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  1. Vellum Collision Problems

    Hello! I am trying to deepen my understansing of vellum by building the solver netowork myself. I have hit is very enfuriating sustuation were my character litterally walks out of her pants. When I use the sop based solver this dosn't happen. I am sure I am missing something but it seems most things I have tried are giving me the same result. I am using an almebic cache for the collider, and cloth geometry brought in from Marvelios Designer. I am using an collision source node to generate a vdb for collisions, and using a staticObject set to “Use Volume Collision” and “Volume Sample” for division Method. Here is what I am getting
  2. Houdini Instructor

    short contract (3 months) Houdini Instructor. *must have work visa or legal right to work in Italy (work visa will not be provided)* - 4-7 experience specialized in high quality FX, demonstrated through a showreel - Well versed in the operation of Houdini and can easily relay the fundamentals on how to use and create in Houdini - excellent communication skills with both students and colleagues - rounded understanding of VFX industry and VFX pipeline - pro-active learner and problem solver - strong organizational and time management skills - previous teaching experience is preferred
  3. Without the render power to render a sky for each frame, I'd like to render one cloudy dome image instead. I've managed to render a 16k dome, but only with the wimpiest of clouds. Any ideas on how to render just bits of cloud at a time? Some way to automate a single cloud around, that changes in each new position, then I can comp them together - maybe if there's a world-coordinates feature it'll be easy, I'll try that ; but if any side is clipped, it won't work... T.i.a.
  4. Hey, I'm having trouble shading volumes created with the pyro solver in houdini 18. I have created a custom volume shader which seems to work fine with with regular volumes however I can't seem to get color when the volume is created with a pyro sim. Both volumes output density as a volume which is what I am using to drive the color in the shader, i have attached HIP file. Thanks! Volume Test.hip
  5. Hey guys, do you have any idea if is possible to change the visualization of volumes once I read them from disk as packed disk primitives without unpacking them? I have noticed that when I read them back they have the same "visualization settings" as when I saved them to disk. So I guess that this information is stored somewhere and if it is, probably is also possible to modify it. But I've looked at all the various attributes and intrinsics without finding anything useful
  6. Vector Field HDA bundle

    Hi folks. Just posted a set of HDAs geared towards building vector fields intuitively, using curve and point features. Documentation and alternate download can be found here. Happy trails! DFX_Vecfield_HDA_bundle.zip
  7. Hello everyone, I have been attempting to figure out this problem on my own, however I have spent far too much time on it and would love some help if I could get it. It would be very much appreciated. I am attempting to create the effect seen in my first image, the very odd colored smoke. The second gif is what I currently have, which I would say is a good 70% of the final look for about the first third of the chunk of smoke. I need to create the next chunk of the effect, which is the larger more diffused, bigger turbulent smoke. I have been attempting various methods to achieve this. I have tried to use control fields on the current simulation. I don't think this is the best way because my GPU runs out of VRAM, and also I have less control than if I were to break it into multiple sims. I also tried copying the first VDB, clipping, transforming to the XMAX of the first VDB (where the next part of smoke should start), scaling, and retiming, which sort of worked from certain angles (not my camera) and I felt it was sloppy. So now I am wondering, what would be the best method to break this into 3 simulations? First part is fine, the tight, high frequency turbulence that I am happy with (happy to fine tune it later). Now second, the middle chunk of the bigger poofier part, and then finally the tail end. Maybe this could be done in 2 simulations. Maybe I would need 3. Would I want to source in from the same direction the first simulation is flowing outwards? I am not sure how to proceed efficiently and would really love some help! Thanks!
  8. AI Volume Effect

    Hello guys. I'm kind of a newb. I'm just looking with awe what you guys make and I try and practice and learn with Houdini everyday. I've been using it since version 15, but I still consider myself a beginner, especially in the VEX part of town. I was trying to make a personal daily project because I saw this painting and I can't get it out of my head. I also remember seeing Serjan Burlak's project which is linked below... I know that Serjan's project is very very advance, VEX heavy, and it took a lot of time and knowledge to make, but i'm really really curious. Just to scratch the surface of what the effect is doing with the points and how it's connecting wires, I tried: scattering points, use connect adjacent, find shortest path, wireframe, polywire, VDBs and cloud with variable density, then scatter points and connect them, a combination of these nodes with some wrangle modifications, but honestly nothing looks closer to that painting. Maybe you guys have some ideas on how to dive into something like this. If you have any useful links, books or videos, it would be appreciated. Thank you. P.S. The painting is made by Zdzislaw Beksinski in 1983
  9. Non-Simulated Flame (+hipfile & notes)

    Thought it would be cool to share some R&D i worked on for creating a flame FX without doing any simulation purely through deforming geo. A pretty simple FX nothing too crazy but i though i should share it as some people might be trying to do similar things. I've included the Hip file as well as notes explaining the vop workflows. I'm very much a novice to Houdini's more technical side so excuse any rookie mistakes, critique welcome as well if you think i can improve my workflow. Non_Simulated_Flame.hipnc
  10. I'm in the middle of creating Whitewater particles for my waterfall sim and after caching out the particles and converting it into a volume it looks extremely low res considering there is over 300,000 particles and 8 million Voxels. Not sure what i'm missing but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advanced.
  11. Arnold Instance Offset Volumes

    Hey there, Having a little bit of Arnold trouble, I'm a little inexperienced rendering limitations and instancing with Arnold. Trying to load in instanced vdb's via an instancer obj node, using per point instancefile. But they're not renderable.. I did same with instance sop, but they weren't renderable, until I unpacked them -- which I believe defeats my purpose. Just trying to instance a volume , and offset time for variation. --- probably limitation with packed prims with Arnold but it'll work if I directly Instance Object my Arnold Volume obj node (where I lose offset control, per point). So a little confused. htoa 3.03 atm perhaps I could update because I've been told recently packed prims were further supported. Houdini Indie, so no access to .ass files. If I @instancefile (instance sop), I get access to the frame variable. but I have to unpack. If I @instancefile (instance obj), within an instanceobj, I get no render effect. If I @instancepath (instance obj), within an instanceobj, I can render, but have no access to the frame variables. Cheers, will play around with and give my solution if any.
  12. Hey everyone! I recently finished up a tutorial on creating game ready procedural rocks assets for UE4 Hopefully you can learn a thing or two on my process and feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions, critique, or questions about anything you see! Video preview Free Demo version: https://gum.co/rocksue4demo Full version: https://gum.co/rocksue4 Includes: 8 Video Chapters Project file (.hip) Hi/lowres meshes+maps Tools: Houdini 16.5+, Unreal Engine 4 Introduction: Chapter_1_Base_Shape 26 min Chapter_2_VDB_Setup 4 min Chapter_3_Detailing 12 min Chapter_4_Texturing 21 min Chapter_5_Remesh 10 min Chapter_6_LOD's 9 min Chapter_7_Save_File 15 min Chapter_8_Bake 4 min Difficulty : Intermediate-Advanced Format: Recorded video chapters
  13. Hello everyone, I am trying to recreate a volume trail node within an attribute wrangle (couple steps before, but the advection of the points is all within the wrangle) When I create new points in said attribute wrangle, I can't have access to their position within the for loop they were created. I am attaching the hip file. The attribute wrangle is highlighted in red. volume_trails_VEX.hip
  14. Hello! So I just started dabbling in FLIP and have a little river scene everything looks decent except for the whitewater. It takes forever to cache but I have the rasterized particles cached out and the standard particles will be finished caching later this evening. I've played with the spray shader but it looks kind of weird when applied to the rasterized particles, especially with the noise parameter that's [on] by default. I also read a few posts that suggested trying a billowy smoke shader instead. That made it look much better but still not correct so I figured I needed the regular particles cached in addition to the rasterized ones. If that's so they're caching now, but when they're finished what do I do with them? Last time I had whitewater particles cached they just rendered as spheres because of the pscale, am I supposed to mesh them like the FLIP and then layer them? I can post some screenshots once my cache has finished.
  15. 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.
  16. - Hello all, So I know you can project objects onto heightfields etc. But want to make use of the heightfield erode node and a few others BUT not on the default heightfields; On a separate imported model. Ive tried converting my model into a volume and adding a height attribute which gets me so far but not the results that I would say are working at all. Was wondering if anyone had any ideas or thoughts or even reference/documents they could point me in the direction of?:) [I also tried unlocking the heightfield otl and inputting my geo into the volumes directly but I get a flat plane currently - but this flat plane is affected by heightfield nodes so I guess I just need to re-engineer the volume conversion to not just work as a flat plane but that could be a problem as I guess heightfields were made to work on a plane basis and extrude later on? - So heightfields work as a 2d volume and I imagine I'm going to need a 3d volume in order to convert my mesh into a heightfield ] - After looking inside the default heightfield nodes I'm pretty sure my process should be something like. - Import geo for heightfield - Convert geo to volume and give scalar height attribute, (and no doubt some other stuff I'm currently missing) - Use volume creation to make use of heightfield sops. Thanks C
  17. Hi, I want to render a custom pass for clouds in mantra. The reference jpg shows a custom pass from Maya (density / ambient) and the alpha for the same clouds. In Maya a gradient ramp was used on the incandescence channel. Basically where the clouds are denser should be black and the opposite, for lower density I should have white. Can I replicate that with mantra? I'm using the sky rig tool so everything is calculated at render time. Thank you!
  18. Viewport visual of smoke looks too low detail

    I've had this issue a few times and I'm pretty sure it's me now doing something wrong. I built a simple smoke solver from particles of feet hitting a grid. When I bring those particles into the smoke solver the smoke that it will generate will be really low quality, as you can see, nomatter how much I divide it down. Would the reason be a shading issue or a density issue? Thanks for the help! WalkingDust_001.hipnc
  19. 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
  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. Hi there, quite new to Houdini and I'm struggling to find documentation for something like this. I have a scene with a building where there are multiple fires starting at windows of varying sizes. This means I have different source volumes (fuel & temp, and a pump) for each window. I want to be able to render the pyro from each window separately and perhaps even have dynamic resizes for each source. The only way I could imagine doing this would be if it was possible to have multiple smoke object nodes that can reference different source volumes (the fuel & temp, and the pump). I saw that clustering exists but from what I understand it only accepts point sources? I am using a fluid source node building SDF from geometry to create the source volumes. What would be the best way of doing this? Thanks in advance and apologies if this has a very simple answer.
  22. Handling Large Volumes

    Hi, I have a box converted to a volume. Using a volume vop and noise I made some clouds. Here is the problem, I want a lot of clouds. So i go to my original box and scale it up. Since i scaled my box now i need to increase resolution. However, I cant increase the resolution high enough to get the clouds looking good when they are near the camera. I would need a ridiculously high amount of voxels to do that. Even 58 million voxels isn't high enough. Here is what I dont understand, I can do a similar thing in Maya. I can make non-dynamic texture based clouds. Here is what I like about Maya: When doing texture based clouds, I can use low resolution (small amount of voxels) but still get high quality clouds because the opacity of the volume is being textured by a high quality noise pattern. Look at the 2 viewport photos. Both the high resolution and low resolution (bottom two photos) produce basically the same render (top photo). How can I do some thing like that in houdini? In houdini, it seems like the resolution of the noise is dependent on the voxel resolution, where as in maya I can have low voxel resolution, but high quality noise and get good render. Any thoughts? Thanks
  23. Hey guys, sorry for my english There is a way in Houdini to detect the collision and have a organic style deformation without dynamics to avoid the intersection of the meshes? I have some geometry groups (tentacles based on curves) in a single object, so, I thinks is possible with volumes and a vex expression with if and else, but I'm not so good with vex, i'm still learning. So, using a foreach loop , maybe converting the mesh into volumes and use a scatter to have the surface and inside points to detect their position, how can I import in a wrangle the groups and their points info to create this type of action? I know the message but i don't know how to write it, some ideas? Thank you
  24. Turn vel streamers into usable curves

    I want to jack the streamer visualizations from my fluid source and use it to extrude shapes along. Is this doable? I want to do this because of how cleanly the streamer lines are distributed within a volume.
  25. Divergent noise

    As the title suggests. Im trying to achieve a diverging noise pattern in a cone shaped volume for a project I am working on. As far as I know, this effect is not possible but I have been proven wrong before. Can the example images I added be accomplished? Points or volumes, it doesnt matter, as long as I am able to have the noise diverge in the direction of the cone width. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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