Chris Rydalch


About Me

Technical Director
United States


My Tutorials

obj-image Quick Tips
Keyframe Functions, Extrapolations, and Box Handles
obj-image Intermediate
IFD Workflow Basics
obj-image Beginner
Mantra Light Instancing Basics

Recent Forum Posts

usdview in macOS? Sept. 12, 2020, 3:47 p.m.

Yeah I don't expect usdview on Mac will be very usable until the Metal backend is rolled out (no ETA yet, afaik). FWIW you can quicklook usd files though, as USD is built into SceneKit on MacOS (since 2016!)

Not the same as usdview or Houdini, but for a glance at a file on Mac, it's not bad. There is also a Reality Converter, but it seems to only work with .usdz, or other 3d formats, to generate a .usdz archive.

Custom Items in Scene Graph Right Click Menu May 30, 2020, 1:27 a.m.

I think you're looking for UsdStagePrimMenu.xml; just make one on HOUDINI_PATH to add to the menu!

SOP to LOP - instancing geo according to specific attrib val April 6, 2020, 11:36 p.m.

Look at the prototypes section at the bottom of the Instancer LOP's parameters; you can set the prototypes to come from the 2nd input, and use an attribute to identify the prototypes by name. []

Hope that helps!