>> Is there a problem with using a modelling prog for the IRTC instead
>> of CSG in PoV-Ray, Mike? After all, the IRTC is not
>> PoV-Ray related. I thought that this was a -general- raytracing
>> comp. where any modelling prog and raytracer would be exceptable
>> regardless of the raytracing program used?
> Absolutely not! Some of the best images are done with modelers, and
> sometimes non-pov. The image in question was made with POV, I just
> don't see simply using a modeler as earning a technical merit
> award. Artistic merit? Yes. Top 3? Sure! Technical Merit? No way!
> There's nothing special about it. Unless they've demonstrated-- and
> it doesn't appear they have by looking at the description, which
> was rather terse-- some programming feat in Wings3D, such as some
> sort of customization to create their models, a script, their own
> utilities, an inventive process for creating the image. Anything.
Hmm, I think you are restricted your view to POV too much, where you have to
do everything by entering text. There are many other programs (like Wings,
Blender, 3D Studio) where you can achieve great, technically brilliant works
by not entering a single line of code or script. If someone had modelled a
very complex item in *any* program I would give them high technical merit.
It's all about using the right tool for the job, POV SDL is great for some
things (eg repeated geometric structures) but totally the wrong tool for
others (eg a car).
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