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#1 sheson

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:44 PM

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Dynamic Distant Objects LOD - DynDOLOD
 
Finally I can see my house from here

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For latest information and instructions see the DynDOLOD 2.18 UPDATE POST
 
 
 
What is this?
 
DynDOLOD is a set of tools based on TES5Edit and TES5LODGen to automatically create a Skyrim mod based on the load order which adds distant LOD for objects to Skyrim. By combining DynDOLOD with TES5LODGen users can create drastically enhanced traditional static LOD plus tree LOD and the new, optional dynamic distant object LOD in a few 'simple' steps.
 
DynDOLOD is meant for enthusiast modders who are familiar with using TES5Edit. Enthusiast modders have a general knowledge of computers, folders and files, especially Skyrims 'Data' folders and how to install mods safely with a manager or manually.
 
To fully expand the visual experience and use the additional features offered by TES5LODGen the DynDOLOD package comes with over 1000 new or updated LOD models for objects that were badly missing from the original game like the Skyhaven Temple or landscape features like roads, smaller rocks and dirt cliffs that simply make the distant landscape look much more natural and alive.
 
 
 
What does it do?
 
It makes Skyrim look like this

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Requirements

SKSE
 
PapyrusUtil 2.8 or higher
 
DynDOLOD Resources - Make sure to use DynDOLOD Resources version only with matching or higher DynDOLOD Standalone versions but never with older versions.
 
Vanilla Skyrim LOD Billboards from TES5LODGen or Indistinguishable Vanilla Tree Billboards. If using tree mods that do not include billboards, check TES5LODGen for ready-to-use tree LOD billboards for some tree mods. For STEP users all billboards are included in STEP Texture Compilation.
 

Download
 
Download standalone and resources from Nexus or use Mega links from the update post
 
There are quickstart instruction in the main folder. Also check the folder called 'docs' for additional information. See the update post for latest installation information and guides.

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Updating DynDOLOD
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Read the update posts for each new version for version specific information and update instructions.

Also read the manual how to update an existing save game, watch the video or check DynDOLOD SkyUI MCM.

 
DynDOLOD-Changelog.txt

 
Credits

TES5Edit Team in general

Ehamloptiran and Zilav for TES5LODGen and LODGen for trees

Bethesda for the game, models and textures

NifTools

DynDOLOD includes LOD assets based on models and/or textures from: 
 
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Edited by sheson, 22 October 2016 - 10:20 PM.

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#2 TechAngel85

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:57 PM

I must admit... I am intrigued.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:07 PM

How is this different from TES5LODGen, which comes with the next version of TES5Edit?


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:13 PM

Skyrim has needed a dynamic LOD generator for some time now (although some good mods have helped to compensate). I will be looking at TES5LODGen as well as this with anticipation :licking chops:



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:46 PM

How is this different from TES5LODGen, which comes with the next version of TES5Edit?

:O_o: Holy crap I missed that completely. I lost hope there ever would be one for tes5 months ago. I guess I need to get out more and frequent more forums...

 

Anyhow, as far as I understand TES5LODGen generates BTOs... static object LOD.

 

DynDOLOD adds the objects - LOD models/full models - into the game as REFS so they can be switched on and off.

So you can see your current HearthFires house, fires, trees. In addition DynDOLOD can do something like a fake higher ugrids for models that have no LOD. Both should compliment each other well when done right.

 

I hope I can add an option to DynDOLOD so it gets an option to not do the same objects again TES5LODGEN baked into the BTOs. Same as I did for SDOs BTOs. Though this might be harder.


Edited by sheson, 13 May 2014 - 10:46 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 11:10 PM

You can download the next version of TES5Edit in this post.

 

I'm not sure why zilav is posting updates over there but whatever.


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:48 AM

I hope I can add an option to DynDOLOD so it gets an option to not do the same objects again TES5LODGEN baked into the BTOs. Same as I did for SDOs BTOs. Though this might be harder.

  Added an option to DynDOLOD Generator so it doesn't do the same static objects that have been done by TES5LODGen.   It is imperative to have the exact same load order between the two, since the file created by TES5LODGen only stores FormIDs (which contain the load order) without mod name.

Edited by sheson, 14 May 2014 - 12:49 AM.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:01 AM

What's a good way to test that this is working?

 

Also, where does TES5LODGen fit into the workflow? Before or after DynDOLOD?


Edited by fireundubh, 14 May 2014 - 01:07 AM.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:07 AM

What's a good way to test that this is working?

Even without running anything in TES5Edit there is already a couple objects in the default DynDOLOD.esp The Solitude Sawmill superimposed on top of the atrocious thing that is in the BTO, its water wheel and the burning fire on top of Solitude Lighthouse (if you did a certain quest it won't be there). The Gildergreen Tree in Whiterun in all 3 vanilla states - it may not show depending on installed mods.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:57 AM

On DynDOLOD Generator options panel check the box "TES5LODGen was run". DynDOLOD will then ignore all objects already done by TED5LODGen.

 

There is no such checkbox.

 

Also, cache files should go into a cache folder. Currently, they're mixing with the .txt files that came with the program.


Edited by fireundubh, 14 May 2014 - 02:01 AM.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:29 AM

There is no such checkbox.   Also, cache files should go into a cache folder. Currently, they're mixing with the .txt files that came with the program.

Thanks for testing and feedback Doh :) updated first post with new version. Cache files now have their own folder.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:29 PM

I let v0.11 run on all of my mods, but after the script finished ("[Apply Script Done]"), there was an error and nothing was written to DynDOLOD.esp.

exception message : '''' is not a valid integer value.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:19 PM

I let v0.11 run on all of my mods, but after the script finished ("[Apply Script Done]"), there was an error and nothing was written to DynDOLOD.esp.

exception message : '''' is not a valid integer value.

Can you let me know your mod load order? I assume it did create cache files for each mod and then threw this error in the routines after that, most likely when adding LOD objects after the "xxx cells done".
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:25 PM

Here's the TES5Edit Log: http://hastebin.com/kacilorivi.vhdl

 

Here's my load order: http://hastebin.com/ewajuhatod.vhdl


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 05:56 PM

"Some mods already use a setting called "NeverFade", but this means a full detail model that is always active no matter the distance to the player. These neverfades are updated to a less demanding LOD model if one is available. LOD models or full models, these are turned off at a large distance as well."

 

I'm curious if this fixes the issue with SDO and if it doesn't can it be made to? The issues I'm talking about is over on the SDO thread where certain nordic ruins cause massive frame rate drops when they are in the frame. Bleak Fall Borrow viewed from Helgen is an easy way to see this drop. I drop into the 30-40 FPS range on my very modern setup (i5 haswell, GTX 760).





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