More on referencing
The referencing we've done so far has been pretty simple; load a pig, done.
USD references are a little more complex than this, and are so core to working with USD it's worth exploring more in depth.
First, lets make a more complex USD file on disk to play with by chaining together some shapes:
- create a solo cube
- find sphere in the tab menu, shift-enter to auto append
- append a cone
- append a cylinder
- append a usd rop
- save it to $HIP/geo/manyshapes.usd
Create a reference node, load that usd. While you'd expect to see all the shapes, in fact you get just the cube and a warning on the node that it 'reference one of several root primitives'. What's that about?
USD expects a default primitive to be tagged in a usd file. That will be the prim loaded and displayed.
If you don't specify a default prim, you're being bad. Lops lets you get around this either by doing a best guess (like it did here, but warning you its unhapy), or
You can workaround this in a couple of hacky ways:
- Let the reference node guess which prim to load, as we've just seen
- Explicitly tell it which prim to load.
Lets see how to do that hacky second method, before doing the right thing and assigning a default prim.
Explicitly tell a reference node which prim to load
- On the reference node, set 'reference primitive' to Reference Specific Primitive (note the other modes talk about automatically finding a prim, or the default prim as we just discussed)
- On the newly enabled 'Reference Primitive Path' parameter, click the chooser on the right
- This now shows you the prims in the usd file. Pick what you want, now it displays.
Set the default primitive
Bah, lets do this right.
- On the USD ROP, scroll down to the 'layer metadata section'
- Use the dropdown next to the default prim to choose what you want, say the sphere
Now if you go back to the reference node and choose either automatic or default, reload, it should display the sphere.
Reference many prims
So you might've noticed we specify a default prim, not prims. What if we want to reference in all the shapes?
Simple, put all the shapes under a parent folder, and make that parent the default prim:
- Insert a stage manager before the rop
- Use the tricks mentioned before to create a top level 'shapes' folder, put all the shapes under that folder
- On the rop, set the default prim to /shapes
Reload the reference again, see all the shapes. Hooray!