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  1. Combine clustered pyro into one domain/object to export for render in v-ray Maya? Thanks in advance.
  2. My hang glider ran away

    Always wanted to make a cloudscape. Rendered in Octane. About 48 mins on a single GTX 1080. 1600 x 2000 pixels.
  3. Hey guys, I have been having troubles with extracting transforms from an incoming alembic and apply it its vdb. My guess is, that you extract transforms using transform matrices in VOPs and apply it to the position of the vdb. But I don't know how. Can somebody help me with it please? -bf
  4. Hey, I recently played around with the network settings, among them was enabling jumbo packages. In the following tests i did, i noticed that Writing a VDB over the network was significantly slower than other formats(bgeo, begeo.sc, obj, etc.), for me on my current network writing a VDB is about 1/5 of the speed of other formats. Local write test show minimal difference, and when writing a vdb over the network it "waits for queued writes", it seems to be a network issue and not tied with the actually creating the VDB. My current solution is a post-frame script that moves the frame to the server after writing it locally and that seems to be about 3 times faster. But i was wondering if anyone could explain it or maybe have a better solution? I am defentlitely Houdini novice so i might just be completly be missing some env variable or the checkbox: MOAR SPEED!1!!one1! [ ]
  5. I learned that you can create a vdb from the camera using the vdb node, set to "From Camera". This shows you the camera frustrum as a bounding area. I want to turn this vdb into polygons. my failure to do so reveals my lack of vdb knowledge. The vdb From camera tab is set to fog volume. I gave it a name of "density" and used a vdb activate to give a value of 1,1,1. I tried to use a convertvdb node to convert to polygons, this didn't work. i'm misunderstanding something here. help would be appreciated.
  6. VDB sop

    What is the purpose of the VDB sop? The only time I have seen it used is with volume rasterize particles when creating white water. What other times would you use it? Also, what is the point of the visualization? The documentation says the node is creating empty vdb's so what is there to visualize? Also, I can't get it to actually show anything other than the bounding box showing the voxel size. thanks in advance.
  7. Hey guys, i have an alembic animated file (there's no deformation) and I have to convert this object to a vdb mesh (vdb from polygons >> convert vdb). I did it on a static frame (using timeshift) and now i'd like to copy the original animation to this new mesh. A copystamp does copy the position but not the rotation. Can you guys help me with this? Just to make things clearer (this is not the original scene, i'm kinda faking it so i can share here) this is the alembic character animated: then I made this new mesh from it: i need to transfer the position and orientation from the first one to the second one. I guess i could make it with a packed object since it have just one point Thx! RnD_copy.tansformation.v1.01.hiplc
  8. I would like out to export out a Smoke Trail simulation as a VDB sequence so I can import it in a different package. Because the smoke is clustered I can't figure out how to export it out. It only seems to export out one cluster. Setting $CLUSTER in the Rop Output path doesn't do anything. I think that variable is used if you distribute the sim on different machines. I only have 1 machine. Redshift displays there are multiple density channels and the file size of each frame get larger even though the displayed cluster is empty on further frames. I'm using the Smoke Trail shelf preset as a starting point. Eventually I'd like to simulate a long smoke trail along a moving object. Unfortunately I couldn't find any information about this. I'm using Houdini Indie. Thank you for your time.
  9. Vdb grups?

    Hey magicians, I have a setup that make some blobs growth, but I need them to growth in a different speed each one, I tried making groups out of vdbs to control each one by time offset with no luck, also tried playing with different vdb names. Any tip on how can I affect the speed of each blob separatedly? Plan B will be making each vdb growth separatedly and then play with vdb combine, not sure if I'll get the same effect but will give a shot. Here is a sample gif and file to illustrate my issue Thanks in advance! growth_hip_for_offset.hip
  10. Smoke changing color

    Hello! I am new to Houdini, but am attempting a fairly complex effect. I need to emit smoke and particles from a piece of geometry, with these specific characteristics: The smoke and the particles must start off as grey. The particles should be emmited from a black-and-white mask that is mapped onto the emmiting surface (white=emit, black=no particles emmited). This texture should be animated. The color of the particles should be defined at particle birth by another moving texture (an animated fractal noise, for example). At 1/3 of their lifespan, the smoke and the particles would change into two different colors (blue and pink,. I am guessing that the right way to do this is to start with the particles, and then copy the color attributes onto the smoke. The two should move together, so... should I first do the smoke, and them move the particles along the same forces? Any help would be greatly appreciated! cheers, Diego
  11. Hi everyone ! I encoutered an issue with my growing VDB, in facts I want to use it in order to drive a recursive growth effect (based on that setup https://www.sidefx.com/gallery/recursive-growth/), but when I wire it to the solver SOP, it take only the start frame of the solver SOP and it doesn't care about the "animation" of my VDB. Have you already face this problem and is there way to tell to Solver SOP " Hey you take into account my growing stuff". Here is a HIP file to illustrate my issue. Thanks. Yan. issue_vdb_solversop.hipnc
  12. VDB smoke uv mapping

    Hi guys I'm trying out some stuff for my upcoming project and was wondering how to make uvs for smoke converted to poligons, so that they would remain stable rather than jumping around every frame. I found some info on using dual rest position, however I'm not sure how to tackle it, or if it could work with this approach. Here is what I have right now ( I'm not sure if you can see that, but there are scratches on the surface of the smoke which as expected change where they are every frame, the question is how to make them remain in place even tho the number of points is changing and whole thing is deforming) Here is the type of effect I'd like to achieve: Any tips are very much appreciated!
  13. Hi, I'm trying to pass the color from polygon to VDB, transform the VDB then apply the color back to polygon but I don't know how to do. I tryed to use "VDB advect points" but I can't figure out how it's working and if it's the right solution. Charles VDB_color_uv.hipnc
  14. Combine VDB vectors

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows any method to combine velocity vectors of x number of VDBs with an average operation. With VDBCombine SOP either Add or Maximum operation will not give me the correct result because the add will put one vector on top of the other and the maximum will just keep the vector with the greater length. I can produce average using a volume wrangler and the avg() vex function but then I am limited to 4 volumes. cheers, C
  15. Hi all, Question, i'm trying to convert my polygons to vdb and back, to create a Particles-to-liquid effect. The only problem is, that i don't know how to activate the vdb when it enters the area of change. Someone any idea on how to fix this problem? I put my file in here and a screenshot of what i want to achieve. Thanks in advance! Greatz, Christof 08_Particles_To_Mesh_V01.hip
  16. Particle movement and collisions?

    Hey guys! I'm trying to make some floating particles inside a geometry. I need the geo to be a collision object and the particles to kinda have a buffer area before they touch anything, not very obvious but enough so nothing actually collides. However, I'm having trouble getting the particles to actually treat the geo as a collision object, and also stopping some of the random ones that like to go super fast. I thought that the popspeedlimit would the trick for the fast ones, however, it kinda clamps the whole speed of all the particles, rather than clamping the velocity of the fast ones. Anyway, here is the scene file with the alembic, if anyone has an idea of how to fix this please let me know! underwater_particles.009.hipnc blockoutForSim.abc
  17. Hello All, I'm newer to Houdini, and working to jump into setting up some simple/fast solutions for wrapping particles around a mesh. Not sticking to the mesh, but flowing over. I'm a professional Nuke compositor with general experience in Maya, so will understand most terminology, but certainly completely new to Houdini, so open to all suggestions and breakdown's of the principles. The end goal is to drive a curl noise vortex up in Y, and place geo within the field that the noise will wrap and flow around. I have attached my test HIP file. I've been trying to combine this tutorial's use of the cross product and XYZ distance, with the VDB setup from Entagma's Curl Noise tutorial. Other than there being a good possibility I'm on the completely wrong path for this type of effect, it seems I may be confused on properly using the cross product in the VolumeVOP. The attached file doesn't touch properly adding or multiplying in the curl noise, because I want to correct my issue with the field to begin. Thank you all for your time, patience and help. My Best, Josh curl_noise_trailsTest_003.hipnc
  18. VDB banding/stepping issue

    I was wondering if anyone had a quick answer to this issue. I'm applying some cloud noise to a cloud and then converting it to geo. No matter how high-res I make it I still get a lot of banding (or stepping?) after I apply the noise. Am I not approaching this right? I attached a hip file if anyone wants to take a look. vdb_noise.hip
  19. Hi, I'm trying to remove part of a sphere with a bunch of other spheres that I converted to vdb then to polygon to use like metaball and have a single geometry to use to "cut" the other one. Thinking (silly me) it would make it easier. if I switch the input of the Boolean node it kind of work, but I need the reverse of it. It was working great with the cookie SOP before. but I'm guessing new node require new workflow (which is fine, I just haven't understand it yet).:) The boolean node is giving me a warning "NonManifold edges in solid...pnumbersnumbers" I added a Clean sop afterward to try to fix it but no luck, I included my hip, if anyone of you nice people could help or point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. I also attached the intended result, which I got with the cookie sop a long time ago. thanks SplashScreen01.hip
  20. transfer Cd to vdb from particles

    I wondering if this is even possible? I'm animating points through a solver and then turning them into vdb's. I want to apply a random color on each particle. Everything seams to work until I convert to polygons. I tried to apply an attribute transfer after the convert but as you can see in the attached image the scale is off? If anyone can provide further assistance... It would be greatly appreciated! (I also attached a reduced file since I cannot send the actual scene) Thanks, vdb_HelpMe.01.hip
  21. 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.
  22. VDB creep using solver

    Hi everyone, Just wanted to share a little something I worked on yesterday. I created a VDB creep within a solver and for now the issue I have is birthing points at different times and adding them into the solver. For now they all get created at the same time. Still trying to figure this part out https://vimeo.com/249245842
  23. Smoke Solver Collision on Type

    Need a bit of help on a problem for a client, ( on an NDA as well ). Basically, I have a pipeline that shoots to Octane in C4D for the VDB usage and the smoke sim I made is fine and they are head over heels for it but the type (in the smoke) in the first frame is too pixelated for them and not high res enough. I've been trying to find the right amount of density and type space to keep the titles as sharp as possible but when I put them into C4D and play around about it's still exported in Alpha somewhat pixelated. Any ideas? I have a sample hip of the pig had at a reasonably replicated density to the pig but I need it to be more stoic. Smoke_collide_pig.hip
  24. Hi Everyone, I am still new to houdini and I frequently run into the following problem. WhenI use VDB volume for collisions in houdini Particle or Flip sim, particles collide with the bound of VDB volume instead of actual VDB shape. It kind of creates a boundary around VDB and uses that boundary for collision. Its visible in the viewport in orange color (yellow color in the provided SS as d object was selected when took SS). I often get this issue and I dont know what I am doing wrong and how to solve it. Even If I use shelf tool the problem still persists. If anyone of you have ran into this problem then please let me know how u solved it. thank you for your time. Cheers!!!
  25. Hi ! i'm trying to get volume data from points attribute pls see the attached picture in this case i set an attribute to some value and want it to be sambled into new VDB volume. it works like surface "wrapped" around my points (red area). and it's empty inside, although there are points inside with the attribute set to positive non-zero value btw it works fine when i set vdbfromparticles SOP to Fog VDB - it fills all volume where points exist Is it possible to sample any arbitary attribute into VDB like Fog VDB option does?
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