1 | Introduction

セクション2では、開発環境設定に焦点を当てて、TOPとPDGを使用したプロシージャルシステムの構築への移行できるようにします。Houdini とHoudini Engine のインストールに慣れている場合、これらの部分はスキップ可能ですが、"Creating Our First Top Network" 講座とその後すべての講義を見ていくことをを強くお勧めいたします。


2 | 最新 Houdini ビルドの入手

Houdini を初めて使用するユーザにとっては、このコースのために Houdini の最新バージョンの入手方法を知っておくことは非常に重要です。 SideFX web サイトから最新のデイリービルドの入手場所を見ていきます。


3 | 最新 Houdini ビルドのインストール

最新ビルドのダウンロードしたので、インストールを見ていきましょう。 インストールプロセスをたどるだけでなく、Houdini Engine プラグインを確実にインストールする方法もわかります。

4 | Houdini プロジェクトの作成

Houdini 実行後、Houdini プロジェクトを作成し整理できるようにしましょう。 PDG や TOPs により大量のファイルが生成されるので非常に重要です。 プロジェクトディレクトリ構造を作成することで、これらすべてのファイルを簡単に管理できるようにする必要があります。


5 | 最初のTOP ネットワークの作成

ここから本当の楽しみが始まります! 最初の TOP ネットワークを作っていきます! ここでは、TOPs を使用する上での究極の基本について説明します。 ノードの機能、データの機能、そして TOPs を使用するための全体的なワークフローについて優しく紹介することを目的としています。


6 | HDA Processor の速習

TOP ネットワークの一般的な概念を終了後には、ここで使用する最も重要な TOP ノードの1つを見てみましょう。 HDA Processor を使用すると、HDA の機能をプラグインとして入力ジオメトリの処理が可能になります。プロシージャル・レベルシステムを開発する際にこれは非常に強力で、大量の機能を単一 TOP ネットワークに作成する方法を提供するからです。


7 | TOP ネットワークの結果の可視化

これまでについて来たなら、クック後の TOP ノードの結果を確認できないことに気付いたかもしれません。ジオメトリを作成中、各ノードのクック後、ノードごとの結果が表示できると便利です。ここでは、その方法を学びます。


8 | Unity を TOPs 向けに設定

Houdini の TOP ネットワークに少し慣れてきたら、この知識をゲーム開発環境に適用する必要があります。 ここでは、Houdini Engine を Unity 内部で起動して実行し、Unity エディタで TOP ネットワークのテストを開始します。


9 | TOP HDA の Unity 内でテスト

TOP / PDGの設定はもうすぐ完了します。最後にすることは Unity 内で TOP ネットワークをテストすることです。 そこで、TOP HDA を Unity に持ち込み、Houdini Engine 付属の PDG Asset Link ツールの基本的使用法を学習します。


コメント

  • Alfredo _ Brite Bone 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    fantastic, I will study all this material because it is very well explained.

  • Animate4evr 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Thanks Alfredo! Do let me know if you have any questions! I try to respond as fast as I can. Thanks so much! :-)

  • Sam Bivens 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Why does the HDA Processor cook so slow? That is like the most basic hda ever and it takes multiple seconds per hda. Just seemed weird to me.

  • Animate4evr 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Well we are writing the geometry out to files on the disk and loading them back into the scene. This way we have the data on disk as well. For something as simple as a box, you wouldnt really need to use PDG, it was more of an example of explaining how TOPS work with Unity and HEngine. TOPs and PDG becomes very fast and useful when dealing with massive procedural systems. So when creating a PDG system for HEngine, we still create smaller HDA's that produce props or tools for level designers, and then pass that data into our PDG system. It saves a bunch of time since we arent dragging and dropping a ton of HDA's to build a whole level. Hopefully that helps! Thanks! :-)

  • Sam Bivens 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    That makes sense. Thanks for the answer and thanks for the tutorials! I've learned a lot from you over the past year or two.

  • Animate4evr 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Howdy Sam!
    If you want to bypass the saving of the geometry from the TOP network, then you can use an Invoke TOP node...this will make the geo result in memory, instead of writing it to disk. This will make it fast but you lose the write to disk. So it becomes a pipeline decision at that point. Hope that helps! :-)

  • Bill_Sansky 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial, really well explained and easy to follow!
    I have the same issue with the time it takes to cook the hda processor node. For me each hda took around 72 seconds to cook, and I'm writing on an SSD drive: could there be a problem somewhere? I understand that there is an overhead linked to the fact that we write to a file, but the files are less than 2kb large: that doesn't sound right to me :D

  • Bill_Sansky 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Maybe it's linked, maybe not, but I also cannot visualize the result when right-clicking on the task result and selecting View Task Output: it tells me the file couldn't' be found (but it's there, and when I select it manually it works)

  • Animate4evr 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Thanks Bill! Im glad you are enjoying the course so far! :-)
    With regards to the speed in the HDA processor, try using a ROP Geometry Output to load geometry in dynamically and get around the I/O process. It works just like any other subnet. Double click the node to dive in and start to build out the network yourd like just like if you were working inside of a geo node. You can also speed things up by putting things into compile blocks and invoking them from within TOP's. But I didnt dive into that stuff in this course as it is a bit too much for a beginner course. Take a look at those and let me know if any questions pop up.

    I think that may be a bug with TOPs...the geo file not being found....I have enocountered that before as well. Might need to report it to Side FX. Which node is giving you the issue?

    Thanks! :-)

  • Bill_Sansky 8 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    Thanks for your answer :)
    I also tried to disable the "Write to geometry" option, and it seems that I was wrong about the I/O: the node cook in roughly the same time when disabling it.
    I will check out those options you mentioned. I also found out that by changing the "Maximum CPU to Use" to something big allows the nodes to be cooked at the same time, which speeds up the process.

  • 3clipse 8 ヶ月 前  | 

    Brilliantly explained... Best SFX tutorial I have come across... onto the next part and the fun.

  • Dean Deakyne 7 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    Hi Kenny,

    Not sue what was skipped in the video but I got lost at the point where you were changing the directory in Visual Studio.
    After the failed cook in Unity took place you opened the asset in a new instance of Houdini and opened up the Variables tab.
    Your path in the variables was HUE_ENVPATH_JOB BUT Mine is still set to HIP and nothing that I do changes that path variable.
    What step am I missing? I wanting to create all my assets from scratch so I can follow along, I am not using the project you provided.

    Thanks,
    Dean Deakyne

  • psrolvag 7 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    Hi,

    Great tutorial. Will you release one for those who use Unreal Engine?

  • MarkcusD 7 ヶ月 前  | 

    Please update this for UE4.

  • jjerome 7 ヶ月 前  | 

    Hi all,

    If, like me, you encountered problems with Houdini Engine for unity and PDG cook here is a useful thing to check.

    I had two installs, one with Indie licence on steam and one through the stand alone installer without any licence.

    By default Houdini Engine takes the stand alone as the debug/run instance of Houdini and can therefore throw a licence error when using PDG.
    You have to make sure that you have the correct binary linked in unity (i've uninstalled the standalone and everything worked).

    To check that go to HoudiniEngine->Installation Info and check that the Houdini Binaries Path is set to your Steam installation folder.

  • Fantastik4k 7 ヶ月 前  | 

    fantastic tutorial..
    I just have one problem. in video 6, when you create variations of color and scale for the box, i am unable to do it. btw i am using houdini 17.5.

    Regards.

    • rubickdong 6 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

      try oepn ur type properties and select Paramters ,set the attribute 'show parm in' as 'Main & Tool Dialogs + Toolbox' ,i fixed this problem by this way

  • art3mis 5 ヶ月, 4 週間 前  | 

    Thanks Kenny for sharing.
    Minor critique

    I believe PDG is short for 'Procedural DEPENDENCY Graph', not Procedural Dynamic Graph

  • Tomm_mm 4 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    Hi,

    dont know why? But the 'pdg_output' in the file node.
    isnt working in my Houdini.

    • yvesgrolet 4 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

      Same for me and i've tryed :

      '@pdg_output'

      and

      `@pdg_output`

      any leads ?

  • Jochen Hanisch 2 週間 前  | 

    Sad, with unity 2019.2 it`s not instance the geo for the terrain. The path routing is fine and setup correctly inside unity. Warnings in the console: Part with id1 &3 is missing. Unable to generate instance! With version 2018.3.1f1 it works nicely.

  • Animate4evr 2 週間 前  | 

    Howdy guys! There have been lots of changes to unity terrains and houdini engine over the course of this year, so I made a new set of vids on using pdg here
    https://youtu.be/N9zyg25MV9k

  • Jochen Hanisch 2 週間 前  | 

    man, you are amazing

  • Animate4evr 2 週間 前  | 

    Ahh...just a dood wanting to help out! Thanks so much!:)

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