Vertex Colors in Maya From a Houdini Alembic File

Since I have been using Redshift as my need speed, go to render engine when I just won’t have time for Mantra.  I have been beefing up my Houdini to Maya Alembic pipeline. While straightforward, there are a few caveats. In this particular case, I was wanting to get my point/vertex colors from Houdini into Maya. One needs this if you want to render geometry with the baked-in colors from Houdini. A few notes, you will need to have a Cd attribute in Houdini of type vertex. In Houdini, Cd will usually be a point attribute, so a simple attribute promote will do the trick here. Just promote your Cd attribute from point to vertex and you should be good to go.

Importing into Maya

Unfortunately, the Maya alembic importer does not do the trick, so we just need to import via the script editor with some very simple Mel. All you need to do is make sure you have the alembicImport plug-in on and type the following Mel command:

AbcImport -mode import -rcs “myPathToMyAlembic\myAlembicFile.abc”;

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