Forester wrote:Is there a source of info you would recommend about Maxwell integration? I've been experimenting with RF animation in Maxwell Studio, and not have many successes?
AKAIK the Maxwell manual is more or less the only source - unfortunately. The problem with RF-Maxwell integration is that it requires a lot of manual work or scripting, but the Python wrap in Maxwell is partially incomplete and not really intuitive. Another issue is that RF's ABC files are not 100% supported by Maxwell. With particle files, for example, Maxwell says that they don't have any geometry inside. So, the only reliable way is to use BIN and RPC files. And once you've managed to get everything into Maxwell you have trouble to render channels like velocity or age. Maxwell Studio is also very, very, very slow with RF files that it almost hurts. And finally volumetrics: they're super slow to render and require huge amounts of memory. All in all, Maxwell's memory footprint is pretty high. When I think of Clarisse here... Billions of polygons are displayed in no time with just a handful of GB - but rendering in Clarisse is even slower than with Maxwell
Would be great to have the best of both worlds.
It's really a shame why products from the same company don't work together on a higher level, because Maxwell's quality and particle replicating methods ("MultiPoint") are definitely very good.