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1. ## Recursive Subdivision Algorithm: Morphing any Shape into Fractal

Hello everybody, I’m relatively new to Houdini, and as part of a personal project (a short film), I’m currently trying to reproduce an effect based on the recursive subdivision of a surface. We can observe the said effect for instance on this video made by Simon Holmedal : https://www.instagram.com/p/BK8ivNajNdu/ The different iteration (non animated) of the algorithm can be also observed on this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHKPdf67Sfo Or on this one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1mlO2YSfU4 It is also the same effect used in the official SideFx Ident (Simon Holmedal again): https://vimeo.com/164501803 I searched every topic on OdForce which seemed to deal with this technique, I found several topic like : • http://forums.odforce.net/topic/28803-this-subdivided-thing/ • http://forums.odforce.net/topic/28161-triangle-polygon-morph-animation-to-fractal/?tab=comments#comment-160368 • http://forums.odforce.net/topic/26779-how-to-creat-subdivision-pattern/?tab=comments#comment-154625 And also the famous tutorial by Entagma regarding subdivisions : • http://www.entagma.com/loops-subdivisions/ Those topics seem to give several techniques to subdivide a surface into smaller triangle, but none of them propose a solution to actually animate the subdivided mesh. It seems that the overall technique is based on a recursive subdivision, coupled with the fact that the subdivided parts move along their normal, in order to give this effect of extrusion and fractal. I’ve also searched more deeply into the code of such an algorithm, and I’ve found several websites (with code) explaining this effect: • http://code.algorithmicdesign.net/Recursive-Subdivision-Mesh • http://atlv.org/education/ghpython/#7 • http://www.geneatcg.com/2014/11/21/rhino-python-tessellation-subdivision-first-version/ • http://www.geneatcg.com/2014/11/28/rhino-python-mesh-boy-surface-subdivision-analysis/ There are also other websites (less significant) dealing with this issue: • https://codequotidien.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/half-edge-mesh/ • http://www.wblut.com/he_mesh/ • https://codepen.io/anon/pen/YEyYZv • https://wewanttolearn.wordpress.com/tag/mesh-recursive-subdivision/ That’s all I found regarding this effect. Does anyone know how to make this kind of animation? If so, could anyone post a Houdini file which implements this technique so I could learn from that ? Thanks by advance, I hope someone here will know how to resolve this issue !
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