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I have seen in recent Houdini builds a new image supported image format, is a variation over the classic Houdini RAT format, in the file type dropbow i can see:

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Random Access Texture (TBF format)

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Anybody knows what TBF stands for?

What are the differencies between the clasic RAT format and the RAT(TBF) format?

Thanks

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I have seen in recent Houdini builds a new image supported image format, is a variation over the classic Houdini RAT format, in the file type dropbow i can see:

...

Random Access Texture (TBF format)

...

Anybody knows what TBF stands for?

What are the differencies between the clasic RAT format and the RAT(TBF) format?

Thanks

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RAT -- Random Access Texture

TBF -- Tiled Block Format

They are very similar, though TBF is more flexible.

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RAT -- Random Access Texture

TBF -- Tiled Block Format

They are very similar, though TBF is more flexible.

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Thanks crunch, but why TBF is more flexible?

What are the adventages, use less memory, is more efficent to find the needed part of the texture, use better mipmapping ...

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Thanks crunch, but why TBF is more flexible?

What are the  adventages, use less memory, is more efficent to find the needed part of the texture, use better mipmapping ...

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From what I've seen TBF's are more flexible as they are a more general description of data. A TBF could represent a Point Cloud for occlusion, or a Deep shadow map, or hold the data for an IPR render. They are mip-mapped like a RAT file so they are nice and efficient.

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From what I've seen TBF's are more flexible as they are a more general description of data.  A TBF could represent a Point Cloud for occlusion,  or a Deep shadow map, or hold the data for an IPR render.  They are mip-mapped like a RAT file so they are nice and efficient.

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Thanks wolfwood, so i can render a shadow map like a TBF RAT?

Or i can generate a point cloud and save it using this format?

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Thanks wolfwood, so i can render a shadow map like a TBF RAT?

Or i can generate a point cloud and save it using this format?

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Yes and yes.

I believe if you set your shadow maps to be Deep Shadows the format they will be stored in will be TBF.

You can save out a bunch of points from sops and then use i3dconvert -c to create a TBF file. See i3dconvert -h for more info on creating the TBF.

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