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Strange artifacts while rendering a dielectric material

I am trying to render a dielectric sphere inside the Cornell Box. Some circles are generated on the sphere. Here is the photo generated by path tracer: And below is my main function: ...
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Report standard deviation in Rendering results

I noticed that a common metrics for image quality assessment (Monte Carlo path tracing) is MSE between the generated image and a reference one. My question is: why isn't the standard deviation ever ...
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Multiple Importance Sampling in Bidirectional Path Tracing

I'm trying to understand the computation of the path density described in the book Physically Based Rendering. They assume that a path $$x=(x_0,\ldots,x_{n-1})=(q_0,\ldots,q_{s-1},p_{t-1},\ldots,p_0)$$...
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Probability of choosing the current strategy in the pbrt implementation of Multiplexed Metropolis Light Transport

In the description of the Multiplexed Metropolis Light Transport implementation of pbrt it is claimed that "the inverse probability of choosing the current strategy $(s,t)$ [...] is equal to <...
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Image contribution function and reconstruction using filters

So I've been reading Physicall Based Rendering which in section 16.4.3 defines the "image contribution function" to be the following $$I_j = \int_\Omega h_j(X)L(X)d\Omega$$ where the variables are ...
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Proper way of consuming stratified samples in path/ray tracing

I'm working on a (toy-level) path/ray-tracer, currently trying to implement (and understand) improved sampling strategies. The obvious next choice after uniform random sampling would be stratified/...
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The termination probability of Russian roulette in PBRT

As described in PBRT 14.5, the path tracer stops bouncing rays at a probability q, which is determined by the throughput of the path. ...
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Rendering equation in terms of paths rather than directions

Path tracing seems to perform Monte Carlo integration where the space being integrated over is the space of paths (e.g. chains of rays) but the rendering equation is stated in terms of outgoing rays. ...
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Where to find BRDF textures

I've read about measured BDRFs and models like cook-torrance have parameters that need to be set. It isn't hard to imagine that these parameters and the measured properties would vary from point to ...
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Offline path tracer produces a darker image than expected

I've been going though Peter Shirley's beginner raytracing books. Upon building the Cornell box and rendering an image, I get a much darker / dimmer image than expected. The color values are ...
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Path tracing best materials to learn

i want some of your advices. To begin with i ve never studied computer graphics and i want to do a project with Path tracing which i didnt find the right materials to begin with. Is it recomeneded to ...
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How to calculate rotational irradiance gradient vector?

I am reading the irradiance gradient on Greg Ward Radiance book and also this web page: Quoting from this web page: For normalized spherical coordinates the gradient is: The irradiance ...
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Can I use Path tracing together with Ray Marching?

So I'm trying to render participating media like clouds/sky/fog (Sky is the first step) etc. I had already implemented a normal pathtracer and I was thinking of extending it. But I heard terms like ...
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How does Next Event Estimation work with transformed lights?

I am relatively new to path tracing, and I am trying to implement next event estimation. I am following the Monte Carlo integral used to compute the direct illumination from an area light: $$\frac{1}{...
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Learning light transport using Q-Learning

I am trying to reproduce the results obtained by Dahm et al. in the paper Learning Light Transport the Reinforced Way. This method takes advantage of the similarity between the Bellman equation (Q-...
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smallpt: ray scattering and Importance Sampling

Introduction For those familiar with smallpt by Kevin Beason: In path tracing, when rays hit a surface, they are scattered and the theta angle (the angle between the normal to the surface and the ...
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Should I expect differences with explicit light sampling other that the noise?

I am trying to understand why my explicit light sampling implemetation does not produce the same results as my naive path tracer. Here are my results : Naive Version : Explicit light sampling ...
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smallpt: when to stop diffuse ray scattering

For those familiar with smallpt, the ray tracer in 99 lines: I am checking the code, and there is something that is not clear to me in the DIFFUSE ray scattering. After the rays are shot, they keep ...
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Where do “fireflies” come from?

I'm using a renderer developed by other people, and I found there are fireflies. It is strange that in a completely diffuse scene, there are still fireflies presented. To my understanding, I think it ...
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Path tracing - Better images without Gamma correction?

So I read about tonemapping and Gamma Correction recently and have implemented it in my path tracer. For the time being I'm using Reinhard tonemapping operator as described in his paper $L_d = L_w *...
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How to implement explicit light sampling when implementing path tracing?

I implemented a path tracer and got a similar result like this one. Sample: 4096, time used: 537.05s The algorithm is exactly the same as the one in wikipedia, where only the Gathering Path is ...
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How to set equivalent PDFs for cosine-weighted and uniform-sampled hemispheres?

I'm trying to add BRDFs to a very basic path tracer. Starting out, I'd like to convert just the Lambertian material, with two different sampling methods, to ensure that everything is working right. ...
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Naive Path tracer produces much darker images than Explicit light sampling

So I just thought of comparing the results from a Naive Path tracer and one using Next Event Estimation aka Explicit Direct Light Sampling. However the results from the Naive PT are very dark. Is ...
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Multiple Importance Sampling in Path tracer produces Dark Images

So I recently implemented Multiple Importance Sampling in my path tracer which was based on next event estimation. The problem is without MIS I get images like, This is obtained by setting ...
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total internal reflection implementation in pbrt-v3

I've been implementing a path tracer, referring pbrt-v3. However, I'm a bit confused about its implementation. Code is here. It seems when we sample to do transmission, it tests if it meets a total ...
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High variance in path tracing specular objects

I'm testing my path tracer for specular surfaces. Images rendered with my own code have very noisy appearance, and I think they look like variance. I use point light and the bunny is of mirror ...
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Does MRG32k3a compare well with PCG and Xorshift256*?

I've been using standard 32-bit Xorshift in my GPU path-tracer for a while, following Nathan Reed's approach with hashed seeds and decorrelated state. I (finally) discovered today that Xorshift is ...
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How to handle GUI in a path traced renderer?

This isn't a pure CG question but it's more of a programming one related to CG. The main problem that occurs is both the GUI and the rendered scene need to be drawn regularly by swapping buffers. If ...
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How do we approximate the integral of the measurement contribution function in Metropolis Light Transport?

In Metropolis Light Transport, we need to approximate the integral of the measurement contribution function. I've read that this can be done using a traditional approach like path tracing. However, ...
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How does Primary Sample Space Metropolis Light Transport work?

For simplicity, assume we're only dealing with surfaces which have either a Lambertian or perfectly specular material. Morever, assume that the only type of lights are area lights (i.e. surfaces with ...
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Path tracer isn't converging

So I just completed a naive path tracer that uses explicit direct light sampling. Problem is the path tracer isn't converging. It's like a raytracer, showing a single image on each pass. More info on ...
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Is there ongoing research on Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms (other than Metropolis-Hastings) for use in ray tracing?

Metropolis Light Transport is an application of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm. Its variants differ only in the used "mutation strategy". Is there ongoing research on other Markov Chain Monte ...
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PDF when sampling from Rectangular Area Lights

So I was reading up on how to sample Rectangular Area lights, and the procedure is pretty straightforward. That is, I can get random points using the equation. $ p = X_o + \epsilon_1V_1 + \...
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smallpt's early clamping

Kevin Beason's smallpt estimates the pixel radiance by accumulating $2\times2$ subpixel radiance estimates using the following expression: ...
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Path Tracer - sampling dimensions confusion

Suppose my path tracer is shooting 64 rays per pixel (in an 8x8 grid). The confusion is, when accounting for Global illumination, should I shoot additional X number ...
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How does a path tracer with next-event estimation work?

I am trying to implement a simple path tracer with next-event estimation in Java. The general idea is to trace a ray through the scene as usual (using a cosine distribution to determine the next ...
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Interpreting Cornell Box data for path tracer

So I want to path trace a Cornel Box scene, but I don't understand the values given here in section 2 and 3. Cornell Box Data | Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics No.2 Lists surface ...
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Should direct illumination and path tracers render the same scene equally bright?

I am using the book Ray Tracing from the Ground Up by Kevin Suffern to build my first ray tracers in Java. Based on the theory, I expected that direct illumination and simple path tracers render the ...
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Handling shadow acne for dynamic surfaces

My path-tracer is generally fine and gives good output for regular test scenes, but I've noticed dense fireflies and dark speckles over fractal surfaces. The noise disappears if I render without light ...
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BRDF ray directions

The BRDF takes two directions, $\omega_{o}$ and $\omega_{i}$. I've heard that both directions should point away from the surface (one towards the camera, one towards the light), but iq's Oren-Nayar ...
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Path Tracer - implementation questions

so I am currently in the middle of implementing a path tracer for my bachelor thesis. And so far I have understood and mapped the general flow of the program except for 2 things. Note that I'm using ...
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How to calculate solid angle subtended by a pixel?

How is the solid angle subtended by a pixel calculated? both in perspective and fish eye lens.
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Reverse PDF updates for s-2 or t-2 vertices in MIS for BDPT

MIS weights for BDPT are calculated with ratios of PDFs for each vertex under different types of light transport (radiance vs. importance). These probabilities are regenerated for frontier vertices ...
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Importance sampling microfacet GGX

I have a renderer where the BxDF interface is Sample(), PDF(), and Eval(). The Lambertian BRDF is working well, and I believe I have properly implemented Eval for GGX based on another user's question, ...
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Is the microfacet GGX BSDF normally implemented as separate BRDF and BTDFs?

I'm trying to build a toy path tracer using something similar to Disney's BSDF, where many materials can be represented as combinations of properties like color, metalness, roughness, transmission, ...
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How to validate whether a reflection model is implemented correctly?

I think this is one of the most important part when you write a physically-based renderer. The solution I came up with is to put a sphere to the scene with a constant background radiance. Solve the ...
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Path Tracer - Model loading Libraries?

so I am in the process of making my own GPU path tracer based on OpenCL as part of my bachelor thesis. I have already made a CPU and a GPU ray tracer based on OpenGL compute shaders but all I have ray-...
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Can a glass plate act like a lens?

I am trying to implement rough dielectrics on my renderer. I compared the results of my renderer and Mitsuba renderer. However, a thin glass plate which is a cube scaled by (0.4, 0.4, 0.01) magnifies ...
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Predicting reflectance functions from complex surfaces

There are three principal ways to obtain a BRDF. We can Derive an analytic formula using physical principles Use simulation given an assumed or measured model of the surface microgeometry Measure ...
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Wrong output while implementing GGX importance sampling

I'm receiving a non-energy conserving output while trying to importance sample the GGX Distributionof the Microfacet model, which is generally 3-4 times bigger than the resulting PDF I'm following ...