I am following this tutorial on geometry nodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQVYieRfQBY&t=12s which is using 2.93 Apha. I couldn't find the alpha so I downloaded the beta. My issue is that at 3:38 they select vertex_normal and I cannot find this attribute in 2.93 beta. Please help. Tutorial screenshot

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An alternative setup is suggested in the first (pinned) comment of the video.

TLDR : You can use normal instead of point_normal although it may be inaccurate. If you want an accurate result you can read through the rest of the answer.

Quotes from user Erindale :

A note on vertex_normal attribute: This has been removed as it as a bit of a misnomer (although very useful). The method you'll need to use now is to take normal attribute (this is the face normals) with an Attribute Convert node (set to point (writes to point domain) and vector (normal is a vector)) and then use an Attribute Vector Math node set to Normalise to ensure those vectors all have length 1. I recommend people make a reusable node group that handles this as it is a pretty common thing to want. Here is an example of what that could look like

From the twitter post :


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As a follow up, you can just use normal as an attribute instead of vertex_normal and it will automatically convert to point domain if it's used with another point domain attribute (eg position). There will however been some inaccuracies without normalising. For effects like this you may well get away with it unnoticed but with more uneven geometry you may find that normalising is required. I just have a group so that's what I recommend 👌


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