Questions tagged [alembic]

Alembic is an open computer graphics interchange framework. Alembic distills complex, animated scenes into a non-procedural, application-independent set of baked geometric results. This distillation' of scenes into baked geometry is exactly analogous to the distillation of lighting and rendering scenes into rendered image data. Use this tag for any questions relating to the usage of Alembic within Blender.

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Get Alembic Frame range from imported file via python

Is it possible to use python to get the frame range stored in an imported alembic file? I assume it's on the cache datablock but I can't see anything that would yield this information. many thanks
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Alembic Cruves to work in animation

I have an anmination using hair, inported as alembic curves that isn't working in render. I know that there's some problems with this but is there any workarounds? I can manually go through the ...
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Odd Glitches in Flip Fluid Alembic Export

I've had this problem across a few fresh attempts, I am creating a fluid sim in flipfluids exporting said sim as an alembic appending that alembic into another .blend at which point it seems to ...
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Difference between Alembic, MDD and PC2

To my understanding, these 3 formats are all for mesh animation (that stores vertex transformation instead of bone transformation). But what's the difference? Especially Blender uses Mesh Sequence ...
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Alembic animation not rendering in Octane

does anyone know why my animated alembic mesh (vertexanimation) shows correctly in the viewport but is not rendered out. I am using Octane with the latest blenderversion. Rendering in Cycles (GPU) ...
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Make a single user copy of an Alembic Cache file in Animation Nodes?

I have a setup in Animation Nodes that copies some objects with an Alembic Mesh Sequence modifier. The goal is to trigger the animation when a null is near the instance. The problem is that every ...
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Export fbx with textures [duplicate]

I have a client that has sent me a model in blender. The model has textures with uv's on it. I am trying to export the model with the textures in FBX or really any format that I can take into my other ...
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having trouble looping alembic animation

I tried following the suggestion of another answer Loop alembic animation but unfortunately it is not working for me and the animation is still not looping. it will just stop after the animation is ...
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How to properly apply an image sequence texture to an imported alembic file?

I've imported an alembic file of a fluid simulation from Houdini and am trying to apply a sequence of image textures (displacement maps that I have also exported from Houdini for the ocean spectrum, ...
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Marked edge (freestyle) on alembic model not showing in render

I'm currently using blender 2.9 I'm having trouble with using freestyle line on an alembic, everything works apart from marked edges, and unfortunately I really need it. The first time I tried using ...
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wrapping object on top of alembic cache object

I have alembic cache imported and created another mesh object with only legs . I want to make the cutout object wrap around the alembic cahce object and deform with it . so i can use the cut out mesh ...
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Blender to Unreal Engine import animation troubleshooting - Alembic files looks jagged

Apologies that this issue is primarily regarding Unreal, but I was wondering if any Blender-to-Unreal users have come across this issue when exporting an animated mesh as an alembic into Unreal. Below ...
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Reduce file size of alembic animation

I have created an animation using blender and exported it as an alembic animation file. Is there any way to reduce the alembic file size.
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Can I export fluid cache to Alembic with speed vectors (for motion blur)?

I have exported a mantaflow fluid simulation to Alembic file format, and I want to re-import it and still have motion blur work, but I can’t seem to make it happen. I have tried turning on multiple ...
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Is it possible to shade/render a fluid simulation with whitewater imported from Houdini into Blender?

I’ve done a lot of research on the process of exporting/importing alembic files of fluid simulations to/from Houdini and Blender and have read about the difficulties in importing custom attributes ...
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Change pivot point of an alembic imported file

I would like to create a cool effect where I want to distribute instance of an animated object with Geometry Node. I have use FlipFluid to make a quick test of a fluid sim, but when I export/import ...
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How to create a shape key animation from 2 mdd shape key animations

[Hard question] When exporting an alembic (.abc) animation into an .mdd file (and reimport it back) it creates a sequence of shapekeys that form 1 animation. if I have 1 mocap face mdd animation (...
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Alembic sequence only renders the first frame

I'm trying to render out an alembic sequence. Rendering any single frame works fine, but rendering the entire frame range results in the first frame being repeated over and over. This is what my ...
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How to select individual parts of alembic (abc) file in Blender

Question: How can we select individual parts "mesh" or parts thereof in an alembic file in Blender? We've tried the "edit mode" ->P and then selecting by loose parts.. No luck.....
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Any way to change the speed of an Alembic?

I have an alembic of some splashing water. I'd like to use it in slow motion, 20% speed. Is there any way to do that? I believe alembics have no concept of frames, which seems like it should mean it's ...
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What is the best way to take animations from Maya to Blender?

In our studio the animations are done in Maya and they are rendered in blender Eevee. Eevee saves a lot of time in rendering but the time is wasted in setting up the files for render. Right now we ...
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Get position from alembic mesh

I'm working in blender with animated alembic caches, where I create some simulations. Since I want to comp it later in Nuke, it is useful sometimes to get the position of a specific vertex, so I could ...
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Question concerning alembic imports

I just had "Storm Simulation Tool" calculate a fluid sim. It exported it frame by frame as alembic files. Unfortunately Storm does not say whether it uses 'Ogawa' compression or not. Blender ...
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I need to update an alembic and keep materials

I need to import alembics in my scene and I would like to do a lots of updates of this object without losing my materials (& other datas). For example, I have a main scene, I import an alembic, do ...
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Blender stuck at 100% on the first frame of animation

It renders, composites and saves the image just fine, but refuses to move to the next frame. GUI remains responsive. It's a large scene (alembic animations, 7 million tris with hair on top of the ...
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Hair dynamics hair jumps, jitters, and flies around

How can I control the hair dynamics so that the hairs mostly maintain their original shape but also move around slightly with the model when animated? My current hair setup causes the hair to fly ...
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How to display Alembic "Override Frame" animation in the animation graph?

I have set some keyframes for "Override Frame" in the MeshSequenceCache modifier. Unfortunately the animation has a ease-in ease-out, so I want to take a look at the curve in the graph-...
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Mantaflow Alembic export for compositing

I m new in bender and use it for flow simulation, I m trying to export a composition did with mantaflow to get the animation fusion 17. i only have the domain's cube and not the simulation. Do you ...
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How to apply mesh sequence modifier to object duplicates frame by frame using python

I'm trying to create a "stop motion" mesh sequence animation that I could export as an fbx using stepped keyframes. I've downloaded some alembic data and I'm trying to create duplicates of ...
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Shutter time not affecting motion blur on alembic objects (eevee)

I have some objects exported from houdini as alembic I am bringing into blender. It renders with motion blur, but its blurred too much. So I adjust the shutter time, but it doesn't affect my alembic ...
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Marvelous designer alembic export and textures

I have a problem with marvelous designer and alembic export. I just "baked" my cloth animation in Marvelous Designer 10 and exported it as an alembic (ogawa). When I import my alembic file ...
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How to apply existing textures on alembic

So I did an animation with a character with Maya, then I exported the alembic and imported in blender, making sure the uv option was ticked when exporting When I tried to apply the textures (create ...
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Exporting camera crane alembic

I'm using blender's crane camera rig to get a shot however I need to export the camera to an external program but because the camera is being controlled by the crane it doesn't have any transform ...
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Alembic - relocate the path in outliner

I'm following this video so, I have some questions: How to avoid this exhaustive workflow that need to change the alembic path from every geometry? Can we have a way to switch the path and ...
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Subdiving Alembic Crashes Blender

So importing an alembic from Houdini and wanted to throw a subdivide modifier on it and every time it crashes blender. Can confirm the alembic can be subdivided in C4D Here's a link to the file. Just ...
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Export/ Import alembic trouble / blender 2.9

I got some trouble with alembic export/import. I tried to export and reimport a fluid simulation but when i do so the importet mesh is not animatet. Further are all stages of the animation on top of ...
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Alembic eye mesh not following the character body

I'm trying to export Malcolm(Animschool rig) from maya to blender as an alembic file. But after exporting his eye mesh break the connection with the body and they come on grid in blender. Any valuable ...
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Importing particle simulation from Houdini to Blender

I have a particle simulation in Houdini that I'd like to import into blender. The particle simulation has instanced objects on every particle in Houdini, so I've tried just exporting it from there as ...
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Bake Mesh Sequence Cache to Keyframes or Shape Keys?

I have a Mesh Sequence Cache modifier that references a .abc file. Is there any way I could bake the modifiers' motion to the object so it doesn't have to reference the .abc file? I'm doing this so ...
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Clothes don't collide to its parent : a rigid body

Description of my scene : I have a human face mesh (an alembic file in movement) and ropes made with single vert and whith cloths properties parenting to my face (as child) When my face moves, ropes ...
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Assign multiple objects one to a frame inside one track of a geometry cache?

So, i'm pretty new to this, so please excuse me if this is wrong place, or there is a better way to do what i am doing. Overview: Lets say I have 20 objects that together make up my fire animation (...
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It's possible to create a 3D or 2.5D video/animtation using the alembic file from photogrammetry?

my interest is about how create fast renders with the images aligned by photogrammetry. I think it's appropiate to use the alembic file (*.abc) from a a photogrammetry software such as meshroom. I ...
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Vertex color Animation from houdini to blender 2.8

i am trying to export a alembic from houdini to blender. This mesh has a Cd atribute with an animation. I was able to export a still frame using the ROP alembic node in houdini. I can use the vertex ...
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Assign Materials based on mesh name

our workflow for a job requires us to import alembic meshes from maya and render them in cycles. I would like run a script that looks at the scene mesh names and assigns the corresponding material. ...
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Blender does not recognize Alembic file from Houdini

im pretty new to Houdini but a Blender user for almost 2 years now. I made a Fluid Simulation in Houdini, exported the deforming mesh as an alembic file, but whenever i try to Import it to blender, ...
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Is it possible to export animation cache data from Maya and apply it to a look dev mesh in Blender?

I'm currently setting up a pipeline at my company where our animators are animating our characters in Maya, and we want to use the powerful Toon Shader for Eevee in Blender to texture the look dev ...
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Set meshes for each frame of the animation?

When you export a cloth simulation as an alembic file and then import it again, you get a modifier on the cloth mesh called "Mesh sequence cache". The meshes in the sequence are read from file. What I ...
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Custom exporter and problems with matrix and rotation order

I'm trying to write a custom exporter for cameras from/to Blender, but I'm having some problems with rotations and rotation order. In my mind I should be able to extract euler values from the world ...
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.PLY animation to alembic/cache

I know similar questions have been asked elsewhere here but, the most recent answer is over 3 years old and we've have b2.8 drop in the interim. I have captured some depth footage using an Intel ...
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Context issues while importing Alembic files in a plugin [duplicate]

I keep getting the context is incorrect error and the error is: Operator bpy.ops.wm.alembic_import.poll() failed. I have tried all the solutions shared in this post and in the official documentation ...