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### Lots of bad samples (below the hemisphere) when sampling the GGX VNDF

I've noticed that my implementation of GGX VNDF sampling produces quite a lot of bad samples (below the hemisphere). When such a sample occurs, I terminate the ray, leading to an immediate black pixel....
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### Distance sampling with unbiased transmittance estimators

I'm currently trying some things with transmittance estimators in PBRT and I have implemented the following paper: Unbiased Ray-Marching Transmittance Estimator. This method assumes that two points $x$...
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### Measure (or Jacobian) conversion for direction sampling

If in the path tracing use case, I have some sampling strategies to sample a scattering direction in a 2D space ($\theta, \phi$). Of course, I need to convert it to a 3D direction vector (with length ...
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### Covering texture surface with ellipses

I am looking for an algorithm (also ideas on possible directions are appreciated) which is able to compute the distribution of ellipses on a 2D surface in order to reach a good degree of covering. I ...
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### Evaluating the Rendering Equation by hand (simple case)

I'm trying to make intuitive sense of the rendering equation and so I'm trying to work out a trivial example by hand, though ultimately I'm just trying to understand how monte carlo importance ...
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### GPU Procedural placement - Creating evenly distributed sampling points

I am working on a procedural placement system on the GPU, inspired by the work done by Guerrilla Games in Horizon Zero Dawn: https://www.guerrilla-games.com/read/gpu-based-procedural-placement-in-...
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### Mapping sample to a disk

So I have been reading this wonderful book on ray tracing by Kevin Suffern, Ray tracing from Ground Up. I am reading this book after finishing Peter Shirley's first two book on ray tracing & ...
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### Multiple samples per pixel and texture blurring

As far as I know path tracers (or super-sampling antialiasing) typically calculate the final color of a single pixel by averaging the result of all samples taken inside that pixel. This gives a nice ...
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### How to calculate the PDF of a multi-lobe BSDF

In PBRT, a BSDF is represented as an array of BxDF lobes. Each lobe sets a bitflag representing what kind of lobe it is. (Specular, Diffuse, Reflection, Transmission, etc.) I'm investigating how PBRT ...
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### computing derivatives of sampled data

I am trying to calculate the derivatives of a sampled data set by following an example in this book. The data is a set of 2d quads(green area in below) and their vertices(4 each). The data is in the ...
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### What does texture resolve mean?

In the context of render targets or textures, what does "resolve" mean? For example: To resolve a color texture. From my understanding, it seems to mean, "copy but process/convert at the same time", ...
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### What is the difference between post-/pre- sampling, aliasing, filtering and processing?

What is the difference between post-/pre- sampling, aliasing, filtering and processing? How do the terms post-/pre-aliasing, post-/pre-processing, post-/pre-sampling and post-/pre-filtering relate to ...
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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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### Downscaling texture via mipmap [DirectX 11]

I am implementing a post-processing effect in my DirectX 11 pet renderer. The post-processing pass is implemented by rendering a full-screen quad covered with texture containing original rendered ...
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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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