First things first: I’m a die-hard Poser user, and have been since about 2005. Poser is where my workflow starts; where I set up my characters, poses, materials and sets. Ever since I stumbled across Carrara 4’s rendering engine in 2006, however, and I saw what render engines other than Firefly were capable of, I have tended to use just about anything else for rendering.
When I got hold of Poser Pro a few years ago, though, I saw some real improvements in the Firefly render engine, and have spent quite some time getting to know it better. Here’s a render I was playing with this week in Poser. I lit it with a fairly standard 3 point light setup, with an additional point light on the face, and rendered at around 1500px / 300dpi.
3 hrs later, voila!
I love the improvements that have been made to SSS and DoF in Poser in the last few iterations, and I was really pleased with it for a while. Since it was going well, I thought I’d up the res to 2500px width, and increase the pixel samples for a more refined finish.
Poser crashed every time I tried to render it. 😦
I then decided to plonk it into Vue and see what it came out with. It took a comparable amount of time, and was rendered at a similar resolution to my first Poser render, and this was the result.
It makes my Poser render look like a photo of a plastic doll.
So I updated him a little, gave him some more clothes (shame!), sorted out the DoF and rendered him out in Vue at around 2700px width. It came in at just over 3.5 hours and I’m quite happy with it now. 🙂
I’ve used some special Vue eye MATs that replace the standard Poser ones, and they’ve ended up reflecting the blue and red spots I used to light him! I quite like how they came out though.
So, a question to Poser users – do you render in Poser, or something else?