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Old 04 April 2013   #46

Originally Posted by lionhart: Thanks Thorsten! Downloaded.

I am going to test this in my Max 2012 installation and see if it works.

EDIT: Does not appear to work in Max 2012, 32 or 64bit versions.

@lionhart: I have installed the shaders in 3dsmax Design 2012.

Extracted the appropriate .dll to ... C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max Design 2012\mentalimages\shaders_autoload\mentalray\shade rs

Extracted both the .mi and .h files from the package to ... C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max Design 2012\mentalimages\shaders_autoload\mentalray\inclu de

As you can notice there is no NVIDIA in the paths.

Also did some test renders using hot chip/ Thorsten’s .mi shaders like car paint and architectural. I had a problem with mental camera shader output (hot pixels) so I set it to none.

This all sounds good…but when scrolling down through either the compact or slate material thumbnail previews and as soon as it reached the thumb preview for mila adapter… 3dsmax Design 2012 crashed hard due to reasons unknown. Working on trying to figure it/this out…
Old 05 May 2013   #47
Hi Guys,

i have Update my TH-Mila Material Pack build 20130507.

can you download from here:

Render Optimizer V3 with all MILA String Options is updated and can you download here:

have fun!

hot chip
Old 05 May 2013   #48
thank you Thorsten


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Old 05 May 2013   #49
Hi Guys,

Sorry i have found two Bugs in Render Optimizer V3, "AO Distance" and "visible area lights" is fixed. Second i have added the option "mila clamp output", that helps to eliminate Overbright Pixel.

please download again Render Optimizer V3.

hot chip
Old 05 May 2013   #50
Find an example using MILA here:
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Old 05 May 2013   #51
Hi Guys,

This is my first projekt with MILA. At beginning was it only a test, know it is commercial.

here two Renderings...

A&D with FG (not IBL):

MILA with IBL (mr Daylightsystem with physical Sun = on, not the autodesk Sun Fake):

No Reflection + Refraction + Scatter + AO Samples... only global Quality Values. I love MILA

hot chip
Old 05 May 2013   #52
Very nice stuff from The Mill as always. As I've already posted on the elementalray blog, I can't tell which trains are for real and which are CG

Thorsten, that's a nice comparison between the old workflow and the new one inside MR. What were the render times?
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Old 05 May 2013   #53
Hi Rockin,

the A&D with FG image need 35 Minutes. (only fly true animation with the camera). The Scene was optimized with Shader Utilities and Render Optimizer and lot of knowlegde.

the MILA with IBL image need 1 hours. ( you can animate objects too). The Scene was optimized only with Render Optimizer (Unified Sampling and MILA Options). But i must say, i have at this time not the perfect values, i must do more test. Very good is... i can´t believe it... no Overbright Pixels and no NaN Error with IBL in 32 Bit Mode.

PS: it is all BETA. The current MILA build have a Shadow Bug with transparency. To fix this problem, i go to object properties and set "casting shadows"=off.

hot chip

Last edited by thorsten hartmann : 05 May 2013 at 12:16 PM.
Old 05 May 2013   #54
By "only fly true animation with the camera" do you mean that you have a precomputed FG map?

Thanks for the insight! While it's true there are some issues, the MILA shaders seem to be powerful and also well suited for IBL and unified sampling workflows.
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Old 05 May 2013   #55
Can you share that scene of the house? (or any other exterior scene you have in MR) I want to give iRay a go at it to compare the results.
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Old 05 May 2013   #56
Hi Rockin,

Tee FG Map is precomputed. by both A&D + MILA, but with IBL can you animate Objects, because the FG Setting for calculate per frame is very low without flickering.

Hi Jonadb,

sorry it is a commercial project, i can´t give the screne for the community.

hot chip

Last edited by thorsten hartmann : 05 May 2013 at 02:03 PM.
Old 05 May 2013   #57
Hi Girls (i am learning) + Guys,

i am write on a MILA- Pro Materials. I like the Shaders and need it to my daily work. I start with Metal + Plastic/Vinyl. Please donwload the newest MILA-Materials Paket from here:

have fun!

hot chip

Last edited by thorsten hartmann : 05 May 2013 at 11:44 AM.
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