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  1. Too much contrast, how to tweak indirect lighting

    @AntoineSfx Check Diffuse Depth in the Mantra ROP. Great Link @Skybar. Has anybody converted those LUTs to something Houdini/Redshift can use directly? I'll have to dig deeper into this I think. :-) Thanks and cheers, Thom
  2. I don't think topology changes at all in the case of the SideFX ident, just the form. Could be a mixture of deforming noises running through the structure or other parameters being animated. Didn't look at your scene yet, but you could always project your end-result (high-resolution) back onto your first steps with a ray node and also transfer the normals from the low-res mesh, so that the rendering looks similar or the same and then morph between those projected states - simple since they have the same topology. Cheers, Tom
  3. Too much contrast, how to tweak indirect lighting

    Looks like you maybe need more GI bounces, but it's also a normal problem in reality that if your camera captures the sun on the floor and makes it look well balanced (like in your image), the room around it will be too dark. And if you balance out the room, the sun will be too bright. The human eye (= how you remember it) is much more flexible there and makes it look "good" automagically. CG != "Reality". Tonemapping can help in this situation too. Cheers, Tom
  4. 16.5 edgetransport

    Well, in this specific case I think it's easier to just enable "curveu" in the resample node and use that instead of @distance, but for more complex cases I also look forward to using this node a lot! Cheers, Tom
  5. Fabric Engine no longer being developed

    XSI was my main software for about 10 years and I actually bought Shake from the dead Apple, so I am fully aware of this. ;-) And no, I did not enjoy either. Cheers, Tom
  6. Fabric Engine no longer being developed

    I find this kind of thing really sad each time it happens. No matter if they went bust or got bought out, it always leaves a crater of frustration with everybody who was using the software before and invested time and money into it. So in the future, people will be less willing to trust a new and small company, which makes the already rather monoish-culture in the field even stronger. Especially if it would have been bought by AD, it really would be a sad day seeing another hopeful contender for a fresh approach getting sunk into that black hole. Would feel like that old carcass Maya getting another injection of fresh blood from a youth... I keep my fingers crossed that it is something at least halfways non-necromantic... ;-) And that everybody involved is well... Cheers, Tom
  7. 16.5 drums

    Good stuff! "Quick marks are now saved with the scene file." Hallelujah :-) I may even use them now... No changes to the code editor though it seems... :-( Well, there's always Houdini 17 to hope for a decent editor... Still the Nr. 1 feature I'm missing each and every minute I use Houdini... Funny how devs can be blind to something they use probably 24/7... Cheers, Tom
  8. I use the same and it works. #Redshift: PATH = "C:/ProgramData/Redshift/bin;$PATH" HOUDINI_PATH = "C:/ProgramData/Redshift/Plugins/Houdini/16.0.705;&" Check if you have the Redshift toolbar. Cheers, Tom
  9. Renderfarms renderers and plugins

    Used FoxRenderfarm a while ago: http://www.foxrenderfarm.com/ They are one of the few who support Houdini and GPU rendering with Redshift. Not Europe though - China/Shenzen No plugin for Houdini, only Max/Maya. Wrote down some of my experiences here: https://www.redshift3d.com/forums/viewthread/14391/ They are actually looking for feedback and took even my critique very positive. Cheers, Tom
  10. Houdini 16.5 Sneak Peek

    A built in code editor with tooltips for command syntax and some other things to make VEX more fun. :-)
  11. Houdini 16.5 Sneak Peek

    Looks all awesome. Let's hope the VEX editor saw some love too finally - still the biggest flaw in the whole application.... ;-) Funny to see a pretty much 1:1 copy of Lulu xXX work with the flow field , for instance: Check his other work for inspiration - great stuff! :-) "The planned released date for Houdini 16.5 is November 7, 2017." Nice, Christmas comes early this year :-) Cheers, Tom
  12. Toms "Learning Houdini" Gallery

    "Feathers" Working on building a feather-designing tool from scratch... Rendered in Redshift. Cheers, Tom
  13. Toms "Learning Houdini" Gallery

    "Cubicles" Same structure as above but rendered semi-opaque in Redshift: And a detail view: Cheers, Tom
  14. Toms "Learning Houdini" Gallery

    Then I thought I should take it to the third dimension and came up with a funny solution: This is about 12 divisions from a cube. My idea was, that I would pack the initial cube, check the boundingbox in primitive mode in my loop and if it contained at least one point, "subdivide" it by scaling it down by 0.5, unpack it and place one still packed downscaled cube on each point of the resulting unpacked cube with copy to points. If the cube contains no points, it would not be in the "do" group so I would not scale or unpack it and place only one packed cube at the centroid point - redundant but works compiled where a merge does not. I guess there are better algorithms out there, but I enjoyed the compact simplicity of this one. Compiled it's still rather fast, although no longer realtime as the 2D one. Cheers, Tom
  15. Toms "Learning Houdini" Gallery

    "X" Another one in the series with 16 levels: Again rendered with Redshift using rather strong DOF for the depth blur. Cheers, Tom