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Natural Mod Filter 7.0

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Installation notes:
The name of the cloud textures changed in AC 1.7, suggested update procedure:
  1. Disable and delete Ben Lee + WagnumPI Clouds and Natural Weather with JSGME
  2. Delete any cloudxb.dds files from the root of SteamApps\common\assettocorsa\content\texture\clouds
  3. Unzip the new version of the mod to the root of your AC install folder, run JSGME and activate Natural Weather and optionally Ben Lee + WagnumPI Clouds
If you do things manually, just make sure there are no cloudxb.dds files left over in the root of the above folder.

Minor update, primarily for oculus users (be it PP off or on, as there are tweaks to the oculus filter and to the weather that should be an improvement in VR vs v3.5.2)

3.5.4
  • Updated cloud texture file names for AC 1.7
  • Balanced the lighting in heavy clouds
  • Default Weather backup updated
  • All changes from 3.5.3. - see below

3.5.3 - didnt upload this one to RD but here is what changed since 3.5.2

For oculus users:
  • PP-off exposure adjusted slightly in some weathers such that its better in rift
  • Oculus ppfilter tweaked such that its less washed out in rift
For everyone:
  • Some minor tweaks to clear, mid clear, mid clouds, heavy clouds
Filters:
Natural_Mod and Natural_Photomode:

Slight reduction in saturation (unfortunately brake lights get even more pale because of a bug in AC)
Slight adjustment to exposure/brightness (overall slightly brighter)

Rift:
Autoexposure disabled, need feedback on what makes for the best EXPOSURE value

Weather
Mid Clear:

Clouds greatly improved

Mid Clouds:
Brighter sky in middle hours

Cloud Textures:
Slight reorganisation
Filters:
  • Forced to rename them because kunos stole my name and overwrote my filter! Please use Natural_Mod.ini
  • Small performance improvement (3-4 fps)
Weather:
  • Light Fog: Rebased on 1.5 files
  • Mid Clouds: Brighter sky in middle hours
  • Update default weather backup
  • PP-Off support: increased exposure in clear and mid clear
Oculus users - make sure you reinstall the rift filter as this was overwritten by the update. V3.5 of the filter should give you a few extra fps too.

Screenshots of v3.5
Mid Clear



Mid Clouds


Clear


Light Fog


Light Clouds

Filters:
Tiny reduction to bloom on brake lights etc
Tiny increase to godray length
Weather:
13.30

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mclear.jpg

mcloud.jpg

Clear:
Sky/horizon in middle hours tweaked
Mid Clear:
Sky/horizon in middle hours tweaked
Reduced number of clouds
Light Clouds:
Cloud settings reworked and number reduced
Low Sun colour changed
Mid Clouds:
Clouds visibility reduced to blend more with sky

Cloud textures:
Updated the textures that were cleaned up by @WagnumPI - Note there are duplicates in the folder so that all kunos clouds will be overwritten when using JSGME to install

screenshots not updated yet
Filters:
  • Small tweak to glare, some brake lights were a bit overdone with old values, godrays remain at same brightness as before
  • Photomode filters now have shorter godrays as they look dumb in external cams. Long rays are only required for cockpit view to get the proper blinded by the sun look
Weather:
Clear/Mid Clear:

  • Tweaked sun colour
  • Fog colour reduced (more subtle)
  • Brighter horizon in middle hours
  • Horizon at low sun tweaked (clear and mid clear match now)
Mid Clear:
  • Fog distance increased slightly
Light Clouds:
  • Tweaked clouds, horizon and sky colour
Cloud textures:
  • Added one additional texture
Haven't got time to update the relevant screenshots but here are some Photomode shots by @quakeguy
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A few more Photomode screenshots from the beta version (identical except small tweak to sun colour since these were taken):

by @Tino66
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and @quakeguy
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3.2a:
Corrected zip file name
3.2:
Fitler (applies to all inis):
Reworked glare from scratch for the purpose of improving the blinding effect when driving into the sun. The changes might not be drastic but they allow for more flexible control over the godray effect by tweaking the following parameters without affecting anything else:
[GODRAYS]
LENGTH=(increase for longer rays)
GLARE_RATIO=(increase for brighter - use small increments)

This change is worthwhile as godrays effect is linked to FOV, and in previous versions adjusting these settings didnt have the desired effect, but now it is very easy to tweak to get it just right for your FOV.
As the oculus has high FOV, I have put longer rays in that filter which should hopefully give a good result

Weather:
Reduced reddishness in clear/mid clear early/late hours sun/horizon, should be much more realistic now. Mid clear has a warmer horizon vs clear.

Added option to buy me a beer by popular demand http://paypal.me/ears1991

A couple of quick screens:
Mid Clear 8.00:


Clear 8.30:
Fitler (applies to all inis):
Reworked glare from scratch for the purpose of improving the blinding effect when driving into the sun. The changes might not be drastic but they allow for more flexible control over the godray effect by tweaking the following parameters without affecting anything else:
[GODRAYS]
LENGTH=(increase for longer rays)
GLARE_RATIO=(increase for brighter - use small increments)

This change is worthwhile as godrays effect is linked to FOV, and in previous versions adjusting these settings didnt have the desired effect, but now it is very easy to tweak to get it just right for your FOV.
As the oculus has high FOV, I have put longer rays in that filter which should hopefully give a good result​

Weather:
Reduced reddishness in clear/mid clear early/late hours sun/horizon, should be much more realistic now. Mid clear has a warmer horizon vs clear.​

Added option to buy me a beer by popular demand http://paypal.me/ears1991

A couple of quick screens:
Mid Clear 8.00:


Clear 8.30:
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  • Included some custom clouds by @Ben Lee and @WagnumPI (Thanks to them for allowing me to include them)

Filter:
  • Reworked exposure in Natural.ini, much narrower window meaning fewer transitions, and slightly brighter minimum (if you had increased it previously using page up, suggest setting it back to 100 and re-evaluating) This improves brightness in all conditions, and makes clear/mid clear at midday look just right I think.
  • The sun is now a bit more blinding when in your eyes (all filters)
Weather Tweaks:
  • Clear/Mid Clear: Warmer sun at mid-hours, slightly more ambient in early/late hours
  • Mid/Heavy Clouds: Some tweaks to sky,ambient,fog (fine tuned behaviour across whole day cycle)
  • Light Clouds: Tweak ambient (was too bright before) and cloud settings
  • Heavy/Light Fog: should have consistent fog blend at all times of day now
  • Replaced the weather files sitting in system\cfg which are used in the showroom and possibly elsewhere
  • Basic support for PP off users
Mid Clear



Heavy Clouds


Mid Clouds


Clear


Heavy Fog


Light Fog


Light Clouds

Sorry, last update now! found that some mod cars the LEDs were super OTT (only tested with kunos cars) but found a way to get decent results on both

3.0:
  • Natural.ini: Reworked glare (applies to all filters), much better looking effects on reflective materials, headlights, brake lights, rpm LEDs etc.
  • Natural Photomode.ini: rebased on the new Natural.ini, but with HQ DOF, slight vignette, slightly brighter bloom on lights and other small tweak to glare
  • Old Natural Photomode renamed Natural Photomode HC.ini (High Contrast): This one is the same as from previous versions of the mod, except with the new glare settings and other insignificant tweaks
  • Oculus filter includes new glare settings
  • Default Weather backup files fixed (accidentally got overwritten)
See readme for more detailed descriptions of each filter

Some screenshots from Tino66 using the new Natural Photomode.ini:
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3.0a: missed a setting in Natural.ini, advise redownloading, sorry!
  • Natural.ini: Reworked glare (applies to all filters), much better looking effects on reflective materials, headlights, brake lights, rpm LEDs etc.
  • Natural Photomode.ini: rebased on the new Natural.ini, but with HQ DOF, slight vignette, slightly brighter bloom on lights and other small tweak to glare
  • Old Natural Photomode renamed Natural Photomode HC.ini (High Contrast): This one is the same as from previous versions of the mod, except with the new glare settings and other insignificant tweaks
  • Oculus filter includes new glare settings
  • Default Weather backup files fixed (accidentally got overwritten)
See readme for more detailed descriptions of each filter

Some screenshots from Tino66 using the new Natural Photomode.ini:
E2aLeA.jpg

PIcQxU.jpg

IMG_20160125_205942.jpg
  • New horizon+sky colour for mid clear
  • Clouds size tweaked in mid clear, if it looks crap in 3d vision or anything let me know and will revert. looks very good with some of the 3rd party cloud textures (not shown in screenshots)
  • Tweak ambient and fog in heavy and mid clouds weathers
  • Tiny tweaks to heavy + light fog weathers
  • Main filter: Small boost to min exposure. Tiny reduction to saturation
  • Photomode filter: Slight increase vignette, tiny reduction to saturation
  • Rift filter: tiny reduction to saturation, blind tweaks to autoexposure based on feedback/guesswork
  • Removed SweetFX addon. The vibrance tweak had varied results depending non track so not worth it. No point bundling it now that I'm not changing anything colour/tone wise.
  • All screenshots updated to post-AC 1.4
Edit: just realised the "Default Weather" backup files are wrong, please ignore those

Mid Clear
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Heavy Clouds
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Heavy Fog
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Light Clouds
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Mid Clouds
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  • Deleted Natural Ext (doesnt seem necessary anymore)
  • Renamed Natural Int to Natural. IMPORTANT: be sure to remove old versions of Int and Ext and select Natural in game
  • Tweaked heavy+light fog brightness again (last time!)
  • Small tweaks to mid and heavy clouds (ambient and number of clouds)
  • Small tweak to mid clear clouds
  • Small tweak to photomode autoexposure (slightly higher min and target)
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Tweaks to autoexposure in int photomode and rift filters
Rework light and heavy fog starting from default again. heavy fog: just a bit brighter ambient than default, with fog blend fixed. light fog: slightly brighter than heavy fog. my previous version for ac 1.4 was too bright white.
Minor tweak to mid+heavy clouds
Updated HDR_OFF_MULT for PP off users as per latest kunos weather
Updated backup copy of kunos default weather
Tweaks to glare+godrays, reduce auto exposure target by 0.01
Binned Natural Graphics Mod Legacy: issues with spectators and dashboards, not worth trying to maintain
Natural Rift updated for new weather - sky and autoexposure may still need a little more tweaking
Tweaks to glare+godrays, reduce auto exposure target by 0.01
Binned Natural Graphics Mod Legacy: issues with spectators and dashboards, not worth trying to maintain
Natural Rift updated for new weather
Update for AC 1.4

Normal update process for new weather files based on kunos new approach. Not extensively tested but should be fine, glare settings might need some fine tuning.

OR:

Use legacy version (my previous weather files and ppfilters) Slight side effect of glow from rev lights not looking quite right in 1.4. This version required for rift for the time being.

Screenshots not updated yet

Rift users required to use Legacy version for now (description updated)
minor minor tweak for monitor users
autoexposure disabled for oculus, however new min,max and target values in place so if you prefer it on, re-enable it and see what you think.
Tweaked autoexposure on int and ext
Retweaked colourcurves for light, mid and heavy clouds
Toned down SweetFX colour changes
Improved Natural Rift (thanks to davegreengo)
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