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Post by Knarfe » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:21 am

On youtube I saw some new and incredible explosion-effects (much more details and fps) but I can´t find a download file for them.

Can you help?

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Post by Ace Antilles » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:54 am

If you check the person who made the video you will find those are not made by the XWAU.
They are another persons mod who has yet to release them
All the XWAU stuff is included in one download and Update.
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Post by Knarfe » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:14 am

Oh, I thought the modder was part of your team.

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Post by Knarfe » Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:18 pm

Well, who is making this mod?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxAJa1zKS0o

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Post by MechDonald » Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:41 pm

Hi there,

i have made some new explosion animations and would like to provide it to XWAU as an enhancement of the entire mod, if you like.

Here are some Video samples of it in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxAJa1zKS0o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYsaT5dWuBM

I try to enhance it a bit. But it seems there are some oddities to fight with.

First: there is an initial fire-animation wich has nothing to do with my editings. It is much too large in some occassions. I tried to find this image or animation but couldn't find it. Sure, the animations looks good also with it. But i would like it better if i could change it a little bit.

Second. In some cases, the animation is interupted by a blank picture. It's not that often. I think it has to do with some sort of engine limitation. I played arround with filesizes and animation lengths. But no luck in this regard.

So, if you like my animations, i would provide it as an enhancement to your mod. :)

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Post by Oldcode » Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:03 pm

Those explosions look very cool! Nice job. :D

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Post by MechDonald » Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:08 pm

Thanks. :)

I found the explosion effect i mentioned here:
MechDonald wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:41 pm
First: there is an initial fire-animation wich has nothing to do with my editings. It is much too large in some occassions. I tried to find this image or animation but couldn't find it. Sure, the animations looks good also with it. But i would like it better if i could change it a little bit.
It is found in this thread, Post by blue max.

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=13003#p175352

It's exactly this animaton i cannot find to edit. Can someone help me to tell where it is stored? I could work further to enhance the animations. Thank you.

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Post by Forceflow » Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:07 pm

This is looking really cool, great work!
@blue_max can you help in regards of the missing animation?
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Post by blue_max » Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:13 pm

@MechDonald: These explosions are procedurally-generated, that's why you won't find them in any external file.

To disable them, go to XWA\Materials and open the files dat-2000.mat through dat-2006.mat and set:

ExplosionBlendMode = 0

in all of them.

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Post by MechDonald » Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:10 pm

blue_max wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:13 pm
@MechDonald: These explosions are procedurally-generated, that's why you won't find them in any external file.

To disable them, go to XWA\Materials and open the files dat-2000.mat through dat-2006.mat and set:

ExplosionBlendMode = 0

in all of them.
YES! Thank you very much for this information!! :)

I never had thought of procedural generated effects for this game. I'll see what i can achive furthermore. Thanks a lot for helping me! :god:

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Post by MechDonald » Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:39 pm

Here is my third attempt, now without procedurally generated init-fire-effect. I think it's better, more movie-like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMdPJwuzD0M

@XWAU-Team

If you like these animations, i would like to see these in your Upgrade Project as an official addition. Just let me know. Thank you! :)

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Post by Gringlas » Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:04 pm

Looking awesome. Much smoother than the original ones.
I'm back ^^

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Post by highorph » Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:22 pm

@MechDonald

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Post by Knarfe » Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:19 am

@MechDonald: Good job so far!! I hope your work can be part of the next XWUA update

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Post by DTM » Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:00 am

@MechDonald You did an extraordinary job with your explosions. We would like to take a closer look at them. Please contact the XWAU team members using private message and to send us the preliminary files. I will be temporarily offline for a few weeks, so better contact @Forceflow, @Ace Antilles, @Vince T @blue_max
Thank you!

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Post by MechDonald » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:39 am

Knarfe wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:19 am
@MechDonald: Good job so far!! I hope your work can be part of the next XWUA update
That would be cool. So everyone can benefit from better looking explosions.
DTM wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:00 am
@MechDonald You did an extraordinary job with your explosions. We would like to take a closer look at them. Please contact the XWAU team members using private message and to send us the preliminary files. I will be temporarily offline for a few weeks, so better contact @Forceflow, @Ace Antilles, @Vince T @blue_max
Thank you!
Thank you for responding!

I'll do so and contact them via PM. /edit: done. :)

Next step is to enhance the final starship-explosion. The current one is quite nice. But maybe i can make it a little bit more detailed and longer lasting to disguise the appearence of these large debris.

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Post by MechDonald » Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:19 pm

A small update on big explosion animation for starships and containers, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0O7uWnwvs4

:)

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Post by Ace Antilles » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:07 pm

Looks very nice. Maybe sometime you could do a small comparison video between yours and the current XWAU versions?
Keep up the good work :)
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Post by MechDonald » Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:30 am

Ace Antilles wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:07 pm
Looks very nice. Maybe sometime you could do a small comparison video between yours and the current XWAU versions?
Keep up the good work :)
Hey,

i deleted the short vids and replaced idt with a comparison video showcasing the differences of the current standard explosions and the new ones i made. I hope that will help a little to notice the differences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb_HcyTF6aU

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Post by Ace Antilles » Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:42 pm

MechDonald wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:30 am
Ace Antilles wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:07 pm
Looks very nice. Maybe sometime you could do a small comparison video between yours and the current XWAU versions?
Keep up the good work :)
Hey,

i deleted the short vids and replaced idt with a comparison video showcasing the differences of the current standard explosions and the new ones i made. I hope that will help a little to notice the differences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb_HcyTF6aU
Nice comparison :) I could see the differences before but this makes it much clearer
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Post by MechDonald » Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:18 pm

Thanks. I work on the standard-explosions a little bit further to make them a bit more movie-like.

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Post by MechDonald » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:37 pm

A small update to the explosion effects. I added an initial flash frame to give them a slightly dazzling effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXFUGfQGhxQ

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Post by Ace Antilles » Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:37 am

That's a cool idea. Not sure if I like it or not lol
Great improvements all round anyway :)
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Post by MechDonald » Tue Aug 03, 2021 4:44 pm

Ace Antilles wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:37 am
That's a cool idea. Not sure if I like it or not lol
Great improvements all round anyway :)

Thank you. :)

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Post by haui » Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:20 am

Looks really great, i like it
and want it :-)
It's better to burn out than to fade away .

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