FMEE Space Info

Hello and thanks for your interest in, or purchase of, Easy Environments: Space.
At it`s core it`s very easy to work with. Load a starfield, load a Planet you like, render away.

I`ll focus on some version specific infos here, especially on Iray.

Iray Version:
The two main topics here are render-speed and Iray not cleaning up your render properly. The third topic is starfield-rotation.

Iray Render-Speed:
The speed can vary a lot. Sometimes it will take 5 seconds, other times 15 minutes.
Within the set itself, the only slow part is the sun. The rays/glow just take a while to clean up. If the sun isn`t visible in your frame it has no effect on speed.
The other thing are objects you might add to the scene, like e.g. a spaceship.
If the object is well lit by the sunlight, the scene will render very fast.
If the object is framed against the sunlight, Iray will be slow and can take 10-20 minutes to look clean.

Iray Renders not cleaning up / finishing too early:
In case you run into this issue the solution is to disable “Rendering Quality” and stopping the render manually when it looks fine.
The reason for this issue seems to be Iray taking into account the size and render-demand of all objects in a scene.
E.g. the planet-billboards in this set are pretty big and have very little render-demand because they emit their own light.
In comparison the object you added is likely rather small, so Iray apparently thinks it`s not worth spending much time with.
I noticed this issue first time when I scaled up a planet to fill almost the whole screenspace, – the bigger I scaled it the quicker Iray stopped rendering. Even high quality settings wouldn`t work, so disabling “Render Quality” seems to be the best way to handle those situations right now.

Iray Starfields:
Unlike on the “Earth” set, the Iray starfields on “Space” are delivered as Render-Settings presets, like you are used to it from most HDRI sets. I changed this in reaction to both issues above, the “Earth” set will also receive an update adding Render-Settings starfields.

So, in order to rotate the starfields you have to go to “Dome Orientation XYZ” under Render-Settings/Environment.
The Y-axis rotates along the horizon, the Z-axis will tilt the starfield if you look towards the default planet position.
It is absolutely worth toying with this on the Nebula starfields, you`ll get lots of different looks.

Poser Info:
Since Poser doesn`t allow to parent lighting to an object you have to load the lighting separately.
This is not new to Poser users, but here you`ll want to make sure you load the right lighting for the right planet-image.
I tried to make this as easy as possible through naming. If you load a planet named “…SA70” you`ll want to load the lighting set ending with “…SA70” as well. Loaded objects in the scene are named accordingly as well.
Note: Lighting only affects additional objects you load into the scene, it does nothing on the stars, earth, etc..
So if you don`t add any objects you can simply forget about lighting. 😉

3Delight Info:
I don`t feel this needs any extra info, the 3Delight version is the most easy one to use and the fastest one to render. Cheers! 🙂

General info:
This set is built in a very similar fashion to “Easy Environments: Earth”, so all the general info applies to both sets.
For additional info please check out: Easy Environments: Earth Info Page

or take a look at the demo video:
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