HolliDance for Windows

The Windows version is curently the most enhanced.

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For many years, 3D artists have had to choose between Ray Tracing and Scan Line rendering. Ray Tracing provides the most photorealistic results, but had been far too computationally expensive for real time display. Ray traces took hours in the 1990's and even days in the 1980's.

Modern graphics cards are becoming so fast that it's now possible to ray trace in real time! This version of HolliDance fullfils a dream I've had to add real time ray tracing. In order to see ray tracing in HolliDance, you'll need an OptiX /CUDA compatible graphics card. Nvidia created Optix and CUDA and may be the only vendor that supports this technology.

HolliDance still supports the GPU enhanced, shader based scan line rendering for older graphics cards as well as basic rendering.

Holli should dance on a wide variety of Windows versions. This version still uses older graphic cards' Open GL 1.1 or greater, but additional features like 3D shadows, 'per pixel lighting', and ray tracing require a graphics card with vertex and pixel shaders. With large models and every effect turned on, I'm getting around 12 ray traced frames per second on my on my Nvidia Quadro K4000 graphics card for a 640x480 sized window :).

This version supports stereoscopic rendering, but only for Nvidia Quadro cards. Only these cards support OpenGL 'quad buffering' which is needed for stereoscopic 3D. These cards are more expensive but older versions are quite affordable on Ebay. I use 3D glasses to view stereo 3D, but these days there are several options.

New to this version is Virtual Reality (VR) support. I made my own VR set from a Sony head display and a separate head tracker. Read this for details.

On windows, Holli can dance to live music on PC's with sound cards that input sound. She also now has her own music player that she can dance to. If you have a compatible Virtual Reality headset, her player plays music in 3D.

The next version of HolliDance will finally have an upgraded dance engine. She's had her feet glued to the floor for far too long! New versions will include better club dancing, belly dancing, and hula dancing at the beach.

Unfortunately, PC compatible computers, these days, are not always compatible with each other. This is especially true for multimedia programs like HolliDance. I have tried to make the PC version of HolliDance reliable, but there are too many variations in different manufacturers' audio and video drivers. Chances are your computer may be just too different from mine and HolliDance won't work correctly.

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Here's a sample from an upcoming version with enhanced dancing.

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This page last updated 24-Jan-2014