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  1. The Houdini 16 Fundamentals course is in production as I type! I am balancing recording it and managing the other Houdini courses on Pluralsight right now, but my estimate is that it will be available in the next month or so. Just so you know it's shaping up to be about 8 hrs. of training that starts with the very basics (GUI, navigation, basic concepts), but by the end covers an in-depth look at procedural modeling, rendering, and dynamics. I'll post it here the day it's ready to go. I also think we are going to do a special promo around Siggraph time where we might offer it for free for a bit! Stay tuned to odforce and pluralsight.com/sidefx for more news on that. --Cheers!
  2. Pluralsight is proud to offer three new courses... one covering intermediate level ocean shot development, a second covering the development of visual effects for Unreal Engine, and another covering the fundamental math concepts that are pivotal to working within Houdini. Below is a bit about each course and a link where you can check out the course overviews. Houdini: Intermediate Ocean FX by Andreas Giesen Link: www.pluralsight.com/courses/houdini-intermediate-ocean-fx In this course, you'll learn how to setup a procedural ocean and do a flip fluid simulation for a traveling boat in choppy waters. First, you'll discover how to use the ocean spectrum to create an infinite ocean. Next, you'll add the boat, do a flip simulation for a specific area with high detail, and add whitewater and mist. Finally, you'll extend the simulated area and set-up the shaders to render all the layers. When you're finished with this Houdini 16 course, you'll not only have an ocean rendered with a high detail fluid simulation, but you'll also have a workflow on how to master your own ocean and fluid challenges in the future. (Software required: Houdini 16.) Houdini VFX for Games by Andreas Glad Link: www.pluralsight.com/courses/houdini-vfx-games Have you ever sat down in Unreal Engine to create an effect, and not had a clue where to start? In this course, you'll start from the very beginning by creating the textures for your sprites. Next, you'll create debris in a way that allows you to use it repeatedly and uniquely. Finally, you'll add all the extras to really sell the effect, like decals, camera shake, and a shockwave. When you are finished with this course, not only will you have gained a deeper understanding of timing and the importance of telling a story with the effect, but you'll have planted the seed for future endeavors into proceduralism. (Software required: Houdini 15 and up, Photoshop and Unreal Engine 4.) Practical Houdini Math Tips by Beau Garcia Link: www.pluralsight.com/courses/houdini-practical-math-tips In this course, you will learn the math that drives Houdini effects production. First, you'll learn about Sines and Cosines. Next, you will explore the concept of Vectors. Finally, you'll finish the course learning about Matrices, Quaternions, Dot Products, and Cross Products. When you're finished with this Houdini course, you'll have a solid foundation in the math skills needed to produce high end visual effects. (Software required: Houdini 15 and up.) Thanks, and as always, I'd love to hear your feedback on these courses so we can continue to improve! Learn more about SideFX and Pluralsight: www.pluralsight.com/sidefx
  3. Hello everyone! Yes. The Pluralsight Houdini 16 intro course will be called "Houdini 16 Fundamentals" and it is currently in progress now. I am actually taking a break from building out the assets for the course as I type this. Look for this course to hit the Pluralsight platform in the next month or so. --Cheers!
  4. badgerfx, The test over at Pluralsight needs some work, I'll admit. We are working on it, trying to improve the accuracy of the testing algorithm and the overall quality of the questions. We will be working directly with SideFX in the future to ensure that the tests are greatly improved.
  5. There is also a new course on pluralsight.com that addresses this: Practical Houdini Math Tips By Beau Garcia "This Houdini course will take the user over the fundamental math concepts that are pivotal to working within Houdini. Software required: Houdini 15." https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/houdini-practical-math-tips
  6. Hello, and welcome to the world of Houdini! Full disclosure... I currently work for a training company called Pluralsight as the Houdini Curriculum Manager... so of course I am more than a little biased about this, but you should look at Pluralsight's newest Houdini Skills Path: https://www.pluralsight.com/paths/getting-started-in-houdini. There are many free resources out there to get you going, and I even recommend starting with them to get your feet wet and to see if Houdini is going to be something you are seriously interested in. But once you are ready to really get rolling the Pluralsight platform offers several advantages to learning that other sources may not. For example, you can take a test to see where your current Houdini skills are, then we can point you to the exact level of learning that is right for you. We now have over 150 hours of Houdini training in over 50 courses covering Houdini right up to the current version, and we're adding more everyday. In addition, there is are several courses in the works right now that will cover the new features of the next release too. Pluralsight is also the only online training platform that is recognized by SideFX as a, "Certified Training Partner". We also offer mentoring, course discussion and support forums, self testing, and noted course files to work from and follow along with the instructor. Like I said, I am a little biased, but if you have any questions feel free to get a hold of me, I am happy to help if I can. I think you will find that to be the case throughout the entire odforce community, everyone is ready and willing to help, it's one thing that makes learning Houdini so great (the people)! -john m john-moncrief@pluralsight.com PS There is also a video on this page that explains a bit more about how the Skills Path technology works: https://learn.pluralsight.com/creative/sidefx
  7. Hello everyone, For anyone looking to get started in Houdini, or if you're just looking to update your existing Houdini core skills... Check out the Houdini: Core Skills path at Pluralsight. We've recently added a new feature to the skill path. The Houdini: Core Skills assessment is now available! This short assessment of your Houdini skills will allow you to start learning Houdini at just the right level of complexity. Based on your answers the assessment will point you to just the right spot in the path to start your learning, so you don't have to waste time taking courses and learning things you are already proficient at. Here is a quick overview of how the skill path, and the assessment work: -- Cheers!
  8. Just wanted to let you all know that Pluralsight has a new course on building digital assets. Below is a course description: Introduction to Houdini Digital Assets Creating and using digital assets is a key skill you'll want to have in your repertoire if you want to produce high-quality work. This course, Introduction to Houdini Digital Assets, will teach you how to create professional, usable assets for any production pipeline. First, you'll focus on working smart, not hard, and set up the best workflows and practices in order to be as efficient as possible. Next, you'll create, update, and refine the assets UI. Finally, you'll actually create your assets, and set them up for rendering. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge required to create high-quality, professional-looking digital assets. The course can be found here: https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/introduction-houdini-digital-assets-2499
  9. Just an update... there is a new tutorial out on the Pluralsight platform for learning Pyro. Course Title: Introduction to Houdini Pyro Course Description: Whether it's flame-breathing dragons or a simple campfire, digital fire effects are some of the most important elements in film and television, and a key skill for many VFX artists. In this course, Introduction to Houdini Pyro, you'll learn the fundamental concepts of Houdini's powerful Pyro Solver. First, you'll learn the shelf tools to get an initial simulation started and examine the individual parts that make up a Pyro simulation. Next, you'll learn how to use these building blocks to create your own campfire effect, adding additional complexity to the simulation as you explore different sourcing solutions and ways to modify the various fields that are part of the solver. Then, you'll adapt what you have learned to create a more complicated dragon breath effect, further exploring new sourcing methods and capabilities of the Pyro solver. Finally, you'll explore how to export your data and use the Pyro Shader to create photo-realistic Mantra renders of your fire. By the end of the course, you'll have a better understanding of the tools necessary to light anything imaginable on fire...digitally, of course. Course Link: https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/introduction-houdini-pyro-2504 About the author: Sam Rickles is a Lead FX Technical Director with Sony Pictures Imageworks. A six year veteran in the VFX industry, Sam works primarily with Houdini to achieve his effects. His work can be seen in seven feature films, including Hotel Transylvania 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Edge of Tomorrow.
  10. Just wanted to let you guys know, SideFX and Pluralsight have developed a new "Skill Path" on the Pluralsight platform. There's a specific list of courses for getting started and a test that helps you find out where you should start in the list if you already know some Houdini stuff but want to get better in certain areas. Check it out here: www.pluralsight.com/sidefx And there is a new course about designing VEX driven digital assets too: https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/houdini-designing-vex-driven-digital-assets It's a course by Jonathan Granskog... I met him at FMX this year, super smart guy and a great course. Check it out if you get the chance. -- Cheers!
  11. Learn VEX from Double Negative Senior FX TD Beau Garcia in a new Pluralsight course! Creating Custom Houdini Solvers with VEX Wrangles Often while working on high-end feature films, TV shows, or commercials, it is necessary to create completely procedural setups that are both robust and controllable. This new course, “Creating Custom Houdini Solvers with VEX Wrangles”, is designed to teach you techniques and workflows to help achieve exactly that. In this course, you will learn how to create sophisticated setups that are required to achieve a completely procedural sticky slime system. First, you will learn to utilize Wrangle nodes extensively with VEX scripting to create a dynamic Sticky Constraint Solver that will be the driving force behind the whole system. In addition to the Sticky Constraint Solver, you will learn how Wrangle nodes can be used inside a DOP Network to control a Position-Based Dynamics Solver, otherwise known as the Grain Solver. The course will also take you through how FLIP simulations can be used to complement the effect. By the end of this course, you'll have the practical skills to achieve robust, controllable and procedural setups for high-end Houdini VFX projects.
  12. Great work Andreas! I just wanted to mention that Andreas will be presenting some work from this tutorial at FMX 2016. Swing by the Pluralsight booth (number 1.2) at 3:00 PM (15:00) on Wednesday and say hi!
  13. Pluralsight Creative is now offering 2 brand new learning paths for Houdini. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. That way you can start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially. How to get started in Houdini: http://www.digitaltutors.com/learningpath/44-How-to-Get-Started-in-Houdini The How to Get Started in Houdini learning path offers a step-by-step approach for artists who have never used Houdini before. This learning path is a more general approach to learning multiple aspects of the 3D pipeline within Houdini. Throughout the tutorials in this learning path you will walk through the fundamental aspects of modeling, materials, lighting, rendering, particles, fluids, rigid bodies, scripting and digital asset building. After completing this learning path you will have a solid understanding of the various aspects of Houdini. And Dynamics in Houdini: http://www.digitaltutors.com/learningpath/71-Dynamics-in-Houdini For Houdini artists wanting to learn how to take advantage of powerful dynamics capabilities, the Dynamics in Houdini learning path can help guide you through learning many of the tools available to you. By the end of this learning path you'll have a solid understanding of the DOP context within Houdini. This learning path is not intended to teach you the basics of moving around in Houdini. Instead, with the Dynamics in Houdini learning path you'll focus learning how the different dynamics engines work inside of Houdini. Enjoy!
  14. Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that Pluralsight Creative (formerly Digital Tutors) is offering a newly designed, "Introduction to Houdini 15" course. It's a little over 7 hours and has about 45 lessons. You can check it out now for free through December. The promotion includes some more advanced courses in addition to the Intro to H15;Creating Custom Shaders in Houdini, Building FX Tools in Houdini, Image-Based Rigid Body Destruction in Houdini, and Advanced Rigid Body Dynamics using Proxy Objects in Houdini. Here is a course description and a link to the free promotion: Free through December: https://www.digitaltutors.com/promotion/houdini-15 Introduction to Houdini 15 Course Description: In this Houdini 15 tutorial, you’ll develop the skills you need to get up and running. You’ll get the most out of this course when you’re brand new to Houdini, but still have a basic understanding of general 3D concepts. We’ll start with the first time you ever launch Houdini and walk through creating an awesome effects shot. Along the way, you’ll learn some of the most powerful aspects of this node-based software such as the key concepts of the Houdini user interface, basic geometry manipulation and polygon modeling. We'll also explore how to import geometry, create custom user interfaces, apply materials and manipulate UVs. We’ll get our feet wet in each step of the pipeline, including modeling, animation, dynamics, lighting and rendering to construct a dramatic FX shot using rigid bodies and fractured geometry. By the end of this Houdini training, you’ll be able to dive into the other amazing Houdini content in our library with confidence. Thanks everyone and I hope you have a great weekend! -johnCrief
  15. I realize that the last post to this thread was 2 years ago... But, I am confused... the help file for this node says in describing the parameters for the "Field" input: Also if you look in your details view there is a new field created with the name from the "Field" parameter. Any thoughts?