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  1. Random geometry instance to particle

    Hi guys, I made curve flow particles and want to instance it to some petals. I made 5 patterns of petals but have no idea how could I randomly instance those patterns I'll render these particles using Redshift. If you have any idea for instancing 5 geometries randomly, Please help me ! Thank you for read !
  2. I've been stuck on this for a couple of days now and would love to hear you guys' input. I have close up shot were a character's feet is pushing through snow up to his ankles. I decided to try grains for this (it's my first time really using it) and to get the snow together I used the constraints set outside in the grain source. Mostly the sim is working as intended but I'm getting a lot of unwanted fast movement from some particles (as if they're trying to keep the constraint but not really keeping it, so they pop in and out, and that results on a flickering on the meshing. Did anyone come around this problem before? I am up for any solution at this point, even trying another method.
  3. Hello! I want to present you my latest project! Did a test of cloud and fire, the video below. Hip_file is available for download hip file https://gum.co/IlDLG
  4. Help with Building my PC

    Hello everyone I am trying to build a somewhat high-end computer that will be able to handle all sorts of simulations in Houdini, especially high res flip and pyro sims. I don't know much about computer parts but here's what I am currently hoping to get: - Processor: Xeon E5-2687W v4 - Graphics card: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC If anyone could share their thoughts on these two parts that would be greatly appreciated. And I'd also like some help choosing my SSD and RAM as I have no idea what would be good for running simulations in Houdini. Thank you so so much in advance Cheers.
  5. Hi guys! I am working on a project that needs a spirit moving through a scene, it needs to be like flowing smoke with a glowing light effect so that if reflects on objects in the scene. I cant work out how to emit light from the smoke and move with the animation, i have been playing with both volume lights and geometry lights but i cant get either to move with the animation, they both stay at where the animation is on frame 1. I have tried selecting the volume and creating a volume light from that, and also using the original animated geometry before it was turned into a volume and making a geometry light from that, but neither use the animation. Can anyone suggest what i am missing or doing wrong? Or way to get the smoke to emit light and use the animation to move? I have attached a r&d scene file and a play-blast of my problem as it stands at the moment, any help would be really appreciated! smokeLight_001.hipnc smokeLight.mp4 smokeLight_001.hipnc
  6. I just signed up for Houdini classes CGMA because my portfolio needed some work, anyone taken a class with them before? https://www.cgmasteracademy.com/programs/7-houdini-fx-program
  7. Random pop bounce direction

    Hi, I'm trying to achieve a simple effect, but am struggling to get my head around it. I'm sure I'm overthinking it but if anyone could help me that would be great! I'm trying to get a random bounce direction on particles when the collide with the ground plane. As if the particles were small stones bouncing randomly due to a bumpy road surface. I've attached a hip file with the basic setup. I was thinking maybe you could inherit a random vector as the collision happens, but couldn't seem to figure a way to do it. I know various sources have mentioned the old "gain normal" parameter, but this no longer exists. Any help would be much appreciated. odforce_randompopdirection.hip
  8. Dear odforce, I want to show you this short teaser, which without the treasure of knowledge and tips found within these forums, I would not have been able to create. Please take the minute that it lasts () to watch it, and turn your volume up! A little bit about the project: a former boss at a studio in which I worked needed a quick, raw and eye-catching portfolio teaser that would be independent from client-work. A project that would be created entirely by ourselves, and that would serve as a portfolio-item in the end. I had mentioned to him the idea of having something caught in the moment of shattering, as a photograph, and he found some images that kicked our motivation off. He told me to take this project under my wing, and leave everything up to me.. so my expectations were very high. Based off of the photography, all fracturing-methods felt very CG, and despite how complex my fracturing-setup was, I always ended up seeing these eye-sores which were the typical convex voronoi pieces. Then comes H16 with its new boolean method. The possibility of using custom cutters as surfaces to pre-fracture an object, and simming it with perfectly stable results, changed the game. I started seeing how much customizing I could add to the overall fracture, via VOPS, VEX and everything that makes Houdini what it is (you know what I mean). The rnd of a whole year went to the trash and I put all my hopes into this new method, and after ~220 logged hours, I am really proud to present this fully CG short. You can find some more details to the process in the Vimeo description, and please feel free to ask anything I haven't mentioned. I completely forgot to share this project here, so having just recently updated the video (minor details + new audio) I am doing it now. I truly hope you like it! Chris 08052017_bustshatter-wip01.mp4 12052017_bustshatter.v2-wip01.mp4 14052017_bustshatter-wip01.mp4 14052017_bustshatter-wip02.mp4 15052017_bustshatter-wip01.mp4 18052017_bustshatter.v5-wip02.mp4
  9. Viewport visual of smoke looks too low detail

    I've had this issue a few times and I'm pretty sure it's me now doing something wrong. I built a simple smoke solver from particles of feet hitting a grid. When I bring those particles into the smoke solver the smoke that it will generate will be really low quality, as you can see, nomatter how much I divide it down. Would the reason be a shading issue or a density issue? Thanks for the help! WalkingDust_001.hipnc
  10. Showreel 2018 Tom Freitag

    Hello, I am FX/CG generalist. Here you can watch my new showreel compiling some work for feature film, commercials, personal work and R & D. I am available for freelancing remote or berlin based studios. Breakdown: https://www.dropbox.com/s/94tmwcmkmk279c2/breakdown_reel_2018_tomfreiag.pdf?dl=0
  11. Hi, Animal Logic Sydney are looking for a pipeline TD to join the Fx department if your interested, or know anyone that could be a good fit they can apply here: https://www.animallogic.com/careers/jobs/fx-td/ thanks
  12. lightning_test.hipnc Hello everybody, I am new to Houdini and am eager to learn more every day. I started with some lightning effects and got stuck where I wanted to create a slider for its growth. If the lighting develops it should start with the main branch. As soon as it reaches the first secondary branch, the secondary branch should start developing as well as the main branch should continue with its develpoment and so on. In my file you will see a rudimentary version - (I needed to take out a lot of nodes to get a proper overview again) - of the lightning so far. My idea about how to procede was as following: Have a carve sop for the main branching, the secondary branching as well as the third branching. Paste the relative parameters of the "second u" channel of the main branching into the channel of the secondary and third branching and subtract an offset, which would be the distance of the basepoints from one branching to the basepoints of the following branching. For that I merged the basepoint groups, added a sort sop to bring the point numbers in order, then added an add sop to connect the points. If this had worked, I would have created a distance attribute for me to know the offset. But what I probably need is a wrangle sop in order to specify that I only want to connect the points from the same branches in order to measure the distance between for example basepoints2 and basepoints3. The animated seed of the scattered basepoints will probably make it more complicated since it changes the oder of the point number as well from the sort sop. Maybe I am completely on the wrong track and there is another - maybe even less complicated - way of doing this, so I would be happy about all responses. If you've got any ideas on how I could do this, especially how I can write it out in a wrangle node, I would appreciate all help I can get.
  13. Collision object in Pyro sim

    Hi everyone, I am working on a smoke simulation and i have imported my collision object with source volume into my Pyro sim. No matter how much I increase the smoke divisions as well as reducing the voxel size on colliding geometry I still get jagged edges when smoke interacts with it. I have attached a screen capture here to make it more clear. Is there any way to smooth the jagged edges or am I missing something in the process? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
  14. Advice for building a computer for FX

    Hello, Over the summer, I'm planning to build a new PC for doing FX work (and also just general purpose). My brother put together this spec on pc part picker, (since he's more knowledgeable than me when it comes to hardware) but I thought I'd ask for advice as to where I should spend my money. Here's what I'm currently looking at: I've never built my own PC before so any advice you could give would be really helpful!
  15. POP COLLISION DETECT

    Hi can someone help me, every time I create a POP collision detect and then I create a pop replicate to create more particles from the collision, it works perfectly, the problem is when I create a static Object for the particles to bounce on the geometry the pop colllision detect and behaviour stop behaving and I dont know what to do to make it work, does someone have a solution?
  16. HOUDINI FX- RENASCENCE PROGRAM PROMO VIDEO: Welcome, soldier! Are you ready to demolish buildings, flood cities or maybe, making a stadium sprout from the underground? These are just some of the things that you will be able to learn in Houdini FX Renascence Program. At Houdini FX Renascence Program, we train you to face any FX project successfully. We have tried our best to offer you the best material. This course has been meticulously structured to take your FX skills to the next level so that you will be able to find a job in a top VFX studio in the future or maybe, become a successful FX freelancer. Our commitment, as an online school, is to offer the best learning experience in the market. Therefore, all our content is available in English and Spanish. HOW IT WORKS This course will be delivered via video only. We will work on weekly projects, so will have to meet the assigned challenges. Keep in mind that these assignments will make up interesting material for your «Demo Reel». Likewise, we will give you access to the Facebook support group, where you can interact with your instructor and classmates. The course is divided into 4 modules: MODULE I The Awakening (8 weeks) We will start by explaining how to take your first steps in the software. The content is highly optimized to get you familiar with Houdini in a dynamic and productive way. We won’t talk about every menu or button; all this information will be explained on-the-go, along with the training. Our priority is to make you feel comfortable from the start. You will find out about the main nodes in Houdini, you will learn to move around the interface and we will teach you how to control points and particles (points, pops and grains). At the end of this module, you will be able to create simulations of rain, sand, snow, perspiration, sparks, ashes, confetti, fireworks, bubbles, and much more. This is not a lighting and rendering course, but we will teach you everything you need to submit your project with a perfect final look. MODULE II Fire Inception (8 weeks) Explosions, fire, smoke, clouds … everything you have been waiting for! This module is full of action. We will focus on learning to emit and control volumes, using of one of the most powerful solvers in Houdini, i.e., “Pyrosolver”. You will learn different methods to accelerate your simulations, always working as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will teach you how to create shaders that will make your simulation look realistic. Recycle! Every setup created during these 8 weeks, can be reused to create new scenes. MODULE III Rise of the Fallen (8 weeks) You will become a weapon of mass destruction! You will learn to perform different types of fractures and we will provide you with all the tools to control and choreograph your simulations. In this third module, you will put together everything you have learned so far to create complex scenes using particles and volume. Breaking objects, demolishing buildings or splitting a land into two lots, are just some of the challenges you will face here! MODULE IV Deep Dive (8 weeks) We will have to put out the fire after the chaos… This is the final module of the course, and here you will learn to work with FLIP, which is the Houdini’s solver to create liquids. You will recreate infinite oceans and simulate water. You will learn how to create foam, bubble and spray passes. Finally, we will teach you how to deal with the different viscosities to get simulations of blood, chocolate, honey, yogurt, caramel, etc. APPLY TO THE RENASCENCE PROGRAM NOW AND GET 25% OFF!* 399$ 299$ http://houdini.training/
  17. How could I make this dynamic ?

    Hi ! I'm a beginner of Houdini and I have no idea how could I make this... If Box on top is moving front, back, left or right, Tube and sphere has to be moved too. but the Tube has to move like wire(or something like a rope) and so sphere attached at end of the wire. Like this image, bulb attached to rope and rope attached behind of celling. I did some ways to make it, used pin constraint and spring constraint but I don't know how could I attach those objects. If you help me, I will be my big big pleasure ! Thank you for read and sorry for my poor English. Have a good weekends !! bullet-bulb-industry-ceiling-pendant-with-black-cord_1427692337841.webp
  18. When I do some simulations like pics at bottom, Scene view become crazy like those .. I imported alembic files and set their position. but If I do simulations with dopnet, They are gone to randomly strange position like secone pic, and going to be black like first pic. When I delete scene view and make it new, It looks like when I set up. But I have to see that simulations preview and these problems make me crazy :S Help me with this plz !! Sorry for my poor English and thanks for read Have a good day
  19. Hello, I am currently doing some RnD on a rocket engine. For this to work properly, I need a way for my emitter geo to shoot flames with initial velocity in the normal direction of the emitter. I made a gif to show the problem. Red is the emitter, the arrow represents the direction of the initial velocity. Right now, my simulation only shoots flames with an initial velocity in one specified direction. I used the "add initial velocity" in the create volume source node of the emitter. But I don't really know how to animate that. Appreciate any help, thanks!
  20. Hi first, I'm beginner of Houdini and I'm just challenging to control pyro without shelf tool (I mean, pile nodes up from bottom) But, Even I use shelf tool, It is still hard to deal with flame height, amount of smoke and etc .. First of all, I wanna make fire of match and that flame height makes me to be confused .... I controlled options at combustion and simulation tab at Pyro solver but I can't understand it yet ;;; How could I deal with this ?? Sorry for my poor English and thank you for read ! Have a good day
  21. Link to tutoial -> https://gum.co/imSYS In this comprehensive stand alone tutorial we will go over how to set up scene-scale clustered pyro simulations and blend them together post-simulation to make it appear as if it is one large simulation. This process will lower simulation time, allow for higher resolutions, and be more efficient when saving to disk because there are fewer voxels. This process will also optimize large scale pyro scenes, so that simulations are only calculated where absolutely necessary and blend them together so that it appears as if it is the same volume. This tutorial comes with all digital assets, a documented and fully set up file as well as a starter file for following the tutorials along the same as I work through them. An intermediate tutorial for those looking to speed up their pyro workflow, learn some VEX and create massive sims. Includes a documented scene file and all digital assets! Hope to see everyone leveraging these optimizations in the future to create massive simulations and squeeze in those extra few iterations before deadlines! You can reach me at trzankofx@gmail.com for questions or comments.
  22. Offset Mesh

    HI Does anyone know how to make an offset mesh, to create thickness?? Also, does anyone know how to make the exterior surface of my mesh like the image? I have uploaded my hip file. scene3.hipnc
  23. Ripple Fade

    Hello, I have a ripple sim created with a sphere moving through a grid and the points deforming based on the velocity transferred to said grid. What I am trying to do is isolate the geometry based on where there are ripples via colour then as the rippled geo begins to settle back into what it was originally have that colour fade back to black. I'm halfway there I think. I was able to isolate the rippling parts of my grid by using a facet to compute its normals and then a point SOP to add colour based on the normal in it's Y (@N.y < 1). I was thinking of trying to use a vop or another point sop to make it so when the normal is between x and y multiply the color by 0.95 to get it to fade over time but was wondering what other ways I could try to do this. Cheers, JP ripple_example_1.hipnc
  24. Hello, i am currently working on my final student projet where i make a plane crash with Houdini. I base the workflow of this project around the RIGIDS III tutorial by Steven Knipping. Everything is working fine until i bring in a simple glue constraint, and when the simulation gets activated at a said frame the simulation simply does not happen. It works when i disconnect/disable the constraint. I already tried to unpack the alembics upon importation with the alembic node but that didnt change anything. What is weird is that everything was working fine when i used the model given with the course. I haven't really found anything that helped me online, so hopefully one of you can help me with this issue, i would appreciate it A LOT. I will attach the files down below. Thank you ! plane_sim.rar
  25. [New User] Wood Splinter Problem

    Hello, I'm new to Houdini and 3D in general. I'm trying to make some demo reel pieces and I've decided my first project would be to split some wood! I used Boolean fracturing technique to cut a box into splinters, and then assembled them into Packed Geometry. Then I did dual constraint set-up taught by Steven Knipping, where I have an inside glue (STRONG) and an outside glue (WEAK). I then brought everything into the DOP network to simulate. But as you can see from the video I've attached things are not going well. The initial hit is doing alright, but once the big piece lands on the ground (when it should be resting), it bursts on its own without further influence. I'm guessing the forces there are exceeding the inside glue and causing the pieces to propel outwards pushing others with them. Anyways, really would love some feedback on this first test and perhaps some solutions on how to fix the issue I'm encountering. I've attached the HIP file as well, if you can also point out the things I am doing wrong and how to improve the setup, that'd be greatly appreciated! Toothpaste, Brush everyday. plank.hipnc - 362.7KB woodSplinter.mov - 1.8MB
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