Two new current “state of build” videos of my Isle of Man Mountain Course for GPL.
A.I. running in 36 fps mode captured at 60 fps. Single player runs better using the 60 fps patch.
One video shows the in car cockpit view and the other TV1 views. They are of the same replay
following three Shaky Islanders and a sculler; Gentlemen drivers from 1967; Denny, Chris, Bruce and Graham.
The build is about 95% complete out to Sulby. After that there are mostly temporary “placeholder” foliage
and track side objects. The buildings have not been placed properly nor their textures hue / contrast
etc. balanced. Asphalt textures will be placed properly at the end. Still lots of clipping to fix.
Of late I have been working on the Mountain sections, fine tuning the AI and doing a functional set
of camera files. [ Please see the note below for more information on the Cams ].
I have always been reluctant to show unfinished work, because its hard for viewers to envision the
final outcome, however on this occasion, with a commercial bike sim of the IOM MC about due, I thought
there may be some renewed interest in my progress to date, warts and all!
BTW; I have seen some images and footage of that commercial sim and I am impressed with the graphic
detail and the apparent accuracy of that work. Lighting a little too contrasty in places, but that's a matter of taste
and perhaps the reviewer's capture/ monitor settings.
Clearly as a sole builder in a 20 year old sim, I
can't compete with DX11 Graphics, a team of professional builders and their sophisticated construction
tools, but I don’t mind at all.
The more versions of this Course; using original work; the better in my view.
Here is a link. Worth a look in my view. https://www.youtube....3&v=lx7208Xpeqg
I am content with the level of graphic harmony I have been able to achieve in my own DX7 build of the
Mountain Course; certainly its necessarily a very different look to the modern DX11 stuff.
Also entirely comfortable with the realism of my track surface and routing. The low camera views in my
TV Cam video show the detail of track undulations quite well.
That’s all from me for a while.
Enjoy a virtual drive with Denny and friends, if you wish.
All the best
Note on Cameras TV1 / TV2
I found after weeks of trial and error that “panning / zooming” cameras dont work well on much of this Course,
because of all the close to track objects and track complexity. Using those type of cameras close to the track
edges was very tiring to watch for a full lap.
I have used them on the Mountain section, but mostly stuck with fixed cams elsewhere as these give a very good
[ and realistic ] sense of speed; of the type you get actually spectating at the IOM in real life.
Panning cameras also tended to cause screen freezes due to the very complex underlying track structure.
I could eliminate these on my system but couldn't guarantee this wouldn't be an issue on slower systems.
One set of cameras should be enough, so TV2 cams will probably not be made functional.
My Videos here soon:
TV1 Video https://youtu.be/M6K3tL-xyhI
In Car Video https://youtu.be/w8R5nLbYkTY
Edited by Jim Pearson, Mar 03 2018 - 08:44 AM.