Hit the little plug icon to the right of the text editor, Houdini scans the vex code, realises you’ve referred to a channel that doesn’t exist yet, and. bookmark_tabs: A collection of code snippets and examples showing syntax and capabilities of VEX language inside SideFX Houdini – jtomori/vex_tutorial. Introduction. For those who tried (or afraid to start) to learn VEX but fail and stop because it was too hard. Here you will learn VEX and some.

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Height is easy, whatever the final result is, we’ll multiply it by a channel reference; if its 1 it’ll be unchanged, 0 will cancel out, other numbers will scale appropriately:.

Juraj Tomori has written an amazing guide go read fex right now: The CHOP functions can manipulate arbitrary numbers of input channels and process channel data in arbitrary ways. In shading contexts, computes a normal.

Object nodes represent objects in the goudini, such as character parts, geometry objects, lights, cameras, and so on. If the default names from your input nodes aren’t to your liking, you can drop a hpudini in-between to give you nicer names. Returns the albedo percentage of reflected light for a bsdf given the outgoing light direction.

Houdiini we have an axis and a slice, how do we use this? Returns 1 if the edge specified by the point pair is in the group specified by the string. The ‘inline code’ vop is similar, but requires a little more handholding for the ins and outs. The examples given above all use the syntax to get and set attributes on points.

To set it is similar. Expression functions Expression functions let you compute the value of parameters. Brilliant tip from the brilliant Matt Ebb. Returns an integer, either uniform or weighted, given a uniform number between 0 and 1. Evaluates local curvature of primitive grid, using the same curvature evaluation method as Measure SOPs. To make time be stepped we can use floor Time. For example, you might want to specify that frequency should be a slider with houduni certain range, and that clr should be treated as a color giving it a color picker UI.


Half-edges VEX has functions that let you treat edges as unshared per-face “half-edges”. See the specific context pages for the global variables available in each context. It doesn’t magically feed houvini result to downstream sops, it behaves like a vop node, so in the above example, you’d need to manually connect the outP output to P or whatever else you need.

VEX language reference

Whatever you cex as an input to the snippet also becomes an output. You can also tell it the total number of points to return, and a maximum distance to search which here I set using a channel slider. There’s several channel types you can use. I end up using loads of these all through my setups.

The struct has methods:. Fluids How to set up fluid and ocean simulations. The ‘bees and bombs’ thread on odforce is a bunch of practical ish visual examples; lots of self contained looping animations created mostly in vex.

Networks and vsx How to use the network and parameter editors to work in Houdini. VEX supports the usual statements familiar from C. Houdini hides a few ‘bonus’ attributes around, like a full transform matrix for prims, or their surface area, they can be found from the geo spreadsheet dropdown. There’s a specific hkudini these are run in, but because I never remember, I try to not write vex that expects deletes to be done before reads, or vice versa.


If you’ve used a ray sop, this is a similar thing. Setup some random pattern as a starting point, and running the solver, you’ll get a changed pattern. Samples geometry in the scene and returns information from the shaders of surfaces that were sampled. This includes light, surface, displacement and fog shaders. Eg to set the red channel of each point to the sine of double the x position:.


You can use the opintputN syntax from before too, looks messy but it works. Armed with this, we can extract the groups into a string array, and do what we want:. But what if you want the colour of point 5? Sends rays into the scene and returns information from the shaders of surfaces hit by the rays. If you add, multiply, divide, or subtract vectors of different size, VEX returns a vector of the larger size.

So we create an empty matrix ie, rotates are 0 0 0, scale is 1 1 1. Use the plug button to create vec threshold slider, now slide it up between 0 and 1, you’ll see points get randomly deleted. But you want to change 5 to another number.

The cube is 1 unit wide, meaning that we can say for certain the left points have P. If we didn’t have hokdini on the cubes, or motion blur, we could leave this in a normal wrangle and call it done.

All the attributes you see in the geometry spreadsheet, you can access them by sticking in front of their name. Instead, you can create variables that hohdini exist within the wrangle. Treat that as a general rule; when vx working with vectors and stuff behaves strange, normalize your vectors.

See structs for more information. Once you get a handle to a metaball using metastart and metanext, you can query attributes of the metaball with metaimport. Convert that matrix to orient, and you’re done. Returns the refraction ray given an incoming direction, the normalized normal and an index of refraction. Amazingly, the function is called rotate. Sitting on a surface is easy enough, scatter, inherit N, the copied objects will point their z-axis down N.