Why visual effects artists love this shiny ball

22-Yan, 2021
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A chrome ball is a key visual effects tool.
How do visual effects artists match their digital creations to real light? Sometimes, it involves using a very shiny ball.
Leo Bovell of Tryptyc has worked on a range of visual effects projects, but one of his most memorable experiences might be shooting in the Lincoln Memorial for an episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” His task? Replace the real Lincoln with a completely digital - and destroyed - version. To do it, he used an industry-standard HDRI map of the light in the scene.
HDRIs - high dynamic range images - mesh together different pictures to create a complete depiction of the light in a real scene. After that, it’s a matter of teaching a computer to cast that light onto digital objects. This technique is used for everything from creating entire scenes to providing key references for artists.
Watch the above video to learn more.
Further Reading:
Paul Debevec is a visual effects pioneer for a wide range of projects, including creating the first digital portrait of the president of the United States. His work in HDRIs was equally groundbreaking, and he catalogs it and other work on his personal website.
Large libraries of these digital scenes make it possible to simulate a wide range of environments. HDRI Haven provides more than a few worlds to explore.
You can see more of Leo's work at his company's website:
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  • In the sample images shown starting at 2:12, he illustrates the low-light definition allowed by HDR by first circling a shadowed area in the trees on the non-HDR version, then, in the image with HDR toning, showing a section of the trees in which you *can* see detail. But they're different parts of the image, a separate section of trees. My conclusion: this is a conspiracy, HDR doesn't exist.

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  • Good physically based shaders with the right amount of fresnel for any material (and the rest of course) is what is the trick and make it so the virtual light interactions do ressemble the filmed scene, of course. Yeah, I understood HDRI was important when I learned 3D just for fun, years ago, when it was only new, also.

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  • "A key to making virtual objects look real" _Proceeds to show the fakest looking VFX text I've ever seen_

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  • Great video. Still no idea what role the chrome ball plays tho. I think I took a wrong turn a little while back..

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