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how to use .vdb?  

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teknomancer
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03/07/2019 5:52 pm  

exactly how do you use .vdbfiles? i have tried loading them into every program i have, but nothing seems to be able to use them? not sure if i'm even doing it right, or what? i mean, it seems simple enough, but nothing wants to import them, or even recognise them as files. is there a specific importer that's needed, or am i missing something ? probably a noob question, but i just need to know...


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Mistery1307
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04/07/2019 4:10 am  

https://fileinfo.com/extension/vdb second definition, it's basically ( to my knowledge) an animated 3d file.

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teknomancer
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13/07/2019 10:07 am  

great, but i know nothing about coding, nor am i a programmer! what the heck do i do with that little tidbit? that really did nothing but tell me what i already know, which is nothing! i need instructions, not just a place to download something i dont know how to use!

 


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David Blaker
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15/07/2019 10:37 am  

Hello! Sorry to keep you waiting  😀

Think of VDB files as an image file, except there are pixels in the Z-axis as well as the standard X and Y axis. You basically have a 3-dimensional image!

These are a relatively new and specialised file format that only a few specialised programs have adopted so far. For example, the rendering engines Vray, Octane and Redshift allow you to import vdb's.

Which program do you usually work in?

We're now going to work on a guide to help users on this topic, thanks for letting us know that it's a little complicated!

This post was modified 3 months  ago by David Blaker

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grandanny
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04/08/2019 5:03 am  

Hi.  I use Blender.  I have used LightWave in the past.  Will either of these be able to use a .vdb file?

 


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David Blaker
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05/08/2019 9:58 am  

As far as I can tell, Lightwave supports it, as well as Blender 😀 Though you will likely need to dig into the documentation to be able to fully control the asset to meet your needs


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rodrigora
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26/08/2019 2:41 pm  

Hi! I use after effects but I don't know how to use a vdb file. I was hoping to use your new clouds assets.

If you could do a fly-through clouds tutorial it would be great! In my new project, I want to make someone come from the ground to the sky, like doctor strange. The 3d clouds are great!

 

Thanks!


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Chris Kelly
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27/08/2019 10:57 pm  

VDBs cannot be imported into After Effects currently, but it sounds like VideoCopilot is building a plugin to make that possible. In the meantime they are compatible with most 3d Rendering software


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teknomancer
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01/09/2019 6:33 am  

@DavidBlaker. thanks for getting the point! lol. imsorry for nott noticing you're reply, but i have been really busy of late. It would be useful if some sort of work around could be found, maybe a plug in of sorts that allows c4d inside after effects to load the files? just a thought...

 


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David Blaker
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02/09/2019 10:12 am  

It might be possible to have it able to work in After Effects if you use the Octane plugin
https://render.otoy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=121&t=68146

But I would almost 100% recommend rendering it in an external 3D program and then importing it to After Effects, since these VDB files are quite intense to render! Having them render in AE would be incredibly slow, especially since it will have to re-render everything once you make any changes. But hopefully that will change soon  😀


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