Karl Richter

Karl Richter

About Me

Technical Director
Advertising / Motion Graphics


United States

Houdini Skills


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Recent Forum Posts

custom crowd trigger node July 12, 2023, 12:21 p.m.

While it is true I could just use the VEX mode, I see in the manual that there is a way to make your own. So now I want to! A common frustration with the Houdini manual, I'm sure.

custom crowd trigger node July 11, 2023, 9:40 p.m.

I'm interested in creating my own custom crowd trigger node as the current node is somewhat limited in options. I know I can use the VEX mode to get more detailed, but I was hoping to setup something like the pop vop but for setting triggers. In the manual it says: "A user-defined asset can also be used as a trigger if it has a triggerattrib parameter specifying the name of the point attribute that contains its trigger value." But when I setup this parameter, it still doesn't seem to work, with the error "cant find trigger name" Any ideas?

Thanks, Karl

Houdini 18 really slow to launch with Arnold Feb. 7, 2020, 6:39 p.m.

Houdini has always been a little slow to launch for us, about 1.5 minutes, but I kind of attributed it (with no real evidence) to the large python code base on the network that is added to the PATH environment variable. With 18, launch times are around 3 minutes. These times are with the Arnold htoa plugin installed. If the Arnold plugin is excluded, launch times are much faster.

So my question is, is there any way to get some kind of debug info on what may be causing these long startups? I'm impatient and think of all the stuff I could get done in those 3 minutes!