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Fundamentals of Houdini for 3D Artists
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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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Learn Houdini's procedural workflow

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. Course is in development for Winter 2024.

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Registration Period
Jan 31, 2024 - Apr 22, 2024
Course Start
Apr 13, 2024

Course Format

Standard

Skills Level

Intermediate

Duration

8 weeks

Q&A

Once a week

Feedback

Individually Recorded

Lecture Type

Pre-recorded Videos
Assignment
Due each week. Expect to spend 10-20 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
PREREQUISITES
No prior Houdini experience is needed however knowledge of 3D principles is highly recommended
MATERIALS
Latest Houdini (Apprentice ok)

THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER.

What will make you a good Houdini User | How to navigate in the software | Setting projects | Introduction to the different contexts (obj/out/shop) | What are points/primitives/details/vertices? | Introduction to attributes and Geometry Spreadsheet | Introduction to main attributes : noises, pscale, id, Normals,ptnum, velocity | Adding variation and controlling attributes.

Introduction to SOP nodes | modeling with Curves | notion of pivot and centroid | copy and transform | notion of for each

Create cameras, light | UVs in Houdini | create material using noises, masks form attributes | AOVs and light group creation | motionblur | sampling.

How to setup a clean and stable source for particles | Velocity explained | Simulation setup | use a noise to drive a simulation | particles rendering

Introduction to Voxels and VDB | Static volume | Setting up basic pyro sim | Density and temperature explained | Setting up collider | How to render volumes.

Introduction to different type of vellum | Setting up a vellum sim | Vellum constraints

Introduction to RBD *Different solvers explained | Different approaches of creating source | Constraints and active attribute | Caching out RBD

Introduction to FLIP source, solver and meshing | Production oriented tips and advice

Prepare to Meet your Master

Key FX Artist
LECTURES BY Sophie Noel
Course Start: Apr 13, 2024
Sophie Noel is currently working at MPC Film Montreal as a Key FX Artist. Since she started studying FX back in 2019, she knew she wanted to specialize in any kind of effect that would need a touch of designing and artistic look. With her graduation movie "Haru" and her previous experience at Luma Pictures, she had the opportunity to work on a lot of procedural and supernatural setups such as plant growth, disintegration, bullet deflection and electricity.

She had designed a few effects on productions such as Spiderman : No Way Home, Wandavision or The Little Mermaid. Her generalist background allows her to master effects enhancement using lighting, shading and compositing, and find convenient solutions to fit production needs. She can't wait to share her tips and tricks to make your life easier as a FX Artist and make your renders shine out of the others!

PRICING SCHEDULE

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.

3x Payments

$233

2x Payments

$349.50

Full payment

$699

Spring TERM REGISTRATION Now Open
Jan 31, 2024 - Apr 22, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Apr 13, 2024
Fundamentals of Houdini for 3D Artists

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