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Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 7:11 pm
by ian360
Hello all,

I have a logo that I am trying to fill with water. The logo has many parts that are not attached to each other, so I am adding a separate particle emitter into each part.

Is it possible to run each emitter one at a time and then save the simulation (and possible mesh), and then move onto the next emitter? In other worlds, can I work on each emitter separately and export it's data?

I then would like to import the various meshes back into Maya. The reason why I would like to simulate them separately is because simulating them altogether will be a huge drain on my system and running them separately will give me a little extra control. Because none of the meshes will have to interact with each other I think this would be a good option. Unless somebody else has any better ideas?

Thank you in advance....

Ian

Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 7:19 pm
by bubs
Of course you can do this, the particle Data are then saved with the emitter Name, you can Run each Part separatly and of course if you want to use the Same emitter then you have to Change the Name in the Export Central (f12)
Cheers

Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 7:25 pm
by ian360
Ah cool... Sorry for the dumb questions but after simulating one emitter and then resetting the simulation, do I just uncheck the emitter in the export central so that it does not overwrite anything?

Also, say I create the particles but not the mesh right away and then reset everything, can I bring those particles back into the simulation at a later point to create the mesh further down the line in the process?

Thank you so much for your help.

Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 7:48 pm
by Jkenko
You set it's node to inactive. If you uncheck it from the export central it will simulate, but not export. And also you usually first sim the particles only and then later the mesh as a postprocess. Not by reseting and bringing the emitter back, but by pressing the build meshes button.

Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 8:13 pm
by ian360
Thanks I think I am understanding this now. Testing it at the moment. I turned my first emitter to inactive once it had simulated, reset the simulation and then started simulating the second emitter. When I stop and scrub the timeline the particles from the first emitter appear to display also, but only in the frames that have been simulated by the second emitter. Actually that may be hard to understand so I will explain better:

a. I simulate emitter01 from frames 0 - 200.
b. Set emitter01 to inactive.
c. Duplicate emitter01 to create emitter02 and move into position.
d. Reset the simulation.
e. Scrub the timeline, nothing happens, all data appears inactive.
f. I simulate emitter02 to frame 70.
g. Scrub the timeline and the data from both emitters displays, but only for the first 70 frames from both emitters.

My question is now this: should the simulation data from emitter01 not continue until frame 200? Maybe I should not reset the simulation? Also, if emitter01 is set to node inactive, is it not necessary to also disable this in the export central?

Sorry for all of the questions. Just trying to get my head around it. Thanks again.

Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 8:21 pm
by bubs
Please befor asking question do a Search on my post i explained many newbie aspect ,
You find this in the Tutorial Section .
Cheers

Re: Exporting Particle Simulations And Meshes Separately?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:13 am
by nights
This doesnt work for me. After a successful simulation of a Circle emitter to the general reaflow particle bin cache , I tried to switch on Krakatoa (prt) format and set my circle emitter to cached, then re-run the simulation, however the Krakatoa files wasnt generated. Why were they not generated? I dont understand, irritating.