Houdini 17.0 Reference Stand-alone utilities

mcp

Convert an image sequence to a movie file.

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Synopsis

mcp [-v] input_movie [input_audio] -o output_movie 

Description

mcp converts a sequence of images to a single movie file, extracts image frames from a movie file, or re-encodes a movie file. The supported movie formats differ across platforms. Run mcp without any arguments to see the usage instructions, which include a list of supported formats.

Options

-v

Enables verbose output.

input_movie

is one of:

filename.ext (where .ext is a supported input movie container extension)

[filename]

-f min max [-i inc] xxx$Fxxx

-w width -h height -f 1 max stdin

min is the minimum frame number max is maximum frame number inc is the frame increment $F is a placeholder for the frame number within filenames.

input_audio

is: -a [-x] audio_file

The -x option specifies that the audio is to be copied without transcoding.

Note: This option is not supported on all formats.

output_movie

is: [-w width] [-h height] [-f min max] [-i inc]

[-c compression] [-r framerate] [-l lib:format] output_file

Note: After a movie is read in, its frame numbers are renumbered to the range 1,2,3,… the -f and -i options of the output_movie act on the new range. The default frame rate is 24 frames per second.

output_file

is one of:

filename.ext (where .ext is a supported output movie container extension)

xxx$Fxxx

stdout

-c <option_file>

Encoding some movie formats will display a dialog of available compression settings. This option suppresses this dialog and reads the relevant compression settings from the specified file, created earlier using the '-C' option. This option is not supported by all formats. See the usage output from mcp for details.

-C <option_file>

Encoding some movie formats will display a dialog of available compression settings. This option saves the chosen settings to the specified file so that they may be reused later with the '-c' option. This option is not supported by all formats. See the usage output from mcp for details.

Examples

mcp

This will display the usage message, including supported formats.

mcp -v -f 1 40 CorkScrew\$F.pic -o CorkScrew.avi 

This will convert a sequence of images from 1-40 named CorkScrew1.picCorkScrew40.pic to an avi file (if supported).

To save and reuse compression sessions, try:

mcp -v -f 1 150 -i 1 input\$F.pic -o -C settings filename1.mp4
mcp -v -f 1 150 -i 1 next_input\$F.pic -o -c settings filename2.mp4

Stand-alone utilities

  • abcconvert

    Convert between Alembic formats.

  • abcecho

    Print information about an Alembic file.

  • abcinfo

    Print information about an Alembic file.

  • chchan

    Copies channel collection to/from action channel format.

  • chcp

    Copies channel collection file to another format.

  • chinfo

    Prints information about a channel collection file.

  • claudio

    Copies CHOP data (clip) to/from audio formats.

  • clchan

    Copies CHOP data (clip) to/from action channel format.

  • clchn

    Copies CHOP data (clip) to/from channel collection format.

  • clcp

    Copies CHOP data (clip) to another format.

  • clinfo

    Prints information about a CHOP data (clip) file.

  • dsmconvert

  • dsmmerge

  • dsparse

    Parses and displays dialog scripts.

  • gabc

    Convert between Alembic and Houdini geometry.

  • gconvert

    Convert between Houdini polygon formats.

  • gdxf

    Converts DXF polygons to/from Houdini format.

  • geps

    Converts EPS files to Houdini polygon format.

  • giges

  • ginfo

    Prints polygon file statistics.

  • glightwave

    Converts LightWave files to/from Houdini format.

  • gplay

    Geometry viewer.

  • gptex

    Makes a ptexture image file from a geometry file.

  • greduce

    Reduces polygons in a file.

  • gwavefront

    Converts .obj files to/from Houdini format.

  • hbrickmap

    Converts an i3d file or volume primitive geo/bgeo file into a Pixar brickmap file.

  • hcollapse

    Collapses a directory structure.

  • hcpio

  • hexpand

    Expands hip files into a directory structure.

  • hrender

  • hsc

  • hscript

    Command line HScript interpreter.

  • i3dconvert

  • iautocrop

    Crops images based on pixel values.

  • icineon

    Convert images from 10-bit Cineon format to an 8 bit format.

  • icomposite

  • iconvert

    Converts image formats.

  • icp

    Isolate a region of an image in a new image.

  • iflip - Flip Image

  • iinfo

    Outputs information about an image.

  • ilut

    Generates a lookup table (LUT) from standard channel formats or another LUT.

  • ilutcomp

    Generates a single lookup table (LUT) from from two LUTs.

  • ilutinfo

    Prints information about a lookup table (LUT) file.

  • imdisplay

    Sends an image to an mdisplay window.

  • iprint

    Prints the RGBA values for an image as text.

  • iquantize

    Reduces the number of colors in an image.

  • isixpack

    Generates an environment/reflection map from six images representing the six sides of a cube, or a cross image.

  • itilestitch

    Assemble a series of image files with crop windows into a single image.

  • izg

    Converts Z-depth images to 8-bit grayscale images.

  • mcacclaim

    Converts an Acclaim motion file to a Houdini script and channel file(s).

  • mcbiovision

    Converts a BioVision motion file to a Houdini script and channel file(s).

  • mcmotanal

    Converts a Motion Analysis TRC motion file to a Houdini script and channel file(s).

  • mcp

    Convert an image sequence to a movie file.

  • minfo

    Prints information about movie files.

  • siminfo

    Prints simulation cache file statistics.

  • spy

    Shell utility for navigating the UNIX filesystem.

  • vexcache

    Query or modify the VEX compile cache.

  • vexexec

    Execute a cvex shader.