[Sidefx-houdini-list] render different volumes with takes or nodes ?

Szymon Kapeniak szymon.kapeniak at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 13:59:19 EST 2013


2013/1/9 Jordan Halsey <jordanhalsey at gmail.com>

> I am curious as to what is the benefit to the multiple mantra nodes
> here...


Because, quite along Houdini's paradigm, by doing this you're creating a
chain (collection in this case) of your decisions as an nodes, that can be
seen, supervised/debugged or copy/pasted by others, including non-humans,
i.e. scripts.



> I have a scene with nine takes and one Mantra node. The one Mantra
> node has all my render settings. When I change takes all I do change the
> render paths and file names. I submit my render and get back my nine takes
> just fine with one node. In each take the Mantra node acts like a reference
> copy until I change a parameter which also allows me to adjust some
> settings on a per take basis in one node.
>
> If it is better to use multiple referenced Mantra nodes I would like to
> know why.
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM, Edward Lam <edward at sidefx.com> wrote:
>
> > On 09/01/2013 10:23 AM, Jordan Halsey wrote:
> >
> >> i really think what they are saying is one mantra node to render
> different
> >> takes...this is how I do this kind of thing. Just have your one Mantra
> >> node, change to a take, and adjust settings. Move on to the next take,
> >> wash, rinse, repeat. Works great, my queuing software will recognize and
> >> queue all the takes automatically.
> >>
> >
> > No, I really did mean to use different Mantra nodes. The drawback as
> > mentioned is that you probably want the other parameter settings to be
> the
> > same, which doing a reference copy helps. Then you remove the reference
> on
> > the "Render With Take" parameter and have them render using the different
> > takes.
> >
> > The advantage of doing this is you just need to render 1 particular ROP
> > node and everything will take care of itself.
> >
> > -Edward
> >
> >  On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Bruno Pollet wrote:
> >>
> >>  I actually didn't think about using different nodes for different
> takes.
> >>> I' ll give it a try as well ! Thanks guys !
> >>>
> >>> On 1/9/2013 4:02 PM, Nick Nimble wrote:
> >>>
> >>>  That's what I would do, but I think I interpreted Bruno's question as
> if
> >>>> he didn't wanted to do that.
> >>>>
> >>>> For these kind of things I always use takes, especially because it
> >>>> allows
> >>>> one to override settings on other nodes, like lights as well.
> >>>>
> >>>> On 01/09/2013 03:42 PM, Edward Lam wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>  On 09/01/2013 9:27 AM, Bruno Pollet wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>  My other idea was to make different mantra nodes, each one rendering
> >>>>>> just a volume, and parent them all so that they render after each
> >>>>>> other.  But in that case, adjusting settings on one node would not
> >>>>>> affect the settings on the other nodes.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>> What about telling the separate Mantra nodes to each render using a
> >>>>> different Take?
> >>>>>
> >>>>> -Edward
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