dainara posted a topic in Lighting & Renderinghi, i am currently new to houdini and have been using arnold so far. Currently i am trying to build a procedural texture and have been using ambient occlusion as mask extensively and was happy with the result. However when i render it with animation, the objects move around and so the ambient occlusion mask moves as well for every frame. is there any way i could bake the ambient occlusion mask as a static mask? or stop ambient occlusion from recalculating every frame? the geo consist of a huge polygon with many sections being animated that has already been unwrapped with uvs. would really appreciate any help thx.