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Old 10-26-04, 02:12 PM   #1
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Arrow FarCry 1.3 HDR Guide, Screenshots, and Movies

new farcry 1.3 patch w/ OpenEXR HDR lighting:
http://files.filefront.com/3673678;/...ial%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
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Default Re: FarCry 1.3 OpenEXR HDR guide, screenshots, & movies (56k warning)

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
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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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http://www.nvnews.net/temp/fc/fc14hd.jpg
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Some areas don't look right with it on.
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Great job... must have taken you forever but you have some good comparisons there.
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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.
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Oh... well... you suck then j/k
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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.
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Great Job Ruined!

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LoL...nvm this stuff is amazing...GG!
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r_TexNormalMapCompressed 1 I think.

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