Is it possible to create "authentic"-looking 80's retro animations in modern programs, or can you only get the "true" look by using antiquated software with all of its old design limits?
The only part of the "look" that would be tricky to replicate is the emulation of the post processing effects of old displays as digital ones aren't as prone to distortion as current ones. Faking VHS bleeding etc.
It's a bit like using filters for emulators, you can get reasonable results, but they'll never be the same.
The outputted animation (or in the case of an emulator, the pixels) are the easy part.
just do what mega 64 does
This 'true look' isn't about software it's about hardware. Record your stuff onto old media and then digitize the signal of that recording should go a long way to make it look authentic/shitty.
It's both. It's also about the techniques artists employed back then to try and get a "good" look out of the shitty software. It's not as simple as just using the software if you don't know the production tricks they were using.
Rasterizer not ray-tracer.
Very little texture usage, most stuff is just material changes or procedural, because they had such limited memory back then.
Phong material (invented in 1973, the primary material used before the late 90s.). Though there's a chance a studio may have written their own tweaked shaders models as well.
Lots of outdated traditional post-processing affects that were sometimes carried out on the physical film itself.
But you don't need legacy software to use legacy technology. Just disable the AA filtering and render goraud or wire at low res and you're back in the 70's if that's what you crave for.
It's interesting how often this question keep poping up on /3/. Usually it's people being nostalgic about N64, playstation one era graphics. But now we're moving back even further.
Soon we'll probably have t/3/pots inquiring if it's still possible to enter vertex positions by after hand sketching meshes on grid-ref paper or if they have to restrict themselves to an amiga 500.
True Playstation/n64 graphics are a little harder to emulate due to the crazy warping effect they've got going for them.
But just at a base level it's easy enough to build the scenes the same way. Just like doing true NES graphics is easy as long as you research the limitations such as palette limits, palette per sprite, sprites per region of the screen etc.
n64 didnt have that warping problem the ps1 had. It did have some texture bluring so you dont see every indivual pixel in the textures like you did on the ps1.
Is there any way to get some intentionally bad aliasing in C4D? Something like the Jaguar, or late 80s/early 90s 3D. Tried turning off AA in C4D but it didnt turn out shitty enough.
Ah yeah, sorry. It's been a while. You're absolutely right.
But yeah, I don't think people would be emulating old styles if it was hard work. Making old looking things is usually just limiting yourself while using modern tools. If someone wants to make a modern version of the "Money for nothing" video they'd just make it in modern software with limitations rather than loading up 3D Studio 1 in Dosbox.
Turn off AA and render at half or quarter resolution, then simply scale the video back up with 0 filtering.
just emulate pic related at 640x480 resolution with 256 colors.
I'll explain how to animate and model something in the 1980's.
You open up a text editor and begin typing the numbers into it.
Those numbers are the transform, rotation and scale.
Op said he wanted to recreate the visuals, not the workflow.
Don't be such a sperg next time since you're not anonymous you're easily filterable.
Your namefag choice cracked me up bad, I'm in tears.
i use it mostly on /pol/ for logical fallacies and forgot to change it back
If you want to get a authentic look you might want to limit yourself to to the possibilities back then.
But yeah, moving individual verts around without a rig doesnt sound like much fun and a bit extreme.
What's wrong with point lights that makes them look dated? Unless you mean per vertex lighting?
Point lights have no area. Real world lights have area unless you're trying to light something with a laser-pointer. They're not physically accurate. If you're using them in your scene, you have a lot to learn about photo-real lighting.
>anything not photo real looks like 80's retro graphics
That wasn't the point. It was that they look dated, not specifically 80s. Area lights and lights with physical shape were not used in the 80s, thus, point lights.
I hate this word so fucking much.