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2K Stock Texture Upscales

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They become too large if I don't compress them. They'll quickly overcome the 4GB limit of Halo and be rendered useless. At this size, I simply don't have a choice but to compress them. Quality difference is minimal regardless. Slightly blurrier if you really try to look for it. Without a side by side comparison, I don't think you'd ever notice.


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I think he means extracting the original TIFF data out of the tags and starting the process with that [wherever Gearbox failed to provide the actual TIFF file in HEK]. The concept is that when you compile a Halo bitmap, the tag itself stores a copy of the original unmodified TIFF data. Look into MEK for more info [the thread on Halomaps has more information]. While on the subject of MEK, you could also prune out said TIFF data in the near-final tags, reducing the size just enough to possibly bump the bitmap up to the next higher resolution or superior bitmap compression type. There's a lot of noodling that can be done with this type of stuff for the best possible outcome.

 

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Halo_Bitmap_Optimizer_&_Converter:
You all know what this is. BUT you should know that I wrote accelerator modules in c, but they are distributed as source files that need to be compiled into binaries when you install the mek. If you dont have a certain version of the visual c++ compiler installed(depends on the version of python you're running) then it will default to the slow python functions. Follow these instructions to install the correct compiler if you're interested in getting that massive speed up(more than 100x faster)https://blog.ionelmc.ro/2014/12/21/compiling-python-extensions-on-windows/. After the compiler is installed, just run the upgrade.py script.

Halo_TeXource:
Capable of ripping the uncompressed source textures from a directory of tags to tga files.

Edit- Lmao at the description Moses made for the optimizer and converter. Unfortunately MEK doesn't have the best documentation.

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If we could get a map pack with the refined assets and this, that would be great.


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7 hours ago, Pfhunkie said:

If we could get a map pack with the refined assets and this, that would be great.

At the very bottom of this thread he says:

 

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Once they have been processed, they will be uploaded to the OpenCarange FTP server for anyone to download. https://opencarnage.net/misc/upscale/

 

I'm sure once a large number of the most impressive upscales have been done they'll be archived as one texture pack. Very cool start though.

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Since the time of Gigapixel a bunch of AI projects have started taking open source flights. Many of which show very promising results due to being able to train your own models.
One of which is ESRGAN which has become very popular in upscaling content due to having the ability to train your own model. It's been around for awhile but only recently have I taken a look at it now that users have had a lot of time with it.
I'm utilizing ESRGAN vis Cupscale. And specifically for this project I've used a model from n00mkrad (nmkd) the developer of Cupscale for these textures. Specifically Sourcetex which was trained on game texture data. That and a bunch of other models they've trained can be found here.

Now I'm not saying I'm going to do this project all over again with the new AI. At least not for Custom Edition when I'm hoping we'll be getting proper MCC modding tools. And with AI upscaling game textures becoming pretty popular someone else probably has the same idea. Though hopefully they use this instead of Gigapixel since even the latest version of it today can't do anything but life shots correctly. If not then I guess I'll do it.
As for examples. There were two versions of Sourcetex that showed the most promise.

Sourcetex-v2 Standard (There are 3 other variants of this called Smooth, Smoother, and Smoothest which literally appears to smooth out the image resulting in less details.)
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Sourcetex-DXT-JPG-Smooth for DXT and JPG images containing compression artifacts

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Both seem to have their pro's and con's. Both were also done without utilizing the decomposition method I used for Gigapixel to mitigate/remove color bleeding/shifting and halo'ing because such method seems to hurt in this case.
And of course both did a MUCH better job that Gigapixel.

Sorry Tucker. Seems like we won't be utilizing that program anymore.


"You're nothing but a thing to me." -Tucker933 2016   

"Mine's not huge, but neither are my hands, so it's a real good fit." -Badga666 2017                

"It's not incest until it's in." -Caesar 2017

"Poison dart frogs aren't poisonous. Mankind is a poison and the dart frogs are the cure." -Somewhere on the internet 

"I felt left out so I added myself to your signature." -Pfhunkie 2020

"English isn't my primary language. It's also the only language I know." -ShikuTeshi ????
"In the quiet the silence is louder." -My Sister 2021

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Oddly, this is familiar to you... as if from an old dream.  

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