Released BeamNG.drive's Visual Enhancement Project (VEP) - Official Thread

Discussion in 'Utilities and programming' started by cessni, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. cessni

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    Welcome




    I present you a graphical improvement solution for BeamNG.drive which makes use of the latest version of the advanced post-processing tool ReShade (4.5.4 - Feb 8th 2020) to deliver a fresh and revamped realistic cinematic image in real time. Because it features an exquisite balance of only the necessary high quality techniques (LumaSharpen, SMAA, MatsoDOF, Curves, FilmicPass, DPX, Lightroom, Night_Magic_LUT and prod80_04_ColorBalance), the performance is excelent.

    This tool, together with my texture mods below, conform the Visual Enhancement Project (VEP).

    I recommend you first have a look at the thread guide below and please read carefully every section for a more fluid and trouble-free experience, as they provide very precise and useful information about this project. Almost every problem you may encounter is already solved in the troubleshooting section. Enjoy!







    Thread Guide
    • Introduction
    • What's new?
    • Screenshots
    • Install Instructions
    • Troubleshooting
    • Additional Information
    • Texture Mods
    • Did You Know...?
    • User Reviews
    • User Testimonials
    • Special Thanks




    Introduction

    I am just a random user like you who got enough from the outdated visuals of BeamNG.drive.

    After years of little to no change, thinking that decent graphics were incompatible with such an advanced real-time physics simulation, I finally understood that the Torque3D engine was already long ago giving its best. This is why I stopped expecting a noticeable graphical improvement from the developers (at least on the medium term), and hence why I started trying different ReShade presets. But none of them convinced me, either because they took too many FPS, because they broke the original look of the game instead of enhancing it, because they did not result in the big change I was expecting, or all at once. So I realised that if I wanted a change, I had to do it myself.

    I then created the texture mods, as I thought it was pointless to release a ReShade preset without replacing some of the actual game files responsible for what I though were pretty poor effects clamoring for a change.


    What's new?

    I recently updated the famous cessni's 1.3 to the latest version of ReShade and renamed it cessni's 2.0. While it performs slightly better, is less cartoonish-looking and less washed out, remember it is not meant so much to improve the looks of its predecessor, but to fix some common complains while allowing users to easily tweak a very similar preset created from the ground up on a much newer version of ReShade using its new in-game menu, something that was extremely tedious to do on the previous version of cessni's for an entry level user.


    Screenshots

    It is easier to appreciate the hidden beauty of BeamNG.drive in these still images.

    BeamNG.Drive.x64 2016-04-07 19-55-38 (1).png BeamNG.Drive.x64 2016-04-07 21-19-25.png BeamNG.Drive.x64 2016-06-02 22-35-00.png BeamNG.Drive.x64 2016-06-04 00-56-43.png BeamNGDrivex642016-06-0210-10-18.png VQ3mYwc.png Wallpaper9.png BeamNGDrivex642016-02-2119-40-15.png
    Install Instructions

    Download and extract the contents of "cessnis20.zip" below into "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BeamNG.drive\Bin64". That's it. Launch the game and enjoy!

    Remember to disable the following in-game settings: bloom, antialiasing and DOF. To achieve the best look, install this PostFX preset too.

    1- Download ReShade Framework 1.1 (~22 MB).
    2- Extract the "ReShade" folder, "ReShade.fx" and "ReShade64.dll" to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BeamNG.drive\Bin64".
    3- Rename "ReShade64.dll" to "d3d11.dll".
    4- Download "cessni's 1.3.zip" below (~24 KB).
    5- Extract all 4 files into the "ReShade" folder and replace.
    6- Done. Launch the game.


    Troubleshooting

    • Extremely laggy main menu? Disable Hardware Acceleration for User Interface.
    • Blurry? Disable in-game and ReShade's DOF effect.
    • Slow? Disable in-game antialiasing.
    • Still too slow? Disable ReShade antialiasing too.
    • Menu too bright? Change background color or use a dark theme.
    • Colours too washed out (or bright) OR colours too dark and colorful? Set your gamma back to 1.0.
    • Still too washed out (or bright) AND you are using a Nvidia GPU with HDMI cable? Set your dynamic gamma range to "complete" in Nvidia Control Panel.
    · Too colorful? Open "SweetFX.cfg" and replace 1 for 0 in "USE_VIBRANCE 1".
    · Too low fps? Open "SweetFX.cfg" and "McFX.cfg". Replace 1 for 0 in "USE_SMAA 1" and "USE_DEPTHOFFIELD 1", respectively.
    · Key not working/Key not suitable for you? Edit "Common.cfg" with the information provided in "ReShade/PersonalFiles/KeyCodes.h".


    Additional Information
    • Use Shift+F2 to open the new ReShade in-game menu.
    • Use "Scroll Lock" key to toggle the preset.
    • Use "Print Screen" key to take screenshots. They are stored in the "Bin64" folder.
    • Must have mods: Realistic Light Beams.
    • To uninstall just delete the files you extracted from the .zip.

    Texture Mods


    The other part of the VEP. The following mods were especially designed to improve the inmersion of the game by replacing some of the default textures and decals with entirely new ones, created from scratch using real life images. They work independently from the preset, look wonderful and don't involve any fps hit.



    So what are you waiting for? Download them now!

    Did You Know...?

    Did you know cessni's 1.3 (14/02/2016) has always been and still is...

    - The lightest (performance-wise)
    - The most downloaded (close to 3,000 downloads in one year)
    - The most realistic and game-changer (exquisitely balanced)
    - A completely error-free (no annoying error/warning messages)

    ...ReShade preset to the date for this game? And it's also the first and only one released along with the first pack of custom textures and effects (made from real photos).

    Its major flaw is the day/night difference in brightness (mostly due to the lack of HDR in the game for now). Big part of the time was spent on "optimizing" it, from version 1.1, through 1.2, which were similar looking but much worse in performance.


    User Reviews


    "I stumbled upon this while browsing the forums and decided to give it a try. Given my past experience with "visual upgrades" on games such as GTA 4 and 5, I always found they just added some filters but didn't change much, other than saturation. But this one here! It jumped the barrier and went all out: changed elements such as skid marks (which I find more realistic, even though they are still in development), dust particles, grass, sun light... It's all AMAZING! How could anyone not like this is beyond me. I feel as though they must be doing something wrong, because from what I've seen, this mod has taken BeamNG.drive to a whole new level. It doesn't feel left behind now. It makes me feel as if the graphics had been enhanced to match today's games. So to the author: Thank you. For the work you put in to create this!" -
    Dr.Balbarian (28/05/2017)


    User Testimonials


    "48 months and it's still top 3 graphical mods out there and my personal top 1" -olaeger

    "Seriously the best thing I've tried in a while" -WalrusVersionofCRAZYRACER

    "0/10, this mod took away many hours of my life" -Excelero

    "So realistic my mom thinks it's real!" -BuggattiVitesse1

    “Barely any effect on performance” -FastestClassic

    “A clear improvement over the default” -CarlosAir

    "Best preset ever made!" -SandwichesANDmilk

    “Oh my god I'm in love” -CrashTherapy

    “I have no words” -Logi_Veloce

    “Excellent!” -Android_Fool


    Special Thanks

    crosire
    ReShade injector

    randomshortguy
    Technical help





     

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  2. NaxNir

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    It's back!
     
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    Im working on the video now.
     
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  4. cessni

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    Sun mod is out! Y'all better come back with some good damn feedback!
     
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    cessni, loving the mod but I am wondering if there's a way to disable the depth of field? It appears in the menus and makes blurs them heavily in the current version.
     
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    Unless your're shooting a movie, I really don't like these shaders. They look like someone slapped a bad instagram filter on the game. The depth of field applies even in the menus.
     
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  8. cessni

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    I don't have that problem but in any case that information is already on the post. Please read it.
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    I am sorry to hear such a picky opinion but anyways, thanks for sharing it.
     
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    cessni, what graphics settings are you using (including postfx) to produce the image above?
     
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    Hi, as you can read on the post, I'm using the highest settings. All post fx settings enabled but not modified. In-game AA disabled (preset includes excellent SMAA).
     
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    Makes a big *** difference.
     
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  12. cessni

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    Thanks a lot! Added to testimonials.
     
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    AH, thank you! :) but it seriously does, it's like from eh, to amazing, especially the tires. tires so ssssexiiiiii
     
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  14. cessni

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    That's exactly what I think. Try my Sun mod, it's another must have for getting better visuals! Thanks again!
     
  15. nobadesuuchan

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    could you please tell me how to get it like the picture in the sun mod.
     
  16. cessni

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    Just install both mods, there is no magic apart from that! Also check the must have mods on the post. All my images are untouched except for the text. Read my reply to avengedsevenfold above.
     
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    thanks so much!
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    Comparisons!

    screenshot_01106.png on screenshot_01107.png off screenshot_01108.png on screenshot_01109.png off. screenshot_01110.png and an especially sexy tire shot.
     
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    I love this mod so much THANK YOU!!!!
     
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    Thank YOU for your feedback!
     
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