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Probabilistic illumination-aware filtering for Monte Carlo rendering / Ian C Doidge; Mark W Jones

The Visual Computer, Volume: 29, Issue: 6-8, Pages: 707 - 716

Swansea University Author: Jones, Mark

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Noise removal for Monte Carlo global illumination rendering is a well known problem, and has seen significant attention from image-based filtering methods. However, many state of the art methods breakdown in the presence of high frequency features, complex lighting and materials. In this work we pre...

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Published in: The Visual Computer
ISSN: 0178-2789 1432-2315
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa15063
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Abstract: Noise removal for Monte Carlo global illumination rendering is a well known problem, and has seen significant attention from image-based filtering methods. However, many state of the art methods breakdown in the presence of high frequency features, complex lighting and materials. In this work we present a probabilistic image based noise removal and irradiance filtering framework that preserves this high frequency detail such as hard shadows and glossy reflections, and imposes no restrictions on the characteristics of the light transport or materials. We maintain per-pixel clusters of the path traced samples and, using statistics from these clusters, derive an illumination aware filtering scheme based on the discrete Poisson probability distribution. Furthermore, we filter the incident radiance of the samples, allowing us to preserve and filter across high frequency and complex textures without limiting the effectiveness of the filter.
College: College of Science
Issue: 6-8
Start Page: 707
End Page: 716