A few nights ago, i discovered something that, while i wasn't looking for it at the time, it was something i'd wanted for a long time. That would be HDR, aka High Dynamic Range, lighting.
Here's the post from my blog;
For those that don't know, HDR Lighting is the effect of light that's "too bright" for your monitor. A real life example; if you hold up a thin object to bright sunlight (such as a piece of string), the light seems to curve around it.You might remember a few nights ago, i mentioned a HDR mod for WoW.
Well, i'm proud to announce i found a host for the file, so without further ado, here you go;
World of Warcraft - HDR Mod Download
The values in it's config are designed specifically for WoW, and give a bloom HDR styling to everything. There's little to no performance loss, and it's perfectly safe to use (at least as far as my testing has found).
This mod is based on the freeware ENBSeries DLL. I merely tuned the values in it to work well with WoW.
I want to eventually get the Depth of Field working. I've seen it done in WoW in a video, but i can't seem to get it working myself. I'll keep trying regardless.
I've got one for Modern Warfare too, but that still needs some tuning with regards to color correction.
While i said it's safe, i take no liability if it blows up your computer, puts beer in your fish tank, sleeps with your partner, steals your car, or just generally does something it shouldn't. I'm merely providing it in the ideal it won't do anything it shouldn't, while at the same time providing an enhancement to WoW.
Additionally, shadowed areas are much darker with HDR.
While World of Warcraft support very limited and basic Bloom lighting (go to the Wetlands while the sun is setting), this mod enables the shader effects that the game is able to support, but Blizzard chose not to (either due to technical limitation, or because they just don't want to).
The download contains the dll file, a config file, and a readme file. The DLL file (d3d9.dll) is actually a modified Direct3D file. I believe that games that use the D3D API are designed to take advantage of a d3d9.dll file if it's present in the games folder instead of the one in the Windows directory. This DLL simply takes advantage of that, and enables bloom effects (amongst other effects) in any game that doesn't have native support for it.
The config was edited by me to work with WoW, but you're free to tune it as you see fit. I've tried to make it look realistic, but at the same time, without hitting performance. I believe i achieved it, but being i've only got one computer system, i'm unable to test with every possible config.
Like i said in the quote/my blog, this mod is based on the ENBSeries DLL. I've merely adapted the config for World of Warcraft.
Here's a [HD] video link demonstrating the mod in action;