Houdini 16.5 Nodes Render nodes

Geometry render node

Generates geometry files from a SOP or DOP network.

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Parameters

Save to Disk

Saves the geometry to disk with the last control settings.

Save to Disk in Background

Starts another copy of Houdini in the background and instructs that copy to cook and save the geometry. This allows one to continue working and load the .bgeo files as they complete.

Controls…

Opens the control dialog to allow adjustments of the render parameters before rendering.

Valid frame range

Limits the rendering of frames, when set to Render frame range or Render frame range only.

Render any frame

Allow the renderer to render any and all frames.

Render frame range

Only render the frames in the range set below, but allow the renderer to render other frames if they are referenced by in-range frames.

Render frame range only (strict)

Only render the frames in the range set below, and don’t allow the renderer to render other frames, even if they are referenced by in-range frames.

Start/End/Inc

Specifies the range of frames to render (start frame, end frame, and increment). All values may be floating point values. The range is inclusive.

These parameters determine the values of the local variables for the output driver.

Render with Take

Uses the settings in a particular take while rendering. Choose Current to use the current take when rendering.

Save to Disk

SOP Path

The SOP node, object, or SOP subnet to render from.

Output File

The file to save the geometry to (should end in .geo or .bgeo). Make sure to include $F in the filename to write out separate files for each frame.

Transform

Specifies whether the geometry should be transformed into world space before written out.

Initialize Simulation OPs

Forces all simulation OPs to be reset. This includes DOP Networks, POP SOPs, and other OPs that cache their results.

This is the safest way to render out a simulation, because it starts the simulation from scratch and discards any partial simulations you might have done with different parameters.

Alfred Style Progress

A percentage complete value is printed out as files are written. This is in the style expected by Pixar’s Alfred render queue.

Report Network Use

The number of bytes sent or received by the distributed simulation primitives during the cooks triggered by this geometry output is printed.

This does not track use by, for example, saving a file to an NFS mount. It only tracks the network communication of nodes such as the Gas Net Exchange Border DOP.

Save Retries

If saving the geometry to disk fails due to a disk writing error, Houdini will usually error the output node immediately. This is desirable for most cases where a failure to save means an illegal path, which is not recoverable. However, sometimes files fail to save due to network issues. If the number of save retries is non-zero, Houdini will re-attempt to save this number of times. Each time will be accompanied with an output to the console of the failure to save and a five second wait in the hopes that the network will clear up.

Save in Background

When saving more than one frame, save in a background thread. This can make saving faster for large file sizes, but may use more memory since it will retain the output geometry until the save completes.

Scripts

Pre-Render Script

Run this script before any rendering.

Pre-Frame Script

Run this script before each frame.

Post-Frame Script

Run this script after each frame.

Post-Render Script

Run this script after all rendering.

Locals

N

Frame being rendered.

NRENDER

Total number of frames being rendered.

Examples

The following examples include this node.

netbarrierpost Example for Net Barrier render node

In this example, we demonstrate how a netbarrier ROP node can be used to ensure that multiple machines stay in sync with each other.

rop_example_wedge Example for Wedge render node

This example shows how to setup the Wedge ROP to automatically create a bunch of variants of a network.

Render nodes

  • Agent

    This output operator is used to write agent definition files.

  • Alembic

  • Archive Generator

    Generates disk-based archives which can be used by either mantra or RIB renderers.

  • Bake Animation

    Bakes animation from object transforms and CHOP overrides.

  • Bake Texture

    Generates a texture map from one or more objects' rendered appearance.

  • Batch

    Renders the input ROP in a single batch job.

  • Brick Map Generator

    Allows you to convert Houdini volume primitives into Pixar brickmap files.

  • Channel

    The Channel output operator generates clip files from a particular CHOP.

  • Composite

    The Composite output operator renders the image(s) produced in the Compositing Editor.

  • DSM Merge

    Merges two or more deep shadow/camera map files.

  • Dynamics

    Saves the state of a DOP network simulation into files.

  • Fetch

    Makes a dependency link to a ROP in a different network.

  • Filmbox FBX

    Exports entire scenes to FBX files.

  • Frame Container

    Prevents frame dependency changes in the contained nodes from affecting its inputs.

  • Frame Depedency

    Allows an output frame to depend on one or more input frames.

  • Geometry

    Generates geometry files from a SOP or DOP network.

  • HQueue Render

    HQueue, or Houdini Queue, is a distributed job scheduling system.

  • HQueue Simulation

    HQueue, or Houdini Queue, is a distributed job scheduling system.

  • MDD Point Cache

    This output operator is used to write an MDD animation file.

  • Mantra

    Renders the scene using Houdini’s standard mantra renderer and generates IFD files.

  • Mantra Archive

    Generates disk-based archives which can be used by mantra.

  • Merge

    Merges several render dependencies into one.

  • Net Barrier

    Blocks the ROP network until synchronization occurs.

  • Null

    Does nothing.

  • OpenGL

    Render an image using the hardware-accelerated 3D viewport renderer.

  • Pre Post

    Renders ROPs before and after a main job.

  • RenderMan

    Renders the scene using Pixar’s RenderMan renderer.

  • RenderMan

    Renders the scene using Pixar’s RenderMan RIS renderer.

  • RenderMan Archive

    Generates disk-based archives which can be used by RenderMan .

  • Shell

    Runs an external command.

  • Subnetwork

    The SubNetwork output operator provides an easy way to manage large number of output operators.

  • Switch

    Renders one of several inputs.

  • Tractor

    Tractor is a program shipped out with Pixar’s distribution of RenderMan.

  • Wedge

    Re-renders the same ROP multiple times with different settings

  • Wren

    This output operator is used to drive the Wren rendering program.