View Full Version : Looking for streaking lights reference.

09-07-2011, 03:14 PM
I can't for the life of me think of what game has this. You know the long exposure in a racing game effect where the light sources streak like the tail lights of the bikes in Akira.

09-07-2011, 03:17 PM
gta san andreas had this on the tail lights ( i played it on pc )

/edit trying to find some youtube reference video that shows this but either i am crazy or this only happens when its foggy or raining or something

09-07-2011, 03:28 PM
Are you just looking for photo reference?
http://www.google.com/search?q=long+exposure+city&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=pZR&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=2560&bih=1453&tbm=isch&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&ei=2u9nTvOAC-HW0QGM8LnICw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CCYQ_AUoAQ#hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=bv6&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=long+exposure+car&pbx=1&oq=long+exposure+car&aq=f&aqi=g2&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=4658l4978l0l5518l4l4l0l1l1l1l201l364l2.0.1l 3l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=a2c6142bed03ca5&biw=2560&bih=1453

09-07-2011, 04:40 PM
No I'd like to see it in motion, ideally in a game, but I couldn't even find any good real life reference. It was all choppy and time lapsed.

09-07-2011, 04:51 PM
You'll probably want to look for infrared and/or night vision video. You generally don't get those kinds of streaks in motion unless you have a CCD that gets a lot of light bleeding or burn-in.

09-07-2011, 07:08 PM
Ridge Racer R4 had a very beautiful version of this - not only trailing behind but also "shifting" depending on the relative speed of the other car compared to yours. Gorgeous when passing an opponent car and during the replays.


Metal Gear Solid 1 had it on the Ninja mask too...


09-07-2011, 08:15 PM
some cars and tracks on trackmania have this

09-07-2011, 11:30 PM
I think it's pretty much a simple vertex shader and lots of games have it. Effect is kind of subtle for youtube videos to capture (unless they are dedicated to that effect)

Easiest thing I can think of is installing Team Fortress and shooting bunch of grenades with demoman :D


09-07-2011, 11:34 PM
Thanks for the links Pior, closest video I've found was the street lights on NFS underground 2, I was hoping the effect was more prominent though.

09-08-2011, 01:09 AM
Sandro, Im not sure this is what Malcom is looking for - these grenades look more like a glowing trail (think "energy glow") as opposed to a light trail ...

M : happy to help!

09-08-2011, 02:25 AM
Ahh, I see. Light trails are camera-dependent.