[MtoA] Editing Arnold attributes on multiple objects

If you need to change the same Arnold attributes on many nodes, use the Attribute Spreadsheet. For example, suppose you wanted to turn off the Opaque attribute on a number of objects in your scene. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the objects.
  2. Press the Down arrow (aka Pick Walk) to select the shape nodes.
  3. Open the Attribute Spreadsheet.
  4. Click the All tab, and find the Ai (Arnold) attributes you want to change. Drag across all rows, and then type “off” in the last row.

Noise, world coordinates, and offsets

If you’re using world coordinates for your noise, then obviously as an object moves in global space, the noise will change. Here I’ve extracted a polygon and moved it: same shader tree that uses noise, but different noise because I’m using world coordinates.

You could keep the same noise by applying an offset equal to the translation:
Note that I’ve assumed that there’s no scaling of the noise. If there was, I’d have to multiply my offset by the same scaling.

Exporting user data parameters to Arnold from Maya

You can add attributes to shape nodes in Maya, and MTOA will export those extra attributes as user data in Arnold shape nodes. For example, you use this mechanism to add user data to a procedural node.

Add some extra attributes to a shape node, using the naming convention mtoa_constant_parameter-name. That is, the attribute name must always start with “mtoa_constant_”.

Export to ASS. In the .ass file, your extra attributes will be declared as user parameters:

 name ArnoldStandInShape
 dso "C:/Users/SOLIDANGLE/Dev/MyProcedural.dll"
 min -9.63329697 0 0.861843109
 max -6.73797035 3.62841082 9.87797546
  1 0 0 0
  0 1 0 0
  0 0 1 0
  0 0 0 1 
 declare MyVector constant VECTOR
 MyVector 0 0 0
 declare MyFloat constant FLOAT
 MyFloat 0
 declare MyInteger constant INT
 MyInteger 0
 declare MyBoolean constant BOOL
 MyBoolean off
 declare MyString constant STRING
 MyString ""