is a particle system on GPU.
With a number of applied forces it can operate millions of particles. You can take vertices of a mesh as an input for particle positions, describe their movement with a number of parameters, combine them with geometry and other objects and create beautiful spectacular real-time effects. You can connect this particle system to Kinect, sound input or usb camera. See how, in a tutorial. Possibilities are really wide.
To create a particle system:
Every step is described in the tutorial.
The particle system is my dissertation. So if you try it, use it, or make some performances, tell me. Post pictures here, or send me an email: email@example.com
There are many ways the particle system could be improved, many bugs that need to be slapped. We can cooperate on that. Documentation is inside.
I am still working to improve the particle system.
Big thanks to
hiero?, phlegma? and all the creators of OpenNI Plugin - I used it.
Matthias Zauner? and his diploma Character Animation in vvvv - I used it.
dottore? ParticlesGPU_Shader_Library - I leared from it.
this looks cool but doesn't run on my GTX 460M. blank renderers. Also getting quite a few vvvv violation errors and locking up. :(
Wow! Works for me, but not Strawman - blank renderer, and vvvv is very unresponsive. No CPU or GPU load, though, and no bad messages in TTY - on Win7 x64, GTX570. Thanks!
Help file Strawman is just a more complicated version of the other files .. that's weird. Try this less computationally expensive version of that more complicated file:kivi.tym.cz/upload/StrawmanSimplified.zip (and press 'R' reset few times)
or .. have you tried turning your computer off and on again? :)
Your graphic cards are definitely good enough, maybe after more people write here, we will be able to see the problem.
great stuff. wow! thanks!
win7 x64 ASUS 6950
having exactly same case like mediadog reported. The simplified version does not help :(
win7 64, gtx 560 w. latest drivers.
Simplified does the same thing (your link above doesn't work without clipping out vvvv.org).
I don't think it's a CPU problem; my CPU use never gets above 25%, with any core going above 60%. My CPU is a quad 4.3GHz i5. Graphic cards show no use at all. I do have a dual card system (GTX550Ti & GTX570Ti), but I get the same results on each.
I have seen this behavior with other patches, so don't feel too bad. Those were using shaders too, so perhaps something connected to those is not working properly under Win7 x64. It also may be some I/O blocking due to textures - just guessing.
I get an access violation on exiting, 0x0040480C in vvvv.exe read of 0xFFFFFFFC (unfortunately not uncommon).
Also just wanted to say again thanks, been going through the patches and shaders, VERY educational!
Cool- works for me on my win7 x64 machine. Card is NV GTX 460M.
Everything working except strawman.
Black renderer and access violation error when renderer is on 2nd output head
Ok, try these simple parts of Strawman:http://kivi.tym.cz/upload/CiantParticlesPartsOfStrawman.zip
Maybe the problem is in culling behind geometry (rendering a black object in front of particles), which is the only thing added in Strawman.
I use a 2 years old notebook, with Win7 x86, core2duo 2.26GHz and GeForce 9600M. So even the graphic card shouldn't be the problem.
Here are some settings of fuzzy force (nothing else), to warm you up :)
Thanks for great contribution!
I cannot see strawman, too. looks graphic card freezing!
Win7, 64bit, GTX 460.
OnlyAnimatedPs and OnlyFire works fine.
But OnlyGeometry same problem...
Windows ActionCenter reports "video hardware trouble" and
"LiveKernelEvent" is event name. helpful?
GTX 560, win7 X64
Helps are ok
but ParticleFire renderer is black
everything working with win7 64
Nvidia quadro FX 3700M
Tried the PartsOfStrawman files, and all worked fine except the OnlyGeometry file, which exhibited the grey renderer and very slowwww vvvv interface response with low CPU and GPU use. Hmmmm....
Thanks a lot for your participation. This should be the last, all problem solving patch.
http://kivi.tym.cz/upload/CiantParticles help04_Strawman noSkyDome.v4p
Clouds are disabled.
Bingo! Works great. Thanks again!
got those artifacts using CiantParticles help04_Strawman noSkyDome.v4p, no problems with other help files. The screenshot is a two shots merged image, to show artifacts are the same (making me think it's hardware issue).
Sorry, h99. I don't know what did those horrible things to your render.
I need you to send me some pictures you made, previews of your shows, or even if you plan to make something, or even if you're thinking about making or doing something with this particle system. It doesn't matter what quality it recently is, just send it.
I need it for my diploma.
And if you send something, I will make this PS much batter.
THANKS A LOT!!
I just added rotations of particles according to direction of their movement, fixed the Torque force and some others. There are also 2 more help patches to show rotations.
Martin, thanks again for such a fabulous contribution! But I'm seeing something with the size of the sprites that I don't understand:
If I run help01, and then in the renderer move the camera far away by "P" + mouse-right-drag-up, say all the way to the clipping point, then zoom in by "Z" + mouse-right-drag-down until the image appears about the same size, the sprites are now very small. In other words, they appear to have remained at their apparent distant size although the FOV has magnified the scene. The reverse happens if you move closer and widen the view; the sprites get much larger.
Is this intentional/unavoidable? Ideally I'd like to be able to set the size of the sprites in "world" terms and have them stay that way. Is this related to the "Height" parameter?
Hmmm, just found an easier way to demonstrate this: reset the Softimage camera with a long "R" press, then right-drag the Camera "Initial FOV" input pin smaller to zoom in - the structure gets bigger but not the sprites.
the part of rendering pipeline:
in vertex shader:
get xyz position and multiply it by WVP matrix to move to clip space
get sprite size: Out.Size = particleSize / Out.Pos.w * viewportHeight/2;
The thing is that I don't send triangles to rasterization (4 points + topology, too time consuming). Only points and let graphic card to place picture on each of them (1 point). Their size depends mainly on "Actual Backbuffer Height", which is distributed from renderer to viewportHeight pin.
You can try to put huge images like 2048*2048 as a texture, or make an animation (textureSubdivision parameter), that's the good part. I saw this technique in some vvvv patch here, but don't really know where.
p.s. Just multiply the particleSize or viewportHeight if you change FOV. (get FOV from Camera) The result should be exactly the same, I guess.
I just added a kind of a last contribution for some time. Here you can find useful Kinect things and some examples. I have a problem with skinning kinect skeleton, so if you solve it, upload it please.
Here is something to warm you up :)
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I am having problems with the kinect part. The RGB and Depth Node are red but it dosent say anything about missing .dll.
I am not into the world og programming. Only started with vvvv for a couple of months ago so any help would be appriciated.
Primsense drivers are up and running and the kinect works great with Kinect_OpenNI_Library_1.2.
Tnx for a facinating program and contributions =)
i too am having problems with this.
i have got the demo "CiantParticles help04_Strawman OnlyGeometry.v4p" to work by changing the texture format of the DX9Texture to "X8R8G8B8" but can only get this patch to work and nothing else.
I think the Kinect Implement doesn't work anymore with the new Kinect Plug-in in B27, Can anyone confirm this?
i'm starting to love this contribution. good work and thank you.
Glad to hear you still know about this contribution. I'm preparing a big update with new functions. But it still needs some big corrections.
About the Kinect Implement: This part is really marginal. You can use actual OpenNI SDK or Vux's Microsoft's SDK to get depth and rgb texture. It's only a picture. The rest in the patch is just a linear interpolation of points, not important.
@robe , yeah this kinect implementation is not working anymore , i managed to change the nodes CiantKinectImplement.v4p and see something but overall you just have to change too many nodes to make it work properly .
it may also be due to my total noobness in vvvv but yeah ... will be great if Martin can rework the patches with either the new modules in b27 , they work very well so far
@Martin - i did not mean to offend , just as a noobie i am finding it hard to rework it so i can see the efects
looking forward for the big update :)
Hi Martin, it was very nice meeting you at Node and have a good chat. let's keep in touch. Best of luck in your new projects.
Yes, NODE13 was good in coincidence meetings :)
Thank you for a great looking contribution!
I'm just having an issue getting the Kinect examples to run.
The 'configuration' node error was fixed by dragging the kinect.dll onto _root.v4p - however am still showing a red node with 'users', 'rgb', 'depth', and 'text'.
I am really keen to get this up and running as see lots of great possibilities.
Maybe I should use an earlier version of VVVV(?)
Any help would be much appreciated......
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