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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Hi everyone. I've got a little problem, I'm trying to render my work in mantra, but the problem is that houdini reload the geometry for each frame and it's a bit long. When i render it in the render view everything works well, Houdini loads the geometry once and render each frame very quickly, but when i render it on the disk , he loads the geometry for each frame, and i don't know why. what i render is just a simple sphere instance on a lot of point , arround 10 million. Is there a way to cache the geometry for the render ? Thanks.
  10. Hi everyone, Here's a weird one: I am trying to use the crowdsource to copy a simple agent animation on a point sim. It is basically a swarm test. Now the problem is that when I try to render my agents they render as boxes. So far I have done a couple days of research but I didn't seem to be able to find a solution or anybody with my same issue. The simple answer that I gave to myself was "use the copy sop with some timewarp stamping for each point" but the copy sop gets too heavy to quickly. Does anybody have an idea of what am I doing wrong? I have attached a zip file with the hip and the fbx of the bee animation. Thanks for your help! bees_test.zip
  11. Hello Everyone, I'm offering a 25% discount on the "volume rendering using houdini and arnold" tutorial. The techniques demonstrated in this course are 100% applicable to Houdini 16 and to the latest arnold version and to volume rendering using arnold in maya, cinema 4D and or xsi. Preview: Same techniques used to render these volumes: Get it now: http://www.cgcircuit.com/course/volume-rendering-using-houdini--arnold?affid=e245f471eae8980461f2286ce070ff396d6ffc54930aad03cf3d811923ff74900aff8e3de73a75c248b4ff557c8d5f8b12788af79c176c15116b82b6fabc2310 Enjoy!
  12. mantra node not working

    I'm trying to render out my file under two separate mantra nodes, one for the particle simulation and one with the lighting. Neither of them seem to be working? I went to render and it stopped and now the mantra nodes are red. Any suggestions please? Ball Pit Ball mantra nodes.hipnc
  13. Hi all, I am encountering some strange artifacts while rendering a flip sim with mantra. I applied a platinum preset material to the mesh, environment light with HDRI and rendering with Mantra. You can see the artifacts all around the edge of the splash in the video below. I smoothed the final mesh quite a bit on the particlefluidsurface and it helped a bit, but still getting serious artifacts. I also tried remeshing and subdividing as a post process to the mesh it but that introduced new problems where the mesh would look totally unstable. My guess is that it might be doing that because of the constantly changing topology of the mesh? Maybe these meshes were not designed to be rendered with anything but a fluid like shader? Is there anything I can do about it? Attached video and file (using mesh from OUT node in Mesh obj node). Thanks, Top Down Test_1.mp4 CrownSplash Anim.hiplc
  14. Making Dessert in Houdini - Training

    Hello Everyone, This training is an update to the Tea and Cookies training. The training covers fairly similar topics such as modeling, shading, lighting and rendering. The primary difference is that instead of Mantra the training focuses on using the third party render engines namely, Redshift, Octane and Arnold. The modeling part of the training covers a variety of techniques ranging from basic poly modeling, VDB, fluid simulations and even POP grains to build the scene. This shading and lighting part primarily focuses is on building all the various shaders required for the scene using a variety of procedural textures and bitmaps. The training will also cover SSS, displacement and building fluid shaders using absorption. We will also build relatively detailed metal and plastic shaders. Trailer for further details kindly click on the link given below http://www.rohandalvi.net/dessert/
  15. New Tutorial about PyroFX

    Check out the new tutorial about creating explosion with pyrofx in Houdini. https://www.cgcircuit.com/course/explosion
  16. For anyone rendering scenes with mantra, and have lots of lights, there have been some amazing optimizations that showed up in the last few days. The scene has 528 disc lights with varying colors: 16.0.504.20 11m 51s (no active radius) 8m 29s (active radius 3) 16.0.535 3m 28s (no active radius) 3m 13s (active radius 3) 16.0.537 1m 18s (no active radius) 1m 9s (active radius 3) I haven't had a chance to try it in 15.5, since the scene was built using several H16 nodes, but if anyone else gets the chance to compare against 15.5, that'd be cool!
  17. Hi guys I recently created a free asset to test shaders in a consistent environment regardless of the scene I am. I am kind of old school and feel a consistent shading testing area is very comfortable to create different shaders. The idea is that no matter what complex scene you are in, you can just bring this asset and then test render shaders on a tri light set up with background and env. light. The asset itself is very flexible. multiple shapes test, and grid or plain background. You can even bring your own object or shader ball into the scene. You can find the asset here: https://www.orbolt.com/asset/Butachan::nh_shadertest::1.0 Please read the instruction as I made the asset object, light camera, and actually everything invisible in the scene so it doesn't really clutter the scene you are working. I also made it open because as it is a render related asset I feel it will need some tweeking here and there to adapt to your needs. Bests, Nico.
  18. Render Pass Setup?

    Hi. I'm new to Houdini. I used Softimage for 20 years then went to Maya but am giving AD the bird and learning Houdini. Something I haven't found is a clear definitive guide on how to set up different render passes in Houdini. I see a few different approaches but none seem like the THE definitive way it should be done. Is there a tutorial or video or something about the best way to do render passes in Houdini? Thanks! Lawrence * I originally posted this on the SideFX forums but got no response
  19. Just want to put all the extracted image plans (diffuse, AO, reflect, etc...) into there own directories(folders), is there a way to do this?
  20. Introduction to Arnold

    Hello Everyone, This is a fairly long introduction to Arnold in Houdini.
  21. noob query: anyone knows why this is happening (please refer to picture) thanks in advance m.
  22. Hi guys, I use Houdini apprentice v 15 and I wanted to render RBD as phantom but nothing works. And i need your help to fix the issue. On the first picture file_kitchen there is the phantom option and it works when i do a render. The second example is different when i select the dinner plate there is no phantom option like on the first picture. In the render visibility section i chose the phantom option and the dinner plate is still visible. Does someone know how to fix this ? Thanks you all.
  23. render passes

    Hey everyone, I'm working on the scene of water effect. I project a texture (.exr format) that there are few spot lights on the image to a grid card through a constant shader, in order to catch the reflection from the projected lights on ocean wave's surface and big spray ( created by millions particles), and there are 4 lights ( envlight, 3 other lights ) in the scene. Then, I render the wave and spray all together. For the moment, the passes I use are: color(RGB), normal, all_emission ( created by Mantra- Extra Image Planes- click " Combined Emission"), depth of field, id. I could do some adjustments in Nuke by using those passes. the lights on the card are reflected on both wave and spray very well on the color(RGB) pass. But on the all emission pass, the lights from projected card are only reflected and restored on wave surface, not on the big spray ( particles). So I couldn't grade them down and up by using this pass. I tried to assign the wave's material to the big spray ( particles ) , it still doesn't work. Does anybody have the same situation, and how can I solve the issue ? I know that I could use other method to grade separately in comp, however, I would like to know the reason. Thanks very much!
  24. Hi all, I'm trying to render to several outputs at the same time, and perform multiple takes on those outputs. In the example scene shows more clearly what I mean, I have two sub-takes (each shows a different primitive), and a Wedge node that is set to render both of these takes. In the /out you will see a Wren node plugged into a Mantra node, the idea being that if I set the Wedge node to render using the Mantra node as an output driver, the Wren node that is connected into it should also render. But it renders using the wrong take. If you open the attached file and click on 'Render Wedges' of the /out/wedge1 node it should render the Wren node, then the Mantra node to MPlay. You can see that the Wren node always renders the same output. I see in the documentation there are instructions on how to wire up multiple nodes to make them all render in sequence, but this doesn't seem to work at all where takes are concerned. Am I doing something wrong or is this a bug? Wedge.hipnc
  25. I have a question that has been bugging me for some time and I couldn't find much information about it. Which is the best and most efficient way to render many polygons? Using delayed load procedurals or using packed disk primitives? Or, am I confused and are they both doing the same thing and there's no difference between the 2 workflows? As far as I know, they both create instance geometry. The documentation doesn't help much either, half of the things I read talk bout optimizing a render using delayed load procedurals, and the other half about using packed primitives. I'm wondering if packed primitives is the new workflow and using delayed load procedurals was the old way of doing it as is now obsolete? Here are the 2 workflows I'm talking about: Packed Disk Primitives Here I pack all my geometry and write it out to disk. I then load it back and change the load setting to "Packed Disk Primitives". Then I generate my IFDs and they are now referencing the geometry from disk instead of having to write them out (And the IFDs are a few KB or MB big). I then render using those IFDs. Here is what the documentation says about it: "Packed Primitives express a procedure to generate geometry at render time." "Because Packed Disk Primitives by their nature are geometry streamed from a file, similar to Alembic primitives, we don’t have to use a special procedural to get smaller IFDs." Delayed Load Procedurals Here I write out my geometry (not packed) as bgeo and then make a Delayed Load Procedural shader and select the bgeo files I just wrote to disk. I then go to the Rendering -> Geometry tab of my object and load my Procedural Shader. I then create my IFDs and then render them out. In the documentation about the delayed load procedurals, it talks about optimizing geometry this way. So I know there are these 2 ways, but are they both equally the same, or is one of them better than the other? Which workflow do you use? Also, when using the packed disk primitives, if the geometry you want to render is unique and it can't be instanced (or there's just no point in doing it), do you still pack it (so its only 1 packed prim) and save it out? Or do you use the delayed load procedurals? Do you use any other workflow? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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