Hey Arsonide <img src="smileys/smiley1.gif" border="0" align="middle" />
I think that Noise V2 does it's job pretty well, thx for that! Of course it might be easier to further post process an image than to recode that plugin once more for C1. I can imagine this sort of update for a potential C2 plugin if you're into that one day.
Then again you could also use color filters on the distort map.
I didn't get that. Do You think that this is a benefit over meshes?
This whole thing is driving me mad. <img src="smileys/smiley11.gif" border="0" align="middle" /> It seems that there isn't a 'perfect' mapping solution, because the poles consist of 1 point each; which is impossible to map.
Buuut i think your canvas/sprite distortion solution is more elegant. With a little effort i might change your example to have pitch/yaw/roll.
One more question though:
Is it possible to increase the distortion mesh quality? I tried to double the X/Y values but it gave me weird effects like little white dots and a whole different "tiling" of the texture. Multisampling is a showstopper also.
It's me again... Sadly, distorting a sprite/canvas does not solve the problem of mangled poles. Seems like i have to dive in a bit further and search for some other solutions.