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  1. Hi guys, I am currently building a environment for which I want to instance a lot of mega scan rocks. I am using the instance object so that I can instance thousands of the rocks with a huge hit. The problem is now that I turn on the displacement on the rocks everything comes to a halt. It looks like mantra is placing all the objects and then dicing and displacing the geometry. Is there a way of dicing and displacing the geo first? Should I just bake the displacement into the geo?
  2. Houdini to WebGL

    Hello everyone, For the past 2 years, I've been learning Houdini with the hope of transitioning from working fulltime as a HTML5 developer, into a 3D interactive visualiser. I'm using Houdini to further my understanding of 3D, realtime, VFX, AR, VR and machine learning. It is an amazing experience learning the software. This is a video showing the creation of a mech: https://vimeo.com/258470468 I then derived a realtime model from the high resolution version to create a 3D web presentation with options to alter the environment lighting, material and accessory: https://playcanv.as/p/zBVh4yEF Any feedback from the Houdini community would be amazing! Thanks, David.
  3. Speed up Mantra IPR

    Is there a way to stop Mantra from regenerating Scene ? at the moment I am working on some Shader and Texture work and and have only a Plane and a basic light and everytime I drop a node on to the IPR it regenerates the scene and makes my work for parameter changes very slow...
  4. Hi, I want to render a custom pass for clouds in mantra. The reference jpg shows a custom pass from Maya (density / ambient) and the alpha for the same clouds. In Maya a gradient ramp was used on the incandescence channel. Basically where the clouds are denser should be black and the opposite, for lower density I should have white. Can I replicate that with mantra? I'm using the sky rig tool so everything is calculated at render time. Thank you!
  5. Hi everyone, I'm trying to render a scene where my lights change colour/intensity between frames. I was hoping to see these colour changes in the motion blur but when I try and render it the light just stays a constant colour/intensity even though I can see it changing when I scrub through in the viewport. Has anyone else managed to get something like this working before in mantra? I've set up a simple test scene here with one light animating around and changing colour & intensity. Cheers! MotionBlur.hiplc
  6. Showreel 2018 Tom Freitag

    Hello, I am FX/CG generalist. Here you can watch my new showreel compiling some work for feature film, commercials, personal work and R & D. I am available for freelancing remote or berlin based studios. Breakdown: https://www.dropbox.com/s/94tmwcmkmk279c2/breakdown_reel_2018_tomfreiag.pdf?dl=0
  7. Hi all, First time poster, very new Houdini learner. Attempted to render a FLIP fluid simulation in Mantra, rendered to disk. Changed the file save type from .exr to .pic as I had read that this removes the watermark for Apprentice users. The render took 4 hours, however the resulting file output is a single .picnc file of 2017kb. Having looked over the Mantra parameters (screenshots attached of what I thought might be relevant information) I can't see anything that might explain why this happened. If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your time & advice.
  8. Why is the roundededge node so buggy? I want to use the node as alpha in a layermix node. When i do so, i always get a message the my pc is running out of memory (i have 128gb ram). Somebody any solutions? kind regards
  9. Deform Bend Camera Ray?

    Is there a way to bend the I-ray over distance when rendering? Trying to do something similar to Interstellar space bending scenes. So far I got it partially working with multiple frustrum planes in front of the camera (at different distances). Those carry a shader which continues the I-ray in an offset direction (using raytrace). This seems pretty slow. So I was wondering if there is any other way to do something like that? Was thinking of using a volume / volume shader for that, but that might get a bit excessive ...
  10. hey I'm rendering some fluid with mantra, and I noticed that if I turn on motion blur the fluid gets darker, I thought it was an issue with low samples and noise, but even if I crack up the samples the fluid is still very dark compared to the image without motion blur
  11. Hi everybody, thought I'd throw up a simple file to demo the problem, In the context of rendering a flip sim mesh in mantra, with the env geometry as both holdout 'forced matte' and 'forced phantom' to have it still show up in reflections and refractions, I have a situation where by adding the object as forced phantom, it cancels out force matte. But as a work-around - it seems if I duplicate that same env geometry, by copy&pasting the sop, and setting that new sop to be the phantom and not the original, mantra renders as expected. Go figure... Cheers, Matt 01 Render with everything visible 02 forced phantom cancelling forced matte 03 both forced matte and forced phantom working after sop object duplication phantomHoldoutTest_v001.hip
  12. I'm trying to render out a volume inside of a clear object and running into an odd materials glitch. To test I have created a box with a default glass principle shader and a VDB volume of the same box shrunk down inside the box which I have colored blue. Rendering with Mantra, if the volume is inside glass box, it loses all color, but outside keeps it. There is one other issue. I really want the volume to filter the light to color, so the shadow/rays coming out of the volume should be roughly the same color as the volume, as opposed to being black. volumeTest.hipnc
  13. EXR meta data issues

    Hi there, I'm trying to set custom data as meta data using the mantra render attribute: "vm_image_exr_attributes" according to the docs i should be able to parse the attribute a python dictionary object, however whenever I try to do this: test_dict = {"count" : 0, "path" : "/jobs/"} my_node.parm("vm_image_exr_attributes").set(test_dict) I get the following error: TypeError: in method 'Parm_set', argument 2 of type 'std::map<std::string,std::string,std::less<std::string >,std::allocator<std::pair<std::string const,std::string > > > const &' What I am trying to achieve is a dictionary comprised of file paths that I can then check in nuke. Can anyone shed any light on this? thanks
  14. Hi!! I'm a VFX student new to Houdini and i'm having some problems to render a "stone" shader because some of the stones in my displacement show some kind of glitch / flicker. I'm rendering in mantra in a 3-5 samples setup, I've tried to put normal node and it make the same error. My shading setup for the displacement is "Zbrush displacement map + 2 stone textures with some fits + uv noise + uvxform, all of this connected to color mix that goes to displacement" my zbrush displacement is 8k resolution in tiff. Dragons_FlickerGlitch_h264_ivanp.mov
  15. matte and phantom?

    Hi guys, I have a simple question. I can't understand when i want to get render in mantra forced matte and forced phantom options. i get render separate every time for example if have destruction scene and if i want to get render that rbd, dust, debris, smoke etc. Do i need to put something forced matte and forced phantom in mantra settings? are they so important? thanks...
  16. Hi, I set up a some displacement in a material builder network. I think I set it up correctly. When ever I change and parameter on my noise, it does not update in the ipr. I have to manually click render every change. Is this correct behavior? thanks material.hiplc
  17. Hi everyone, I am trying to convert a displacement map from tif to rat with iconvert. I am getting some weird results and I am hoping anyone here might be able to tell me what the actual problem is. In the image you can see the different results I am getting. Only the original tif gives me the results I want. 8 bit is wrong of course but I thought I'd still include it. I am using the classic shader in Houdini 16. Thanks in advance
  18. Hi ! I just wanted to familiar with Mantra renderer. but It takes my time too long that I'm now just considering to buying Redshift or Octane .. Of course I know Mantra is cpu renderer. but I just added glass sphere and metal face modeling in the scene. and It takes about 5~8 minutes (default mantra setting) Did I have to do something ??? If you have some tips for Mantra rendering .. please let me know T_T and I want to know why houdini users love this renderer. I'm beginner of Houdini. Help me please !
  19. Hi! First post in this forum, I'm a newcomer to the Houdini world, recently researching Houdini FX and playing with the indie version, as I think, given time, it could be my main working tool (such an amazing beast!). I'm considering using Arnold with Houdini, as I am already familiar with it, but a question arises: what are the current limitations I will stumble upon with this choice on the long run? What kind of scenes and behaviours will need me to failback to Mantra or apply non-obvious workarounds? What worklflow issues have you found when working in a Houdini + Arnold production environment? Thanks in advance!
  20. I want to spawn some particles (rendered as sprites) and have their entire quad drawn every time -- even if it the quad is intersecting with other scene geometry! Is this possible? I have done this in OpenGL where I just disable depth testing before I draw my particle system but I couldn't find any option like that in either the POP nodes or the shaders. One terrible option would be to render every frame twice, once with the scene geometry disabled and one with the particles disabled and then composite them on top of each other... but that can't be the correct answer. I want to do this because I am trying to recreate the kirakira filter on iOS which overlays the image with jumbo starburst sprites to simulate a combination of glints and diffraction spikes hitting a lens. intersecting_sprites
  21. Greetings! To anyone using Deadline for rendering Mantra, could you advise what your successfull workflow is, please? I have a couple of questions about the HoudiniSubmitToDeadline parameters that I can't find definitions for in any docs. This url is the most useful: https://docs.thinkboxsoftware.com/products/deadline/10.0/1_User Manual/manual/app-houdini.html Q1 - machine limit & Mantra Threads defaults are 0. Do I need to change this value, or is zero ok? Q2 - "Submit Houdini Scene" is OFF by default. Is this correct? Q3 - "Ignore Inputs" is ON by default. Which inputs is it referring to?? It's currently only rendering successfully if I DONT generate .ifds first, which is obviously not correct. I am ticking on "DiskFile" in the Driver tab of /out/mantra1 Disk file = $JOB/ifds/$HIPNAME/mantra_$F4.ifd Shared Temp storage = $HIP/ifds/storage Local Temp storage = $HOUDINI_TEMP_DIR/ifds/storage I launch Render->SubmitHoudiniToDeadline Pool = 3d group = None ROP to Render = Choose = /out/mantra1 Under MantraExport Submit DependentMantraStandalone Job is checked ON Pool = 3d group = None 2 tasks are submitted, which is normal. First task generates .ifds again (I think this can be avoided by select SkipFilesThatExist in /out/mantra1 IMAGES tab Second task is supposed to write .exrs but fails. Yes, the folder is writeable. Pipeline are looking into the error: INFO: Process exit code: 1 2018-01-05 17:14:03: 0: An exception occurred: Error: Renderer returned non-zero error code, 1. Check the log for more. 2018-01-05 17:14:03: at Deadline.Plugins.PluginWrapper.RenderTasks Any pointers gratefully received. Many thanks, Olly : )
  22. Hello node friends ! I have a problem in hands here. Basically I'm doing a stadium crowd sim. So far so good. I'm then doing the shading over on the material style sheet and rendering with mantra. I also have a cloth sim with the same proprieties over on that style sheet. The problem I have here is the following: I can render the flags over on the farm with the IFD generation, I've included the SHOPs on the mantra ROP. That part is solved. When it comes to rendering the Crowd, it just renders black. I've tried caching out the results, using procedural geometries and the procedural agent SHOP but it still renders black. I can render it just fine on my machine, when it comes to the IFD rendering part, the machines can't render it. Notice that I have all the agent caches and maps over on a shared network drive that it can access, otherwise the cloth wouldn't be able to render it either. Any ideas?
  23. Hi. I don't know how many people actually go crazy with crowds and render them but after simulation fun, all the flipbooks, there's rendering nightmare. I solved many issues but this just beats me - does anybody know what could be the cause of random parts of the agents disappearing? The smaller ones, knights, are taken from Mixamo and they never flicker, but the bigger ones, baked before and and all that stuff, just go crazy. Some of them are ok the whole time, some of them partially disappear and reappear. I'm out of ideas. They're ok in the viewport. Some short videos: https://youtu.be/gxx_bYH19Hk https://youtu.be/jCpBqh-GAb0 I've attached a screenshot. Is it the scale problem? (they have a scale of 3, with some randomization). But why do we have scale then... I put them in separate network, so after the sim each group is in its own GEO node, because at first it seemed to solve the problem, but no - different frame and it's back again. I've reopened the scene, restarted the computer, rendered several times. I've removed the shader, changed it to simple Principled Shader without any adjustments - nothing helps Any tips are welcome.
  24. Space Suit

    Hello I've started with this around H 16 release. Basically wanted to explore, to which level I'd be able to use procedural modeling when it comes to characters. So, "non procedural" part here belongs to another app, exactly Maya, where I've created a base body model, rig, posing - while Houdini part is hair of all sorts (hair, eyelashes, eyebrows..), also a lot of suit. Detailed map, what exactly belongs to which app is here. Let's say that 'harness system' is what I'm considering as most successful part. Later, started with Mantra renders, which turned out in kind of addiction - here are few of around hundred renders of this thing, I did in Mantra.
  25. Hi! I have a question about mantra and world position pass. I have followed aRtye's description from this page: https://www.sidefx.com/forum/topic/34302/ and set up a P_world pass that renders in Mantra. The problem is that I get an edge when grids are overlapping each other (see image below). I have tried getting rid of the edge by lowering the opacity limit in the Mantra node, but that gives a black edge in the C pass. Removing the filter from the alpha channel in the shader gives a slightly better result, but nothing I have tried gets rid of the edge completely. Does anyone know a solution to this problem or a better approach to get a world position pass? Example file (using the Houdini butterfly image file): p_world.hip