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  1. i want to scatter points on a deforming mesh (a growing mesh) based on its curvature attribute. currently they are appearing and disappearing as the curvature values are changing (based on the deforming mesh) every frame. however i want them not to disappear once they are created and stick to their original position they were created (as closely as they can). PS: the deforming mesh is generated from a vdb sdf. i am using a triplanar UV on it. i would highly appreciate any tips and help.
  2. Howdy team. I'm new to the forum, so apologies if this is a daft question. I am following a FXPhD tutorial which has an old vers of Houdini and the nodes and parameters are sometimes different. In the exercise I'm doing, the tutor is copying some curves onto a grid mesh to make grass. He manipulates them, copies the curves to attach to the grid mesh with a copy to Geo node, then scatters them across the grid using a scatter Node. There is some scripting to alter the grass length etc. But the grid mesh Geo disappears. We can only see the grass. He gets the Geo to reappear again by checking the preserve Geo tick box in the scatter Node. This box isn't in my vers of Houdini, which is a current one. Does anyone know a fix to this problem? With mesh Geo disappearing when using a copy and scatter node to copy curves to mesh? TIn other words, the curves are grass and the grid mesh is the ground. The ground disappears and I don't know how to get it back. Any help appreciated. I'm a beginner. Thanks.
  3. Abstract spheres in Houdini

    i want to create an abstract art like the image attached below, it has a main sphere with differrent size of spheres scattered on it, i can create a sphere with scatter and copy stamp nodes to create something like this, but how do i keep the spheres from colliding with each other? and they should also stick to t he main geometry. please help.
  4. Hey, I have a very frustrating issue. I have an alembic that I have scattered points onto and managed to get them to stick in place. The problem is now the random values I have assigned to these points i.e pscale, change every frame. Does anyone have an idea how resolve this, please? Thanks Andy
  5. Hi guys Ive been struggling to get my head around making similar leaves like the ones in the pictures. Any suggestions? I cant seem to make the leaves 'lay down' similar to how a hair groom would be combed or a feather system would lay the leaves down. Damien leaf_001.obj leaves.hiplc
  6. Hi guys (and gals)! How can I split the scattered points of a geometry into three groups, depending on the scattered points position to three different objects? I have tried with point clouds, with nearpoints and everything I could imagine, but I can't seem to figure it out! It either relies on radius, or doesn't sort correctly. I also tried with the sort node but it really messes with my sopsolver which is used for the infection down the stream.. To better explain the situation, lets say I have the geometry I want to split scattered with 10 points, and the point targets I want to use as refs have 2, 4, 4 points respectively. How can I "sort" the scattered points to either belong to group 1, 2, or 3 explicitly, depending on the distance from the point targets? Each point should belong to one group and one group only. And the sorting only has to happen in the beginning of the sim, after that pop forces take over. If anybody has any idea, please, feel free to share! Thank you for your time, G.
  7. Tank Tread Animation

    I have a tank model and would like to animate the treads. What is the best way to achieve this? I'm no VEX master by any stretch. Looking for a workable approach to this. Thank you.
  8. Hi guys, I wanted to ask how can I achieve the following result: I have points scattered along a surface, on wich I have various noises affecting the color attributes of said points. What I want is for the points that are in the "red" zone to not move at all, and for the points in the "blue" to find the closest RED neighbour, and move towards it, controlled by a slider for me to animate. Seems easy enough, but alas, I am stuck. I wrote a point wrangle that does the job - well, sort of. The points are separated correctly, but I can't find an efficient way to attract them to the closest "red" neighbour. Most of them move, but not in a complete way as to seem as pure attraction. This is what I 've got so far: int nearpt = pcfind(0, "P", @P, chf("neighbourRad"), 2)[1]; i@nearpt = nearpt; string @INstatic = ""; //to separate the points in teams if (@Cd >= ch("color_tolerance")) { @INstatic = "yes"; @Cd = {1,0,0}; } else if (@Cd < ch("color_tolerance")){ @INstatic = "no"; @Cd = {0, 1, 1}; } //find closest points int ptneighbours [] = pcfind(0, "P", @P, 10, 1000); i[]@ptneighbours = ptneighbours; foreach(int j; i[]@ptneighbours) { s@affected = point(geoself(), "INstatic", j); if ( @affected == "yes") { @nearpt = j; v@nearPos = point(0, "P", @nearpt); } else { v@nearPos = point(0, "P", @nearpt); } } //move only blue closest points if( @INstatic == "no") { @P = lerp(@P, @nearPos, chf("percentcomplete")); } Any help would be more than appreciated, G.
  9. Hi Guys, is there a way to have tree meshes scattered on a terrain with variance in leaf colour on every single tree so that no two are the same colour? back in the Softimage/ICE days i could scatter points on a terrain mesh and give the points a random colour then i'd create a plant or tree mesh with different materials for bark, leaves etc, in Softimage's node based material builder i would plug in an attribute node into a colour mixer merged in with the leaf texture map, this attribute would read the random colour generated on the scattered points then i'd export the tree mesh as a Redshift proxy at render time the proxies would be loaded in, and each individual tree's leaves would be given an individual colour variation within a specified range based on the random colour from the scattered points this would mean each individual tree would have a unique colour added to its leaves and would be quick in the viewport/quick to render because of RS proxies (it also worked for Arnold standins) I've been trying to do this in Houdini but am hitting a wall, I've tried material style sheets but that requires me to create a different override for each parameter i want to control then assign specific trees to those overrides, its still not giving me unique colour variation per tree, its also quite a pain to set up, on top of that mat style sheets don't work if there's more than one material on a mesh which makes it redundant in this scenario I've also tried user data + attributes + shader switch but again you're using a mixer to switch between different specific shaders that you have to individually build, am i missing something? thanks for your help Houdiniers
  10. Remesh using scatter points

    Hi, im trying to create a reptile scale tecnique, using points scattered along curves on a mesh where i'd like the scales, and i came across this amazing work by psop creating a chameleon.(https://cghow.com/making-of-jbl-chameleon/) Does anyone know how you can go from the first mesh which is the classic quad meshed character, to a remeshed version based on connecting all the scattered points on the mesh? i've tried everything i can think of... 1.triangulate2d, then restoring positions, but its not good for complex mesh shapes. 2.tetrahedralize, not so hot as cant tell it to only grab points from the surface of the mesh, it goes mad connecting innards of the mesh like a lattice. 3. i then tried "point iso cloud" which is great for laser scan reconstruction, and uses my custom scatter points to make the mesh BUT does not result in a mesh that uses my scatter points as the actual mesh points. 4. is there any mileage going down the vex route, creating a UV, then instead of searching for nearpoints in 3d space (where you could grab near points that arent actually connected on the same part of the surface of the character), and instead search distance on the UV positions of the points? 5.voronoi fracture the mesh using needed scale position points(scatter), then trying "compute dual" on the divide SOP. this feels quite close, i just need the mesh thats constructed by connecting the scatter points making lots of triangles; once ive got a mesh with the points of the connected triangles at the centre of my desired scale positions i can then compute the dual and HURRAH! ive been smashing my head against a wall for days now, id really appreciate some brain power as i think ive burnt all mine out!! cheers J Atomic14
  11. scatter points on animated mesh

    hey! I'm about to create a fairly simple effect where a deforming mesh (a man running for instance) is made of spheres, not only on the surface but inside as well. Of course I can scatter points inside, but my question is how can I keep the distribution of spheres constant through the animation so that each sphere moves with the body (and on top a little noise to make each sphere alive...) a good example is this video at 1:32 any tip? cheers!
  12. Hey Guys, Uploaded a simplified example scene of the project I've been working on and trying to wrap my head around the last few days. Basic jist of it is I've got this alembic mesh that's got a changing point count on it, I was wondering how I would go freezing a static frame of this mesh and then deforming it so I end up with a mesh with a consistent point count. So far I've been playing around with point deform / attribute interpolate / ray sop but I haven't managed to figure it out yet, every result seems to lead me to this same jumbled pile of polygons which you can see in my example. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you! deformingGeo_changingPointCount.hip
  13. PointVop Animated Texture

    Hello there! I'm having kind of a hard time to solve what seems to be preety straightforward. I'm using a grid, with a point vop to displace some points on it, but I can't seem to get the displace texture animated. I'm loading it to the texture sequence in texture; if I load a single frame, it works, but with the sequence nothing shows up. Heeeeelp! Thanks in advance.
  14. Scatter evenly/orderly/not randomly

    Example - made inside of ae with plugin Trapcode Form. Practically it's just particles evenly scattered on the sphere. Tried to practice that inside of Houdini using Scatter node, but it look noisy/with holes since it is randomly scattered. Seems like needed different approach. Thank you!
  15. Ideas to achieve this effect

    Hi im learning houdini and a few days ago I found this and I really wanted to create something like it using Houdini, the problem is that I don't really found a way to do it and I'm kinda frustrated, my first idea was to scatter points on the base geometry and then copy to points a grid, but then I'm not sure if that could work or how to make a cloth sim for the grid which should be colliding with each other, idk maybe is easier that I think and im completely in the wrong path haha if someone can guide me a little bit on this little quest ill be beyond grateful. .
  16. Hi there, I'm trying to stick points on an animated alembic without the points moving all over the place. At the moment I've got my alembic attached to a vdbfrompolygons to scatter. How can I make sure that these points will follow the alembic geometry? (the polycount doesn't change while animating) Thank you for your time and help. (I've attached an alembic file) AlembicTestFile.abc
  17. Hello, Small problem this morning. I have a flower in Houdini that's been cached out as a .bgeo file. The flower opens and is supposed to emit particles, which I'm controlling the location of emission with a paint node and a timeshift after that. Just following the tutorial, as you do. After the timeshift is a scatter with the Density Attribute set to Cd and after the scatter an Attribute Interpolate node so I can put the points back onto the moving petals to get a velocity from the points to emit water and so on. The problem is that the color value from the paint doesn't stick to the moving bgeo geometry and when the frame moves will break up the color, thus scattering the particles in a new way on every frame. Even a quick copy paste from his .hip file to mine doesn't work after I change the paint node to fit my geometry. Every value is the same and I'm confused. Is there a better or any other way to lock color values onto a cached bgeo file?
  18. Hey All! So i'm scattering points on a geometry to Voronoi fracture to break into multiple chunks. There is a portion of the geometry I want to break of in just one chunk Is there a way to tell Houdini not scatter points in that particular area of geometry? Thanks everyone!
  19. Hello peeps, Can anyone help me find some examples of scatter multiple objects / instances with controls on probability of each, or using color to influence the placement of explicit objects?! I am thinking of building myself a scatter system but not sure if I am up to the task... Thankies.
  20. Houdini Geometery issue

    Hi, I am trying to add Voronoi fracture to an outer wall geometry but the geometry pieces are transforming, this operation i am doing inside the fracture node. I am attaching my file, Can anyone please tell me the solution for this one? I even tried exporting the Geo to alembic and bringing it back in houdini but it didn't work. Shot_01_Sim_V005.hipnc
  21. Hi all, I'm not sure if tipping is allowed ( I can't find the rules ) but I'm happy to tip with any crypto of your choice - any help on this would be much appreciated, I'm quite new to Houdini but have some experience in C4D so go easy on me. In short, I'm trying to achieve a LiDAR effect but starting with existing models as opposed to using actual point cloud data. I've had some success with this in C4D but the materials editor there is limited and I want to achieve some things that I don't think it could do. I'll try to be as concise as possible. Before i start I've seen Danil Krivoruchko's LiDAR tutorial and had a look at the files (which are too advanced for me right now) and I've also seen this thread - which gets as close as I've seen so far but doesn't take into account shadowing - only directional faces. - LiDARs, because they're emitting from one point, create shadows in which they can't see (as shown well on the underside of the car above or behind the figure below ). My instinct would be to use a light source to dictate how the scatter tool distributed it's points over a mesh, however I'm open to ideas. I'd also like the shadows from separate objects to obscure scatter points of other objects. - I don't mind whether the points are randomly spaced or appear as a more ordered 'scan' lattice across the objects. - I don't need colour but if there is a way to colour the points from the objects colour map that would be amazing. - I'd really like the points to 'jostle' when animated to, this is to simulate LiDAR's imperfect scanning over time. Please let me know if you'd like any more information and I hope someone can crack this. Thanks
  22. Solver on scattered points

    Hi All! I think this is my first post, so thank you for all the info shared here - I have a sphere with scattered points (in texture space) and a map that makes propagation of the points over the sphere. - I have a solver moving this points over the sphere. The problem is that the solver just move the points generated in the first frame and I want the solver to be acting over the points created over the frames. I assume this can be a stupid question Thanks in advanced! Domingo.
  23. Hi, i've two geometry with a scatter node applied and i wont connect these point using an add node by color attribute create with a color node after scatter node. so... geo 1 geo2 scatter1 scatter2 color1 color2 merge add Now i need to calculate the distance between the connected poit. How can I do? Thanks
  24. Hi Guys, I want to scatter some points on a growing and deforming vdb mesh. These points shouldn't jitter on the surface and look like they are moving along with the surface. I have attached a basic file similar to my actual setup. Basically, I am going to render these particles as bubbles on top of the mesh and I want it to be quite dense. I haven't been able to figure this out and couldn't find much help online. It would be great if you guys can check it out and help with a response. Thanks vdb mesh vdbscatter_v01.hipnc
  25. paint density

    hi guys i use paint node to get particular scatter points for my object but when i fracture it, pieces look so long i guess it is a density problem. i just want irregular pieces but more points in some areas.how can i fix it.please help me... test.hipnc
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