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  1. Hi everyone, We're currently looking for a talented Pipeline TD and Pipeline Assistant to join us at our 80-seat facility in Bournemouth, UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a burgeoning pipeline team and make your mark on an exciting young VFX operation. We work across feature film, high-end TV and commercials simultaneously and have recently worked on Jurassic World 2, One Strange Rock, Electric Dreams and 47 Meters Down, to name a few. You'll find the individual job specs at outpostvx.co.uk/careers. CVs to talent@outpostvfx.co.uk please. UK-eligible applicants only. Thanks for reading!
  2. Hey all ok I have a simple joint chain anim done in Maya.. 4 bones and a tube animating to bend the tube. I've imported it as fbx (merged into scene).. it all comes in as a subnet package with joints and skinned mesh. All looks good. So I've been testing the muscle sim and basically I'm connecting the muscle start and end points to joints in the subnet. Right now it seems to work fine.. joints animate.. muscles follow. However I now need to update the anim on the 4 joint system. This is easy enough Maya side.. animate.. export fbx.. job done. BUT.. now I want to replace the existing bones/skel animation data with the one from my new fbx. And I've no idea how to do that. Can anyone help here please? Id be a bit miffed if I need to keep reparenting all those muscle nodes each time an anim changes lol. Ta! Ant
  3. Hello everyone, I have a problem on rendering bifrost surface in maya 2018,this is my render test: I have the velocity pass and displacement map output by Boss, but how can I render mesh by velocity? It means that the splash which with high velocity will be rendered with no displacement, and the other part of mesh which with low velocity will be rendered with displacement, I just want to render the surface with no thickness, how to cut the mesh in rendering? so I can render the mesh just like this: or is there any other way to render mesh? I want the splash is rendered with no displacement, and the other part of mesh rendered with displacement, and the mesh will be combined with outside infinite ocean, which can be rendered with the same boss displacement map. This is my RnD: Can anyone help me? Thanks!
  4. Hello everyone, I have a problem on rendering bifrost surface in maya 2018,this is my render test: I have the velocity pass and displacement map output by Boss, but how can I render mesh by velocity? It means that the splash which with high velocity will be rendered with no displacement, and the other part of mesh which with low velocity will be rendered with displacement, I just want to render the surface with no thickness, how to cut the mesh in rendering? so I can render the mesh just like this: or is there any other way to render mesh? I want the splash is rendered with no displacement, and the other part of mesh rendered with displacement, and the mesh will be combined with outside infinite ocean, which can be rendered with the same boss displacement map. This is my RnD:
  5. Hey everyone, I just released my Pipeline called Prism, which I developed over the last few years. Prism is an artist-friendly Pipeline, mainly for animation and VFX projects, but it can help anyone who works within the CG industry. Prism does not only manage your scenefiles, exports and imports, but it also takes care of your playblasts, renderings and more. Prism works with many industry standard tools out of the box. This includes Houdini, Maya, 3ds Max, Blender and Nuke. And finally, Prism is free to use! Here is a short introduction video of Prism: https://vimeo.com/265003976 You can download it for free on the website: https://prism-pipeline.com/
  6. I'm using a userSetup.py script to do some setup in Maya during launch. However, some things are not happening as expected, and I can't seem to find the output of Maya's stdout during startup to debug. For example, if I put the line print "Testing stuff..." into userSetup.py, I cannot find where it gets printed. It does not show up in the Script Editor after Maya launches, it does not get written to the shell if I launch Maya via cmd prompt > maya.exe, and it does not get written out to the output file if I set MAYA_CMD_FILE_OUTPUT in my Maya.env Where can I find the stdout from Maya's startup process??
  7. Export Points to maya 2017

    Hi, I looking for a way to export points/particles from houdini to maya. Houdini 16.5, Maya 2017. I've tried exporting in alembic, importing in maya with exocortex, but nothing work. Houdini digital asset is not a solution for me (render farm, licenses ...). Any solution ? Thanks a lot
  8. Hi all, After researching for some days, apparently there is no way to export Houdini transform handles into Maya through the digital asset (correct me if i'm wrong). So one way i found to do this would be through the Maya connection editor between a locator and the Houdini asset. So, in Houdini i have a grid and a sphere and the sphere is controlling the grid extrusion by its position and scale attribute. It is a very simple setup with attribute transfer to test in Maya and everything is working fine except one thing. My goal is to control the sphere inside Maya with the traditional "transform handle" so i can control where the extrusion on the grid is happening by moving the handle instead of typing numbers. Once i imported the asset in Maya, i could attach the locator transform handle to the whole asset using the connection editor however, i cannot see the sphere transform node parameter from Houdini in the connection editor, only the main translation parameter that controls the whole asset. After that, the result that i got so far is the locator translation handle transforming the whole asset and not only the sphere inside the asset and therefore, i cannot move the extrusion around. That said, in this case, does anyone know how to connect the sphere transform parameters to the locator handle in Maya through the connection editor so i could control the extrusion on the grid? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
  9. Hello everyone, I am currently having some trouble exporting my RBD simulations from Houdini to Maya, rendering with Arnold. Namely with UVs and motion blur. Although I have uv and v attributes, none of them transfer correctly, uvs are lost and motion blur looks streaky in some frames. I recall having no problem with voronoi fractures but this time I am using booleans to generate the fractured pieces. I have tried using both .ass files and alembics with no luck. I am curious to hear about your workflows. Thanks in advanced. David.
  10. - Hello everyone im trying to render pyro sim in maya and the problem is fire doesn't appear, instead it show blocky voxel like in the render my setup was : created pyro sim from shelf (Exploison) exporting the sim after converting it to vdb, load in maya via arnold volume (grid density) added aiStandard to the volume, than aiStandardVolume to shading group (in this stat only smoke is visible) So when i try to make emission type "channel" and the channel heat i get this blocky voxel issue Thank you
  11. Importing BEGO to Maya

    Hey guys, Is there a way to directly import BGEO's into Maya? I've seen a plugin floating around the internet, but it's so out-of-date the newer versions of Maya won't accept it. I'd prefer to do this rather than re-export an already heavy BGEO file, which will take time...
  12. Hello! So I'm not sure if I should be posting this in a Maya forum, but I'm having issues with constrained objects in Houdini. The object was rigged in Maya and then exported to be rendered in Houdini, but when brought into Houdini, on certain frames the parent constraints freak out and cause a weird effect ( show in the picture ) I've narrowed it down to the objects that are being parented. I've tried to delete the constraint and just parenting under the geo, still no luck. Has anyone else ever encountered this? If so what did you do to fix it? Thanks
  13. Hello guys. Anybody have experience how to use pymel in standalone without GUI ? import sys path = '/usr/autodesk/maya2016/lib/python2.7/site-packages' sys.path.append(path) import maya.standalone Unfortunately with code doesnt work.
  14. Hi all, i hope you are wall well. I have a quick question regarding exporting of transform data from my rbd object. I need to use the transforms in Maya. So i have tried to export the rbd as an fbx, however i still do not get the individual transforms for each peace in my rbd sim. So as an example imagine a sphere attached with cubes. I would want to export the cubes and each other their transforms from Houdini to Maya. any one have any solutions? Thank you
  15. Hi every one, I have imported a Crowds "ass" file into Maya from Houdini. I come in just fine but when I render I get this error // Error: /obj/agent_source:polygons: parameter vlist is an array of type POINT, not VECTOR // // Error: [polymesh] /obj/geo1:polygons: out-of-range UV index // I don't have an attribute called vlist. and i would delete all that attributes. and still get this error. I was wondering if it was the shader search path. but I think I found the right location. after forcing the render with a region a few times I get a null shader on the crowds. any thoughts? thanks Angel
  16. Hello! Normally I always find the answers to any Houdini issue that comes into my way, but this time I decided to finally communicate my current issue! My first question ever in odforce hehe So well... I'm doing my graduation film, and is about a shepherd that transforms sheep wool into clouds for doing rain! After some previous phase of research, we decided to give the wool a "cloudy" look, more than giving clouds a "wooly" look. So I'm using volumes to recreate the sheep wool! Thanks to various threads made by countless users here in odforce, I was able to: *Create interesting noise density values for the VDBs, hence giving a "wooly" look to the volume. I wanted "puffy" looking volumes, so I scattered particles in the sheep mesh, and created VDB out of them. *Transfer spatial transformation data from an alembic animated mesh to a volume, this way helping me to maintain the overall noise that will have otherwise been calculated at each frame if I moved the mesh I used for the VDB creation directly. *Deform the noised volume through a volume lattice technique by Juraj Tomori and Matt Estela (I'm enormously grateful for having shared their hip files!!! They saved my life). The volume will keep its noise while being deformed by box, itself deformed by an edit or a bend node. Up until now! Everything is going well! The only issue I have is.... How can I assign the point cache information of an animated lattice in Maya to a box with the same dimensions and subdivisions in Houdini? I thought that maybe an attribute transfer I could transfer the P data.. But I don't know if I need some vex to grab the position of every point in the lattice an assign them to a new matrix... I have no idea.. But knowing how to do this will be excelent! This way any lattice deformations the animators will do in Maya will be directly fetched to the box in Houdini! Any ideas?
  17. PIPELINE TD NEEDED

    Hi everyone, We're urgently looking for a solid Pipeline TD to join our growing team in Bournemouth, UK. Must be eligible to work in the UK. Desired knowledge/expertise: Maya, Houdini, Redshift, Golaem Crowd, Python, Deadline, Windows and Linux, UI design, solving per show render and data-flow challenges, liaising with department heads. We are an 80-seat full service VFX studio working on film, TV and commercials. Recent projects include Life, 47 Meters Down, Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams and Nocturnal Animals. We are looking to expand even further over the coming months to accommodate a number of big shows that we've won recently. We operate a little differently to a lot of our contemporaries, putting staff treatment first and encouraging healthy work/life balance through 7-hour working days and discretionary overtime/TOIL for the odd occasion that deadlines stack up. We're five minutes away from the beach, too. If you get the chance, please check out what we've been up to at www.outpostvfx.co.uk! IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL US AT TALENT@OUTPOSTVFX.CO.UK. Can't wait to hear from you!
  18. Either you are junior, mid or senior, good at modeling, texturing or lighting... No matter what, as soon as you can show a quality portfolio, have interest for Moment Factory's projects (from pure 3D animation to hyperrealistic projects on a variety of multimedia platforms) and looking for versatility in 3D tasks, we have openings for permanent or contract. Here is our content reel: http://bit.ly/2rzJKbE Our works: http://bit.ly/2tJMlAB Please note for urgent matter, we will consider only artists eligible to work in Canada. Please send your resume or LinkedIn profile and portfolio or demoreel to julietb@momentfactory.com
  19. Hi all, I want to import a particle simulation from houdini to Maya without using the Houdini engine and render in Redshift. I made a way around it stamping spheres into particles and exporting them as Alembic, but the file is too damn heavy. Do you have any suggestion? Thanks in advance.
  20. Hi everyone, I'm attempting to export a pyro sim as VDB files for use in Maya 2017. I've followed a few tutorials but each time my VDBs are only 1KB each in size. Has anyone had experience with this process and could offer some advice? I'll include a copy of my hipnc if someone would like to take a look. Thanks for your time, Kind regards, Chris (AUS) campfire010.hipnc
  21. Python - Houdini Engine

    Anyone scripted anything for Houdini Engine in Maya? Just want to be able to import an HDA. Any pointers appreciated.
  22. Hello Guys, I hope all are doing well. I'm prtmsh, new to the cg/vfx industry, currently an intern learning camera tracking and matchmoving. I started with matchmoving to get my foot in the door, but I aspire to be an FX artist. My question is related to what learning path to follow. I have very basic knowledge of modelling in Maya and 3ds Max. I cant afford to attend any VFX/CG school, mostly watch youtube and Digital tutors. Should I first learn to create particle sims like fire,smoke etc in Max/Maya and once i'm good at that look for a junior level job, and slowly move on to Houdini. Will knowledge of Max and its FX plugins help me towards understanding Houdini better? I am aware I can start with Houdini directly, but reading from posts here I suppose i'll have to study Math and python as well. Kindly excuse me if my question is redundant or too noobish, I have very beginner level knowledge of what CG/VFX is. I would appreciate your advice. Thanks & Regards.
  23. Hello there, I'm mucking about with houdini engine in maya and used the bog-standard file hda to get particles in there and it works. So to add some level of control into maya I thought I would add a delete SOP after the file SOP and have this controlled by a slider on the top level of the hda so that within maya you can dial out some particles if needs be. This works as you would expect in houdini but has no effect in Maya. So my question is this. Is this functionality possible or does it fail due to the limitations of nParticles? If it's not the latter then, anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Cheers
  24. Hi, I created a few assets in Maya PaintFX, and exported them as an alembic cache, the have animation of 100 frames. I would like to repeat those animations and loop them (or maybe even reverse loop them) or overlap the animation, as you would do in Maya. Houdini does not have animation options in alembic file, so how would you loop said animation? Thanks!
  25. FX TD, New York

    Hey guys, I'm currently looking at FX TD career opportunities in New York. I'm open to working freelance, either on-site or remotely, and long term positions. My experience is nearly 2 years using Houdini. It was taught as the main software in my Master's program - Digital Effects at Bournemouth University, UK. After my graduation, I worked at Framestore NY on TV, commercials and VR. I had a 6 month contract with Framestore, which unfortunately they weren't able to renew due to scheduling and budgeting. References available upon request. In my time using Houdini, I have created a wide array of effects to a high level. These include: fluids, cloth, smoke, hair & fur, RBDs, soft bodies, particles, pyro/volumes. I also have a excellent knowledge of the vfx pipeline due to my professional experience and having worked on my own personal projects during my student days. I have extensive experience in Nuke and PFTrack, as well as 3DS Max, Maya, After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop. Please see my links below for my showreel and other details. I have eligibility to work in both US and UK as I have dual citizenship. Showreel | Linkedin | Vimeo | Portfolio | Resume Cheers, Mark
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