This page describes the Filter Generator for Lens Effects.

 

Page Contents

 

Overview


The Filter Generator is a simple tool for composing filters (HDR images in *.hdr format). It is specially designed to produce filters for the  Lens Effects render effect.

 

 

 


 

UI Path: Start Menu > Programs > Chaos Group > V-Ray for Maya > Tools > Lens effects

 

 

Installation


By default, the installation of V-Ray for Maya installs the filter generator in the folder  [Program Files]\Chaos Group\V-Ray\Maya 20xx for x64\bin. You can start the utility with the UI Path shown above.

Windows: start the filter_generator executable from C:\Program Files\Chaos Group\V-Ray\Maya nnnn for x64\bin\
Linux: start the filter_generator executable from /usr/ChaosGroup/V-Ray/Mayannnn-x64/bin/
Mac OS X: start the filter_generator executable from /Applications/ChaosGroup/V-Ray/Mayannnn/

Note: nnnn is the Maya version.

 

Usage


 

 

The Filter generator is easy to use. It's workspace is divided into two panels separated with horizontal line. In the upper panel there are four tabs (Radially symmetric pattern, Corona Flare Lines Pattern, Special Flare Lines Pattern, Lenticular Halo), where you compose the different components of your filter. In every tab, you can change the parameters in the right side of the upper panel and instantly see the result in the left side of the upper panel. You can always see the result of the mix of all these components in the left side of the lower panel while all the controls related to mixing are in the right side of this panel. Once you are ready with your mix you can save it in *.hdr format by pressing File > Export HDR Ctrl+E.

You can also easily save your own presets in *.txt files by pressing File > Save Preset Ctrl+S  and loading them using File > Open Preset Ctrl+O.