Michael Buckley


About Me

3D Software Developer at SideFX


Toronto, Canada

Houdini Skills


Not Specified

My Tutorials

obj-image Quickstart
Biharmonic Capture | KineFX
obj-image Intermediate
PDG | Wedging a Compile SOP Network
obj-image Quickstart

My Talks

obj-image Tech Talk
Process and Render Geometry and Textures with TOPS

Recent Forum Posts

H20 textureMask Udim Nov. 25, 2023, 5:23 p.m.

That's right, you currently need to provide a primitive attribute indicating which primitive belongs to which UDIM tile. The reason for this additional step is so we can support UV space wrap-around behavior on a per UDIM tile basis. However, we have determined that this need is not common enough to justify the additional setup, so the plan is to add an "automatic udim" mode that will just infer the UDIM tile from the UV coordinates. Hopefully, we will be able to backport this in time for the first production build release.

As for writing out the UDIM volumes, unfortunately we do not have a good push button solution for this at the moment. For writing out a single volume primitive as an image, you could either use the Heightfield Output ROP or read the volume into COPs with a SOP Import and write it out from there with the ROP File Output. To write out multiple volumes to separate files, you basically need run such a ROP for each primitive. You could do this with a for each block in SOPs, as NicTanghe mentioned, or you could use a TOP network. I've attached an example hipfile showing how to set this up.

Ruler tool June 26, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

Hey everyone! Happy to announce to a new addition to Sidefx Labs, the Ruler tool!

The Ruler tool is an nodeless viewport state for measuring distances on geometry. With it, you can quickly get values for the rough sizes of different features on the geometry, and use these measurements to inform your decisions about parameter settings. For more precise measurements, you can turn on point snapping or grid snapping. You can also enable angle-snapping, for locking your measurement to make a specific angle with regards to the x, y, or z axis.

The measurements can be copied to the clip board for quick pasting into parameter fields.

You can add as many measurements as you like, but keep in mind they are ephermeral and will disappear once you exit the viewer state.

You can access the tool through the Sidefx Labs shelf, or from the Tab menu while your mouse is over the viewport.

The tool currently only works inside a SOP network, and you must have the display flag on a node.

And you will need the latest Labs release to get it, (at least 509).

https://www.sidefx.com/tutorials/ruler/ [www.sidefx.com]