Houdini 17.0 Shelf tools

Flat Tank shelf tool

Creates a FLIP fluid simulation of a flat tank with a boundary layer.

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This tool creates a FLIP tank simulation of a flat tank of particles similar to the FLIP Tank tool, but with the addition of a boundary layer of particles that helps suppress reflections at the edge of the tank and maintain the water level over time. The boundary layer also allows the tank to track a moving object, simulating only the area around the object.

Tip

For more information, see the differences between ocean tank types help page.

Note

Several of the ocean tanks use the Narrow Band feature in the FLIP Solver by default. If the traditional full tank is desired, it can be changed back by selecting Particle Field in the FLIP Object.

Using Flat Tank

  1. Click the Flat Tank tool on the Oceans tab to create a tank.

  2. Select an animated object to follow and press Enter to confirm your selection. If no object is selected, you will be prompted to place a static tank.

For specific parameter information, see the Ocean Source help page.

Understanding the network of nodes

There are three important layers to focus on when creating your ocean. First create the ocean, next add whitewater, and finally add specularity for the whitewater.

Tip

Disable all whitewater nodes at the OBJ level while you work on your ocean, then disable the ocean nodes while you work on your whitewater.

The first set of nodes control the ocean itself.

  1. fluidtank_initial controls the first frame of your simulation. This is where you can shape the initial frame of your tank with Ocean Spectrum and control the outputs with Ocean Source. This includes the size of your tank, the depth of the water etc.

  2. AutoDopNetwork controls the simulation of your tank. This is where you will find the FLIP Tank and FLIP Solver. The FLIP simulation will contain Volume Source DOPs to sink and source the boundary layer particles, and a POP Advect By Volumes POP to add ocean velocities to the simulation.

  3. fluidtank_fluid is the result of #1 and #2 combined, and is where the results are rendered. After the simulation is done, this node collects the fluid particles, sets up a material, creates some nodes for surfacing to finish the effect.

  4. fluidtank_interior is also used for rendering, and for creating the volumetric effect that one of the shaders applies to the interior of the fluid. It controls the volume beneath the surface, such as how cloudy or murky the water will appear.

The next set of nodes are to control the whitewater.

Note

To add whitewater to your simulation, use the Whitewater tool on the Oceans shelf.

  1. whitewater_source is where the spray and foam is coming from.

  2. whitewater_sim is where the whitewater simulated. This is where you can modify the animation.

  3. import_whitewater is the result of #1 and #2 combined.

Note

Do not try to set up a whitewater simulation from scratch. Always use the tools. For more information about using whitewater, see the Whitewater help.

For more information see How to animate a wave tank with whitewater.

Tips for improving the look of your water

  • The defaults for the tank will create a low res simulation, which makes it easy to animate. However, to create a nice looking render, you will need to change some of the defaults. For example, you will need to increase the number of particles in your scene. Decreasing the Particle Separation parameter to about 0.03 will create a simulation with approximately 30 million particles.

  • Add an environment light to your scene. Water reflects and refracts a lot of the environment around it, so having an environment map in your scene will significantly improve the look.

    Tip

    In your Environment Map parameter, navigate to the HFS/houdini/pic/ folder and choose the sky file DOSCH_SKIESV2_${F2}SN_lowres.rat.

Tips

  • It is useful to parent your trackable object with a Null Object so that you can create a more complex animation on the object and it will still follow your simple animation of the null.

    You can also parent cameras and lights to the moving null by connecting them to the output of the Null Object and enabling the Keep position when parenting checkbox on the light or camera object.

  • The Particle Separation on the Ocean Source controls the resolution of you ocean. The lower the number, the closer together the particles will be.

  • The Size parameter controls the size, shape, and depth of the tank. When you change the size, you will see a handle in the viewport which you can drag to manually set the size and depth of your tank.

See also

Shelf tools

Using the shelf

  • Customize the shelf

    How to change the look of the shelf, change and rearrange its contents, and create your own shelf tools.

Shelf tabs

  • Create tab

    Tools on the Create tab let you create and place primitives, curves, and null objects in the scene view.

  • Modify tab

    Tools on the Modify tab let you easily customize objects in the scene view.

  • Model tab

    Tools on the Model tab let you edit objects in the scene view.

  • Polygon tab

    Tools on the Polygon tab let you modify polygons in the scene view.

  • Deform tab

    Tools on the Deform tab let you deform objects in the scene view.

  • Texture tab

    Tools on the Texture tab let you texture objects in the scene view.

  • Rigging tab

    The Rigging tab contains tools for creating premade rigs.

  • Muscles tab

    The Muscles tab contains tools for creating muscles.

  • Characters tab

    Tools on the Character tab let you create characters in the scene view.

  • Constraints tab

    Tools on the Constraints tab create a constraint network where you can constrain objects to each other in the scene view.

  • Hair Utils tab

    Tools on the Hair Utils tab let you quickly set up hair and fur on objects.

  • Guide Process tab

    Tools on the Guide Process tab let you influence the placement and orientation of guide hairs by painting skin attributes.

  • Guide Brushes tab

    Tools on the Grooming tab let you add and directly manipulate hair.

  • Terrain FX shelf tab

  • Cloud FX tab

    The Cloud FX tab contains tools for creating cloud effects.

  • Volume tab

    The Volume tab contains tools for creating volume effects.

  • Lights and Cameras tab

    Tools on the Lights and Cameras tab let you create and place lights and cameras in the scene view.

  • Collisions tab

    Tools on the Collisions tab let you create collision objects in the scene view.

  • Particles tab

    Tools on the Particles tab let you create dynamic particle simulations.

  • Grains tab

    The Grains tab contains tools for simulate grains of sand and other granular matter.

  • Vellum tab

    The Vellum tab contains tools for creating different types of vellum effects.

  • Rigid Bodies tab

    Tools on the Rigid Bodies tab let you create dynamic RBD objects in the scene view.

  • Particle Fluids tab

    Tools on the Particle Fluids tab let you create particle based liquids in the scene view.

  • Viscous Fluids tab

    Viscous fluids are FLIP simulations that use a temperature attribute to drive viscosity.

  • Oceans tab

    The Oceans tab contains tools for creating ocean simulations.

  • Fluid Containers tab

    The Fluid Containers tab contains tools for creating pyro, smoke, and liquid containers.

  • Populate Containers tab

    The Populate Containers tab contains tools for creating and removing fire, smoke, and liquid.

  • Container Tools tab

    The Container Tools tab contains tools for manipulating fire, smoke, and liquid.

  • Pyro FX tab

    Tools on the Pryo FX tab let you create simulated smoke and fire effects.

  • Solid tab

    Tools on the Solid tab let you create and modify solid objects.

  • Wires tab

    Tools on the Wires tab let you create flexible dynamic objects in the scene view.

  • Crowds tab

    The Crowds tab contains tools for creating crowds, crowd behaviors, as well as examples.

  • Drive Simulation tab

    Tools on the Drive Simulation tab let you manipulate dynamic objects in the scene view.

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