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  1. Awesome: https://www.arnoldrenderer.com/news/press-release-arnold-5-3-gpu/ Seeing news like this, and the upcoming Renderman XPU, I'm more and more interested each passing day in knowing if Mantra will be GPU-based (or accelerated at least) some day...
  2. Hi everybody! Share your methods of debugging a render time in houdini, how it can be registered for each frame. Perhaps there is a way to display the render time over the frame, for subsequent comparison? Thanks!
  3. There is any problem with licensing, but when I render this shot. It just looks like this. Lights doesn't affect to scene now. Is there any additional option about this problem ?? Help me !
  4. Arnold Instance Offset Volumes

    Hey there, Having a little bit of Arnold trouble, I'm a little inexperienced rendering limitations and instancing with Arnold. Trying to load in instanced vdb's via an instancer obj node, using per point instancefile. But they're not renderable.. I did same with instance sop, but they weren't renderable, until I unpacked them -- which I believe defeats my purpose. Just trying to instance a volume , and offset time for variation. --- probably limitation with packed prims with Arnold but it'll work if I directly Instance Object my Arnold Volume obj node (where I lose offset control, per point). So a little confused. htoa 3.03 atm perhaps I could update because I've been told recently packed prims were further supported. Houdini Indie, so no access to .ass files. If I @instancefile (instance sop), I get access to the frame variable. but I have to unpack. If I @instancefile (instance obj), within an instanceobj, I get no render effect. If I @instancepath (instance obj), within an instanceobj, I can render, but have no access to the frame variables. Cheers, will play around with and give my solution if any.
  5. Hello everyone, I am currently a student and a young Padawan I block a lot of candle effect and I need your help ... My candle effect works well in the scene view but I have a lot of difficulties to find the same effect in Arnold on Maya despite exporting to: "convert VDB" "VDBvectorMerge" "Primitive" then my cache VDB ... So on Maya I can not seem to recover the same aspect with a arnold volume and my aistandardvolume ... Will anyone here help me? I leave you the scene to better understand ... candle.hip source_volume_cache.7z
  6. Hey! I'm looking into rendering some clouds with arnold, but as far as I understood I can only render cached vdb files, problem is this workflow looks very slow as I have to go back and forth between volume shaping and rendering, and if I have to write out vdbs each time I change something I'm not sure this will be ideal for me! cheers!
  7. I'm having an issue where some of my instanced objects are not casting shadows when rendering to Arnold. In my example project that I've uploaded, box_instance_1 is not casting shadows on the ground plane where as box_instance_2 is casting shadows perfectly fine. Even stranger, when I hide box_instance_1 from render, box_instance_2 suddenly does not cast shadows. As far as I know I've set up both instances in the same way. Clearly something weird is going on, and I'd love to know if anyone else has encountered this issue? I'm on version 16.5.439 rock_instances.hip
  8. Hi, I'm trying to find a way to export nested .ass files - for example with a crowd. I can get a crowd exported using alembics using this method - but I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for exporting, say, each agent as an arnold procedural within a single arnold procedural i.e. nested. cheers
  9. Sticky Arnold Triplanar Texture

    Hey guys and gals. Im playing with something in Arnold for Houdini. I created a cube and shattered it in quick falling down sim. Created rest position before assemble and simulation. After sim I do unpack (all attributes preserved) attach shader (just standard with checkerboard) to see how triplanar shader works with animated geometry. It works as expected for the first part. Renders trough all the pieces all nice. But obviously when pieces start moving (falling) they slide trough triplanar projection. Now, there is this coord space option that says Pref and according to the docs is a vertex in reference pose, great I was thinking that is it. But still pieces slide trough triplanar texture. I tried copying and renaming rest attribute (created after voronoi on first frame) from points to primitives and even renaming to pref...but it’s not working. Was anyone able to create sticky triplanar texture in htoa? Thanks a bunch!
  10. Hello, I have problem creating skin shader in Houdini using Arnold. As creating proper skin shader i need to have: Base color map - Dictates base color of skin Epidermal Color map - Outer layer of skin Subdermal map - Deepest layer of skin Mid scatter map - This is layer where i want to paint also veins Specular map primary- Dictates skin general specularity Specular map secondary - Dictates where are the oili areas in the face (As you may know skin is in some areas more oily then others) Displacement map Curvature map * AO map Note! i use UDIM-s Here is video i made where i try to also explain the issues i have.
  11. VDB RENDERING ARNOLD

    Hey ! So I made a particle simulation in houdini, from a base mesh then I convert the particles to VDB and then back to polygon with the the convertVDB node. I exported a frame in OBJ en opened in Maya, next to my original base mesh. I apply the same arnold volume texture to both, and I got 2 totally different looks. How is this possible ? They are both polygons ? (The one in T-pose is the original base mesh).
  12. hey! I just installed arnold 5.2.1 on houdini 16.5.571, it works fine *but* shaders are not in the tab menu in shop context, but if I manually install a digital asset library and browse to the standard surface otl file and choose to "install and create" the shader is there and is working!, just not appearing in the tab menu doen anybady experienced this before? any workaround or a way to manually add those nodes to the tab menu? cheers!
  13. Hi, Im new to Arnold for Houdini and was wondering why Heightfields do not render inside Arnold. Do I realy need to convert them? Also packet primitives doesnt seems to work. Are there any work arounds if you need to scatter alot of vegetation? Thnx
  14. Htoa Hair Problem

    Hi, I made Hairs in Houdini 16.0.557, I made a Hair Standard (Arnold) material where I used Ramp in "V" for color along hair strand. It works in Htoa 2.0.0 (Arnold 5.0.0.1) , unfortunately I have to render this on farm with Htoa 2.0.1 (Arnold 5.0.0.2) and this is not working anymore, it looks like it taking the source geo for hair and colouring whole hairs. (I have kind of strips on these hair strands) - not any more on Htoa 2.0.1 Any Help? Or some workaround? Thanks. B
  15. 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.
  16. Hi! First post in this forum, I'm a newcomer to the Houdini world, recently researching Houdini FX and playing with the indie version, as I think, given time, it could be my main working tool (such an amazing beast!). I'm considering using Arnold with Houdini, as I am already familiar with it, but a question arises: what are the current limitations I will stumble upon with this choice on the long run? What kind of scenes and behaviours will need me to failback to Mantra or apply non-obvious workarounds? What worklflow issues have you found when working in a Houdini + Arnold production environment? Thanks in advance!
  17. 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
  18. Hello friends, I was using Arnold for a long time while also playing with Mantra, but until now I never really had a time to dive deep to Mantra. The thing I really adore about Arnold is that in its settings it has this beatiful "Samples calculator". It seems just like a small detail but in my personal experience it was a great help for optimizing heavy renders. So few weeks ago I decided that I would try to create some similar calculator for Mantra. At first I implemented it by Arnold example which works like this (I'm not 100% sure with the equations but in my tests they work ): Camera (AA) Samples = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) Diffuse Samples (Min) = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) * pow(Diffuse samples parameter, 2) Diffuse Samples (Max) = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) * pow(Diffuse samples parameter, 2) + (Diffuse depth parameter - 1) * pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) Specular Samples (Min) = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) * pow(Specular samples parameter, 2) Specular Samples (Max) = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) * pow(Specular samples parameter, 2) + (Specular depth parameter - 1) * pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) Transmission Samples (Min) = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) * pow(Transmission samples parameter, 2) Transmission Samples (Max) = pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) * pow(Transmission samples parameter, 2) + (Transmission depth parameter - 1) * pow(Camera (AA) samples parameter, 2) Total (No lights) Samples (Min) = Sum of all min samples above Total (No lights) Samples (Max) = Sum of all max samples above But soon I realized that Mantra does not work this way. (Well yes, it was silly to think it works the same way ). So after reading a lot about how sampling works in Mantra and talking to my friends I came up with this calculator: ray_count_calculator.hdanc Which counts ray count like this: Camera Samples (Min) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) Camera Samples (Max) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) Diffuse Samples (Min) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) * Diffuse samples parameter * Global multiplier parameter * Min ray samples parameter Diffuse Samples (Max) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) * Diffuse samples parameter * Global multiplier parameter * Max ray samples parameter Reflection Samples (Min) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) * Reflection samples parameter * Global multiplier parameter * Min ray samples parameter Reflection Samples (Max) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) * Reflection samples parameter * Global multiplier parameter * Max ray samples parameter Refraction Samples (Min) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) * Refraction samples parameter * Global multiplier parameter * Min ray samples parameter Refraction Samples (Max) = clamp(Pixel samples X parameter, 1, ∞) * clamp(Pixel samples Y parameter, 1, ∞) * Refraction samples parameter * Global multiplier parameter * Max ray samples parameter Total (No lights) Samples (Min) = Sum of all min samples above Total (No lights) Samples (Max) = Sum of all max samples above While using premise that these parameters in Arnold and Mantra influence the same things: Arnold Camera Samples = Mantra Pixel Samples Arnold Diffuse Samples = Mantra Diffuse Quality Arnold Specular Samples = Mantra Reflection Quality Arnold Transmission Samples = Mantra Refraction Quality Arnold SSS Samples = Mantra SSS Quality But there is a catch: In Arnold if you set Diffuse Samples to 0 you will get black diffuse indirect pass In Arnold if you set Specular Samples to 0 you will get black specular indirect pass In Mantra if you set Diffuse Quality to 0 you still get samples in diffuse indirect pass In Mantra if you set Reflection Quality to 0 you still get samples in reflection indirect pass So I think we can be sure that Mantra pixel samples fire also diff/refl/refr/sss samples - so when having diff/refl/refr/sss parameters set to 0, their corresponding rays cant be 0 (but I really don't know and can't find out how much of them is fired) Also pay attention to the clamping of pixel samples - in my tests pixel samples parameters were always clamped like this: clamp(Pixel samples parameter, 1, ∞) - when using values lower than 1 the result was always the same as when using 1 This catch made my calculator useless It seems that Mantra fires all kinds of rays even when using pixel samples only while Arnold does not. I personally did not expect this behavior and as far as I know it is even not documented. (Or at least I could not find it). I spent few days trying to figure out how these parameters could relate to each other but I did not find any good solution. So in my frustration I decided that it would be probably better to ask you guys if you did not try to create some calculator like this before or to find out how all Mantra parameters relate to each other I think it would be a great help for all Mantra users to find out how Mantra works "under the hood" Thank you very much for any advice and have a nice day.
  19. Made this little motion graphics intro with Houdini and C4D, rendered in Cinema 4d with Arnold
  20. I have downloaded from solidangle demo of Arnold for my Houdini 15.5.717 and did everything like on the website and I dont have arnold options, nodes in my Houdini... Someone had something similar? I have correct paths in my enviroment like: PATH = "C:/UsersXXX/htoa/htoa-2.0.0_r240c4dd_houdini-15.5.717/htoa-2.0.0_r240c4dd_houdini-15.5.717/scripts/bin;$PATH" HOUDINI_PATH = "C:\Users\XXX\htoa\htoa-2.0.0_r240c4dd_houdini-15.5.717\htoa-2.0.0_r240c4dd_houdini-15.5.717;&"
  21. Arnold, houdini, ocean

    Hi I`m trying to render ocean surface with Arnold in Houdini. But I just can\t get the transparency to work. In maya there`s checkbox Opaque for the render grid. I can`t seem to find it in Houdini. Thanks in advance Janis
  22. HtoA.Baking textures?

    Hi all! Are there any variants for baking the texture in Houdini with Arnold? I can't find any solution how to do that.(
  23. Terrain Building in Houdini

    Hello Everyone, This training is will cover the new height field tools introduced in Houdini 16. The training comprises of 5 projects that will cover techniques to create a variety of terrains. Over the course of the projects the videos will cover a majority of the heightfield tools such as noise, pattern, mask by feature, heightfield layer, erode, heightfield wrangle etc. The training is available for Redshift, Arnold, Octane and Mantra. For more information kindly click on the link given below http://www.rohandalvi.net/terrains
  24. Crowd Rendering in Arnold

    Hi guys. Is there anyone here who is rendering crowds from H in Arnold? Arnold doesn't support packed primitives, so: I'm trying to figure out how to leverage instancing at Rendertime in Arnold so that rendering really big datasets(hair, cloth included) is possible. Are there any smart ways/workflows to go about this?
  25. Houdini Arnold Erorr

    Hi all I need help with Arnold for Houdini installation I have this problem , Please find it in the attached file <<< Traceback (most recent call last): File "arnold_light", line 6, in <module> File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\objecttoolutils.py", line 482, in genericCameraLightTool camlight = genericTool(scriptargs, nodetypename, nodename, clicktoplace) File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\toolutils.py", line 1251, in new_func return function(*args, **kwargs) File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\objecttoolutils.py", line 441, in genericTool exact_node_type = exact_node_type) File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\objecttoolutils.py", line 379, in genericObjNodeGeneratorTool exact_node_type ) File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\objecttoolutils.py", line 320, in createObjNode exact_type_name = exact_node_type) File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\houpythonportion.py", line 1287, in decorator return func(*args, **kwargs) File "C:/PROGRA~1/SIDEEF~1/HOUDIN~1.557/houdini/python2.7libs\hou.py", line 6585, in createNode return _hou.Node_createNode(*args, **kwargs) MatchDefinitionError: Failed to match node type definition. Error: Bad node type found: arnold_vopnet in /obj/arnold_light1/shopnet. Bad node type found: arnold_light in /obj/arnold_light1/shopnet/arnold_vopnet. Warning: Ignoring data for locked node: arnold_light1/shopnet/arnold_vopnet/OUT_light Ignoring data for locked node: arnold_light1/shopnet/arnold_vopnet/OUT_light Ignoring data for locked node: arnold_light1/shopnet/arnold_vopnet/OUT_light >>> Thanks Salah
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