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  1. Mocap Biped 2 has a completely different skeleton than Mocap Biped 3, so clips baked out from one cannot easily be used with the other
  2. Yeah, I meant the SOP network where the RBD objects' geometry comes from
  3. Around 10GB of memory usage in the Bullet solver is in the ballpark of what I'd expect for a sim of that size. Is there any indication of what nodes account for the other ~50GB (perhaps SOPs for the simulation's input geometry)?
  4. Yeah, the agent layer SOP can be used to add deforming shapes to a layer - just make sure to point it at the rest geometry (i.e. the input geometry to the Deform SOP). I think the H15 crowds masterclass had some examples of this. To switch an agent's display layer, you can use SOPs like the Agent Edit SOP, or change it in VEX via the setagentcurrentlayer() VEX function.
  5. If you're detaching limbs and the agent has deforming geometry (e.g. skin), you need to switch the agent to a layer which has different geometry that won't stretch out as the joints separate. This would involve slicing the geometry around the detachment point and adjusting the capture weights near the boundary, as well as possibly filling in the hollow interior. This of course means that you'd likely want to have a few predefined detachment points, unless you try to procedurally slice the skin geometry on the fly.
  6. An initial guess would be bad bounding boxes - you could turn on primitive hull display in the viewport to check
  7. There shouldn't be any issues with having multiple types of agents in the same simulation. Just make sure that for each state the agent may be in, the clip name is valid for that type of agent (if the Randomize Clips option is used, the clip name patterns are matched against the agent's clip catalog before selecting a clip).
  8. There were some shelf tool changes in 15.5 - instead of always creating a "stand", "walk", and "ragdoll" state, along with a stand to walk transition, the Simulate tool now prompts you to select some initial states that should be created based on the animation clips available. In the attached file, I just added a ragdoll state, along with a crowd transition DOP and crowd trigger DOP to implement the zombie -> ragdoll transition. ragdoll_zombies_v2.hipnc
  9. It's very important to understand why that appears to "work". Your example uses an expression function that's evaluated while evaluating the string parameter for the wrangle's code. This happens before the VEX code is compiled, and means that the VEX code will keep being recompiled whenever the value is dirtied by the upstream SOP's geometry changing. That can have significant overhead, such as when running inside a foreach loop.
  10. For this setup, where the agents start out very close to the obstacle and are walking toward it, having a low max turn rate means that the obstacle avoidance force can't change their direction quickly enough before they hit the obstacle. An alternative, though, is to adjust the allowed speed variance so that the obstacle force can slow the agents down somewhat as well.
  11. Glue doesn't work in this case because groups of glued objects are simulated together as a *single* rigid body with a compound collision shape, and impacts can then cause shapes to break off into separate objects. That means that If there are multiple animated static objects in a glued chunk, there's no sensible way to update the transforms of the other objects in the chunk - the solver just ends up picking the first one. Additionally, if there's only a single glued chunk, there's only one object in the sim and there won't be any impacts that cause the glue to break. As the previous post mentioned, pin constraints are a better choice for the boundary region since they behave as a more traditional constraint where constrained objects are simulated separately.
  12. You would need: 1) A shape in your agent's collision layer that is bound to the prop's joint. Then, the Bullet solver will update that joint's transform based on the results of the RBD sim, causing the hammer in the agent's display layer to be transformed. 2) No constraints between the prop's RBD object and any other of the agent's RBD objects. You can of course edit the constraint network manually, but you ideally shouldn't set up a joint limit for the prop joint in the Agent Configure Joints SOP, and should turn off the Pin Shapes With No Rotation Limits option on the Agent Constraint Network SOP
  13. That parameter can be a list of objects, so you can change that parameter to "BALL crowdobject1" For more complicated scenarios, the crowd trigger logic DOP lets you combine triggers
  14. Change the DOP Impact Objects parameter on the crowd trigger DOP to the name of the crowd object in your sim (typically just 'crowdobject1' or something like that)
  15. The solver creates several point attributes that describe the size, orientation, etc of the autofitted collision shapes (see the Collision Shape Attributes section of http://www.sidefx.com/docs/houdini15.5/nodes/dop/rbdpackedobject)