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FE CurveCreateOp

CurveCreateOp

Create a sequence of segments.

Without an input, the curve is currently a nearly straight line in Y, starting at origin.

Inputs

An optional single can be used to suggest a path to follow, such as a single open primitive representing an ordered list of point-based locations.

Parameters

If an input surface is provided, it is subjected to an Interpolation of Linear, Point Normal, Cardinal Spline, Basis Spline, Bezier, or Power. The curve can Trace Through either Each Point or through the computed centers of Connected Patches.

For Basis interpolation, Coverge can be used to coerce the curve into passing through the control points while still retaining full continuity. Otherwise, a Basis Spline will tend to shrink away from its control points.

For Bezier or Power interpolation, activating Bisect will impose a halfway point between each incremental pair of input points. The halfway point is placed at the proper matrix-square-root position (or Bezier equivalent) but has a normal that is the simple average of the pair of input points. This may encourage the result to better retain the character of any sharp turns.

Also for Bezier or Power interpolation, using Blend will expand the influence to include input points outside the two adjacent points. The Blending adjusts the amount of this influence. This may help round out any tight corners, but excessive blending may exaggerate the curvature.

The spacing of output points is determined by a Method of either Length or Count. With an input surface, this method determines whether to use the Segment Length to directly set the spacing or to divide the full length evenly along of specific number of Segments. Without an input surface, both the length and count are used to create a line along the Y axis, starting at the origin. When using the segment length method on an input surface, the Tweak option will try to adjust the length in order to avoid having a noticably different length on the last segment.

A non-zero Linearity will cause the result to be closer to a result of linear interpolation. If Linearity Attr In (or Out) matches a real point attribute on the input, the linearity is altered by that attribute leading in (or trailing out) of each input point. The attribute linearity and the global linearity is combined using the product of the additive inverses.

If Min Dist Attr In (or Max) matches a real point attribute on the input, the sum of lengths of the output segments created between each input point and the preceding point is adjusted to conform to the given minimum and/or maximum.

Status

(FE) TESTING
tested in Houdini and Maya

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