“Procedural Block-Based USD Workflows in Conduit” by Rydalch, Endo and Wu

  • ©Chris Rydalch, Colvin Kenji Endo, and Wayne Wu



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    Procedural Block-Based USD Workflows in Conduit



    We present a procedural block-based approach for USD pipelines that minimizes up-front USD knowledge requirements while ensuring users can still leverage the power of native USD. Building on USD and Conduit, we define fundamental workflow principles and philosophies on artist-interaction that guide our modular Houdini- based toolsets. Finally, we discuss the successes and challenges in scaling these workflows into production.


    Rebecca Hallac, Tim Hoff, Chris Rydalch, Oliver Staeubli, Ryan Bland, Karyn Buczek Monschein, and Mark McGuire. 2021. A Pipeline Retrospective on USD & Conduit. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2021 Talks (Virtual Event, USA) (SIGGRAPH ’21). Association for Computing Machinery.

    Oliver Staeubli, Tim Hoff, Ryan Bland, Rebecca Hallac, Josh Smeltzer, Chris Rydalch, Karyn Buczek Monschein, and Mark McGuire. 2019. Conduit: A Modern Pipeline for the Open Source World. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Talks (Los Angeles, California) (SIGGRAPH ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 47, 2 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3306307.3328175


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    Our work would not have been possible without the fantastic artists, TDs, and engineers at Blue Sky Studios. We would also like to thank SideFX, particularly Mark Tucker and his team, for providing invaluable development insights.


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