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From what I’ve seen the percieved ammount of smoke, and how long it will linger depends on many factors (I imagine wind, altitude perhaps, maybe humidity). I think the longer in your screenshots there looks nice.

 

could you comment which lines and values changes what?

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I think there's update scheduled today so I'll release new version after checking for compatibility.  But will include comment in the file for further adjustment.

 

@flanker1 I'm not sure what you mean.  My used mods?  Or do you mean list everything that's modded in this mod?

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1 hour ago, Taz1004 said:

I think there's update scheduled today so I'll release new version after checking for compatibility.  But will include comment in the file for further adjustment.

 

@flanker1 I'm not sure what you mean.  My used mods?  Or do you mean list everything that's modded in this mod?

hello taz, a list off all related mods you are using to get the results from your screenshot, ground mod, trees, etc would be gerat! 

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Updated to V9

 

Gun Smoke:  Larger, thicker, and longer gun smoke.  Will likely affect all guns. (IC Safe)

If you want to tweak the gun smoke further, I included comments in: \Bazar\shaders\ParticleSystem2\gunSmoke.fx  Search for Taz1004.

BetterSmoke_v9_01.jpg

 

 

Smoke Texture:  Softened the texture to remove blotchy spots in the smoke.  And removed repeated patterns in the mask. (Single Player Version Only)

BetterSmoke_v9_02.jpg

 


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FWIW, I had trouble downloading the files and found out that it worked if I removed the "www." prefix.

May be just me, but just in case :
 

Single player: Better Smoke V9 SP

 

Multi player: Better Smoke V9 MP

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Just come across this mod for "better rain" 😉

 

It looks very good IMHO

 

 

It replaces the rain.hlsl in your mod Taz , I'm guessing there should be no detrimental effect to the function of "Better Smoke"? I just enabled the rain mod last and overwrote rain.hlsl and stuff seems to still work (limited testing).


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On 1/27/2021 at 3:06 PM, Taz1004 said:

Updated to V9

 

Gun Smoke:  Larger, thicker, and longer gun smoke.  Will likely affect all guns. (IC Safe)

If you want to tweak the gun smoke further, I included comments in: \Bazar\shaders\ParticleSystem2\gunSmoke.fx  Search for Taz1004.

BetterSmoke_v9_01.jpg

 

 

Smoke Texture:  Softened the texture to remove blotchy spots in the smoke.  And removed repeated patterns in the mask. (Single Player Version Only)

BetterSmoke_v9_02.jpg

 

 

 

 

Taz,

 

Why the 2 versions if i may ask?

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Probably...

 

SP = Single Player

MP = MultiPlayer

 

The difference is there are less changes in the Multiplayer files to not trigger the Integrity Check for Multiplayer servers that require it.


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Really enjoying this great smoke mod!

 

One question I have though: which is the value to adjust so that I can change the height of the smoke trails? Or the altitude AGL that the smoke dissipates?  I was just flying over Florida IRL this week and saw many fires where the smoke rose several thousand feet into the air before dissipating. I would like to be able to adjust this value to try and get smoke to rise very high into the sky to mimic real life fires.

 

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58 minutes ago, dresoccer4 said:

Really enjoying this great smoke mod!

 

One question I have though: which is the value to adjust so that I can change the height of the smoke trails? Or the altitude AGL that the smoke dissipates?  I was just flying over Florida IRL this week and saw many fires where the smoke rose several thousand feet into the air before dissipating. I would like to be able to adjust this value to try and get smoke to rise very high into the sky to mimic real life fires.

 

Thank you!

 

smokeLifeC will make them last longer so give more time to move up higher.  Or Y velocity will make it move up faster reaching higher.

 

But once again, transparency is the most performance hungry feature in any game engine.  Bigger, higher, more, and longer means more draw calls.  And worse if you have transparency on top of transparency.  If the smoke covers small 100x100 pixel area in the distance, multiple draw call for that small area isn't a big deal.  But if it covers half of your screen, it will hurt fps.  You can see the impact if you try flying through the smoke.


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3 minutes ago, Taz1004 said:

 

smokeLifeC will make them last longer so give more time to move up higher.  Or Y velocity will make it move up faster reaching higher.

 

But once again, transparency is the most performance hungry feature in any game engine.  Bigger, higher, more, and longer means more draw calls.  And worse if you have transparency on top of transparency.  If the smoke covers small 100x100 pixel area in the distance, multiple draw call for that small area isn't a big deal.  But if it covers half of your screen, it will hurt fps.  You can see the impact if you try flying through the smoke.

 

 

i'm not worried about performance, I just want to get the smoke to rise high into the sky as to look maximum realistic. looking in your file FireVehicle.lua, smokeLifeC is currently 4

 

local smokeLifeC = 4

 

Is that in minutes or seconds? If I want the smoke to rise twice as high would I put:

 

local smokeLifeC = 8

 

I don't see a " Y velocity" field, but I do see many other velocity variables (with many inputs) that I don't understand. 

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25 minutes ago, Taz1004 said:

smokeLifeC is multiplier.

 

Values in velocity are in (X, Y, Z)

 

Thanks for the tips. I changed smokeLifeC to 12 and it definitely goes higher into the sky. Though it looks like it may spread out too much near the top, as you can see each smoke "texture" spinning clearly. 

 

1-SMOKE.jpg

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1 hour ago, dresoccer4 said:

 

Thanks for the tips. I changed smokeLifeC to 12 and it definitely goes higher into the sky. Though it looks like it may spread out too much near the top, as you can see each smoke "texture" spinning clearly. 

 

1-SMOKE.jpg

 

You'll need to increase number to compensate.  But that's more complicated as it's setup to transition between smoke types.  You can try increasing lifetime multiplier.

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This really needs to be incorporated into the standard game - looks awesome! Thanks for this mod.

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On 1/27/2021 at 4:16 PM, Taz1004 said:

 

Barthek Caucasus

My Tree Dark Low

Standard VR Shader mod with parts of Mustang's tonemap adjustment merged.

And of course Better Smoke

 

Those are the only visual mods.

 

Have not installed any mods before, but your "Better Smoke"-mod looked so good that I had to try.

 

Installed OVGME: https://wiki.hoggitworld.com/view/OVGME

Actually very simple and great mod manager.

 

Installed the following mods in this order.

  1. Barthek Caucasus
  2. My Tree Dark Low
  3. Better Smoke
  4. Reshade mod

Any warnings that file(s) exist from before, I chose just to the option in OVGME to overwrite.

 

All mods work great and DCS is so much better looking.

 

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Sometimes it's fun to set your graphics settings to "slideshow" for taking screenshots of skins you've worked really hard on. I'd love to see an alternate GPU melter config just for taking screenshots, wallpapers, loading screens, etc.

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Mod is awesome, it just looks amazing, but I have I question.

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Whats with the ring of dust smoke around unit when it dies? Its not there in vanilla and i think it looks a bit silly when in tank on tank engagement. In vanilla tank simply takes on fire and start burning while, with mod it takes fire and "explodes" with dust smoke around it. I think dust smoke should appear when unit actually explodes and turns into wreak. 


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