried loading the Sun Dial and animating that?

    Did not know about the Sun Dial.

    The Sun Dial Set is located in the Smart Content product Default Resources.

    If you click on the Sun Dial preset the SS Time options are replaced by a SS Sun node.

    In the viewport you can now find a Sun Dial prop.

    In the KeyMate plugin set the selection toTRSV and you can see and set keyframes for:

    Sun Dial

    transform

    Sun Base

    transform

    Visible in Render

    Cast Shadows

    Sun Chain

    Elevation

    Azimuth

    Visible in Render

    Cast Shadows

    Sun

    Visible in Render

    Cast Shadows

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    What you probably want to do is change the Elevation and the Azimuth by dragging around the Sun Dial: Sun Gizmo in the viewport.

    Frame 01

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    Frame 10

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    The challenge with this workaround with the Sun Dial is that the SS Time options are getting replaced.

    -> The moment the Sun Dial is in the scene the user does not anymore have a way to tell what kind of time the manual sun position dragged together in the viewport corresponds to.

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    To summarize:

    It seems currently in Iray DAZ Studio you can animate the sun direction with the Sun Dial but you cannot animate all other Sun Sky specific parameters like SS Time, Haze, Saturation, Glow Intensity etc...

    -> If you are looking to animate advanced daylight environment parameters you can do that in the OctaneRender plugin for DAZ Studio.

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    Sun Chain frame 10.jpg
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    Sun Dial TRSV keyframe parameters.jpg
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  • JoepingletonJoepingleton Posts: 745
    edited May 2016

    Thanks for the info on the Sun dial.  I didn' even know it existed.  It looks like this will do the job.  Now I need to get experimenting ;)

     

    Off topic: is Octane still  still a few hundreds of dollars? is it worth the price?

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  • linvanchenelinvanchene Posts: 1,303

    Thanks for the info on the Sun dial.  I didn' even know it existed.  It looks like this will do the job.  Now I need to get experimenting ;)

     

    Off topic: is Octane still  still a few hundreds of dollars? is it worth the price?

    The pricing information for OctaneRender 3 can be found here:

    https://render.otoy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=54021

    Several users added their feedback about OctaneRender here:

    http://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/comment/1195021/

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  • JoepingletonJoepingleton Posts: 745
    edited May 2016

    Thanks for the information. Unfortunately its still too pricey for me right now :(

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