Houdini 16.5 Nodes Particle nodes

Color POP node

Changes a particle’s diffuse color and/or alpha.

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This operator lets you set the color and/or alpha of its input particles by specifying the value directly, via a ramp file, or from a compositing operator.

This operator will add the color (Cd) or alpha (Alpha) attributes to particles if they do not exist already.

Parameters

Activation

Turns this node on and off. The node is only active if this value is greater than 0. This is useful to control the effect of this node with an expression.

Note that this is activation of the node as a whole. You can’t use this parameter to deactivate the node for certain particles.

Source Group

Only affect a group of points (created with, for example, a Group POP or Collision POP) out of all the points in the input.

Color

This tab controls whether and how to set the color of the input particles.

Pass

Do not modify the color.

Param

Set the color to an RGB value.

Ramp

Get the color from a ramp.

COP

Get the color from a compositing operator (an image).

Color: Param

Color

Color to set on the input particles.

Color: Ramp

Lookup

Use the ramp editor to create a color ramp, then use this parameter to control which point along the ramp the particle gets its color from. You can keyframe this parameter or enter an expression.

To remove a color ramp, click a bar and drag it up.

Color: COP

COP Path

Path of a COP to get color from.

U

U Parameter to evaluate COP at.

V

V Parameter to evaluate COP at.

Alpha

This tab controls whether and how to set the alpha (opacity) of the input particles.

Pass

Do not modify the alpha.

Param

Set the alpha to a value.

Ramp

Get the alpha from a ramp.

COP

Get the alpha from a compositing operator (an image).

Speed

Set the alpha according to the particle’s speed.

Alpha: Param

Alpha

Alpha value to set on the input particles.

Alpha: Ramp

Lookup

Use the ramp editor to create an alpha ramp, then use this parameter to control which point along the ramp the particle gets its alpha from. You can keyframe this parameter or enter an expression.

Alpha: COP

COP Path

Path of a COP to get alpha from.

U

U Parameter to evaluate COP at.

V

V Parameter to evaluate COP at.

Alpha: Speed

To set alpha by speed, enter the low speed (corresponding to alpha = 0) and high speed (corresponding to alpha = 1).

Alpha 0 Speed

Speed at which alpha is 0.

Alpha 1 Speed

Speed at which alpha is 1.

Locals

Standard POP local variables

AGE

The seconds a particle in the template has been alive.

AX AY AZ

Acceleration of the particle.

BBX BBY BBZ

The point’s relative position in the bounding box.

DEAD

Point is dead.

ITER

Processing iteration number.

JUSTHIT

A collision for this particle was detected (for example, by the Collision POP) during the processing of this timestep (that is, this iteration of the particle simulation). This variable is cleared at the beginning of each timestep. Note that the collision POP actually detects any collisions which would have occurred the during the previous frame.

LIFE

Percent of total life used (from 0 to 1).

LIFESPAN

Expected lifetime of particle.

MAPU MAPV MAPW

Point or vertex texture coordinates.

NPT

Total number of points.

NGRP

Total number of points in source group.

NX NY NZ

Normal vector.

PT

The point number of the currently processed point. The PT is not constant like ID; it changes based on the number of points.

RESTX RESTY RESTZ

The rest position.

SLIDING

The sliding state of the particle.

SPRINGK

Elasticity of a point.

STOPPED

Point is stopped.

STUCK

1 if particle is stuck to a collision object.

TENSION

Spring tension.

TIMEINC

Time increment.

TX TY TZ

Point position.

U V

Surface UV values.

VX VY VZ

Velocity direction.

WEIGHT

Point spline weight.

Added by Collision POP/Limit POP

DIST

Distance from particle to last collision.

HCR HCG HCB

Diffuse color at the collision point on the surface the particle collided with.

HITID

ID for last collision. You can control how this attribute is set in the Collision or Limit POP to help distinguish types of collisions.

HITTIME

The time at which the last collision occurred.

HMAPU HMAPV

The texture map UV coordinates for the surface location where the last collision occurred.

HNX HNY HNZ

The normal at the surface location where the last collision occurred.

HTX HTY HTZ

World space position of the last collision.

HU HV

The UV coordinates for the surface location where the last collision occurred.

NUMHIT

Number of times the particle has collided.

Added by Color POP

CA

Point or vertex alpha value.

CR CG CB

Diffuse point or vertex color.

Added by Property POP

ATTRACT

Attractor point.

CHARGE

Charge of the particle.

CLING

Point is clinging to geometry.

DRAG

Point drag.

FOLLOW

Leader to follow.

MASS

Point mass.

PSCALE

Particle Scale.

SCALEX SCALEY SCALEZ

Non-uniform scale.

Added by Proximity POP

NEAREST

Either the point number or id of the particle nearest to this one.

NEARESTDIST

The distance to the nearest particle.

NUMPROXIMITY

The number of particles within a specified proximity to this particle.

Added by Rotation POP

ROTA

Rotation angle.

ROTX ROTY ROTZ

Rotation axis.

Added by Source POP

GEN

Generation.

ID

ID number, which always remains constant.

ORIGIN

Original Source point was birthed from.

PARENT

Parent’s ID Number.

Added by Speed Limit POP

SPEEDMAX

Maximum speed.

SPEEDMIN

Minimum speed.

Added by Sprite POP

SROT

Sprite rotation around view axis (in degrees).

STEXU STEXV

Texture coordinate of sprite’s lower-left corner.

STEXW STEXH

Size of sprite in texture space.

SX SY

Sprite scale.

Controlled by Suppress Rule POP

SUPPPOS

Suppress default position rule.

SUPPVEL

Suppress default velocity rule.

SUPPUP

Suppress default up-vector rule.

SUPPAGE

Suppress default aging rule.

SUPPROT

1 if particle is suppressing its default rotation rule.

SUPPANGVEL

1 if particle is suppressing its default angular velocity rule.

Added by Up Vector POP

PVX PVY PVZ

Previous velocity.

UPX UPY UPZ

Up vector.

Added by Location, Source, Softbody, Split POPs

SPEED

Absolute speed of particle.

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