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  1. Hey, I took advantage of some of the price drops on GPU's lately with the release of the 20 series cards from Nvidia. I Got an evga 1070ti ftw2 card for 429$( also has a 20$ MIR to drop final cost to 409$). I put this into my machine that has had an evga 1080ti FE card in it since I built it a year and a half ago. I wanted to share the "real world" test results in case anyone else is wondering if it is worth it to pick up another card. The PC is running win10pro, 64gb ddr4 ram, intel i7 6850k 3.6ghz, primary drive is a samsung 960 evo m.2 ssd and a secondary crucial ssd, 1000 watt evga gold G3 psu, Houdini 16.5.268 and redshift 2.5.48 ( i think ) etc... I ran a redshift test on a scene that is a decent size pyro sim, rendered 60 frames at full HD with fairly hq setting. With just the 1080ti in the pc, the render took 38min17seconds. With the addition of the 1070ti, the render took 25min26seconds for the 60 frame sequence. Adding the second card took almost 13 minutes of the sequence render time. I would say it is worth the roughly $400 bucks. With the option of enabling/disabling gpu's in the redshift plugin options, I ran a single frame of the render and here was the result: with just the 1080ti - 26 seconds for the first frame. With just the 1070ti - 34s, with a little boost to the gpu settings on the 1070ti using the evga overclock software - 32 seconds( not enough for me to want to keep it overclocked beyond how it arrived). With both gpu's enabled - 15 seconds. I think I would be willing to buy another 1070ti while the sale/rebate is going on if it will reduce the render time a further 13 minutes. I'm assuming it would, but maybe I'm not adding something up right here. If adding one 1070ti to the machine cut 13 minutes off the render, wouldn't the addition of another 1070ti take another 13 minutes off the render time.? It would be incredible to drop the test sequence render time down from 38 min to 12 min for roughly $800 in hardware upgrades.! I ran all the PC's parts through a component checker online and even If I add a 3rd card, it should still have about a 100watts of buffer on the 1000w psu. Would probably want to add some more/better case fans if increasing the GPU count from one to three.! Anyways, thats what adding an extra card did for me. E
  2. Hi magicians, I was trying to create render passes for the fire, I want my temperature and fuel to be render as different render passes, I tried to use temperature and fuel as float in extra render images, but the problem is that, I am not been able to get it properly. what is the way to get render passes for temperature, fuel and heat in extra image details ? I would also like to know the way to render normal passes and any other passes which can be rendered out from volume, like opacity pass or something helpful in compositing. I get the fire mask from the shader but it is not that useful. Thank you.
  3. RENDER COLORED SMOKE

    Hi Everyone I am new to Houdini. I study three methods to make colored smoke. I can simulate color particles from all of methods but I can not render out colored smoke. As for method 3, more frustrated on the pcopen of material builder. I can not write out particles at all, there is no smoke to render out neither. I really need some help to know how to render colored smoke or pyro after simulation. sorry can't upload file so only use youtube to point out my questions. 1. Method 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTObU9iYmmM I only can render grey smoke but can not render colored smoke at 9:18 of video No idea why? 2. Method 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FudW5RpFw9s&t=60s I set up a material pyro shader to render. I only can render grey smoke again not colored smoke. No idea why? 3. Method 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_0emoJjWc0 I follow up video to make the path for point cloud texture, but can’t write out anything after rendering at 30:27 of video. No any smoke at this time. Hope guy can give a help to solve the above issue. No idea where I missing. Thanks in advance Ben
  4. Hi! I'm still figuring out mantra, but in general it's usually fine. I have this file which had been rendering just fine in the preview window, but all of the sudden I can't see anything. I'm sure it's something stupid, but I'd really appreciate another set of eyes looking at it. Thank you! velocity_fields_v.0.hipnc
  5. Output render file naming

    Hey! I was wondering if anybody knows how to bring the camera name into the file name when rendering with redshift. I was trying to use the following today: "$HIP/render/$HIPNAME`_``chsop("RS_renderCamera")``_`$F4.exr" the problem is that `chsop("RS_renderCamera")` gives you not only the camera name but puts the /obj in the beginning: "/obj/cam1". So when you render, instead of naming the file "Name_01_cam1_0001" it creates a subfolder called "obj" I was wandering if there is a possibility to strip the beginning of a string or another solution to get the camera name into the file name. Something like $CAMERANAME would be nice Best, M I tried this one, it didn't work for me, I guess its for mantra?! https://www.sidefx.com/forum/topic/55206/
  6. Hi, Has anyone seen much information about the latest Nvidia cards that will be coming out end September in relation to GPU rendering.? I have been waiting for the specs on these cards for months, and finally they have been released, but of course all the articles so far that I have seen are still somewhat speculation on performance and "leaks" of specs that may or may not be real and all are geared towards gaming. I must say, some of these leaked tests aren't too impressive, like 5% performance increases on the new GTX2080ti over the old 1080ti, but I would have to assume that's because the software doing the tests isn't taking advantage of the RT and tensor cores. I am disappointed that on a $1200 card, they still only have the same 11GB of ram as the 1080ti has, although it is faster/newer ram, I was hoping for more ram.! Have there been any statements made by redshift or otoy about what speed improvements will come form having a card with "RT and tensor cores"..? Just wondering because I will be needing another 2 gfx cards in the next month, and the 10 series cards are having great price drops recently, some 1070ti's are as low as $399. If these new flashy RT cores are going to be a huge performance gain, then I will probably hold out for at least the 2070's. Any info would be great. Thanks. E
  7. Combine clustered pyro into one domain/object to export for render in v-ray Maya? Thanks in advance.
  8. Got a Mantra question! I whipped up a test scene to benchmark render speeds on a few different workstations and found a render issue I'd like to solve -- motion blur is adding a lot of dark shading to my image, and I'm not digging it. This is a typical FLIP simulation where I gradually attempt to drown the Stanford bunny; nothing funky or special going on, just a typical fluid mesh and I'm using SESI's off-the-shelf "basic liquid" shader and mantra ray tracing: No motion blur, splashy water around the bunny is looking how I'd like: With motion blur: Why do those areas in the water surface change get so much darker, especially the stuff that shows up down at the water level? From looking at the light exports, the indirect refraction and indirect shadowing both change significantly. ...I tried boosting the reflection and refraction limits, no difference at all... can anyone spot what's happening here? Maybe it's my lights and the shadows? One environment light and one grid light. I could attach the .hip file but you'd have to run the sim AND the meshing again just to see anything (I can't attach the mesh geometry as a file, it's ~90 MB). Anyway, many thanks for any advice you can offer! Houdini 16.5.536, Windows 10 SESI's "basic liquid" shader 1 grid light, 1 env light mantra ray tracing engine -JS-
  9. hello~ Before I say the problem, I am not fluent in English. problem this picture... indirect but also remainder path.. Why is that? Thanks for reading.
  10. Maybe a basic question, but every studio I have worked at so far have had a custom node usable in the ROP context to fetch a cache. This way one was able to setup dependencies from your cache nodes to your Mantra ROPS. Is there a way to do this using standard nodes? I looked at the Fetch node, but it seems it can only target other rop nodes, like a rop in cops or similar. Cheers
  11. I'm working on a houdini pyro smoke scene and the problem is when I render it, the smoke comes out like it's boiling and also with layers ... I don't know why this happens... maybe because of the emitter or maybe render setting...? I couldn't find it on google as well... somebody help please
  12. I'm working on a houdini pyro smoke scene and the problem is when I render it, the smoke comes out like it's boiling and also with layers ... I don't know why this happens... maybe because of the emitter or maybe render setting...? I couldn't find it on google as well... somebody help please
  13. Hi I've been playing around with the wdas data set cloud and I've noticed that we houdini users (who are not lucky enough to have access to shaders dveloped by giant companies) lack an overall dense (almost pyroclastic) cloud shader that shows the distinct features of puffy cumulus clouds. After a through searching both in web and odforce i've seen that a few people also inquired on the same subject but it was inconclusive. I've decided to use this post as an idea dump to possibly implement a new shader or track your opinion on the subject. During the searching i've realized that distinct features of dense clouds are achievable by either using a very high number of internal light bounces or by faking them. I have seen that dark edges are the most prominent feature of the dense clouds since the other effects as transmittance and high forward scattering are already studied and implemented in shaders. To assess the current state of volume rendering other then mantra i've done a couple tests with several renderers in maya and also tried the new terragen 4.2. The most beautiful (simulating a real cloud light) is the hyperion render. Terragen 4 clouds are also very realistic and detailed (http://terragen4.com/first-look/). Arnold seems to be the best commercial option out there and is very good in giving the edge darkening but fails at details in dark areas (which is highly visible in hyperion) but i think these areas can be compansated with additional ligths. Redshift render is blazing fast but no where near the realism. In houdini i have used pbr with 50 volume limit, 5x5 samples, volume quality at 2 with a standart volume cloud shader. I have just started to see dark edges but even rendering a very small portion of 1920x1080 image took me about 10 minutes ( 2xE5-2680 v3, 48 cores total) . For speed comparison, redshift was the fastest with a couple minutes, arnold took about 10 minutes, terragen is said to be around an hour for a very heavy cumulus cloud. No information about hyperion but since wdas has a 50.000 core farm it shouldn't be a problem. Mantra was the worst with a projected couple hours of total render. Below are the sources i found for future reference for myself Oliver also asked about a cloud shader and Mike Lyndon says he has implemented a shader before (https://forums.odforce.net/topic/17900-cloud-shader/) . This is the most prominent one and is the one i will be implementing. The thesis of Antoine Bouthors that Mike says he has implemented (http://evasion.imag.fr/~Antoine.Bouthors/research/phd/thesis/thesis.pdf) . Beautiful mie scattering solution by Matt and the base for my shader (http://mattebb.com/weblog/rendering-clouds-with-the-mie-phase-function/) Odforce user Andrea was also interested in such topic and has some ideas in it (https://forums.odforce.net/topic/24831-cloud-shader/) Modelling aspect of clouds (https://forums.odforce.net/topic/12923-pyroclastic-noise-demystified/?page=2) Siggraph presentation by Magnus Wrenninge (http://magnuswrenninge.com/content/pubs/VolumetricMethodsInVisualEffects2010.pdf) Realtime clouds for horizon zero dawn by guerilla games. realtime but has really nice implementations (horizon zero dawn real time clouds) A hefty paper from Hyperion developer Yining Karl Li (https://blog.yiningkarlli.com/2017/07/spectral-and-decomposition-tracking.html) With the directions i gathered from Mike Lyndon's post i have started implementing the photon map approach. I have already implemented a henyey-greenstein phase function and added the contribution by radiance photons. Now i will try to implement the ideas presented in the thesis of Antoine, with high focus on cumulus cloud rendering (ch. 7). Attached is the current state of shader (cloud_shader.rar) I am also interested in GLSL implementations for viewport and cloud modelling tools but i guess this post wil be mostly about a shop type implementation. anyway here is a simple glsl implementation work and i am open to every feedback https://forums.odforce.net/topic/32197-glsl-pipeline-in-houdini/?tab=comments#comment-190945 I am definitely not an expert on this subject, so all input, ideas, criticsm, and source is welcomed. Thank you. Hyperion Render (wdas_cloud_hyperion_render.png is Copyright 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. and are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License ) Terragen 4 Render terragen_4_render.tif Houdini Pbr Render (the little part on top took 10 minutes to render so i left it unfinished) Arnold Render Redshift Render
  14. Hi, probably very stupid question and basic, but can't figure it out by myself and internet... How to bring Material from "Material Palette" to a "Shop" ? I want to take "Principled Shader" and other shaders to Shop... Hope Its clear. Bretislav
  15. When bake texture in houdini,it products some noise。I wanna to know the possible reasons。
  16. Hey folks! I'm working on a crowd scene. I set up an attribute to store unique RGB color for each generated agent. In the material builder I use bind parameter nose to incorporate the parameter. I set up the extra image plate too. It works properly with all other objects, but it doesn't work with crowd. I need the RGB color I need to control the RGB and also export it as a text file Cheers Szabolcs
  17. Houdini mantra shadow~

    i just need self shadow don't need the shadow on another object how to do it?~Thank you
  18. Hi, I tried to render this simple thing, but I can see only black on the render view. What am I missing something?? Thanks! tryTT.hip
  19. 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!
  20. Hey guys, I am having trouble converting a SHOP setup to the MAT network. I am sampling colours from a cached point cloud to change the surface colour and it works as expected in the SHOP network if I promote the pcopen file and pick a sequence. But it doesn't work in the MAT network, if I leave it as a flat network there is no where to promote to and I get the "time dependent warning" and putting the setup in a subnet and promote that still doesn't work. I either get the first frame of the cache sampled or nothing at all. Is it because the MAT network is just a massive VOP? And is there another workaround? thanks, Z
  21. Hi Folks! I'm quite desperate trying to bake AO. My Scene consists of a grid and the rubber toy. I want to have the AO on the grid. Could anybody give me a hand with the steps involved or point me in the right direction. I'm a noob trying to get a hang of it. much obliged
  22. REDSHIFT AOV EMPTY

    if I render with redshift my aov are always empty, whether zdepth, gi, diffuse raw....
  23. MultiColored Material

    Hi, Would anyone know good tutorial on how to make multicolored materials like this? It tried it with color mixer note and cell noice pattern , but i doesnt give me a good result , also is there a way to expand the color mixer note to use more than 2 colors? Thanks
  24. Hello! I'm trying to render a flip simulation and I'm getting a lot of flickering. They're all caused by my direct lighting, but decreasing the intensity still doesn't fix it. I've tried to change the sample rate and the rendering limits but I can't find a problem to fix the issue (noise is not a problem but the white reflections). I attached an image with the result. Thank you in advance!
  25. when rendering doesn't work

    To : all my friends in this planet When rendering, 'Houdini console'window only appears on render view and doesn't work. Can't figure this out by myself.. Hip file attached. Please help.. portfolio_v01(2).hip
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