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  1. Hey folks, proud to present LYNX Tools, a collection of production proven open source tools to accelerate your workflows! All mentioned tools are free to download via the links below and are licensed with a full HoudiniFX license. All Houdini Assets have complete Houdini native documentation available. Repository: https://github.com/LucaScheller/VFX-LYNX Lastest stable release: https://github.com/LucaScheller/VFX-LYNX/releases Please give them a test drive, so we can improve them further Roadmap | https://trello.com/b/f8Pgip7s/lynxpipeline So far there are three tools: LYNX_force_general | Tweak your sims with this all purpose & intuitive force field. Built to mimic force fields in other DCC applications, but with support for more features and a natural Houdini user experience. https://www.lucascheller.de/vfx/2019/03/24/vfx-lynx-houdini-force-general-asset/ LYNX_fabric | Create fabric/weave patterns with ease. Perfect for creating that holiday sweater you never wanted. https://www.lucascheller.de/vfx/2019/03/16/vfx-lynx-houdini-fabric-asset/ LYNX_velocity | Get control of your velocities via an intuitive UI or groom them for absolute fine tuned control. https://www.lucascheller.de/vfx/2018/11/01/vfx-lynx-houdini-velocity-asset/ More info on my website: https://www.lucascheller.de/blog/ Houdini User Group Munich Presentation: https://vimeo.com/334887452
  2. Houdini Groom ... MPC London

    Hi everyone MPC London is looking for a Groom Artists with Houdini experience for an initial contract over the summer. Please get in touch if you are available, or can recommend someone who is… paul -at- mpc.jobs This is an in-house role so unfortunatly we can only consider candidates able to work in London without the requirment for a visa. Paul Wilkes Global Head of Talent MPC
  3. 1) Is there a way to only affect the tip of your guide curves when using the groom brush? It’s easy to grab the center of the guide curve which ends up bending them in an odd way that’s counter to the direction I’m attempting to brush the curves in. If I make my brush small enough and position my camera strategically I can of course just graze the very top of the curve but it becomes difficult when there’s a lot of guide hairs. Additionally, If I use the curve advect tool I notice that all of the guide curves that have been advected have a concave bend to them similar to if I had used the screen brush on the center of the curve instead of the tip as I mentioned above. 2) Is there a way to pop hairs out that have flipped through the other side of the surface? If I do a simple fur setup on a grid it’s very easy for this to happen with a few strokes of the screen brush. 3) Are there recommended ways to optimize the viewport when grooming? It seems really sluggish even with a modest amount of guide hairs once you start adding a few guide process nodes. My hair generate node is off of course. 4) After I place a guide groom node and use the plant guides tool to create a few custom guides the guide groom density no longer has an effect if a raise or lower the value. If I disable the planted guides, it works again. Actually I’m realizing now that even doing a groom with the screen brush seems to lock that initial guide count into place. Is this the intended behavior? 5) When using the Hair Clump node it seems like mixing the blend value to 0 doesn’t actually turn the effect off entirely. With default settings and blend set to 0 I still see very obvious clumping. It’s not until I set the fractal clumping iterations to 0 does it act as if I disabled the node entirely. With fractal clumping set to 0 and the blend set back to 1 though, the settings in the general tab (clump size, crossover rate, etc) do absolutely nothing. 6) Is there a trick to setting the influence radius and decay values in relation to both the guide curve and hair generation density? It seems heavily dependent upon how many guide curves I have of course but I’m finding that’s easy for me to end up with a look that’s too clump-y without actually having a clump node in my setup. If I raise the influence radius higher to move away from the clump-y look it starts to lose any variation I may have added to length, bend and frizz. If I come up with something that's look pretty promising with a low hair generation density I'm usually surprised at how different feeling it looks once I start to really crank the density values. Cheers!
  4. Houdini Fur Artist Needed Outpost VFX UK

    **CALLING ALL SENIOR GROOM TD's** Short 4 week Contract Available at Outpost VFX to work on something mammoth... . Fur experience using Houdini is essential! If you are looking for a short term gig to squeeze in before Xmas then drop me an email on talent(at)outpostvfx(dot)co(dot)uk or message me direct. All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK, Remote work is not possible for this role.
  5. Senior Groom TD - Trixter Munich

    TRIXTER is currently looking for a Senior Hair & Fur Groomer for our next feature film project to start as soon as possible. Location: Trixter Berlin or Munich, Germany Groom TD's are responsible for delivering high quality hair, fur, feathers and organic elements for our 3D characters and environments. Description: Grooming Hair/Fur styles for CG characters in Yeti to a photorealistic level of finish. Ability to light hair/fur assets in Arnold a major plus. Organic Modeling skills a major plus Requirements: Minimum of 3 years feature film or equivalent high-res (2K) experience Extensive production experience using Yeti for grooming Strong artistic and technical background Great communication and problem solving skills Ability to work well within a team Good English language skills EU citizenship or an existing German work permit. Please send your application with CV, link to your demoreel and earliest commencement by email to jobs@trixter.de We are very much looking forward to meeting you! www.trixter.de
  6. Senior Groom TD - Trixter Munich

    TRIXTER is one of Germany’s leading animation projects and visual effects studios, offering a wide range of high quality services in digital production for motion pictures and TV. We are proud to have worked on international feature films and series such as Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Captain America, Ant-Man, White House Down, Cloud Atlas and Wolfblood. We are currently looking for a Hair & Fur Groomer for our next feature film project to start as soon as possible. Location: Munich, Germany Groom TD's are responsible for delivering high quality hair, fur, feathers and organic elements for our 3D characters and environments. Description: Grooming Hair/Fur styles for CG characters in Yeti to a photorealistic level of finish. Ability to light hair/fur assets in Arnold a major plus. Organic Modeling skills a major plus Requirements: Minimum of 3 years feature film or equivalent high-res (2K) experience Extensive production experience using Yeti for grooming Strong artistic and technical background Great communication and problem solving skills Ability to work well within a team Good English language skills EU citizenship or an existing German work permit. Please send your application by email to jobs@trixter.de We are very much looking forward to meeting you! www.trixter.de
  7. Deform Groom curve stretching

    Hi Odforcers, Im working on a project where I have to tear up a lawn using bullet rbd's and hair to generate grass. Ive come into a problem, or maybe a bug where the grass in the deforming rbd patches becomes very long either when moving through space, or even at rest. I cant seem to find any other topic where this has happened before. Has anybody encountered this kind of problem with H16's hair and deform groom? Any incite would be appreciated. Id love to attach a screen shot however the content is under NDA. All I can say is imagine a bunch of curves spidering out from underneath a few selected skin patches. Cheers!
  8. Hello my Houdini Folks, I hope you guys are doing well and creating A class Sims. I am tasked with creating Houdini fur for a talking animal, We are replacing the mouth with the animated one on the live action puppet. So basically my task is to match the groom with the plate. We first were looking at the Xgen Approach given its in Maya and we can render from Maya itself. But because Xgen is a pain and very buggy i transferred the task to be done in Houdini and rendered out in Mantra. I have the groom which looks if not the same, close to the puppet. But now the issue is to transfer the same fur over multiple shots with different camera info for continuity sake. I exported the camera and animating geo in Houdini. But with each shot, the geo is at different location in space because each shot is tracked separately. For transferring the fur over accurately, the geo needs to be in close proximity, with slight change in positions. I tried the recache strokes and transfer based on UV approach. But still, to get the groom match accurately it has to have same position as the fur geo we are transferring from. Did anyone in the community have worked with Houdini fur and transported the fur over multiple shots with different camera and geo positions? Any input will be appreciated. Thanks Harsh
  9. cmiVFX Releases Awesome Houdini Facial Hair Grooming Video High Definition Training Videos for the Visual Effects Industry Princeton, NJ (October 28, 2015) Several months in the making, cmiVFX Research releases an epic video on how to groom human facial hair using SideFX Houdini Animation Software. Artist, cmi’s Chris Maynard, researched hair sculpting in conjunction with hair styling students of an international beauty school as well as popular NYC salons to come up with his ground breaking technique of “Render Softening” using digital hair to dither CG renders for a more realistic look. In conjunction with all of these resources, we added the compatibility with Solid Angle’s Arnold Rendering system to leverage the power of inoperability between several major animation packages. Using Alembic support allowed for us to get true congruency across multiple platforms. To add even more excitement to this already amazing video content, we recorded dual monitor high resolution screens to be displayed in our new higher resolution playback formats! No matter what kind of device you are on, or whatever location you are in, we have a solution for you! The cmiVFX website is designed to work 100% of the time using our redundant cloud servers and multiple device support, which is why many global developers are now using our site to test their own networks for problems! At cmiVFX, we are not only the teachers, but life long students. We take our customers feedback seriously, so our website will keep getting better after each new video release. Houdini Facial Hair Grooming is a major video milestone for us, allowing our extremely popular, “outside of the box” methodology to help guide you as the viewer in a way that is both fun and intriguing. For the cost of a family dinner, you can increase your chance for consistent work exponentially. To assist you even further, we will even help you get a job doing what you love. Simply watch a video, then tell us if you want to do this for a living, and we will help you get started on a path to happiness and success. You can rely on cmiVFX.com to help you be the very best you can be! Purchase this video now, and start making all your characters more detailed today. Vimeo Teaser Trailer Short Description Chris Maynard shows one of his legendary VFX tricks of hair blending and “Render Softening” using Houdini. SideFX Houdini Facial Hair Grooming https://cmivfx.com/store/653-Houdini+Facial+Hair+Grooming Chapter Descriptions Introduction Get a quick preview of the content of this video before getting started. Did you know more than 70% of the women in Chris’s family worked in the Beauty Industry? He had attended dissertations on the latest research in hair growth and maintenance as a teenager when his mother was an instructor for Hair Styling and Chemical Treatments in New Jersey. One of his many side jobs was helping maintain a family salon geared towards the Music Industry where he was soon introduced to his initial career in music. Setting Up As an ongoing software UI designer, Chris tends to arrange his workspace for the most efficient level of effort. By reducing the amount of UI clicks, we can spend more time on visualizing changes. It is very important to keep your eyes tuned to the desired object in edit. Base Hair During the years of research in CG, VFX and Design, it often becomes very clear to work from large to small. In this chapter we start off with the largest body of hair which we use a central jumping point to all the secondary and tertiary hair systems. We also cover the seeding of multiple duplicates to create various hair colors for added realism. Most people have hair color variations, as well as fine white hairs which help deflect light in various directions. Hair Blending Often ignored by low level animations, hair can create hard edges that lack reality. Especially, with shorter hair styles, the technique of blending is required to taper between hair types and lengths. This chapter is a key link between the base hair and the rest of the hair systems. Hair Line Sometimes, some variation is required to help pull the eye in a different direction. In our first “Render Softener” we use a bridge of fine hairs to blend the forehead into the head hair. This technique will be used in every digital hair style for the rest of your career and is probably worth the price of the video all on its own. Beard Shadowing How many times have you seen beard shadow added into the texture maps of a character? That might look ok from far away, but on close ups, it just will not do. This chapter we use not one, not two, but THREE different hair systems to make up the 5 O-Clock Shadow of the face. Another ground breaking technique of “Render Softening” is to use it evenly around the object of desire. Eye Brows This is one of the more tricky systems of hair styling. In this part of the video, we will use nearly all the grooming tools on the Houdini Toolbar. The eyebrows fall into our 80%/20% technique, so we allow for the ability to tweak at the end. Eye Lashes Because the eye lashes are going to be moved by animated morph objects, we must make sure they follow the proper direction and help keep them from colliding when the eyes close. The ability to tweak the lashes during this scenario is available, so we are able to design the base look which will be adequate for the animation departments later on. Auxiliary Hairs There are hairs all over the head, face and neck. Find out how to create hairs that cover every single polygon over your entire model and how to shade them appropriately. Ranging from nostril hair, to forehead hair, you will learn more about yourself here than ever before! Final Touches The trick to working in CG is to nail down 80% quality of all your objects until they are all together, then finish the last 20% with all your parts in one place so you know they will work as one. Working in any other way will take much longer and could yield a lesser result in the long run. Wrapping Up Find out how to set up Arnold Hair Shaders and Lights so that you can go back and forth between Mantra if needed. This video was meant to work with other cmiVFX Hair system videos so that no matter what application you are in, the end result renders the same. About The Instructor Chris Maynard is an international software GUI designer and the owner, Chief Public Partner, as well as Head Researcher of the profit-sharing organization known as cmiVFX.com. Project Contents All cmiVFX videos come with all the training materials you need right from our website. No matter what time of day, your location, or how your feeling, cmiVFX will be there waiting for you! This video is available today at the cmiVFX Store: www.cmivfx.com About cmiVFX cmiVFX is the leader in High Definition Video Training for the Visual Effects Community. Register for free and receive hours of free content at the cmiVFX Video-on-Demand Player. Copyright 2015 cmiVFX | cmiStudios. All rights reserved.
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