Niagara and Lidar data

Can we use a Lidar dataset as a Niagara emitter?

I’ve been browsing the web for some time but haven’t been able to find a way.

Thanks in advance

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Did you make any findings regarding this? I would also be interested to know - Thanks :slight_smile:

+1 Thanks!

Houdini has an Unreal plugin to take point data into Niagara. I haven’t tried it with Lidar yet but have had success using point cloud sequence from the Kinect. It is available with a free Apprentice license!

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was the point cloud from the kinect in real-time ?

Have you tried the Lidar plugin that comes with UE? LiDAR Point Cloud Plugin Overview | Unreal Engine Documentation

It won’t allow you to use it in Niagara directly, but it can display the data. If you really need the data in Niagara, you have several options:

  • Convert it to an array and set the data via user parameter
  • Use the Houdini plugin with a point cache
  • Write your own data interface to access the data (see the example data interface plugin on how to do that)