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Houdini Procedural: Ocean

Houdini Ocean Procedural for Solaris.

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Since 20.0

This node configures Houdini Ocean Procedural primitives, which provide a render-time Ocean solution that saves disk-space and avoids texture baking. The procedural takes low-resolution input geometry and generates high-resolution geometry at render time by dicing and displacing the input to the specified resolution.

This dicing and displacement was previously performed in VEX, and was therefore only available in Mantra or Karma, limiting render-time ocean displacement to those renderers, with other renderers limited to baking per-frame textures. However, because the procedural now handles the dicing and displacmenent aspects of the ocean rendering process, any Solaris-compatible renderer can render fully displaced oceans without per-frame texture baking.

The basis of this procedural is the Remesh to Camera SOP followed by optional foam particle splatting, then displacing the geometry with the Ocean Sample Layers VOP.

Tips

  • When using the Small Ocean or Large Ocean Ocean shelf tools inside the Solaris /stage context, the ocean proxy and render geometry will be created within the Houdini Ocean Procedural LOP itself, keeping all components within Solaris.

  • After changing the parameters on the Ocean Spectrum SOP(s) that generate the ocean spectrum, you will need to re-save the spectra to a file for the renderer to pick up the changes, then press the Reload Geometry button.

  • The Preview Quality parameter controls the resolution of the ocean when previewed in the Solaris viewport with a Preview Houdini Procedurals LOP. The Dicing Quality parameter controls the resolution for a full-quality render via husk or the USD Render ROP.

Parameters

Primitive Path

The scene graph path at which to create the ocean procedural prim.

Spectrum

Spectrum File

The location of the ocean spectrum file, containing one or more ocean spectra as created the by the Ocean Spectrum SOP.

Mask File

An optional animated file sequence of mask geometry that can be used to mask the ocean displacement, often created by the Particle Fluid Mask SOP and set up by the Ocean Flat Tank or Guided Ocean Layer shelf tools.

Time

The time at which the ocean surface should be evaluated.

Reload Geometry

Force a reload of the Spectrum File geometry, which will refresh any previews of the ocean after a change to the spectrum file on disk,

Geometry

Render Geometry

The path to the geometry that will be diced and displaced by the procedural.

Group

The primitive group on the Render Geometry that should be diced and displaced.

Reference Render Geometry as Interior

Create a second USD reference to the Render Geometry that will be rendered as the ocean interior, usually using a uniform volume material to give the appearance of depth falloff within the ocean volume.

Preview Quality

id: #previewquality

The dicing resolution for the procedural when previewing the ocean in the Solaris viewport with a Preview Houdini Procedurals LOP.

Note

The full render quality is controlled by the main Dicing Quality parameter.

Dicing

Camera LOP Path

Path to the camera primitive source LOP Node.

Camera Prinitive Path

The camera primitive used for dicing and rendering the ocean.

Dicing Quality

The dicing resolution of the procedural. A setting of 1

Resolution

The resolution of the image to be rendered by the Camera.

Screen Window Size

The size of the screen window. Increasing this value will extend the subdivision to the offscreen area, which is especially useful if the resulting geometry might be displaced horizontally into view.

Downsample

Downsample the incoming ocean spectra before evaluating any ocean values. This parameter specifies the number of powers of two to remove from the resolution of the incoming ocean spectrum. For example, if the spectrum was originally specified at resolution 10 to generate a 1024 x 1024 volume, downsampling by 2 will evaluate ocean volumes at resolution 8, a 256 x 256 volume.

Anti-Alias Blur

A scale on the polygon size before measuring against wavelength for anti-aliasing. Decrease its value to reduce the amount of downsampling done, or set to zero to disable completely.

Verbose

Output statistics to the console about ocean dicing, displacement, and foam splatting.

Shading

Surface Material

The material applied to the surface render geometry. The default material is a MaterialX shader that will work with many renderers that support MaterialX.

Interior Material

The material applied to the interior ocean volume, usually rendered as a uniform volume to emulate depth falloff beneath the surface of the water. The default material will work with Karma CPU and XPU.

Proxy Material

The material used for viewport display of the ocean surface, with some features like refraction disabled.

Point Velocity

Generate a velocities primvar that can be used for shading or motion blur.

Cusp Min/Max

When enabled, the procedural will generate a cusp primvar that can be used for shading and/or displacement of the procedural surface. The Cusp Min/Max parameter remaps the specified cusp range to 0-1.

Cusp Gamma

Applies a gamma curve to the cusp value after remapping according to Cusp Min/Max.

Cusp Intensity

A multiplier applied to the cusp value after remapping and gamma scaling.

Foam Particles

An optional animated file sequence of foam particles that can be used to create a foam primvar on the ocean for shading and/or displacement of the procedural surface.

Foam Pattern

If the Foam Particles parameter is set, these parameters control generation of a foam primvar from the foam particles that can be used in shading and displacement. These foam particles are typically created using the Ocean Foam SOP.

Radius Scale

A scale on the particle radius applied before looking up foam particles around a shading point. Increase this value and decrease Alpha to smooth out the look of the foam.

Alpha

The amount of opacity each particle will contribute. Increase this value for a thicker foam layer.

Filter Width

How much to filter the streak pattern to avoid aliasing artifacts when viewed from a distance.

Foam Min/Max

When enabled, the procedural will generate a foam primvar that can be used for shading and/or displacement of the procedural surface. The Foam Min/Max parameter remaps the specified foam range to 0-1.

Foam Gamma

Applies a gamma curve to the foam value after remapping according to Foam Min/Max.

Foam Intensity

A multiplier applied to the foam value after remapping and gamma scaling.

Streaks

Direction

The direction in which to stretch the Frequency to stretch out the foam in that direction. Setting this to the prevailing wind direction or wind direction plus 90 degress can give interesting effects.

Bias

The amount of Frequency stretching to do along the streak Direction.

Sharpness

How sharp the edges of the foam are. High values will create a sharper more web-like pattern, low values will create a softer, rounder pattern.

Frequency

The frequency of the streak pattern.

Offset

How much to offset the streak pattern.

Bubbles

Frequency

The frequency of the bubble pattern.

Offset

How much to offset the bubble pattern.

Displacement

Cusp Displacement

The diced ocean surface will be displaced in the normal direction by the output cusp primvar scaled by this amount.

Foam Displacement

The diced ocean surface will be displaced in the normal direction by the output foam primvar scaled by this parameter.

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