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[Sidefx-houdini-list] advice on a "set shot" workflow inwindows!??!! (WTF)
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 Wed, 26 May '10
;) You can put some cool data (and related methods) such as your current shot in a python 'pipe' object and monkey patch it to the hou module on startup (456.py). Unfortunately environment variables in Houdini don't hook into os.environ - so you still pretty much need a unix shell to set those as persistent values for each session - or find a way to use Houdini environment variables. For instance you can set $SHOT as a Houdini environment variable, and then access it in python with a python method like: def hou.pipe.getShot(): called You can . If you (or SESI) could cobble together a breed of environment variables (houdini custom variables containing expressions that returned values like $SHOT from the os.environ dict perhaps?) you could do away with a shell, and do things like change $SHOT, and all related paths in the middle of a session. That would be cool. $JOB kind of does that I guess. Cheers On 25 May 2010 18:16, Ammon Riley <ammon.riley at gmail.com> wrote:
On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 3:35 PM, <Sean.Lewkiw at cis-vancouver.com> wrote: > I have to second these sentiments. Anytime you let the artist use their > "creativity" in naming files and organizing directory structures, I'm not sure he was arguing for allowing the artist control over those, so much as if you make it simple, the artist won't have problems, and won't need to deal with a "set shot" type of system. If that's true (which experience has repeatedly shown wrong), it still ignores the fact that even with a simple structure, automation can remove the need for an artist to think about such things far more than "keeping it simple" can, and one of the first steps towards automation, is being able to set/reset and determine states: set shot. > you can count on 10x the work downstream trying to figure out what > the heck was going through their head during their career-long tequila > break. Sometimes it's not hard to figure it out. My favourite example of all time was the file naming scheme where the number of "fuck"s in the name increased with each saved version. Quite easy to tell what's going through his head, especially when you correlate it with the time-stamps marching from early evening to early morning. Now, whether or not you could match that up with the rendered files each one generated, is another question. Cheers, Ammon _______________________________________________ Sidefx-houdini-list mailing list Sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com https://lists.sidefx.com:443/mailman/listinfo/sidefx-houdini-list-- ======================================= Andrew D Lyons | Digital Artist | http://www.tstex.com =======================================