The IRTC CDROM (Year One) is a compilation of all entries made to the
Internet Raytracing Competition during
its first year of operation. As the IRTC is bi-monthly, this covers round
#1 (May/June 1996) to round #6 (March/April 1997). There are over 1000
images and 500 source archives available.
This CDROM is designed to be used with a web browser - the entire CD is
indexed via HTML and bears some resemblance to the IRTC website
Almost all the submissions are 800x600 pixel JPEG's, and all have a text
file accompanying them giving author's details and an explanation of the
image. In some cases, that explanation is quite comprehensive. Additionally,
many authors chose to provide the source to their images, in the form of data
files for whatever renderer that they used. In most cases, the renderer of
choice was POV-Ray, and thus there is a large collection of POV-Ray scene
files on the CD, most for version 3.0 of that raytracer.
On the CD you will find all of the submission images, author's text
files, and scene files available for the 96/97 year. In addition, the
judges comments are available and have been linked to each submission's
entry in that round's HTML page. Also included are the tabulated voting
scores and results pages.
By popular demand, an effort was made to include the submissions from the
predecessor of the IRTC. This competition was monthly and ran from November
1994 to December 1995. Due to the length of time that has passed, it was
not possible to contact all of the authors for their permission to include
their work, and as such only about half of the submissions are on the CD.
This still adds up to over 150 raytracings, many of them stunning work by
some of the same authors whose work you will find in the IRTC.
As a special bonus, the CD contains an AVI version of Thomas Schmidt and
Rene' Schwietzke's excellent 'museum'
raytraced animation. This AVI is 65 megabytes in size ! Also present are the high, medium, and low-bandwidth
MPEG versions of this same animation. This AVI is not simply a conversion
from the MPEG - it was put together by the authors from the original TGA
files, especially for this CDROM.
Finally, there are high-quality versions of many of the scenes that won or
achieved technical merit status in the competition. At the very least,
these will be high-quality JPEG's, but in many cases they are in lossless
TGA format. In addition, there are a number of these images in higher
resolution than originally submitted, including a number in 1280x1024.
Some of the winning authors have submitted bio's giving a little
information about themselves.
The CD is ISO9660 compatible with short (MS-DOS) file names. It is a
hybrid ISO/HFS disk meaning that Macintosh users can be happy ; the Mac
side of things is fully laid-out for ease of use. On both Windows 95/NT
and the Macintosh, if you have a web browser properly installed on your
system, the disk will auto-start when it is inserted into your drive,
loading the base index.htm file into the browser.
The disk, in total, contains over 550 megabytes of data and is well worth
the US$29.00 asking price. This CD is being produced to help support the
running costs of the POVRAY.ORG and IRTC.ORG websites. You can
order it from here,
or return to the products page.