Stephen Edwards


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Simple RBD to Max (also potentially a rant about Max) Nov. 12, 2018, 12:44 p.m.


I've got a very simple RBD sim setup and I'm trying to export it to Max.

File attached.

Export SEEMS to work fine but it crashes Max EVERYTIME, regardless of the export parameters ticked in Houdini. When I try to import the FBX into Houdini I get an error about it being unable to locate the pointcache file..?

Any suggestions? I'd like to export it to 3DS Max and have it be animated geometry, not just a pointcache (need to attach simple objects to it). Alembic works but Max's handling on abc files is awful.


Mantra can't find the ifds! Oct. 31, 2018, 8:53 a.m.


I suspect licensing could be the culprit. I'll try refreshing the license manager.

And I should've mentioned that I'm using Houdini FX- this is in my main office. I've been using Indie for my freelance work offsite and complaining about Max/Vray long enough that my management caved and bought me a seat of FX.


Mantra can't find the ifds! Oct. 30, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

I've got a small farm of just three machines (one workstation and two ‘renderboxx’ machines all on windows) and a synology box.

Hqueue connects to everyone and I can write small efficient ifds no problem!

However, once they've been written none of my machines can find them! Hqueue shows the path it's trying to access which I can copy/paste into an explorer window to verify that the path is correct and there are indeed ifds there!

I've tried changing the Houdini access method to 2 with no luck!

I'm stumped. The only odd thing about my setup is that it doesn't have internet access. They all talk to each other over a switch. (Activated the licenses then took them all offline per company policy).

I suspect this is really a synology issue not a Houdini one but I thought I'd try the forums just in case someone else has had a similar issues.