[HtoA] [Tip] Speeding up motion blur on VDB volumes

Merging your velocity vel.x, vel.y, and vel.z grids into a single vector grid using a Vdb Vector Merge node can speed up your renders.


You can safely ignore the “component grids have different transforms” warning on the VDB Vector Merge.  The x, y, and z components of the velocity have slightly different transforms because they located on the center of the cell faces in each direction; that’s coming from the marker-and-cell (MAC) grid used in the simulation.

If you really want to be precise with the velocities, you need to resample them on the same grid, say the density grid:
Hat tips to Saber, Fred

[SItoA] Disabling camera motion blur

Starting with version 2.8, SItoA no longer supports the Softimage motion blur property. Instead, you use the Arnold Parameters property to control transformation and deformation motion blur.

However, you cannot add an Arnold Parameters property to a camera (at least not using the SItoA custom menus, which will tell you that a camera is “is not a valid Object to add Arnold Parameters to”). Here’s a couple of ways to work around that:

  • Create an Arnold Parameters property on a polygon mesh, and then in the Explorer, drag that property to your Camera.
  • Select your camera and run this Python snippet:
    cam = Application.Selection(0)
    cam.AddCustomProperty( "Arnold_Parameters" )