New time-lapse samples coming soon + test animation

In case you missed it the other week, free HDRI time-lapse samples were made available to download by signing up here.

Since releasing these day length samples, I’ve decided that they probably weren’t the best choice, as the super fast cloud motion means there is some fairly intense flickering visible unless you make some adjustments. So be on the look out in the next newsletter/blog post for a second time-lapse sample, which will feature slower cloud movement and a more general-use sky. Probably the afternoon>night sky (see below for a test animation I did with it). I’m planning on writing a quick post on the flickering effect soon, so that people know what they’re getting themselves in for if they want to use the day-length ones.

If you downloaded the day-length samples and had a go, I’d love to know how you went, any feedback, or if you wrestled with the flickering I’m keen to know how you handled it. I’m planning on writing a quick post on flickering soon, so that people know what they’re getting themselves in for if they want to use the day-length ones in particular. To nudge you in the right direction though – look into one or a combination of: gamma adjustments, clamping the sun and adding an artificial one, tone mapping and maybe even auto exposure adjustments (shutter speed) and deflickering software/plugins.

Here’s the 480p time-lapse test render I did in Blender Octane using one of the latest HDRI time-lapses (afternoon to night time), featuring an abandoned apartment complex:

Keep your eyes peeled for a release date announcement for the time-lapse skies soon! I have completed 5 now so I’m just putting some finishing touches on them, and getting everything else ready. Can’t wait to get them into your hands!

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