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  1. Hi guys, i'm new to the forum and Houdini, and i'm currently diving into Mantra (once again ). And what i would like to achieve is basically a global material override.(For AmbOcc for example) What i tried so far: 1: Adding a shop_materialpath attr. to the subnetwork that is the toplevel node of my structure and overriding it on a take. (Much like Vray Object Property Sets in Maya for example, whose attributes ripple down on all members of the sets).....but that doesnt work i guess 2: Override the shop_materialpath on each geometry node which works fine and is much less a hustle than it sounds at first. But it still needs tweaking, once i add a new object to the scene. 3:PythonFiltering: Which seems like the way to go for me! From what ive read so far, the Houdini scene translation is written in Python and properties like shader assignments can be altered during the process. So i read the documentation and did the following: -Changed the mantra commandline to: mantra -P pythToMyScript/script.py -In wrote the following script: def filterInstance(): print('Filtering: {0}'.format(mantra.property('object:name'))) mantra.setproperty('object:surface', '/obj/shop_net/constant_green_mt') mantra.setproperty('object:overridedetail', 1) print('Im just an a output to confirm i have been called!')[/CODE] -The script is actually called and i get the correct output in the console like so: [CODE]Filtering: ['/obj/enzo_geo_grp/glassRubberGrp/black_behind_window_thing3'] Im just an a output to confirm i have been called![/CODE] -But the last line states an error: [CODE] mantra: VEX error: Unable to load file /obj/shop_net/constant_green_mt.vex Rendering Finished[/CODE] -I added the declare_all_shops parameter to the mantra rop and set it to "Declare all shops" , also i checked on Force VEX Shader embedding -Both materials are just ordinary constant mtls. i dragged into my own SHOP network in /obj/shop_net/. Any ideas on what i am doing wrong here? Thx
  2. I thought I would open a thread so the regulars around here can comment on things that raised an eyebrow while playing with the new 12.5 update. I will start with a simple but interesting one. Regarding the cloud light the help docs states in a yellow box: Note This node currently only works with standard Houdini volumes. It does not work with VDBs But it doesn´t seem to be true, as the cloud rig itself creates a volume with VDB and lits it with the Cloud Light quite effectively...I blame to outdated docs here or maybe last minute changes. PS: By the way, "Volume Step Size" is now called "Volume Quality", which makes sense, but makes me think SESI feels we´re becoming dumber
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