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  1. Wire Solver Constraints Shifting

    Hi, Playing around wire solver and using the attach wire to surface constraint from the shelf tool. However I ran into issues where the constraint points would shift and not stick to their assigned points. On the help docs, it says to select points on the goal object, or just select the goal object and the tool will constrain to the closest of all the goal object’s points. I've created group of the points on SOP level and assigned them via the sbd constraint created in DOP but the points still shifts. Any ideas on what's causing this or is my setup approach wrong? Goal is to constraint the wire points to the GEO easily with groups so I can deform the geo anyhow I want and attach the wires. Thanks WireConstraint.rar eIcfCqUVie.mp4
  2. Dynamic Fire Hose - Vellum

    Hi guys, I'm fairly new to houdini and I got stuck on a sim and hoped you might be able to help. For past two weeks I've been trying to create a dynamic fire hose - something like this. It seemed like a very simle task - vellum cloth hose somehow attached to rbd metal connector - but I just can't seem to get it to work properly. In the scene I'm working on the hose should float for a bit with some turbulence and interact with other rbds floating around and then fall to the ground and hit floor collider+other falling rbds objects. I'm using strut softbody in vellum and it seems to work pretty ok out of the box. The folding on the ground doesn't look that great, but thats probably just a matter of tweaking the settings. I managed to add some turbulence through the windforce node in DOP network. I wanted to figure out how to constrain/attach the end of the hose to the rbd connector. At first I tried using vellum attach to geometry and set the max distance parameter exactly as I needed. That worked great with static geo, but didn't work at all with rbd object. Not sure if vellum is incompatible with rbd, or if I just set it up incorrectly - I used shelf too RBD object and connected it through the dop import to the third input in vellum attach to geo node. When this didn't work out I thought I might be able to get away with merging the hose and connector into one obejct and then paint a mass and stiffness maps, so that the hose is soft, light and will fold on the floor, but the connector will be stiff to the point it will behave like RBD and heavier than the hose, so that it would pull it down. I created primitive stiffness attribute and then painted a map - the hose is black and the connector is white. In the vellum constraints I set both bend and stretch stiffness to scale by attribute and was expecting that the hose stiffness would be multiplied by 0 and thus would pretty much collapse on collision, while the connector would be scaled by 1 and the stiffness would be according to the stiffness value. But when I use scale by attribute the entire object gets completely flattened on collision and there is no difference between the connector's and the hose's stiffness at all. Also I was unable to find a way to adjust mass with attribute, so I'm not sure if this is even viable solution to my problem anyway. How would you approach something like this? TL;DR: What's the best way to create vellum hose and attach one end of it to moving rigid body with mutual interaction? EDIT: I managed to get the stiffness map working on a dummy scene, but still didn't figure out how to adjust mass by attribute/group. Is it even possible? Apologies in advance if it's something really simple and obvious! Thanks for any help!
  3. Hi! I'm pretty new to Houdini but am really interested in using it to form the basis of an sculpture/design tool for real world object creation. I've been working through the amazing tutorials/files of Ben Watts and recently Dave Stewart but have hit a road block. Using Dave Stewart's .hipnc file, I'm dripping a liquid (wax) which hardens on impact with a static object, the emitter activates moves and deactivates every 48 frames but currently I can't get past 5 drips before the sim starts nearly doubling in time per frame. (granted I'm using a 2018 15" Macbook Pro which I'm looking to add an egpu) Frame 190: 5min Frame 200: 10mins Frame 210: 30mins Frame 220: 120mins My question is can I 'freeze' each of the drops so they're not being calculated every time? So once each droplet hits the static object it becomes a static object itself. Ultimately I'm wanting to create hundreds of droplets much like a stalactite but at this rate it might be faster to do it for real :| Dave's link below: drive.google.com/open?id=0B4ni3j-ZLbj5Y1o4NEdqZDczZjA Many thanks in advance Simon
  4. Hey folks, proud to present LYNX Tools, a collection of production proven open source tools to accelerate your workflows! All mentioned tools are free to download via the links below and are licensed with a full HoudiniFX license. Download them at: Website: https://www.lucascheller.de/resources/ Git: Repository: https://github.com/LucaScheller/VFX-LYNX Lastest stable release: https://github.com/LucaScheller/VFX-LYNX/releases Please give them a test drive, so we can improve them further Roadmap | https://trello.com/b/f8Pgip7s/lynxpipeline So far there are three tools: LYNX_force_general | Tweak your sims with this all purpose & intuitive force field. Built to mimic force fields in other DCC applications, but with support for more features and a natural Houdini user experience. https://www.lucascheller.de/vfx/2019/03/24/vfx-lynx-houdini-force-general-asset/ LYNX_fabric | Create fabric/weave patterns with ease. Perfect for creating that holiday sweater you never wanted. https://www.lucascheller.de/vfx/2019/03/16/vfx-lynx-houdini-fabric-asset/ LYNX_velocity | Get control of your velocities via an intuitive UI or groom them for absolute fine tuned control. https://www.lucascheller.de/vfx/2018/11/01/vfx-lynx-houdini-velocity-asset/ More info on my website: https://www.lucascheller.de/blog/ Houdini User Group Munich Presentation: https://vimeo.com/334887452
  5. Hello! I'm trying to make an effect where a logo emerges from a tank with a viscous fluid. I want to have the liquid quickly flow off the logo once it emerged. It has a round surface, similar to the torus I exchanged it for in the hip-file I attached. I'm aware of viscous fluid's stickiness and turned on "slip on collision" and also tried the "gas stick on collision" cheat I found in some older thread, as well as using normals to drive the velocity. however some particles always stay on top of the surface and won't flow off. What would be a smart way to cheat and clear the surface of the fluid? Thanks in advance! J. 190620_Instagram_FlipTankExample.hiplc
  6. Hello, When I run a simulation the blue bar always starts disappearing from the beginning of the timeline. As a result, I can not scrub all the way through my sim. Is this normal behavior or is there some setting that can be changed? -houdini version 17.5
  7. Dear all, The plot : -> Am currently simulating a simple shatter with rbdPacked prims + Constraints Glue + a gorund plane, all into a DOP. (nothing Awesome till here). The Questions : -> But, strangely, the little rbds continue to vibrate once fallen on the ground. It looks like continuous vibrating tiny giggly wiggly inter-collisions. Did any body ever had this ? Would it be possible, i've to FORCE STOP them using a desactivating VEX snippet in a DOP/geomety wrangle node ? If anybody had this one time, let me know, please. You will be welcome and it will be pleasure to discuss that point you. Thank you all a lot, cheers.
  8. Smoke follow (fast) animated curve

    Hey Everyone, i'm hoping someone could help me with this problem. In a nutshell, i need to move smoke down an animated path, so that it sticks really tightly to the paths animation, but with all the dynamism a smoke sim brings to the table, i.e. nice peeling away around all the edges etc - I have a fairly fast moving alembic curve - cached out with 10 substeps. (may not be needed but there if i do) - I am using pops with curve force to fire particles down the path, so they follow the curve closely. - Then im using the particles to source density, and also adding their velocity into the sim so that it makes the smoke move along the curve. - Im using a high dissipation value so that i can tighten up the expansion so you can really get a sense of where the curve is / maintain the shape. My issues lie generally in 2 places: 1. Where the animated curve is moving the most - the smoke / velocities struggle to catch up and i end up with a hard edge. 2. Where the curve is tangentially facing inwards in relation to the curve, the velocities 'add' the other way, also creating a hard edge. To try and illustrate what im after - if i could animate a regular smoke sim down a straight path and then warp it into an animated spline shape / spline wrap effect, this would be the best way to achieve it, but im really not sure if is possible - hence this approach. I have already tried upping substeps - but it didnt make any difference. My gut feeling is that the problem lies within how i am sourcing the velocity. I will point out that i am very much in my houdini infancy, so my ability to problem solve isn't great (yet!) Has anyone worked on a similar effect before, or does anyone have any tips/tricks/tuts on how to achieve what im after? Any/All help very much appreciated! Cheers, C SmokeAlongCurve.mp4
  9. Hello to all people :)! I’m trying to do a few days, a whitewater that surrounds my boats, creating the tip of a wave at the front of the boat, a little like this example ... https://forums.odforce.net/topic/28940-flat-tank/?tab=comments#comment-164200 or that one (Really a defined shape of the whitewater fallowing the boat from the front to the back.The problem, here ... I can not see why the whitewater does not seem to be done and do not keep the shape of the same smaller boats ...) I would also like to know ... how to bake my simulations in order to have an ocean that included my simulations of my boats, with also my whitewater :)? Thank you in advance for your help :)!! (P.S, here is my scene) Boat_Breack_waves_V010.hip
  10. Tips for Eye Candy Fluid sims

    Hello there good people, Do you guys have any tips on creating eye candy fluid sims, Specially Flip liquid Sims? Thanks in advance.
  11. Digital asset download at Orbolt! Enjoy https://www.orbolt.com/asset/RodTD::Rod_vdb_averaging
  12. Hello, I'm just getting into vellum and the solver seems fast and cool but I'm trying a sim here where the geometry tries to attach to its collision geo, but that ends up being very jittery at the end with what seems to be no loss of energy. I've uploaded a scene file. I've tried to set @v to zero at the end and that still hasn't worked. What're the steps to making this solver behave? vellum_basics__jitter_02.hip
  13. Hello odforcers I'm a new user here and I would like to make couple of simple questions for advanced users, or at least I hope it's simple. So I will be investing my time into learning destruction with houdini and I know at some point I will need to do smoke simulation. Will be upgrading my pc soon. Is 64gb of ram enough to make anything decent smoke sim wise? Will I benefit having 2tb of nvme drives for caching? Will 64 gb be enough to make the sims of this scale? What is more important Frequency or Latency? Example : https://youtu.be/0d5L-AmABDU Example : https://youtu.be/qBS4bpWAY9g
  14. Vellum tangled office blinds

    Hi there, This is a bit out there but I'm trying to remake this effect produced in cinema4d using Vellum: The blinds were simulated then looped and baked to an alembic, then I attached the strings to the edges simulated them, making them loop using a pose morph tag. I was wondering if there is a way to do this in Vellum all at once having the strings effect the movement of the blinds, with the whole thing being a seamless loop. Basic starting point for vellum would be a simple flag I know, but does anyone know any tutorials that would cover attaching multiple cloths together with vellum hairs? Many thanks, H
  15. Hello, I'm trying to create an effect very similar to the one in the reference video, where particles move through this channel and creep over this bubble. I tried different approaches like vellum grains, regular particles and came closest with the lava shelf tool. But then the individual particles are not touching the surface of the bubble and the overall movement of the particles looks too much like a fluid. I actually want the distance between the particles to stay constant. I think some PBD approach would work best, but can't quite figure it out. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. J NanoParticleEffect.mp4 190524_NanoParticles.hiplc
  16. Hello! I have recently been offered my FIRST FX job! I am familiar with Maya, and some Max, but this job requires that i use Houdini, so now i am all in! VERY EXCITED!!! I have a scene where i have to make some letters rise from sand. The issue is that i cannot get things to collide correctly. Doing my research i have tried using it as a RBD object, and using a trail sop to computer its velocity, but i still dont see any collisions. I use static object, pointing to a VDB smooth as the proxy geo, and all of the collision detection/mode set to volume, but no collisions still. I set the sim up with an initial state file too. Could that be the issue? When i take away the VDB to polygons and VDB smooth, delete and just run the sim as a regular static object, everything works! But...i get some weird artifacts rendering. What is the best approach to this method in Houdini? Im sure the solution is just a setting away, but im lost here. Any suggestions? LetterSetup_001_collProbs.hip
  17. Hey guys, having trouble getting a ragdoll simulation to work, I have everything set up working great except the collisions on my mesh. It looks fine in the preview, but then joints stick together and the feet fall off and stick to the floor. Any ideas?
  18. Hey everyone, So just started deadline for Houdini and I've managed to send my rop output to deadline for rendering but when I explore the output file path, it shows file does not exist. However, when selecting the explore file path, it opens the correct pointed file directory where I want my caches & renders to be at. It does work if I copy & paste the output file path I'm using $JOB for all my files since I'm working, rendering, caching off our servers. Our IT guy have no clue on why it's behaving like this as well therefore would be best if anyone can guide me in setting up deadline? Screenshots attached H16.0.633 | Deadline 10.0.19.0
  19. Fire on the ceiling

    Hi everyone, I'm currently trying to create an effect of fire burning under a ceiling, looking something like this: http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/774901137-explosive-flame-fire-disaster-ceiling-fire-blaze As far as I understand the phenomenon there is a layer of gas floating between the air below and the ceiling above. It gets ignited and starts burning at the interface between air and gas. The flames rising up create this kind of nodule structure by constricting the gas into little pockets. This is the theory but I'm completely stumped on how to create the actual effect. I've tried creating little pockets of fuel but the pyro sim simply burns into them, disregarding the fact that there should be no air that makes combustion possible. Does anyone have some experience with this kind of simulation or at least an idea how to tackle it? Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance Paul
  20. Sulaiman - Compositing/Houdini FX

    Hi everyone! I am a VFX Artist who just recently graduated from 3dsense Media School who specialises in a wide range of skillsets Below is a Vimeo link to my showreel as well as my submission to The Rookies! Do feel free to drop me a message, thank you! Contact me and check my channels: sulaimanwar18@gmail.com https://linkedin.com/in/sulaimanwar/ https://www.artstation.com/sulaimanwar =================================== https://vimeo.com/325603170 https://www.therookies.co/entries/427 FinalProject10.mov
  21. Hi everyone, my name is Tomás and I'm new to the forum. I'm creating a fur sim for a chimpanzee using the Guide Simulate node with the Vellum solver. The chimpanzee will later be animated. The sim works fine but I can't find a way to make it keep its wild messy look. The guides do keep their shape (bend, guideinit, etc) because I increased the constraint iterations and the bend stiffness. But I can't find a way to make the hairs keep their direction. In other words, once the gravity affects the guides they all go too down. So I want a way to keep the original shape of the hair a bit more. I could tone down gravity or the mass of the guides but that would make it look as if it's underwater or something once I animate the chimpanzee. Increasing the constraint iterations to a ridiculous value would maybe fix this but at a high cost to sim time, same for stubsteps. Increasing Bend Stiffness to billions and billions doesn't seem to help either. Obviously, I don't want the hair to be hard as rock. I want it to behave this way because it's light, strong and covered in dust and sweat, if that makes sense. It's also important to note I committed the noobie mistake of not resizing my mesh after exporting from Maya which works with different centimeters instead of meters. Meaning my monkey was more than 100 meters tall. I believe I already fixed this by going to preferences>Hip file options but I did this after creating the simulation so I'm not entirely sure if everything was resized correctly. Attached are 5 images: the guides at frame 1, the guides at frame 73 (3 seconds into the sim), a render of the fur at frame 1 (the way I like it), a render of the fur at frame 73 (the way I dislike it) and a reference image for the sort of hair I'm aiming for. I also added the project folder. ApeODForce.zip Thanks in advance!
  22. Dear Friends, I'm emitting FEM objects into a simulation. Since on a given frame I generate at most one object, I don't need stamping to produce variations, it is enough to animate the initial state. My problem is that these objects share the same rest position, which I would like to vary instead. Is there a way to stamp a variable based on the DOP object currently copying the rest positions to the simulation geometry? In other words is there a function that gives a stable but varying value across objects when a DOP simulation reaches out for rest geometry? Thanks in advance! BMT
  23. I'm having a problem with a RBD simulation. I followed Applied Houdini Rigids 3 for the setup and everything finally worked. Now I would like to work on an actual scene, using an animated alembic instead of animating in houdini with a null. But I can't see what to change or to adapt in the setup to get Houdini to read this animation and make the switch to physics work like in the original setup. Importing my abc and switching every cache to store a frame range instead of a single one might mess with the constraint system, any ideas?
  24. slicing object while simulating

    I'm trying to slice an object during a rigid body simulation. imagine a fruit falling through a grid of laser beam. the object is supposed to be sliced in multiple pieces. i can't pre-crack the geometry as the fragments depend on how the object hits the lasers. like this,
  25. Hi; In a vellum cloth simulation, I need to keep the original shape of my cloth object as much as possible. I tried to increase bend stiffness and stretch stiffness but it doesn't works. Later, I would like to paint an attribute like "stretchstiffness" on that cloth, to control areas that I want to be more stretched... Thanks. BaseMesh.bgeo Vellum_Cloth_01.hip
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