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Questions tagged [raytracing]

Questions specific to raytracing (as opposed to scanline rendering), the 3D graphics technique of intersecting rays from the camera with objects in the scene.

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Why is it easier to inverse transform every object in a scene than to transform a camera?

My lecturer for a computer graphics (raytracing) paper has stated that 'It is easier to apply the inverse transform to the world than it is to apply the transform to the camera.' The example given was ...
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How to simulate a line laser diode?

I'm interested in simulating the way a laser line deforms when it strikes an object and runs along the surface of it. Which concepts would be involved? Is there any 3D modeling software out there that ...
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OpenCL ray tracer: which is better, geometry code on device side or on host side?

I am writing a ray tracer using openCL, and following this tutorial http://raytracey.blogspot.com/2016/11/opencl-path-tracing-tutorial-2-path.html However, I find that the author has two copies of the ...
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Unsolved Problems in CQ to this day?

What problems haven't been solved yet when it comes for instance in rendering,deferred rendering, Volumetric lighting, ambient occlusion or in any other interesting area. When i say unsolved problems, ...
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How to test my triangle intersection implementation?

I've been thinking about this question for a quite long time.And my implementation seems to be correct for some cases but wrong with few others. How can I comprehensive test the algorithm? Is there ...
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Problem with definition of BSDF and radiance

When I was reading theory behind physical based rendering I noticed that definition of BSDF and radiance has some problems. For example BSDF of purely specular surfaces is zero almost everywhere and ...
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More accurate Fresnel approximation for a RGB-based Path Tracer

I'm writing a path tracer and, for the moment, spectra related data (spectral power distributions and spectral reflectance curves) are stored as RGB tuples. In the Cook-Torrance specular BRDF I am ...
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Bump mapping a ray-traced sphere

I'm attempting to apply a height map to a ray-traced sphere. The height map is stored as a texture. I have the intersection point on the sphere $p$, and I compute the normal vector at that point $N = ...
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How to account for self intersection with large ray tracing scenes?

I'm working on a hybrid real time ray tracing project and trying to tackle the problem of self-intersection with larger scenes due to loss of float accuracy. The logic I'm trying to use is based on ...
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Ray tracing implicit surfaces using Sturm's theorem

I am trying to render implicit surfaces given by a polynomial equation $F(x,y,z) = 0$ using Sturm's theorem. Plugging the parametric ray equation $r(t) = o + td$, where $o\in\mathbb{R}^3$ is the ray ...
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Computation of conservative AABB for clipped triangle

I'm currently trying to implement a fast algorithm for KD-Tree construction using SAH, as described in this paper: On building fast KD-trees for ray tracing, and on doing that in O(N log N) I found ...
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How is glint rendering done in Ray Tracing?

How is glint rendering done with ray tracing in the photo below? Is it just a simple normal map? I found a paper online that describes the exact same method used in the photo above but I have no ...
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Should I use nonsymmetric BSDF for refraction in BPT?

I'm implementing bidirectional path tracing. I want to simulate perfect refraction. I read in the Veach thesis that a perfect refraction BSDF is non-symmetric. Does it mean that I need to use ...
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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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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 ...
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What techniques are used to build ray intersection acceleration structures on the GPU?

What improvements and alternatives have been developed since HLBVH was introduced in the 2010 paper HLBVH: Hierarcihcal LBVH Construction for Real-Time Ray Tracing of Dynamic Geometry by J. Pantaleoni ...
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Mathematics of Sub Surface Scattering

Can somebody help explain the mathematics of Sub Surface Scattering in a Path Tracer based on the Diffuse Approximation in A Practical Model for Subsurface Light Transport ? I would like someone to ...
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Problem with specular BRDF (Monte Carlo & Path Tracing)

Above on the left is my attempt and on the right is what I'm aiming for.As you can see my sphere with the specular brdf has a weird dark ring In my radiance function I am recursing through the ...
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ray-triangle intersection precision - c++

I'm building a software renderer but I think there might be some problem with my ray-triangle intersection accuracy. I implemented the algorithm referring to ...
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Circular pattern aliasing in voxel ray tracer

I am doing a voxel based raytracer. In other words, I first voxelize the scene using rasterization and I proceed to raytrace the volume in a 3D image to generate a final frame. Currently I noticed ...
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Calculating intensities of Virtual Point Lights in Instant Radiosity from IES lights

Short introduction I created a function that interpolates the IES luminious intensities (candelas) using Hermite interpolation, so in my code all light sources have $I(\theta, \phi)$ function - but ...
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Creating an Object Orientated Bounding Volume

I'm attempting to test out the maths behind bounding volume algorithms (prior to ray tracing) using MATLAB. So far, I have successfully created the relatively trivial axis aligned bounding volume, ...
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how many watts are in the SPD of the color white?

Please help. I'm trying to implement a ray tracer, going by the PBRT book and got stuck on an issue that I fail to find the answer to. My scenes are made from objects and light sources. From that, I ...
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What's the nature of Monte Carlo noise?

Monte Carlo rendering is just a process of sampling and reconstruction to evaluate the rendering equation. Why is it called noise rather than error?
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Picking multiple light sources from a mixture densities

According to Peter Shirely paper, one pdf(probability density function) can be defined for the union of the light sources and pick only one using a random number from this density: $$p(x) = \alpha_1 ...
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fastest way to bucket triangles into a grid?

What is the fastest known method for bucketing triangles into an unbounded regular 3D grid? Specifically, I need an array of buckets. Random queries (which bucket is here) are not necessary, as this ...
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Compute emitted importance of a pinhole camera

In section 16.1.1 of Physically Based Rendering the authors describe how we can check, if a given ray $r$ corresponds to one starting from the film area. They implement this check such that it works ...
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How exactly do soft shadows get generated using a voxel cone tracing rendering technique?

Let's assume we have voxelized a scene, and all of our materials have an opacity level of 1. The reuslt would then look like: If we raytraced the final volume that gets generated after rasterization. ...
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Tail Recursive Monte Carlo Raytracing

I am writing a raytracer in F# using montecarlo sampling I would like to make my recursive calls tail recursive but I am not sure of this is possible with MC raytracing as one has to evaluate sampled ...
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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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Ray Tracer Shadowing

So I'm working on an assignment where we have to design a simple ray tracer. The program has two objects that it can use, sphere and cube. It can render the cube and spheres, it also does shading on ...
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Is this the correct application of model transformation?

Suppose I want to perform translate in the following order: Scale by $S$ Rotate by matrix $R_1$ Rotate by matrix $R_2$ Translate by $T%$. When I apply the matrix, should the overall transformation ...
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Explain Radiance Estimate for photon mapping

I'm adding photon mapping to my current raytracer to add indirect lighting. Can someone explain how the radiance estimate works in simple terms and with some simple math? I have read a lot of ...
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How to rotate camera in CAD package application

I can rotate camera to change the view for the first person. But as I am working on a camera object for a cad package this isn't a first person or walk-through. I am not sure how to rotate the camera ...
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How to ensure that the raytrcing coordinate system is teh same as the projection one?

I have 2 shading models right now, one is using voxels the other one is the standard projection absed renderization method. Putting them side by side I have noticed that no matter what I do one is ...
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How to properly modify a ray in a raytracer to achieve camera rotation

I am trying to make a particular kind of raytracer, but there is some strange bug occurring when I attempt to rotate the camera. As you can see, there is some important distortion ocurring when the ...