QuickDOF: User Guide

by Jean-Baptiste PERIN



QuickDOF




QuickDOF is a script that allow you to quickly get a DOF effect with Blender ..
This script rely on the principle exposed in the blender documentation and which is usually called as the "Drunk Camera" method.





HOW TO GET A DEMO  ?

Dowload demo_DOF.blend and open it.
Press F12 to get an image without DOF effect.
With you mouse on the Text Editor window, press Alt-P
A gui is displayed and an Empty named "Focus" is then created that your camera is now tracking (try to grab it to make sure it works)
Grab it up to the sphere the middle (G - Y and move your mouse until Focus is close from sphere at the middle). Leave parameter unchanged and click on "Render Frame".
Blender is going to render 5 times the same image with slight difference each time (motion blur is acting)
When finished, you should have the same image  with DOF effect.




Without DOF With DOF
withoutDOF withDOF




HOW TO INSTALL THIS SCRIPT ?

Copy QuickDOF.py file into the ".blender/scripts" directory of your Blender installation.
In a Script window, go to the "Script" menu entry and perform an "Update Script"
Now, still in a Script window, go to Menu "Script->Render".
You should see a "QuickDOF" entry.


HOW TO USE THIS SCRIPT ?

Select a camera (RMB click on it)

If script is not installed:,
If script is installed,

Once the script is started:
TO BE FINISHED ...


CAN I USE THIS SCRIPT FOR ANIMATION ?

Animate the empty .. TO BE FINISHED ...


KNOWN ISSUES AND FUTUR FEATURES


Do more test  if a Focus empty already exists
Create an error message dialog  when Render is pressed while no camera is selected.
To be tested when Camera is already tracking an Object ... (remove the previous Tracking??)
or when Camera is parented to an Object
Properly Restore original rendering option
Let user choose the output format

ANYTHING ELSE ?

QuickDOF is released under GPL.
It was tested on Blender 2.40 release

Read the LICENCE file or visit:
http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

Futur releases will be made available on:
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/jb.perin/

Bug report, features requirements, remarks and encouragments can be posted here:
http://www.zoo-logique.org/3D.Blender/newsportal/post.php?newsgroups=3D.Blender&type=new
Put [QuickDOF] at the beginning of the "Sujet:" field

visitors since creation on december the 20th of 2005.
(C) 2005 Jean-Baptiste PERIN - released under Blender Artistic License - www.blender.org