[Sidefx-houdini-list] COP bright broken?
jed at jedschwartz.com
Wed Jul 26 11:37:02 EDT 2006
I couldn't agree more! We have Macs in the studio, so no real
hardship in moving to a Mac based compositor, but it seems crazy to
be complacent about the steady slide of reliability in the H
Sometimes I think the user base doesn't really care much about COPs.
To me this is huge, its where we have lost the most production hours
because of bugs and unresolved issues.
I hope those of you who have SESI's ear will do your best to
convince them that this should be a major action item.
Thanks for the feedback!
On Jul 26, 2006, at 11:09 AM, Floyd Gillis wrote:
> Add my scream.
> Have tried the previously posted recommended settings that are
> to "fix" the compositor, but still feel like I'm banging two rocks
> Compositing used to be one of my favorite parts of a production.
> It was
> highly interactive, and extremely rewarding to finally see all your
> elements come together, yet still have so much creative control to
> change and finesse the look of everything... on-the-fly... with a
> deadline looming.
> There is something seriously wrong with the compositor... it has
> unusable as a truly interactive creative tool. I don't know if its
> memory management issues, disk access issues, file management issues,
> image format issues, or what, but (what used to be) a simple
> network can
> bring it to its knees. It seems to be going off and wasting an
> incredible amount of time for the simplest things... like picking an
> undisplayed tile, or deleting a tile that's not even connected to the
> network. If I didn't know better I'd say it keeps going back to disk
> and re-reading every referenced image file whenever you update
> something. Whatever it's doing, it's too much overhead and it
> interferes with the proper functioning of the software.
> I'm currently running h8.1.655, and because of the frustration, I've
> given up on its compositor. I go back to h7.0.555... and the
> "joy-of-comping" returns. It's fast and "fun" to use. This is
> the most frustrating part... if I hadn't used the software in the
> and didn't know how it "should" operate, I would probably accept its
> current state as normal. After all, it is doing a lot of complex
> processing on a lot of files. But when I have on older version of the
> same software I have to keep switching back to in order to work
> efficiently... that sucks.
> Compositing is a major part of any production. The Houdini compositor
> IS GREAT and I love(ed) using it. Something's broken. Fix it.
> My 2 cents.
> P.S. Most of my work is done at NTSC resolution with 8 bit per channel
> images... probably the least taxing format people are still using.
> compositor bogs down even when working with 1/2 res images.
>> I'd like to see a concerted screaming match with Sidefx by the user
> base, to put more resources towards the compositor. We can have all
> bells and whistles we
> like in the rest of Houdini, but pay day comes out of the composit.
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