Convert Instancer into geometry

Type: Python Script (py)
Name: sag_instancerToGeometry
Version: 1.4
Released: 2012.05.05

v1.4 - corrected GUI for older maya versions v1.3: - doesn't set visibility to off prior to the starting frame of conversion - doesn't pay attention to 'start from current frame' if custom range is defined v1.2: - reworked GUI - uses long names correctly (no problems with objects of the same name anymore) - doesn't freeze source objects' rotations or error if channels have keyframes - keeps input connections for instances also - works with different rotation orders of source objects and instancer itself - each baked object is inside it's own group which actually gets all keyframes - works with any linear units of the scene (switches to cm and back, actually) v1.1: - duplicates now maintain original input connections - only translate, rotate, scale and visibility are keyframed now

Almost every time I use instancer to duplicate geometry via particles, I inevitably want to convert it’s result into standard keyframed objects to modify or simply delete specific ones.

At last I’ve put myself together and have written a tool for this task.

sag_instancerToGeometry Interface


from sag_instancerToGeometry import *


Make Duplicates/Instancesin the first case all created objects will be independent duplicates, in the second one – they will be instances of the original object (the one plugged into instancer);

Start from Current Frameif enabled, no matter what playback range is set to and whether custom range is enabled or not, conversion will start from the current frame;

Playback/Custom Rangein the first case conversion framerange will be taken from playback range, in the second one – you can enter custom start/end frames;

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Helplink to this page.


Of course, there’re some limitations and arrears… Right now I can list these:

float $vel[] = velocity;
float $ang[] = `angleBetween -euler -v1 1 0 0 -v2 $vel[0] $vel[1] $vel[2]`;
rotPP = <<$ang[0], $ang[1], $ang[2]>>;

So, try it, use it and send me bugReports/toDo’s – I’ll try to correct/implement them.

Several Instancers Converted into Geometry Simultaneously

Several Instancers Converted into Geometry Simultaneously

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  1. Written by john patterson
    on 5 May 2016 at 22:46

    Thanks! Worked like a charm for my very simple nParticle sim. I can not believe Maya does not have this capability on it’s own. It’s maddening, and makes me so happy that I’ve been working more in Houdini these days.

    Thanks again for this script that got me out of a bind!

  2. Written by Peter
    on 7 December 2016 at 18:17

    Hi there,

    It would be a great script only if I could make it work. Ihave copied the python script into several folders now, but none of them seems to be picked up by the script. I get an error message stating:
    # Error: line 1: ImportError: file line 1: No module named sag_instancerToGeometry #
    What do I do now?

  3. Written by Ark
    on 8 December 2016 at 11:33

    Hi, Peter. Check your PYTHONPATH environment variable (“getenv PYTHONPATH;” mel command in maya) – maya checks these folders for scripts. Otherwise just copy/paste the whole script to your scriptEditor, execute it and “sag_instancerToGeometry()”.

  4. Written by Peter
    on 9 December 2016 at 11:01

    Hi Ark,

    Thank you very much for the help. It works great. Pipeline have modified paths getting checked quite drastically. I am going to implement this to ours now. Thanks again.


  5. Written by Ark
    on 9 December 2016 at 18:21

    You’re welcome. This old version doesn’t work with namespaces though, Maya just freezes… It’s fixed, but I forget to update the tool for a very long time already – I’ll try to do that asap.

  6. Written by Keith
    on 22 June 2017 at 16:19

    Hi Ark

    Does this script recognize lifespan. Other scripts I’ve tried don’t seem to do it.


  7. Written by Ark
    on 22 June 2017 at 16:59

    Hi Keith. If a particle disappears for any reason (including lifespan), the converted object becomes invisible with a key to it’s visibility.

  8. Written by Laila Juhas
    on 24 February 2019 at 8:52

    Thanks for the post.Thanks Again. Cool.

  9. Written by patrice
    on 24 October 2019 at 13:06

    Hello and thank you so much for writing this script, genius!

    I’ve used it in the past twice with perfect results. Right now tho my instanced particles are solved with the script into a perfect and huge sphere. Like all the instanced geo particles a stuck to this sphere.

    Does anyone know what’s going on here?

    thanks for any assistance!

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