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Creating an Ocean Scene with OceanSim and Cycles


Now that the Ocean Sim modifier is available in the development version of Blender (go and download it from it's time to learn how to use it!

Jonathan Williamson writes:

In this Blender 2.6 video tutorial, we take a look at using the Ocean Sim modifier in conjunction with the Cycles render engine to create a gorgeous ocean scene. This tutorial covers the entire process needed to create the final result, including generation of the ocean, the sky background, rendering in Cycles, and setting up the composite nodes to create the final effect.


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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


    • Yes, I saw some Cycles renderings recently, which look not so great. Eventually, it is the artist not the rendering engine, who creates the art.
      Furthermore, It may be fine for still images. But for animations, Cycles is unusable unless you use a powerful renderfarm. Sure Cycles makes things easier. Great GI and powerful shaders out of the box. But images are often noisy, even with a lot passes beyond the thousands.

  1. Having that enormous amount of light from the sky and there is not spectacular effect from the water at all. Specularity from water is a key for a good ocean simulation, specially in animation, specularity should come randomly from different areas of the water, like little pieces of mirrors floating around.

     I don't know if cycles has problems with this or something was missed on this composition.

    • Actually you're absolutely right, this was something that I had added in my initial test and then accidentally skipped over it in the tutorial. 

      However, this would actually be quite easy to add. All you need to do is place a light in the same relative position to the sun in the image, then brighten the light as needed until you get the desired result.

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