Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lobby Cam - opening March 29th, 2015



Lobby Cam has a hud.. so be sure to get it from the start and wear.

     Opening on Sunday is my new immersive artwork called "Lobby Cam".  This work, as with previous creations, might challenge some computers.  With Caer Balogh, we have tested the region for lag and it is fine for most mid range computers.  In the story is a giant wheat field that blows in the SL wind like waves in the ocean.  It has long been a dream of mine to build such a field and it is quite beautiful I think, but it has a lot of alpha which makes your computer have to calculate what it should be able to see on the other side of the alpha.  We have tested with alpha blending and alpha masking and in the end it is as efficient as a massive field of this sort can be.

A few things that can help.

The region has no water.. so you can turn water reflections down to "minimal" and water
transparency to off.  Just click ctrl and P together to bring up your preferences page.. then from there   (the graphics tab) take the check mark off of transparent water and advanced lighting model.

There is another thing you might  need to do, that is to ensure the windlight has changed for you.    Click "world" at top of your screen then pick "environment editor" then pick "environment settings" and from there click "Always use parcel/ region settings".  Even when you have this on it sometimes windlight doesn't change.  So a good way to encourage it to is by clicking "world" then "region details" which you can then close without changing anything.  All that does it remind it to check if the windlight has been changed.

I will cap the avatar limit on the sim to something fairly small so that lag is not an issue, but for those of you with older computers there is another option.  There is a service called SL Go which pre renders what you see then sends it to you.  I think that is how it works anyway.  This lets even computers, run by busy hamsters on wheels, see the build at ultra settings with no lag.  SL Go offeres a free 7 day trial and I cant think of a better time to use a free trial.  So that is an option too, but as I said most don't feel lag but this is an option if you do.

SL Go https://slgo.onlive.com/

I hope you will enjoy the artwork, see you on Sunday.
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