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  1. Help With Speeding Up Render

    Hi all, I was determined to get a clean render out of mantra for this sequence, which I sort of managed to do, but the render times are just too high. I'm looking at over 5 hours per frame for something that is quite simple, as you can see from the attached screen shot. I could get something that looked reasonable, but to stop the highlights crawling between frames I just had to turn pixel samples up high. Nothing else seemed to sort out this problem (light quality & reflection quality just didn't work). The particular point I focused on was an area on the glass, on the centre of the image at the top - there's a small rectangular reflection from one of the lights, and where this went over the inner lip of the glass there were just always fireflies. The only thing that removed them was cutting the colour limit to 4 (from 10) which dulls the image, and turning up pixel samples to 12x12, which everyone seems to think is very high. I feel there's something I'm missing when it comes to getting a clean render. I've attached the hip file which contains the geometry and the hdr so, if anyone is able to help, just open the scene and see if you can get a better render time than I did. Petri_Dish.7z
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. Explosion with PyroFX Series 2

    New tutorial available at cgcircuit. Creating explosion https://www.cgcircuit.com/tutorial/explosion-with-pyrofx-series-2
  5. Deep Images

    Hey Guys, So I am doing a bit of an experiment. I haven't worked with DCM and DSM in Houdini much so I could use some information. I want a "Full Deep" (not sure if thats the term) of my image. I want each sample of my deep too store my rgba at the z sampled. The result should be when I DeepCrop this in nuke as I slice back and remove objects in front of background objects this reveals the pixel information behind that object. I initially tried with DCM and the DeepEXR works great but it does not seem to sample my e rgba of the object behind this. I read through the properties and tried some stuff but I feel like I am missing a step to get this result. EDIT: I understand this is prob not a standard application but is there a way to store that rgb information at each sample of the z? Any Solutions? Cheers! particles_example.hip
  6. Render Wrangler needed - TRIXTER Munich

    TRIXTER is currently looking for a Render Wrangler. Description: The After Hours Render Wrangler & IT Support position is a part-time but mission critical role to offer both after hours IT support and assist in the effective use of the computing resources (renderfarm) utilized in rendering computer generated images for our active projects. To start as soon as possible. Long-term contract. Primary Responsibilities: - Monitor, manage and keep the renderfarm running at maximum capacity - Monitor jobs on the “Pixar Tractor” render manager: identify stalling jobs, follow up and report failed jobs to artists/Production. - Check and re-start failed render tasks. - Update and maintain Render Manager job priorities according to instructions from Production. - Monitor disk space usage and flag high disk or network usage over-night. - Restart unreliable blades and report them to the IT as necessary for later diagnosis. - Provide first level technical support to artists and production team members working after - Provide additional information to, and where required, liaise with the IT team to assist in trouble-shooting larger technical issues. Required Skills & Experience: - A focus in Computer Science/Engineering as an undergraduate is a major plus. - Experience with Linux/UNIX, in particular the shell environment and navigating through the file system is a requirement. - Experience and/or interests in any of thefollowing IT technologies is a benefit: ZFS, Layer 2 Networking, esxi, vsphere, pfsense, RHEL, iSCSI, git, rpm, Bacula, NFS, SMB, python, Asterisk, Ansible, Graphite, Nagios, Observium, Cacti, Solaris, bash, csh. - Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written - Good organizational skills and attention to detail - Ability to handle a fast paced, occasionally high pressure environment - Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team - Willingness to work very flexible hours, including weekends and/or evenings. Please send your CV and your earliest commencement date by email to Laila.sleiman@trixter.de and/or jobs@trixter.de We are very much looking forward to meeting you! www.trixter.de
  7. Hi all, I am attempting to render out hair curves and only have them generate at the time of render. As I understand it, setting the hairgen node (created from a fresh scene from the shelf on a rubber toy object) render parameter to Hair Generation = "Generate Geometry in Mantra" is supposed to do just that. If I switch that parameter to "Use SOP Geometry", the hair renders out fine, but that defeats the purpose of not writing out the geometry beforehand and thus bloating the size of my IFDs. Otherwise none of the hair renders. Has anyone seen this happen or know what needs to be changed in the scene? Is this a bug? This is using HoudiniFX, v16.0.619 I cannot supply my scene file, nor screenshots, but this is happening in both my actual scene file and in a fresh launch of houdini with simple geometry as the only geo in the scene.
  8. Hello guys, there are so many old threads how to render the big amount of particles, I'm guessing maybe there are some modern approaches in newer Houdini versions? Here is my workflow: I have saved 100 mln of particles (pos, vel, color) It takes 3 min to render and 30GB of Ram if I load them by Load SOP. It takes 2-3 times quicker if I use Delayed Load Shader. But it's hard to use it coz I have procedural particle scale, dynamically changing colors by vex, etc in SOP level. Re-make everything in shader seems too complicated in my case. Also, I tried Packed Disk Primitive in Load SOP. But to make color, pscale changes I must unpack it and performance drops like loading file as usual geometry. Any other suggestions how to deal with big point counts? Maybe there is any more modern way? Thank you in advance.
  9. Hi, I'm struggling to find the overall parameter to control the amount of displacement noise on the Classic Shader. I've got a custom attribute holding colour data and can easily plug this in to control the diffuse colour, refraction intensity, etc but where do i control the actual amount of displacement? Controlling the amplitude/turbulence doesn't seem to be enough. thanks.
  10. Rendering slow

    I have a geometry that has a clay material with a texture and it is animated during 45 thousand frames. My computer is 2 x XEON 2,4GHz E560 and i have 8 GTX1080ti and 16 x 8GB Ram Mantra is not using GPU for rendering of course but the % usage in CPU is low while rendering why? what can i do to accelerate rendering? How can i use GPU rendering ? thanks Martin
  11. Hi, How do you render a IFD file in the mantra node? I know how to create it by enabling disk file in the driver. Once the IFD is created what do I do? I am trying to render to disk. I read the manual and I did not really see how to render and IFD in mantra node. Thanks, Evan
  12. Mantra Freezing

    Hey guys, i can provide my scene if needed, but my problem is after 2-5frames rendering to disk Mantra literally just stops/freezes rendering. Ive changed my frame ranges, new mantra render nodes, pathed to a diff hard drive which i thought had worked but didnt. Just seems ridicolous, frames that are rendering are coming out exactly as wanted, Just dont understand why its freezing for no reason? heres the scene too; Any help would be great as im trying to do some test renders and at the minute not suceeding due to this issue ocean_v2_t7.hipnc
  13. Rendering Normal Maps?

    Hey Guys! In a recent demo vid on how Houdini can be used in games, they showed how ocean fx can be used to create normal maps for fluid. at 7:46 I'm just wondering, how do I render the normal map? So far, I unwrapped my grid, and used polyframe to get my normal, tangent and bitangent. But I'm unsure on how to get the colour to reflect the correct values. From a lot of reading, it looks like I have to orient my current normal to turn it into tangent space? I've given it a guess, but it doesn't look right. My next step is then how do I bring this into COPS (what it looks like he's using) to save the normal map out? Thanks a lot! fluid_texture_02_HALP.hipnc
  14. rendering to separate files

    Hi all. I can't seem to find a way to write out my render and all the AOVs to separate png files.. I usually use multichannel exr, but for this one a frame stack png is required hence why I want to write out my beauty and my extra image planes to separate files. any suggestions? Cheers
  15. Houdini Flames and Fire Tutorial

    New tutorial at CMIVFX about creating fire and flames, check it out
  16. Rendering Pyro

    I'm clearly being an idiot here. Can someone explain to me why if I render a pyro sim from two different cameras it looks totally different - even the alpha is different? One is wide and far the other is close up. One directional light, mantra. Is this a scattering issue within the shader? I'm using the stock pyro material but I've removed the flame colour bits and thrown in a heat>fit>ramp into the emitcolor instead.
  17. Hello all, Has anyone else run into this issue? Using Houdini 16.0.597 on Linux, I created a flip sim, used the Ocean Flat tank setup and created an extended ocean and all works well. But at render time, the flip part of the sim that sits above the waterline appears to be missing something and renders very dark. I have checked the reflect/refract limits, checked the displace bounds and I'm using the standard oceansurface shader. I have generated a suitable interior volume, and the issue is there with or without the interior. I have a screenshot of the issue (taken with my phone cam so apologies for the quality) - just the ocean surface, no interior. I have tried with simpler sims, different settings on the shader, and the problem persists... Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks, Matt.
  18. IFD Workflow Basics

    I put together a simple intro to writing/rendering IFDs, using Packed Disk Prims to make better IFDs, and using HQueue to efficiently generate IFDs for rendering with Mantra. https://vimeo.com/223443000
  19. Anyone keen in sharing their setup for vector / 2D rendering ? I'm looking for some options similar to Rhino on how to render more technical drawings (wireframes. solid shading, ...) Thanks!
  20. Goodmorning everyone! So, my problem is t he following. Everytime Im building a scene, no matter if complicated or simple, my mantra output comes out black. If I open a fresh Houdini scene. Place a box, light, camera and the same mantraROP it renders just fine. However if I make even a simple billowy smoke preset the render comes out black. Any ideas? Houdini 16.0.504 Indie
  21. Mantra Checkpoint Tiles

    I have a long-ish PBR render (4-5hr frame) that ran to 66% with checkpoints enabled before timing out on the farm. I resubmitted the frame with checkpoints enabled and got the message: >Resuming from checkpoint file: read 4040 tiles from /path/to/bla_sh004_lighting_v010_bty.1062.exr.mantra_checkpoint (I presumed this meant a successful resume) I then watched as my new render started from exactly the same tile as the first render... it didn't seem to actually skip any part of the render. Is this expected behaviour? Am I misunderstanding checkpoints? I figured this should start back up SOMEWHERE near the percentage of completion I got up to previously, but it appears that's not the case... edit: interesting observation is that looking at the images in Nuke, the same tiles (up to 66%) in the EXR are there - just a hunch that the new render is just rendering straight over the old tiles instead of recognising that they've, in fact, been completed. Is this possible?
  22. Flip rendering

    Hello everyone, I'm beginner in water simulation and I would like some tips if it's possible. For the simulation part, I'm not in trouble for the moment, but the rendering it's another thing. I'm trying to make an ocean flip simulation of a submarine going out of water, for the ocean shader, I have something pretty good now with ocean spectra and the ocean shader of houdini 16. The problem is the whitewater, for the ocean surface (the flip mesh) I don't know how to do the white part like in the sreenshot, is it particles, or tweaking the shader with velocity or vorticity, but which parameter in the shader (refraction?) ? And for the foam, spray, bubbles , I have to render simple particles or do another thing? Thank's for your help, I want to learn water, it's very fun to do! I let the breakdown of the screenshot here
  23. Particles Clumping

    I've been practicing particles using Rohan Dalvi's Tutorial:Rohan Dalvi's tutorial Everything has been working great so far except for one major thing. If i compare my renders to Rohan's, my particles seem to clump together and generally have a larger scale. The left picture show's my particle render and the right shows Rohan's One issue i've considered to be the cause of this is that Rohan is using VOPSOP from 13 I'm using 16 and point wrangles, so maybe something is going on with the scale in there. I still only have a couple months of experience so any help would be great. Cheers ParticleDisintegration.hipnc
  24. Hi, I just released a new tutorial about lighting and rendering with Mantra in Houdini. Over 5+ hours of content. Topics include Cameras, Lights, Lighting Setups, Materials and Shaders, Render Settings, and Scene Management. If you don't know where to start with Mantra, or with lighting and rendering, in general, this is a pretty good, comprehensive explanation: http://helloluxx.com/product/houdini-training-learn-jumpstart-vol-8-intro-to-lighting-rendering/ -Adam
  25. Hi, I have some particles that I was trying to use instance to Copy lights on them. But I want to control their intensity base on random point/id numbers, so each particle will follow different intensity. I couldn't come up with a way to control the lights intensity for each individual particle separately. I came up with the idea of using copy stamping after my popnetwork node. but I need to use a way such as object merge, but unfortunately it doesn't support lights. I would like to know if there is anyway to import light in my nodes with something like Object merge. Any idea that how can I do that or how can I control each individual lights intensity based on random id/point number? Thanks
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