Mapbox plugin in Houdini: Terrains

Mapbox is an amazing plugin within Houdini. It allows you to download elevation data (heightfields) from anywhere in the world along with a color map.

Mapbox node with zoom capability to download data

You just zoom to whatever region of the world and click download.

Downloaded data
Zoom around and download again

See below for a little quick demo.

Demo

WIP Redshift and VDB volumes

Did a little exploration. I was demoing World Machine to my class and thought why not do something with it again. I wanted to test using VDB volumes in Redshift so why not combine the two. I’ll do another post detailing using VDB volumes. This is by far not finished but a fun exploration.

World Creator pt1

From last week’s terrain creation software, here’s a look into World Creator.

It’s a very easy to navigate and great visualization as your work instead of standard input nodes and render them like in World Machine. This feels more like 3d Photoshop.

Stacking filters on layers to then create your geometry.