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Fundamentals of Houdini for 3D Artists

An 8-week course learning all about Houdini's 3D pipeline to gain a deeper grasp of how it works

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Course Overview

Learn Houdini's procedural workflow

This class will take you from zero to hero with Houdini’s procedural workflow. You will gain confidence and experience in all areas of Houdini’s powerful 3D pipeline including procedural geometry, particles, fluids, dynamics, shading, lighting, and rendering. This is a great course to take before intermediate and advanced courses because it breaks down the fundamentals, giving you a deeper grasp on how Houdini works. This course is a precursor to Intro to FX Using Houdini. Please note: students can download a free Houdini License from Sidefx. Visit their website for more details.

Course Format:   Live Format
Lecture Type:   Live Format
Feedback:   Live Format
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   SideFX Houdini
Skills level:   Intermediate
Prerequisites:   No prior Houdini experience is needed however knowledge of 3D principles is highly recommended

Fundamentals of Houdini for 3D Artists WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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User interface | Networks and parameters | Importing and exporting | Cameras and lights | Visualizers | Working with objects | Copying and instancing | Geometry attributes
Groups | Custom attributes | Volumes | Expressions | Digital assets | Animation
Booleans | VDB | Vop, Sop | Looping | Attribute Sops | Geometry Nodes
Material palette | Textures and baking | Build custom shaders with Bops | Displacement | Layering shaders | Style sheets
Mantra rendering | Mplay | Motion blur | Depth of field | Lights & shadows | Environments + geometry lights
Particle emission | Forces | Collisions | Curve flow | Particle attributes | Sprites, geometry, instancing, and rendering | Sop solver | Trails
Dynamics | Visualization | Solvers: bullet and wire | Forces and constraints | Fracturing | Shattering | Collisions
Source geometry | Noise | Flip solver | Viscosity | Pyro solver | Containers

Your journey starts here

Varomix is an FX TD and Houdini master, having used the program since its first apprentice version back in 2002. He has created both animations and VFX for different projects in TV, Film, VR, Games, etc. He has worked with brands such as Ford, Nissan, Nerf, and Halls, and has contributed to many films, most recently "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle". He is also an avid Beta tester, helping test and develop programs such as Houdini, Renderman, Redshift, SpeedTree, Clarisse, VRay, and Arnold.


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Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

These Finance Options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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