Chapter 4. Next-Generation SpeedTree Rendering

Alexander Kharlamov NVIDIA Corporation

Iain Cantlay NVIDIA Corporation

Yury Stepanenko NVIDIA Corporation


SpeedTree is a middleware package from IDV Inc. for rendering real-time trees. A game that uses SpeedTree has great flexibility in choosing how to render SpeedTrees. We discuss several features of the GeForce 8800 that enable high-quality, next-generation extensions to SpeedTree. First, silhouette clipping adds detail to branch and trunk outlines. Next, shadow mapping adds realistic self-shadowing at the level of individual leaves. Additionally, we further refine the lighting with a two-sided-leaf lighting model and high-dynamic-range (HDR) rendering. Finally, multisample antialiasing ...

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