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Rational Fitting Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will see how to fit a rational BRDF model to the gold-metallic-paint dataset from the MERL library (please click on the picture to change the horizontal position of the vertical cut):


Data conversion

The first step is download and convert the dataset into ALTA internal format. This will ease the manipulation of data afterwards:

$ wget

will download the dataset and

$ data2data --input gold-metallic-paint.binary --in-data data_merl --output gold-metallic-paint.exr --out-data data_brdf_slice --param RUSIN_TH_TD

this conversion requires to use the data_merl and data_brdf_slice plugins to load MERL binary files and convert them into and HDR image slice. This allows us to slice the 3D data contained in the MERL binary file to a 2D data format.

However, the rational fitter only works with vertical_segment objects. We need to convert the 2D data into ALTA's internal format. This is done by:

$ data2data --input gold-metallic-paint.exr --in-data data_brdf_slice --output gold-metallic-paint.alta


We use the least square rational fitter: rational_fitter_leastsquare. This fitter alternatively fit the numerator and the denominator of the rational function. We also use a Chebychev polynomial as the basis for the rational function by selecting the rational_function_chebychev plugin using 100 coefficients at the numerator and 50 at the denominator:

$ data2brdf --input gold-metallic-paint.alta --output gold-metallic-paint.func --func rational_function_chebychev --fitter rational_fitter_leastsquare --np 100 --nq 50

Here we provide the resulting BRDF file and the associated Python and XML scripts:

BRDF file Python script XML script