Number of Objects
The number of object merge parameters available.
Enable Merge n
Controls whether the node uses this line. This can be useful if you only want to temporarily disable a merge instead of removing it completely.
A path to the geometry to merge. You can click the chooser button to pick a node, or manually type the path.
You can use
__render_sop__ in the path
instead of the name of a real surface node name to have Houdini
use whatever node has the display flag or render flag.
See the surface node help for an explanation of display and render flags.
Use wildcards to merge in multiple objects. For example,
/obj/ball*would merge in geometry from any objects whose names start with
ball. The wildcards available are the same as in the opglob command.
Choose a SOP node to merge in that node’s geometry, even if it doesn’t have the display flag.
Use a dynamics path to merge in geometry from a dynamics simulation. For example,
If the path is blank, Houdini doesn’t merge in any geometry.
A group of primitives within the object to merge in. Leave this blank to merge in the entire object.
Expand Group n
When Group n is not blank, turn this option on to merge in an extra ring of primitives. This is useful for maintaining the correct seam when merging in polygon primitives that are to be subdivided.
The source geometry can be transformed to account for differences between the source object’s orientation and a reference orientation. None will prevent any corrective transform from being done. Into This Object will ensure the object has difference between the source object and this object’s transforms applied. Into Specified Object will use the specified transform object rather than this object as the destination space.
Merged geometry will be transformed relative to the geometry defined in this field.
Leave the field blank to import the geometry into the current object’s space. The geometry will appear at the origin with no transformation.
.to import the geometry using the transforms from the source object. The geometry will appear in its original position and orientation, but with zeroed transforms.
Enter the path of another object to import the geometry in the context of that object.
If you specify a Transform Object, the geometry will be transformed from the source object’s space into the space of the given object’s space. Turning this checkbox on will reverse the transform, so the geometry will be transformed from the space of the given object to the transform of the source object.
Create Point Groups
Creates a point group for every object that is merged in. Each group name is made unique by appending a number if necessary.
Point Group Prefix
When generating names for new point groups containing the imported geometry, add this prefix. This makes it easier to identify the groups created by this merge.
Create Primitive Groups
Creates a primitive group for every object that is merged in. Each group is made unique by appending a number if necessary.
Primitive Group Prefix
When generating names for new primitive groups containing the imported geometry, add this prefix. This makes it easier to identify the groups created by this merge.
Verbose Group Names
Rather than identifying the groups with numbers, they are identified using a verbose path to the source.
Add Suffix to First Group
When identifying groups with a number, the first group does not gain the 0 suffix but is stored unmodified. This allows a single merge to be explicitly named with the group prefix. Note that if the prefix is blank, this will mean no group is created for the first merge as it will have a blank group name.
Create Per-Point Path
Create Per-Primitive Path
The name of the per-point or per-primitive attribute created when adding primitive paths.
This defaults to
objname and can be referenced in later primitive
Pack Geometry Before Copying
Pack the input geometry into an Embedded Packed primitive before copying. This results in the input geometry being shared by each copy rather than being duplicated for each copy.
Specifies how to initialize the offset for the point referenced by the packed primitive.
The viewport LOD for the specified packed primitives.
Add Path Attribute
This option allows you to put the full path of the merged geometry into the named string attribute.