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  1. Houdini to maya

    Hi, Is there any way to export from Houdini procedurally and working in Maya with that model, I heard that procedurally doing this way doesn't give any issues and works fast in Maya while working with large super sets or even smaller one... I wanted to model a super set in Houdini and import in Maya and shade, light it... Please text If you do any exports from Houdini to Maya...
  2. Hello folks, so, i have a bunch of houdini file with a top node at OBJ level, all file have the same structure and are in the same folder I would like to cook the TOP node from external, Python or another TOP graph. I tried in a background script to access with hou.node('/obj/topnet').parm('cookbutton').pressButton(), but it seems that doesn't cook anything Any idea ? Thanks in advance
  3. Hello folks, i'm reading a .json in TOPs, creating string attributes, and collecting. Now, i would like to read those attributes that i created in TOPs from SOP, i'm tryng with @myattr, and pdginput, but no luck. Basically it's the same situation described here: https://www.sidefx.com/forum/topic/66408/ Any idea ? Thanks in advance
  4. Hello everyone, My name is André and I’m researching how to design a 3D (environment) Production Pipeline for Virtual Reality training. The goal is to have a pipeline that would allow us to build training environments as efficiently as possible. Due to the nature of the training, our environments are relatively small max 200m x 200m. Our team is small 3-6 people but can change depending on the project. I'm especially interested in Houdini3D integration in the Pipeline for generating procedural assets. Online I've done quite some research but don't find much information about this topic in detail. Lots of examples of output but not the actual production process. I need some help with designing our pipeline. Love the GDC talk by Insomniac about procedural generation in Marvel's Spider-Man (see video below). Gives some great insights but would love to learn how to do this on a small (indie) scale. Could you share your Production Pipeline in a diagram? What do you produce with Houdini and what do you produce with other tools? Would love to learn about how you developed your pipeline and why you made certain choices.
  5. Hi everyone, I've been tasked to lay down a decent workflow pipeline plan for my team revolving around creating motion graphics or key visuals for advertising in houdini and I was hoping to find some help/suggestions for it. I chose houdini as the core element just to avoid extra plug-ins that from my experience were creating a wast amount of issues in the long run, but I feel I won't be able to do everything I need quick enough using it alone. My first idea was to get license for zbrush, substance and redshift to complement houdini, so basically it would be like this: start by modeling non procedural things in zbrush, texturing them in substance, animating everything in houdini and finally render in redshift. When I started testing the workflow, I immediately noticed that substance designer plugin is not compatible with latest versions of houdini and my biggest fear came back, since I was hopping to achieve something at least slightly more seamless. I am now considering making all maps and textures through photoshop and zbrush only, skipping substance altogether and sticking as much as possible to procedural shaders in houdini if I can produce them quick enough. Anyway, what kind of workflows do you guys have or recommend? Could you give me any tips on how I could make things go smoother and avoid unexpected compatibility issues? How was your experience using Substance painter or designer within the workflow so far? Cheers!
  6. My Effects Pipeline

    My Effects Pipeline Destruction Constraint toolset Tree Rig Lib and much much more Viemo Playlist : https://vimeo.com/album/4484231 password : 6h45 please if you have any comments tell me !!
  7. I made this HDA to streamline the process of versioning caches. It will automatically produce a file path and file name for your cache, and load it back in once it is exported. You can flip through different versions easily by using the version slider, or using the 'Create File Node for This Version' button and wiring the file nodes up to a switch node. You can write detail attribute strings to store notes about the cache such as simulation parameters - very useful when referring back to old sim caches. At the moment this is a non-commercial HDA. Download link down this page beneath the video. Get at me with thoughts, comments, questions etc. SOP_MI_version_filecache.hda
  8. Houdini Terrain Pipeline Vol 2

    Hey All! The first part of this tutorial has been available for almost a year now, but because of the sad news that hit CMI, I was unable to upload the 2nd "half" there. So instead I just made it available on Youtube for everyone, to make up for that I suppose. I'm considering putting the first part on there as well, if enough people want that. In this tutorial covers the following, using Houdini * Generating water meshes * Updating the terrain based on the water * Generate walking paths on the terrain * Create some basic instances * Build a flexible system using external files to place these instances. Built on Houdini 16.5, but should work on 16 too, or all the way back to H14 if you skip the heightfield part. Recommended specs: at least 16GB of RAM, reduce the terrain size if you have less. Disclaimer: Work files are as is, and do not contain the cached geometry to save on space, this may explain node errors on the various "File Cache" nodes. It does however also contain the work done in the first half of the tutorial, albeit mostly undocumented: https://tinyurl.com/y89egjvq Hopefully its of some use! Twan
  9. Hey there. I am trying to read a heightmap, do some changes to a specific area and then write it back out again. I am making it a specific area because an 8x8k heightfield seems a bit too heavy. Unfortunately, when trying to use a Composite COP Node to compose the changed area back on the original image, it leaves big black bars, freezes Houdini, or just instantly kills Houdini. On trying to export it all with the ROP File Output node, it just g ives a bake error. Could anyone have a quick peek and see if there is something obviously wrong with my setup? I imagine it is because I am new to the program and am doing something fundamentally wrong with the way I build graphs. The attached HDA needs a heightmap and that's about it. The Composite node is in [HDA]/TerrainTileOut/Output_Texture/ where it's the second last node. Thanks. Terrain_Spawner.hda
  10. Hey all, I'm trying to set the environment variable HOUDINI_USER_PREF_DIR - to a specific folder. I have other environment variables working perfectly, but I cannot get this one to work regardless of whether I use a windows environment variable or place this inside the Houdini.env, Everytime I open Houdini and check the shell using hconfig, it says my temp directory is set to the default directory, does anyone have any ideas? My only guess is this is being set elsewhere and their fore overriding my manually created env varaibles. (Ive checked spelling etc. and this is what my windows env variable looks like; name = ‘HOUDINI_USER_PREF_DIR’, value = ‘D:\Houdiniprefs’ ) Thanks Chris.
  11. I want to start working on a short film next month and my plan is to create as much of it as I can in Houdini. If my film has characters with, hair, and clothing dynamics, what is the best workflow to handle this? Is it possible to have all the dynamics inside the character asset with a switch that turns them on and off? like an animation mode, and then a simulation/rendering mode?
  12. Effect Versioning

    Hi guys, I hope I can pick your brain a little bit. I would like to know how you guys manage your effects versions. My concrete scenario is a couple of strung effects. It starts with a RBD explosion sim, then a pyro sim off of that and finally advecting particles along the sim. I like to hold all these in the same geo which poses a bit of a problem. How do I correlate the cache version to the hip file version? My approach is to use this in the filecache node: $HIP/geo/$HIPNAME.`opname("..")`.$OS/$HIPNAME.`opname("..")`.$OS.$F.bgeo.sc (windows guy, so I like to keep all sequences in separate folders). This complicates if I don't want to redo the RBD sim for example, then I have to replace the $HIPNAME with the absolute name of the file which simulated the RBD version. I know it would be much cleaner if every sim would reside in its own file, but that is a little too small of a granulation for single person workflow. If you could shed some light/share your practices, it would benefit me immensely
  13. Hey magicians, I'm working on a project with a client that involves some large simulations, around 400gb stuff, my internet connection isn't the best on my city (10mb down, 5mb up), so I wanted to ask what's the best pipeline in this cases. The client gave me the idea to save the sim in a hard drive, and send to them over fedex or something, so they got all the stuff within some days and they can render there. Another solution I think can work is using some service like Gridmarkets where I gave them the files and they render out. Any ideas will be more than welcome Thank you!
  14. Flipbook Tool?

    Hello hive mind! I'm looking for a better solution to saving out my flipbooks as .mp4s. Right now I have ffmpeg installed so I can go directly from mplay and save an .mp4, but I cannot figure out how to change the preset for the menu so that the default file name matches my naming convention. Which is really annoying. I'm looking for any of these solutions! 1) Does anyone know how to update this ffmpeg window with a custom string in the "Output File" field? 2) Does anyone know where mplay stores the tmp images, so I could grab them straight from there and go to ffmpeg from a shell? 3) Does anyone have a better solution for flipbooking? Thanks!
  15. Hi everyone, We're currently looking for a talented Pipeline TD and Pipeline Assistant to join us at our 80-seat facility in Bournemouth, UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a burgeoning pipeline team and make your mark on an exciting young VFX operation. We work across feature film, high-end TV and commercials simultaneously and have recently worked on Jurassic World 2, One Strange Rock, Electric Dreams and 47 Meters Down, to name a few. You'll find the individual job specs at outpostvx.co.uk/careers. CVs to talent@outpostvfx.co.uk please. UK-eligible applicants only. Thanks for reading!
  16. Hey everyone, I just released my Pipeline called Prism, which I developed over the last few years. Prism is an artist-friendly Pipeline, mainly for animation and VFX projects, but it can help anyone who works within the CG industry. Prism does not only manage your scenefiles, exports and imports, but it also takes care of your playblasts, renderings and more. Prism works with many industry standard tools out of the box. This includes Houdini, Maya, 3ds Max, Blender and Nuke. And finally, Prism is free to use! Here is a short introduction video of Prism: https://vimeo.com/265003976 You can download it for free on the website: https://prism-pipeline.com/
  17. Pipeline TD needed - TRIXTER

    TRIXTER is currently looking for a Junior Pipeline TD to complete our Pipeline team. Long-term contract. Location: Berlin/Munich, Germany. Responsibilities: · Respond to incoming support issues and clearly document solutions · Maintain and support custom tools across the whole Visual Effects process · Troubleshoot and analyze software/process failures · Design and implement solutions for on-going production needs Requirements: · EU Citizenship or valid German work visa · Proficiency in Python · Understanding of Linux operating system · Experience with version control systems like Git, Subversion, Mercurial. · Exposure to VFX software like Maya, Houdini, Nuke or Katana is a must. · Good English language skills. Desirable Skills: · Capable in other languages; C/C++, TCL, Javascript · Experience with GUI programming (Qt, Tk, wxWidgets) · Strong math skills (mostly linear algebra and trigonometry) · Understanding of computer graphics languages; (OpenGL, Cuda, WebGL, …) To apply please send you CV, availability and salary requirements to jobs@trixter.de
  18. PIPELINE TD NEEDED

    Hi everyone, We're urgently looking for a solid Pipeline TD to join our growing team in Bournemouth, UK. Must be eligible to work in the UK. Desired knowledge/expertise: Maya, Houdini, Redshift, Golaem Crowd, Python, Deadline, Windows and Linux, UI design, solving per show render and data-flow challenges, liaising with department heads. We are an 80-seat full service VFX studio working on film, TV and commercials. Recent projects include Life, 47 Meters Down, Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams and Nocturnal Animals. We are looking to expand even further over the coming months to accommodate a number of big shows that we've won recently. We operate a little differently to a lot of our contemporaries, putting staff treatment first and encouraging healthy work/life balance through 7-hour working days and discretionary overtime/TOIL for the odd occasion that deadlines stack up. We're five minutes away from the beach, too. If you get the chance, please check out what we've been up to at www.outpostvfx.co.uk! IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL US AT TALENT@OUTPOSTVFX.CO.UK. Can't wait to hear from you!
  19. Hi, I am trying to setup some pipeline env-variable on Windows.I am currently thinking of batch Scripting.For example i am creating "SHOW" env-variable using C:\Windows\system32>setx SHOW "SPIDY" /m SUCCESS:Specified value was saved. It adding properly SHOW env-variable to system. Is there any way to create a alias so that I need to type only "SHOW SPIDY"?
  20. 3D Pipeline TD - Folks VFX Montreal

    We are currently looking for an experienced 3D Pipeline TD to work with our crew at our Montreal studio. Our ideal candidate must have a good understanding of scripting languages including Python, the technical ability to help design and implement pipeline tools and a proactive approach to streamlining the 3D process. Our 3D Pipeline TD will also possess an expert level understanding of the VFX pipeline and great problem solving skills. Folks has built a solid reputation in the industry as an artist-driven boutique studio. We value detail-oriented design through teamwork and creativity. Our team is composed of some of the most talented artists and creative pros in the business. We are known for great storytelling through high-end visual effects. This is a full-time position available immediately. We offer a great work environment, salaries to match your skills and a comprehensive benefits package. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join Folks, please forward your resume to jobs@folksvfx.com to set-up an interview.
  21. Let's say I have an asset I have created with a number of dependencies to the files system, from ready flies, to caches, to creating point clouds and a not trivial (aka linear) approach in which the asset, based on certain conditions or user selection does one thing or another. If I want to publish this assets and all its dependencies to a repository I will have to traverse this, potentially, huge network with subnetworks inside (think Chops inside Sops for example) and rewire all these paths, move files to the repository and then export the asset. My feeling is that this particular task is kind of done in the Render Pre-flight but I wonder if it is accessible and more important, is this the best way to address a more compartmentalised pipeline? How are you guys approaching this? any suggestion? thanks in advance and hope this thread becomes a source of inspiration for everybody.
  22. Distributing sims with afanasy

    Does anyone uses afanasy to do distributed sim? Afanasy has a mantra renderer but did anyone managed to send a sim job to farm. Latest sidefx classes by jeff shows how to distribute by hand but i couldnt think of a way to write afanasy submitter. Git hub submission if you'd like to get updates: https://github.com/CGRU/cgru/issues/153
  23. TRIXTER Film (Munich) - vfx Pipeline TD

    TRIXTER Film is currently looking for a Pipeline TD to join our team as soon as possible. Long-term contract of minimum 1 year. Location: Munich, Germany. Responsibilities: • Writing pipeline tools and further developing the pipeline • Working in collaboration with the Supervisors and end users to determine the best solutions • Assists artists and other technical directors in the use and understanding of the pipeline and software architecture • Ongoing research to recommend improvements to workflows in order to improve productivity or communication • Maintaining of tools including troubleshooting and optimization • Detect failures in the Pipeline, propose solutions, and communicate this changes to the development team • Thorough documentation of all development and updating as necessary Requirements: • Programming proficiency in Python, Qt (PySide / PyQt). C/C++ is a plus • Proficiency in developing for Linux. • Knowledge of source code management as Git • In depth knowledge of Maya, Nuke, Mari, Houdini, Katana, Arnold. • Understanding principles of animation and VFX production pipelines. • Ability to prioritize production tasks in a frequently-changing environment • Ability to work self-reliable in diverse types of different projects • Excellent communication, collaboration and problem solving skills required • Good English language skills Although we're always happy to get to know international talents, due to the immediate need and short term nature of our current projects we are only able to consider applicants who are already eligible to work in Europe. To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations to: jobs@trixter.de
  24. TRIXTER Film is currently looking for a VFX Pipeline Engineer / Developer to join our team as soon as possible. Long-term contract of minimum 1 year. Location: Munich, Germany. Responsibilities: • Collaborate in the Design, development and support of the production pipeline • Continuously improve the user experience and performance of our pipeline • Collaborate with other engineers to form a highly productive team • Ongoing research to recommend improvements to workflows in order to improve productivity or communication • Detect failures in the Pipeline, propose solutions, and communicate this changes to the development team • Thorough documentation of all development and updating as necessary Requirements: • Programming proficiency in C/C++, Python, Qt (PySide / PyQt). • Proficiency in developing for Linux. • Experience in assisting with architecture and designing pipelines for both off-the-shelf and custom packages. • In depth knowledge of source code management (Git) and maintaining large codebases • Strong knowledge developing for Maya (Houdini, Nuke is a plus) • Understanding principles of animation and VFX production pipelines. • Ability to prioritize production tasks in a frequently-changing environment • Ability to work self-reliable in diverse types of different projects • Excellent communication, collaboration and problem solving skills required • Good English language skills Although we're always happy to get to know international talents, due to the immediate need and short term nature of our current projects we are only able to consider applicants who are already eligible to work in Europe. To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations to: jobs@trixter.de
  25. Hi I want to import .abc cache containing a maya camera into houdini scene, but I can't seem to find the approriate hscript or hou functions. I mean I can do it manually by file --> import--> alembic scene. But How do I automate this in python script ? there is some animation from frame 1-100 in the .abc file. I tried to compile alembic on windows 8.1 because I want to try the SOP_AlembicIn included in the code, I got lots of error when trying to do so. For geometries I know I can create a geo node, and go inside create a alembic node to import .abc file.I think convert this to hscript is pretty straightforward. But for camera .abc file, this doesn't work, while file --> import--> alembic scene seems working, is there a way to code this camera import in python ? or is there another way ? or someone has compiled this for windows ? Thanks.
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