Custom Deformer Missing inputGeom Attribute

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  01 January 2013
Unhappy Custom Deformer Missing inputGeom Attribute

Hey Guys,


I have been writing custom deformer node, and quite frankly everything is working fine except the simple fact that my node is missing inputGeom attribute

Correct me if I am wrong but shouldn't that attribute be inherited by default if I derive from MPxDeformerNode ??

I even went as far as creating that attribute from scratch inside initialize() and the result was that Maya failed to reigster the node

So it looks as if its there but I cant see it in Connection Editor

If anyone could shed some light on that problem I would really appreciate


Cheers !!
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  01 January 2013
The most obvious reason must be the way you try to access this attribute:

a deformer inherits attributes from weightGeometryFilter --> geometryFilter.
In the node documentation you will find that inputgeometry is a child of a compound array attribute called input.

input:
->inputGeometry
->groupId

that why you can push points of multiple meshes with one deformer

if you dont wish to use the default MItGeometry provided by the deformer you must access this attribute like a xml node( with MPlug if you want )
 
  01 January 2013
Hey Cedric

I see in that case how does one connect geometry shape to the deformer node properly ??

Is groupId some set membership node ??

I was under impression that simple outMesh -> inMesh would suffice, but I guess I am wrong .


Thanks for reply, appreciated .

Cheers !

Dan
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  01 January 2013
Normally you setup a deformer with this command:
deformer -type "myAwsomeCustomDeformer" --> the groupId and groupPart are set up automatically with this command and the groupPart is what will tell maya what vertex to operate on( when you play with the edit membership tool to remove vertex from a deformer )

if you need other mesh input you can then plug it with the regular connectAttr command.
 
  01 January 2013
You are a LEGEND my friend

Silly me thought that I have to use createNode() and then connect the geo attributes manually , now I see that Maya actually has a dedicated deformer command to do it for me , amazing !!!


Thanks again dude everything is working smoothly now


Cheers,

Dan
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