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  1. Hi folks, I have searched around, but similar questions are either unresolved or unanswered. Hopefully now in 2019 we have a simple solution to this simple issue. I have used the Extract Transform node in Houdini, which gave me the position and rotation of my object. Prior to that, I have simmed a Rigid Body object, and used this node to replace it with a higher-resolution version for my render. Now I wish to do the same in Maya. I have a high-res model of my rigid body, and it would be a waste to export each frame in alembic. It would be great to export a simple Null with a position and rotation attribute or something like that, and constraint my object to it in Maya. It sounds simple, but I can't do it. Attaching a ROP FBX or alembic to the ExtractTransform node produces the files, but they're just a locator without any attributes in Maya. How can I get this set-up to work, or what are the alternatives? Thank you.
  2. Sulaiman - Compositing/Houdini FX

    Hi everyone! I am a VFX Artist who just recently graduated from 3dsense Media School who specialises in a wide range of skillsets Below is a Vimeo link to my showreel as well as my submission to The Rookies! Do feel free to drop me a message, thank you! Contact me and check my channels: sulaimanwar18@gmail.com https://linkedin.com/in/sulaimanwar/ https://www.artstation.com/sulaimanwar =================================== https://vimeo.com/325603170 https://www.therookies.co/entries/427 FinalProject10.mov
  3. Arunkumar - FX TD - Reel 2019

    Hi guys, I'm an FX TD looking for challenging VFX opportunities. Please take a look at my reel, and get in touch. Would love to discuss about prospective collaborations and/or full-time work. Comments, suggestions and critiques are most welcome and would help me improve the reel. Thanks.. Arunkumar arunkumar.subramanian@gmail.com
  4. I want to export model with animation to maya but when I import in maya 2018 UV is gone. I try to promote UV to point before export it can see UV in maya but UV is wrong. I want to know how to export alembic with uv, Thank.
  5. Hello, I encounter major problems when exporting an alembic sequence from houdini 17 to maya 2018. I traced the problem down to the “build hierarchy from attribute” option combined with rendering frame ranges into an alembic-file. Attached is a test file, to rebuild/illustrate the problem: export an alembic file with build hierarchy from attribute “name” ON —> import in Maya causes crash or empty transform nodes, but the hierarchy would be there export an alembic file with build hierarchy from attribute “name” OFF —> import in Maya with animation works fine - except that I don’t get the correct hierarchy I’m aiming for. Is someone encountering the same behaviour and has a solution for that? Or is it only at my system/setup? I’m working with Houdini 17.0.352 and Maya 2018.5 (but it didn’t work in any maya version between 2017 and 2018.5) Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Joko alembic_export_maya.hiplc
  6. Hi folks, I was able to do alembic transport from Houdini to Maya for a scene which has a procedural vine/plant growth, how do I go about to maintain the UVs? kind regards, Clarence
  7. Greetings, I have just finished my first year learning and using Houdini. I have a degree in telecommunication and Cinema and finished the first year of a VFX masters course. I am looking for work as a junior artist in europe and for opportunities to improve. All comments and suggestions are welcome, enjoy your day! Reel: - Dario
  8. Hello everyone, Here is my problem, i'm new as houdni user and i followed the embroidery tutorial from entagma, once finished I have added some extras stuff but my problem is when I want to export, I want to export by color ( or group color ) but I don't know how to proceed. Can somebody help me ? Thank you everyone . link to the tuts : http://www.entagma.com/fakebroidery-needlework-in-houdini/
  9. Hello everyone, I am currently a student and a young Padawan I block a lot of candle effect and I need your help ... My candle effect works well in the scene view but I have a lot of difficulties to find the same effect in Arnold on Maya despite exporting to: "convert VDB" "VDBvectorMerge" "Primitive" then my cache VDB ... So on Maya I can not seem to recover the same aspect with a arnold volume and my aistandardvolume ... Will anyone here help me? I leave you the scene to better understand ... candle.hip source_volume_cache.7z
  10. I know Houdini focus has been VFX, I have few questions regarding cinematic pipeline. Hero characters, close shots UDIM-s etc. I know by the fact UDIM-s are used in films and often also on hero characters and in VFX pipeline. Main reasin is that you have more control over texture details on specific model. For example: If i have a character face and i need specific part of that face to be more detailed then other i have udim-s and that specific part (UDIM tile / UV tile) that covers that area of face has higher UV texture resolution thus means that that area can have more detailed / higher rez textures. Now typical pipeline i understand is so called Sketch to screen workflow. (same workflow that Aaron Sims Creative Studio uses) and many others. 1. Model is sculpted 2. Model retopology is done (retopo that supports and follows basics for topo that is needed for animation) 3. Model is animated (in maya or houdini) 4. Model is textured (ptex or UV-s) 5. VFX is created 6. Look dev that means shaders are created, lights are created etc) 7. VFX compositing (nuke etc) 8. and final shot(s) are rendered. What i struggle is how to proceed with my pipeline. Need to focus on specific things and not to try study full program as houdini is huge. Need to take one project and step by step try to complete it. SO at the moment regarding my project> 1. Sculpting part is done 2. Retopology part is done 3. UV-s are done (Used Unfold 3D( and model has UDIM UV-tiles 4, Model is tegxtured in Mari (So now model has UDIM textures) tho i was thinking for second to try ptex also but i think it does not support xyz texturing method. And now i am strugeling with shader building as there are not many good tutorials regarding Houdini skinn shader-s. And not getting good result with those. For second i was thinking to use substance painter as in that case you do not have to build shader from scratch. Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaUoYyWfMzE&t=75s But problem is that Substance does not have fully implemented full UDIM-s support. It does support UDIM-s but you cant paint seamlesly over model that has UDIM-s. Explained here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihQTBc_e8DM So now i was thinking may be i can do skin shader in Maya as there are way more maya btutorials regarding UDIM-s and skin shaders then there is Houdini, But as my plan was also to create VFX effect i would try to do it in Houdini. And now arises question can i do VFX in houdini and shaders in maya and some how bring those over to Houdini or vice versa_
  11. Hi, I was following the doc https://www.sidefx.com/docs/maya/_maya__mesh.html#Maya_Mesh_MultiplePieces_Output. I can make color set name to works when it is a single entry, but I have a problem with the array. The color set data in Maya was correct, but the name reverted back to Cd, Cd2 instead. Is there anything I missed? I'm using Houdini 16.5.473, 10 Maya 2017, and engine 16.5.473 on win 10.
  12. I would like to have the same Redshift Light setup from Maya, in Houdini. First I created a simple Maya script that copy's the RSlight attributes like intensity etc and places it in a .txt Now in houdini, I want to create RSlights on the same position, with the same attributes. The text file will look something like this '''[rslight1(x,y,z, 100 # intensity)rslight2(x,y,z, 50 # intensity)]''' How would I approach this in Houdini? My thanks
  13. I can't take credit for it, but it needed to be shared. This made me cry with laughter.
  14. Pyro to Maya

    Hey magicians, What's the best pipeline to export pyro to maya? I'm working at houdini scale and I think maya scene is x1000 so I'm worried that the smoke probably will look bad. Any tips will be really appreciated Thanks!
  15. Hi, Recently I had to develop a method for Alembic Sequence files export from Houdini and Load Alembic Sequence files in Maya, I couldn’t find any solution for this problem at that time, so I decided to develop some Python script to do these tricks. Below you can find my tutorial and source files for abc sequence files Houdini to Maya. Hope you find this useful in your workflow. If you have any questions or anything feel free to replay here. Thanks, Mahesh MS. HELP_abc_sequence_files_Houdini_to_Maya.pdf abc_seq.zip
  16. Hi, Recently I had to develop a method for Alembic Sequence files export from Houdini and Load Alembic Sequence files in Maya, I couldn’t find any solution for this problem at that time, so I decided to develop some Python script to do these tricks. Below you can find my tutorial and source files for abc sequence files Houdini to Maya. Hope you find this useful in your workflow. If you have any questions or anything feel free to replay here. Thanks, Mahesh MS. HELP_abc_sequence_files_Houdini_to_Maya.pdf abc_seq.zip
  17. Hi forum. I am trying to export simulated curves from Houdini into Maya using Alembics so they drive the XGen anim curves. I have exported curves from Xgen into Houdini and connected them to the 16.5 Hair System and simulated them. The problem is the Alembics from Houdini are exporting all the curves as shape nodes under one curve, instead of exporting each curve separately. XGen's Anim nodes wont read these. Does anyone know how to export curves from Houdini into Maya with Alembics without them packing?
  18. Hi! I'm having huge problems creating a scene in maya: I have to create an animation of a set of sheets of paper that runs along a curve around an object like a kind of magic. Is there anybody who could tell me what kind of pipeline I have to adopt or who could give me some advice on how to approach to the problem? For now I have approached the scene using first ncloth on a single sheet of paper, after which I created a vortex field but does not allow any kind of control of the mesh. So I tried to bind the sheets to a curve with the attract mesh but even here I did not succeed. "Help me Obi Wan you're my only hope" many thanks Lorenzo
  19. Combine clustered pyro into one domain/object to export for render in v-ray Maya? Thanks in advance.
  20. guided ocean from animated geometry

    Hello this question was originally asked here (and I have pretty much the same question) https://www.sidefx.com/forum/topic/46028/ "I am wondering if it's possible to simulate a thin layer of ocean from any given geometry mesh in houdini?" Or from my input mesh that is a deforming animated plane? It is basically wave previs anim from Maya -- I am looking to drive a flip sim with this animation similarly to bifrost guided parameters: In the sidefx forum I linked someone mentioned "- detect position of flip particle if it is below or above the surface if below the surface but the distance with the surface is below a certain threshold advect it by the point velocity. if the distance is more than the treshold it get deleted every frame." I was wondering if someone can headstart me with how to go about this implementation, does this process need to be done within the solver? Thank you all for your time! -Shane
  21. Group of friends and I are starting a small project, and while we're doing all rigging/animation in Maya, some characters rely on effects that would be much more easily achieved in Houdini. These are generally quite basic, and we're looking to minimise the amount of shot-specific work to be done - I'll ideally write the effect once, and use it over the whole show. Once I have an abc or fbx export, what is the best way of reading that in Houdini to the maximum level of detail? For example, one character has panels of LEDs that form screens, which in turn display depth maps calculated from each LED's normal - there are about four hundred separate LEDs, so ideally I would have a locator for each one, with X facing out the normal, bake out character anim as fbx, import into Houdini and just instance a setup across each locator - I don't know how to do that. Others require things like sparks between contacts, thrusters, etc. How is it best to achieve this? Via Metadata? Naming convention? Custom attributes on locators? The other approach is to use HDA in Maya, which I know nothing about - ideally would like to keep the two separate, if nothing other than to make look dev easier. Let me know your ideas. Thanks!
  22. Hello all, Getting to it I have a camera in Maya with camera shake enabled. I know baking can only work if the Horizontal Shake and Vertical shake options have been moved from the background to the channel box with the Channel Control in the shape node of the camera. Once it's baked I export it as .fbx into Houdini(16.5 if it matters). But the camera shake still doesn't show up in Houdini. Also of note, I looked through the camera settings in Houdini and I don't find anything similar to a camera shake option in there, so maybe because there isn't a setting it won't use that baked information but I am truly stuck. For fun I attached the camera, don't know if it's useful but its there. TL;DR = Camera shake from Maya camera doesn't import into Houdini, what do? Thanks. Edit for all the people out there. The solution is to just not use .fbx. Just use alembic guys, it works. Hopefully somebody else in the future will be able to use this advice so they didn't have to be me scrolling around google for two hours. CameraExport_01.fbx
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  24. Hey all ok I have a simple joint chain anim done in Maya.. 4 bones and a tube animating to bend the tube. I've imported it as fbx (merged into scene).. it all comes in as a subnet package with joints and skinned mesh. All looks good. So I've been testing the muscle sim and basically I'm connecting the muscle start and end points to joints in the subnet. Right now it seems to work fine.. joints animate.. muscles follow. However I now need to update the anim on the 4 joint system. This is easy enough Maya side.. animate.. export fbx.. job done. BUT.. now I want to replace the existing bones/skel animation data with the one from my new fbx. And I've no idea how to do that. Can anyone help here please? Id be a bit miffed if I need to keep reparenting all those muscle nodes each time an anim changes lol. Ta! Ant
  25. Hello everyone, I have a problem on rendering bifrost surface in maya 2018,this is my render test: I have the velocity pass and displacement map output by Boss, but how can I render mesh by velocity? It means that the splash which with high velocity will be rendered with no displacement, and the other part of mesh which with low velocity will be rendered with displacement, I just want to render the surface with no thickness, how to cut the mesh in rendering? so I can render the mesh just like this: or is there any other way to render mesh? I want the splash is rendered with no displacement, and the other part of mesh rendered with displacement, and the mesh will be combined with outside infinite ocean, which can be rendered with the same boss displacement map. This is my RnD: Can anyone help me? Thanks!