Right click the subnet and choose Digital Asset ▸ Create New.
Houdini shows the Create New Asset dialog.
This dialog helps you construct the complete asset name by asking you to fill in pieces and the joining them together. It also gives you a menu of common save locations for the asset library.
Set the Type Name.
This is the basic “name” part of the internal name of the asset. For example,
This string must start with a letter or underscore, and can contain only letters, numbers, and underscores. For example,
You can change the label later, but you can’t change the internal name without recreating the asset.
Set the Author field to your user name or studio name to use it as a namespace
This is the basis for the “namespace” part of the name.
In a studio environment, you may want add a namespace to ensure your node names don’t collide with Houdini’s node names or node names from other vendors. The Author field (where the “author” can be a user name or studio name) is the basis for the namespace.
If you turn off the checkbox next to Author, the dialog will not add a namespace at all.
Set the Branch field (if desired).
This adds some extra text to the namespace, marking what part of the development cycle the node is in. If you turn off the checkbox next to Branch, the dialog will not add a branch to the namespace string.
Some people may find useful, especially in large studios with shared asset libraries. It can help distinguish versions of the same asset in different phases, so for example artists can ensure they're using the “main” version of an asset, while TDs are working on a “dev” version.
The drop-down menu to the right of the Branch field has some suggested values, for example “dev” (in development), “test” (limited release for testing), “main” (tested mainline version).
Set the initial Version.
This adds a version number part to the name, for example
If you turn off the checkbox next to Version, the dialog will not add a version to the name. (An “empty” version is considered the earliest version when Houdini decides which is the latest version.) It’s up to you whether you want to start your assets with a version like
1.0, or no version.
The version number lets you have multiple versions of an asset with the same name loaded at the same time, so scene files with older versions of an asset still work. Houdini ensures that the Tab menu puts down the latest version (by default).
Set the Menu Entry field.
This specifies which sub-menu the asset will appear in when browsing the ⇥ Tab menu. You can choose an existing submenu using the dropdown menu to the right of the text box. Or, you can type a new sub-menu label to create a new sub-menu. For example, you could group all your own custom nodes into their own submenu in the ⇥ Tab menu.
You can add a slash (
/) to the name to created nested sub-menus. For example,
My Nodes/Polygons. However, we generally recommend against this since it can be hard for users to select through multiple levels of sub-menus off the ⇥ Tab menu.
Set the Asset Label popup menu to Explict, then enter the human readable label for the asset (how the asset will appear in the ⇥ Tab menu) in the field below. For example,
Three Light Rig.
Decide whether you want Display Branch in Label to be on or off.
If you are using the Branch feature, and this is on, the dialog will add the branch to the label (for example,
Three Light Rig (Main)). This will make it easier for users to tell which branch of an asset they have, since it will appear as part of the label in the ⇥ Tab menu.
Choose a location to save the asset file to from the Library Path menu. See the dialog help for more information.
Some of these save locations (
$HSITE/hda, often the custom values) are not scanned for assets by default. If you save to these locations, the asset will automatically be installed in this scene file, but you will need to manually install the assets when you want to use them in other scene files. Or, you can add the directories to the
$HOUDINI_OTLSCAN_PATH so Houdini does automatically scan them for assets.
Choose how to build the library filename from the Library File menu. See the dialog help for more information.
Remember that asset library files can store multiple assets. If you specify an existing library file as the destination for a new asset, it adds the asset to the existing file (it doesn’t overwrite the file with only the new asset).
Decide whether you want Prefix Type Category to be on or off.
This adds the network type to the library filename as a further guard against filename overlap.
If you keep a lot of asset files in the same directory, there’s a possibility you could have two assets of different network types (for example, a geometry asset (SOP) and a Solaris asset (LOP)) with the same name, namespace, and version. If you want to keep assets in separate files, you can turn this on to make sure assets of different network types but with the same internal name are saved into different files.
Houdini opens the new asset’s Type properties window so you can work on the asset’s metadata and parameter UI.