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V5I: Bifurcated Lava Flow

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
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Creating a Bifurcated Lava Flow in Vue Infinite.

Bifurcated Lava flow made in Vue 5 Infinite

After more experimentation I’ve finally achieved a Bifurcated Lava Flow in Vue 5 Infinite that I’m happy with.

To make this I first looked at some maps of Bifurcated flows. I then drew a flow and used it to control the distribution of objects in an EcoSystem on a terrain model of a volcano.

Mask of lava flow used to control EcoSystem

I then used a new Python script,, to place cubes where there were instances in the EcoSystem. Next I textured the terrain that had the EcoSystem on in with a rock texture, destroying the instances at the same time. Selecting all the cubes I made them into a metablob and then baked that to a mesh to speed up rendering and reduce memory usage. Finally I applied a magma texture and rendered.


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Anonymous Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Wow. That's amazing. I'm terrified of Python. If you can direct me to any tutorials you have or know of regarding these kinds of processes, I'd really appreciate it!


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