I was wondering if anyone here knew a good method of creating alpha mapped planar trails much like what you would see in games like Soul Calibur.
Here’s an illustration if you dont know what I mean:
The red trail left behind by the sword is a good example.
My goal is to create fireflies that have a similar trail effect, but the trail should be one continuous flow that creates polygons depending on the direction of the firefly and removes them after a certain period of time. Is there any way to create something like this?
Any help at all would be appreciated very much. Thanks for reading
I think he wants the track to, so they will always face the camera. This can be solved by making the planes have a face with “halo” or “billboard” (im not sure which one). Although you may need to play around with the object, so it faces the camera at the right angle!
As for the trail effect, I remember seeing a thread about this quite a while ago, I will try to see if I can find it again…
facemania: That’s exactly what I was looking for but unfortunately wiseman303’s example is now offline.
Does anyone have a copy of it? If you do, you can save my day by sending it to me = )
Edit: I’ll pm him and see if he still has it. I hope he still checks his pm’s…
If anyone else comes up with a similar script please let me know.
Don’t forget to pack textures
That method can work, but if the object starts moving too fast, the trail will start having gaps. Another problem with it, is that the planes overlap each other, which can cause the trail to be brighter in some areas, and darker in others, which does not look very nice :no:
So reduce the speed of which the trail is added? nope! That will cause even more gaps to be made!
I doubt it, since when you play the game, there is a constant trail. :no:
That method won’t work either, since then there won’t be much of a trail, just a plane sticking out of the back of the object (no curve at all either!). Unless I’m misunderstanding you’re idea
Alright, no problem, I hope you find the file/script, and if you do, please post it! I would probably want to use it sometime too. Good luck!
Well to be fair, I think you did a good job, the texture makes a big difference!
Although I do notice some gaps created when it moves too fast, but for the most part its pretty good. There is also the increased brightness, when it isn’t moving as fast aswell. I think venom is trying to achieve a constant color, and contrast, but I suppose this is the easiest method.
Wow, I haven’t been here in a while. Hello everyone
Well, when facemania found me on IRC and asked about that weapon trail demo, it reminded me of something I’d been meaning to improve on it.
The script in WeaponTrails1 adds a new segment to the start of the list and deletes the segment at the end every frame. The problem with that is you get a different length of trail depending on the framerate.
This one uses a timer. A new segment is added to the beginning and one deleted from the end 20 times a second (adjustable by changing the freq variable) . The list is also one segment longer so the end of the trail can be interpolated between the last two segments.
The Results of all that: Approximately the same length of trail at any framerate, and smooth motion of the beginning and end of the trail.