View Full Version : Dispersion in MR?

12 December 2011, 10:15 AM
Does anyone know of a half-decent way to create dispersion, or chromatic abberation in refractions in mental ray that does not involve the old "render the R, G, and B channels separately with different IOR" workaround?

12 December 2011, 06:04 PM
i often use cheats to get nice RGB aberation in my refraction.

In 3D
- you can remap a facing ratio into a color ramp by using repetitive RGB gradiant
- then you plug your ramp in the color transparancy of your shaders
- or if you already have a texture you blend your texture and your RGB ramp.

- you can also make some dirty painted RGB aberation in your env map to get the same Fx

In 2D
- you can outpout your pass separatly with render pass
- in nuke you take your refraction pass
- you make a shuffle of your RGB channel
- you make a slight transform masked + very soft glow on each channel
- and you recompose them

like the frischluft box blur

for photorealistic and physically correct stuff you can check this, its very informative

but forget this setup for animation purpose , it is slow as hell ...

hope it helps !


12 December 2011, 08:07 PM
You can also use the bokeh lens shader and plug what would look like a 3 colored venn diagram into the texture slot. You can obviously use a different texture, but that is the one I like best.

After a quick google search:

12 December 2011, 06:08 AM
One of the reasons Zap's technique is slow is because laying shaders forces the evaluation of all shaders. (Layer 4 together, go through 4 shader functions with light loops, etc.)

Something like the layered approach in the newer iRay BSDF models will avoid this problem by running all the layers as one importance sampled shader.

I have not tried this with iRay yet, not sure how well exposed this is in Max (it has the newer iRay libraries.)

12 December 2011, 02:47 PM
Thanks for your answers guys. I was looking for a more or less physically correct solution, but I guess separate R,G and B channels renders are as close as we get at this point. :/

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