emFlock is a basic flocking simulator.
The plug-in consists of a multithreaded "DLL" file (Windows) or "so" file (Linux) for the flocking solver node (compiled C++ code for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Softimage|XSI). Additionally, there are several compounds that come along.
emFlock is well integrated into ICE and can be combined with the built-in ICE compounds like "Flow along Curve", "Forces", "Bounce from Surface", etc.
The Flocking Rules
This plugin uses the classic three "ground rules" when it comes to simulate flocking behavior:
The other Team Members
The emFlock node is of course the main feature of this plugin, but there are also some other interesting compounds included in the emFlock package:
The ZIP file containing the demo version can be downloaded here:
download emFlock demo version (version 1.1).
The ZIP file containing XSI demo and tutorial scenes can be downloaded here:
download demo and tutorial scenes (version 1.1).
To take a look at the online documentation:
emFlock online documentation (version 1.1).
To purchase the full version of emFlock please click on the following link:
Order emFlock for ICE
If for some reason you have problems with the above link you can also contact me directly.
Note: The examples are in reverse order (the newest come first).
3. "Pretty ugly Worms (based on the demo scene emFlock_Aquarium2.scn" 1.100 particles, ICE Tree evaluates in real-time (about 55 fps) with an i7 CPU.
Rendering done with Arnold in 1024x576.
2. "Just flocking around" 17.500 particles, ICE Tree evaluates with about 8 fps with an i7 CPU.
Ambient Occlusion + Motion Blur Pass rendered with Arnold in 1024x576 (about 18 sec. per frame with an i7 CPU).
1. "Pulsating Chaos" 750.000 particles, ICE Tree evaluates with less than a second per frame with an i7 CPU.
Ambient Occlusion Pass rendered with Arnold in 1024x576 (about 15 sec. per frame with an i7 CPU).
First a usefull link: emFlock online documentation (version 1.1).
Please note that the online documentation (as well as this whole web site is best viewed with Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 8. Latter is especially important if you want to view the online documentation in XSI's Net View.
-this plug-in runs fine with Softimage 2010 Service Pack 1 and above.