Hey! I am currently trying to learn how to do fire simulations in Houdini and I just noticed that a new branch of Blender supports VDB import. Finally! It’s so awesome. The branch is still pretty unstable, but it works. Motion blur does not work yet and if you try to render with Motion Blur enabled Blender will crash. The VDB also works in Eevee, but I had to increase the samples to 256 to get a decent result with the emission material. I suppose this is due to a color ramp I am using to add fake detail to the fire.
Eevee viewport preview
I see a lot of potential with this feature and it’s opening a lot of doors when it comes to production. Blender is a great tool for a lot of pipelines and when people start to respect the software even more, I am sure we will see it pop up for tasks or even as the main 3D package in more studios world-wide.
For anybody who would like to try it out I have uploaded the VDB cache of the 72 frame sim I was using to test VDBs in Blender. You can download it here:
VDB fire sims [8 GB]: https://www.mediafire.com/file/du6p5i4q7ocrwuk/FireSimulation_BlenderVDB.zip/file
Download the experimental branch with VDB import here: