I need to render some stills of ships at sea. I've played with the ocean tool for literally days and the results I get are pretty terrible. The rendering time goes up so high it becomes impractical, and I get striping/banding whenever I do any kind of repeat. I just want a simple infinite ocean plane like I used to be able to do in Bryce 5 back in the day on a Windows 98 machine. I don't want to see any striping/tiling. How can I accomplish this.

Also, can't use cycles for this as I am automating it with a python script and the 3DS models I import in the script do not have materials/textures that work with cycles (and I have 100s of models).

  • $\begingroup$ I don't think that trying for 'infinite ocean plane' is a good idea. I think you should try to restrict your scene to a small area, enough for your ships, and position the camera so your renders hide the boundaries. $\endgroup$ – Sava Dec 23 '18 at 23:05
  • $\begingroup$ unfortunately for my use case that isn't possible. We are generating open sea imagery where there are no landmarks or harbors etc in sight for an ML application. $\endgroup$ – Sam Johnson Dec 23 '18 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ Then I guess you'll have to cheat. I've given a quick look at ocean questions on this stack, maybe those could help: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/92570/… or blender.stackexchange.com/questions/17787/… for example. Else there seems to be many questions about ocean, you're likely to find something helpful. $\endgroup$ – Sava Dec 23 '18 at 23:19

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