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Ruined
10-26-04, 01:12 PM
new farcry 1.3 patch w/ OpenEXR HDR lighting:
http://files.filefront.com/3673678;/pub2/FarCry/Official%20Patches/

HOW TO ENABLE HDR

Requirements:
Nvidia GeForce 6 card
DirectX 9.0C (included in SP2)
Nvidia 61.77 or later drivers
FarCry 1.3 patch

1. Set all Graphic settings to "Very High."
2. Anti-Aliasing must be disabled.
3. Add:"r_hdrrendering 7" "e_vegetation_sprites_distance_ratio 100.000000" with the quotes to your farcry shortcut. For example:
"C:\Program Files\FarCry\Bin32\FarCry.exe" "r_hdrrendering 7" "e_vegetation_sprites_distance_ratio 100.000000"
4. I recommend lowering your resolution to 1280x1024 or 1024x768 depening on CPU & GPU core speed. 1280x1024 is more appropriate for high speed athlon 64 CPUs with 6800U (or 6800GT @ 6800U) while 1024x768 works better for lower end P4 CPUs with 6800GT @ stock speeds.

HDR Variables

You can change the value of "r_hdrrendering 7" specifed above to any value between 1 and 11 to change the light rays of the HDR. "7" appears to be the optimal setting. However, if you are having performance problems, try changing the setting to "r_hdrrendering 2," which disables most of the light ray effect but gives a large performance increase.

also, these are the default brightness levels, you can adjust them to make the HDR to your liking (default values shown)
r_HDRBrightOffset = "6.000000" (lower value = brighter HDR lighting)
r_HDRBrightThreshold = "3.000000" (lower value = brighter HDR “eye blinding” effect)
r_HDRLevel = "0.600000" (higher value = more light blooming)

If you feel the HDR is a bit oversaturated or too bright, on the main menu, go to:
Options/Video Options, and change "Render Mode" to "Cold."

HDR Movies

No hdr vs. OpenEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fchdr.wmv
note the extreme brightness when I turn on HDR is just it initializing, if you start the game with HDR enabled you don't see that

OpenEXR HDR - Out of the Carrier
pay special attention to the lighting effects when coming out of the darker carrier into the bright sunlight
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fchdr2.wmv
That quick light transition effect is supposed to simulate what happens when you come out of a really dark environment into a really bright one - at first the bright environment will overwhelm you you until your eyes can adjust, that is what the HDR is simulating.

Note the minor chopiness in these movies is from the capture software killing my hd, the game is smooth during gameplay


HDR Screenshots

1280x1024 0xAA/8xAF
Quality w/ default optimizations
hdrrendering value of 7, default HDR variable settings used

"Training" level

NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc1.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc1hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc2.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc2hd.jpg

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Some more from "Carrier" & "Fort"

NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc3.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc3hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc4.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc4hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc5.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc5hd.jpg

Ruined
10-26-04, 01:12 PM
NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc6.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc6hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc7.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc7hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc8.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc8hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc9.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc9hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc10.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc10hd.jpg

Ruined
10-26-04, 01:13 PM
**********

NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc11.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc11hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc12.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc12hd.jpg

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NO HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc13.jpg


SAME IMAGE W/ OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc13hd.jpg

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OPENEXR HDR
http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc14hd.jpg

stncttr908
10-26-04, 02:23 PM
Some areas don't look right with it on.

Mr. Hunt
10-26-04, 02:25 PM
Great job... must have taken you forever but you have some good comparisons there.

stncttr908
10-26-04, 02:32 PM
Great job... must have taken you forever but you have some good comparisons there.Actually he just jacked them all from a [H]ard|OCP thread, unless he made the images himself and posted them there first. ;)

Mr. Hunt
10-26-04, 02:36 PM
Oh... well... you suck then :) j/k

GamerGuyX
10-26-04, 02:44 PM
Actually he just jacked them all from a [H]ard|OCP thread, unless he made the images himself and posted them there first. ;)

Aren't we grumpy.

nVestor
10-26-04, 02:56 PM
Great Job Ruined! :thumbsup:

oh, STICKY Please! :)

v3rninate
10-26-04, 03:47 PM
LoL...nvm this stuff is amazing...GG!

Mr. Hunt
10-26-04, 03:48 PM
r_TexNormalMapCompressed 1 I think.

EDIT: Yup... says it up at the top... I didn't even notice that at first heh :).

Ruined
10-26-04, 03:56 PM
edit

SlamDunk
10-26-04, 04:03 PM
Thanks, Ruined. I've seen you posting this on many forums ;) Really good stuff for us mortals who have crappy old video cards :drooling:

Nice work :clap2:

GlowStick
10-26-04, 04:14 PM
Great guide, KUDOS!

mikedep333
10-26-04, 08:01 PM
Yeah, great guide. Much better than the little comparison that elitebastards has.

Sgt_Pitt
10-26-04, 09:45 PM
excellent work ruined, i think it looks much better with hdr on.

rewt
10-26-04, 11:01 PM
Can someone explain why this doesn't work on FX cards?

wshadow
10-26-04, 11:04 PM
looks sweet, stare outside then inside(very realistic), be great to put in a D&D 1st person game when you are playing drows:P

Omega53
10-26-04, 11:04 PM
Can someone explain why this doesn't work on FX cards?

:lol2:


I think you answered your own question :p

Darkoz
10-26-04, 11:04 PM
Can someone explain why this doesn't work on FX cards?

Because FX cards don't have SM3.0 support.

Omega53
10-26-04, 11:05 PM
Because FX cards don't have SM3.0 support.

Sm3.0 has nothing to do with OpenEXR Hdr Rendering. It has to be supported in hardware and only the 6800 series supports it right now.

rewt
10-26-04, 11:09 PM
Sm3.0 has nothing to do with OpenEXR Hdr Rendering.

Didn't think so.

But doesn't the GeForce6 Clear Sailing demo use HDR? That plays excellent on my FX card.

Omega53
10-26-04, 11:12 PM
But doesn't the GeForce6 Clear Sailing demo use HDR? That plays excellent on my FX card.

No, the only demo that using Open EXR HDR is the timbury demo

rewt
10-26-04, 11:16 PM
Ok thanks Omega

UberRN69
10-26-04, 11:38 PM
Thanks for the tip.... (bud) But HDR is already enabled with all settings placed on their highest... at least on my system.

I have a GeForce 6800GT flashed to an Ultra, Athlon XP 3200+ processor and 1 GB of 3200 DDR RAM. I tried first with the command line extension and without, and saw no difference. My best guess would be that the FarCry 1.3 patch detects the video card and enables on default, assuming of coarse all video settings are on highest (mag) .