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Offline SirKnightly

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Please note: I'll clean this up in the next 24 hours. These changes need to be grouped (i.e. scripting, FRED, ...) to make this list less overwhelming. --ngld

Change log: (chronologically ordered)

Deprecations:

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Previous 21.2 Release Thread

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Windows (32/64-bit)
Compiled using GitHub Actions on Windows Server 2019 (10.0.17763), Visual Studio Enterprise 2019

64-bit: fs2_open_21_4_0_RC1-builds-x64-SSE2.zip

32-bit: fs2_open_21_4_0_RC1-builds-Win32-SSE2.zip
This one is based on the SSE2 Optimizations from the MSVC Compiler.

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64-bit AVX: fs2_open_21_4_0_RC1-builds-x64-AVX.zip
This one is based on the AVX Optimizations from the MSVC Compiler (fastest build if your CPU supports AVX instructions).


32-bit AVX: fs2_open_21_4_0_RC1-builds-Win32-AVX.zip
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Linux 64-bit
Compiled with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit, GCC 5
fs2_open_21_4_0_RC1-builds-Linux.tar.gz

These builds use a mechanism called AppImage which should allow these builds to run on most Linux distributions. However, we recommend that you compile your own builds which will result in less issues.
Alternatively, if there is a package in your software repository then you should use that. If you are the maintainer of such a package for a distribution then let us know and we will include that here.


OS X
Not available We recently lost access to our Mac CI environment which we usually used for compiling these builds so for the time being, there will be no builds for this OS.

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Offline Antares

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The nebula poof system overhaul on August 3 effectively turns nebulae "off." Is this something that would have to be adjusted on a per-mission basis, or can it be toggled from within FSO?


We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.

 

Offline Cyborg17

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Please post your fs2_open.log file.  Instructions on how to do this can be found in this post.

We want to take a look at your settings because we're having trouble reproducing the issue.

 
The lack of a proper "fogging" effect is almost certainly due to a lack of post processing, can you ensure the make sure you don't have the -no_post_proc flag on (this is a known issue, and it appears the push is to deprecate support for no post proc entirely). Regarding the poof bitmaps themselves, if that's what you were referring to, the MVP poofs have always been very wispy and subtle; the latter picture is largely what I expect to see, and more or less what you should've gotten before, although it doesn't look like there's any at all in your first picture...

I'd be interested to see a direct comparison before and after the change for you, I wasn't able to replicate anything unusual on my end.

 

Offline Antares

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I do play with post-processing turned off, as it makes the game too pretty for my integrated graphics to handle at a reasonable framerate. (For the record, I'm in the market for a newer computer with a better GPU; I'm just waiting for Black Friday to score a good deal.  :P)

However, that never stripped away nebular fog in the past. For comparison, here are the same missions running on the August 1 nightly:




August 1 build debug log
August 3 build debug log
We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.

 

Offline z64555

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If its the case of post-proc being turned off, it's probably related to this: https://github.com/scp-fs2open/fs2open.github.com/issues/2227
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Blergh, no this is a real discrepancy. Gonna take another look at this

 
Antares, can you give this exe a try, and tell if you think it looks closer to the original? Hopefully Discord works well enough for hosting
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/223511391531827200/874436994397274173/fs2_open_21_3_0_x64_AVX-FASTDBG.7z
If you're not sure how to use a custom exe, simply save the exe wherever you like, click the dropdown on the MVPs (or whatever mod youd like to test with) go to FSO Settings, and for the build hit 'Browse' and select this exe, and don't forget to hit save at the bottom of the dialog, and then run it.

I found not 1, not 2, but 3 bugs with the old handling that were subtly "boosting" the look of poofs that were very not obvious, and result in very anemic poofs unless you specifically correct for them.

 

Offline Antares

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That still looks a little thin to me, if that's what you mean by 'wispy and subtle,' but it's definitely closer to the original than the August 3 nightlies and later (although I think Mystery of the Trinity wound up being kind of a crummy test case):


We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.

 
Also, just in case, ensure your nebula detail setting is at max. This value effects the total number of poofs you see where before it didn't. (it used to only make them smaller and closer at lower levels, which as far as I'm aware doesn't actually do anything to performance, but rendering less of them overall does)

 

Offline Antares

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Also, just in case, ensure your nebula detail setting is at max. This value effects the total number of poofs you see where before it didn't. (it used to only make them smaller and closer at lower levels, which as far as I'm aware doesn't actually do anything to performance, but rendering less of them overall does)

Nebula detail is already set to max.

For purposes of comparison, here's Return to Babel.

August 1:



August 3:



Your test build:

We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.

 
The opacity still isn't right, this might take some time to unpack wtf it was doing before. The apparent alpha you'd get out of the old system is different from what you put in, so I either need to get to bottom of why it was happening or just experimentally pick out the output values vs input values.

 
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/223511391531827200/875845996976930866/fs2_open_21_3_0_x64_AVX2-FASTDBG.zip
This build has a few more adjustments, but I took another look at the flags and does appear to the case the rest of way is due to post processing. Could you turn it on at least for a little bit to confirm what poofs look like on your end with it on?

21.2 with post proc:


This build with post proc:


This build without post proc:


 

Offline Antares

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Fog of War.

Post-proc on:



Post-proc off:

We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.

 
Looks pretty similar to 21.2's poofs as well, so this is likely the best I can do for now. It's a shame that they are affected this way, but the fact you can still see ships through the nebula is a much bigger problem imo, but as mentioned it seems there's little appetite among the other coders for maintaining 'no post processing'.

 

Offline z64555

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So what's happening?  are the poofs not being rendered at all, different blend mode? different opacity?

If there's no way around making the poofs appear as they should, would making the distance fog thicker make up for it?
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Well, as you can see, without post processing thick fog isn't going to make a difference either :lol:

 

Offline Antares

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I should note that out of all the missions I've tested, Masks (in Scroll of Antankharzim) has the best-looking nebulae. I don't know if there's any special FREDing involved, but I think it has partly to do with the contrast between the poofs and the background; Masks uses yellow poofs against a comparatively dark background, which really makes them stand out. I've noticed that most (if not all) of the canon FS2 missions use poofs that are the same color as the background, which makes them hard to see and results in the mission area looking very "empty." (Note that this does nothing to solve the problem of ship models being visible through the nebula, but oh well.)

These are from RC2:


We have returned to continue our purification of this galaxy. It is again your turn to be crushed beneath the great force that is the Antaran army. All your petty squabbling with the other beings in this galaxy is meaningless. The Antaran fleet will destroy you all, one by one. You may not surrender. You cannot win. Your only option is death.