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This is probably a discussion better suited for another thread.

@Noobini I'll take a look at your scene in a couple hours. If anyone else discovers any other bugs or inconsistencies, please feel free to report them here or (preferably) on our forums.

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@Noobini I found the bug; it's in Apply Attributes. It's incorrectly combining the existing group mask (group1) with `@mops_falloff>0` via a Python script, and it was doing it with bad syntax to boot.  If you disable "Ignore zero falloff prims" it will work in the meantime. I'll have this fixed in the next build.

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group works a treat...and also confirming if I negate group (!)...it works too.

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on the move along spline node, (or any other node with advection) it would be handy to be able to specify start frame of the solver, as not everyone works from frame 1.

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On 6/16/2018 at 4:42 PM, dyei nightmare said:

yes i think the same...  lazyness,  and i dont want this software becoming a sort of C4D or 3max (oh the horror),  only because some people is lazy to learn the hard way,  yes its hard,  yes is a mistery to learn this,  and is so complex to do a simple sunset scene,   but thats why im love with this software :P 

I hope you are saying this tongue in cheek.  so what tools are made to make life easier? so what it brings in new blood because of those tools.  but if your only argument to not have such tools is to keep Houdini "complex" and keep the uninitiated away then close Houdini off to new users r at least until they pass muster by passing a complex VEX quiz.  a regressive way of thinking.

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22 hours ago, bobc4d said:

I hope you are saying this tongue in cheek.  so what tools are made to make life easier? so what it brings in new blood because of those tools.  but if your only argument to not have such tools is to keep Houdini "complex" and keep the uninitiated away then close Houdini off to new users r at least until they pass muster by passing a complex VEX quiz.  a regressive way of thinking.

 

no,  is not to keep houdini complex,  there is an apropiate answer for this that fits your tool-logic,  but there is no point on this conversation :P:P:P  

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Houdini getting easier, more accessible is a matter of time, so those that feel the need to protect their jobs I would suggest to look at both ends of the spectrum, either you bring some truly serious maths and engineering skills to the party or you bring some serious good flair and taste.

Don't fight gravity... you will loose.

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3 hours ago, jordibares said:

Houdini getting easier, more accessible is a matter of time, so those that feel the need to protect their jobs I would suggest to look at both ends of the spectrum, either you bring some truly serious maths and engineering skills to the party or you bring some serious good flair and taste.

Don't fight gravity... you will loose.

yes,  houdini has become more artist friendly,  and thats not bad,  but i thought that the main target of side fx were the companies that are working on vfx, but dont want to spend a lot of money on software developers or creating new inhouse software.  but anyway this is a topic for other thread, i mean,  the wrangle nodes system is wonderfull and dynamic,  but,  i dont understand why sesi are putting more effort on modeling department instead of making a faster mantra renderer and less noisy.   

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3 hours ago, dyei nightmare said:

yes,  houdini has become more artist friendly,  and thats not bad,  but i thought that the main target of side fx were the companies that are working on vfx, but dont want to spend a lot of money on software developers or creating new inhouse software.  but anyway this is a topic for other thread, i mean,  the wrangle nodes system is wonderfull and dynamic,  but,  i dont understand why sesi are putting more effort on modeling department instead of making a faster mantra renderer and less noisy.   

We can't do both? :)

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On 6/29/2018 at 5:19 AM, dyei nightmare said:

I dont understand why sesi are putting more effort on modeling department instead of making a faster mantra renderer and less noisy.   

Why should SESI invest any more resources into faster rendering when there are already fantastic solutions like Redshift, Octane and Arnold available?

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We've made a few incremental upgrades to MOPs, but the next big feature addition (uploaded just now) is support for instancing sequences. Currently you can load either Alembics or bgeo files as packed disk sequences, and there's full support for frame cycling and individually addressable frame selection via expressions or point attributes. Details are in the Instancer documentation.

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On 01/07/2018 at 3:06 AM, Midphase said:

Why should SESI invest any more resources into faster rendering when there are already fantastic solutions like Redshift, Octane and Arnold available?

IMHO SESI needs to invest on both areas (and others as well). Houdini needs a great modeller and a great render engine that fully takes advantage of the architecture in Houdini. None of those render engines do.

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