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  1. The Artist's Guide to Technical Direction in Houdini - Volume 0: Hscript Back in 2005 I got my start as an intern at Side Effects Software Inc. Over the past decade of using Houdini, I've worked around the world in the film (Starz Animation, Dr. D, Digital Domain) and games (The Coalition, BioWare, EA Motive) industries. In this time, I've had the pleasure of working with many artists who were new to Houdini and sharing some of the insight I've gained. While most people are pretty excited to get their hands on the flashier parts of the software such as FLIP and Pyro, I think that Houdini's greatest strength comes from it's sheer flexibility. And that flexibility is something that only opens up the deeper you delve into how things work. What I like most about Houdini is discovering new ways of doing things. One complaint I've heard time and again, is that after following a tutorial, new artists are often left with something that looks pretty but with little understanding of how anything actually works. I'm always hearing complaints about how steep the learning curve is with Houdini. I'm seeking to help fix that with 7 hours of new training material that focus specifically on HScript scripting in Houdini. This course I've designed for artists who are either lacking a technical background, or who may have experience in other packages but want to understand Houdini better. We'll avoid creating pretty things in this series. Instead, I want to keep a sharp focus on how things work. That means learning about procedural networks, variables and attributes, functions, and for-each loops. Most importantly, I address how to self-learn Houdini. My hope is that this course will build a solid foundation for you to get the most of any future training you pursue and help you to understand how to get the most out of your Houdini networks. If you'd like to become more adept at scripting in Houdini, please consider signing up for my course: https://mixtrn.com/course/the-artists-guide-to-technical-direction-in-houdini-hscript/ Have a Great Day!
  2. Hey there! I recently gave a talk to the Vancouver Houdini User Group about how Houdini can be used for making visual effects for games. It was a reasonably short lecture (~45 minutes) so I decided to record it afterward and comment the Houdini file a little so I could share it online. The lecture is targeted at film people who would like to transition into games but aren't sure how to get started. It's not a step-by-step on creating fluids or any nonsense like that, but rather a look at some of the ways you might optimize an effect for real time. If you're not familiar with who I am, I've written a little about how I got into games over on my blog: http://www.allegrodigital.com/?p=1991 Or you can go straight to the lecture which is free, and hosted on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/game-effects-using-houdini-ue4 Hope it's of use to someone!
  3. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    You could request that you be added to RFE ID# 66570 if you'd like to help nudge them into improving the 3f vs v which was originally added by Rob East
  4. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    but v@myvec doesn't create a vector, it creates a 3f, so you need to use http://www.sidefx.com/docs/houdini15.0/vex/functions/setattribtypeinfoas well. It's not a matter of practice at this point, it's you creating more work for yourself because you want to. Which is ok, but I personally try not to exert more effort on a task than I save by doing it "the right way".
  5. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    Right but... When I test it on 100 points (which is much more likely if I'm bothering to create this particular attribute: - the point sop takes 0.16ms - the wrangle takes 0.17ms - it takes more time to type the expression than to click the option from a drop down (maybe you type much faster - Assuming I don't want to overwrite N, but create a new vector attribute I then need to either : -- write additional script to convert my edge_dir to a true v rather than a 3v -- or use an attribute create beforehand to set it up as a true v -- I also have to write a condition in there so that point 0 gets an attribute.
  6. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    Not exactly the same. Put down a point sop, and turn on "Add Edge Force" under the Force tab and take a look at the edge_dir attribute that gets created. It creates an attribute that points to the next point in the curve as opposed to a tangent. On a curve with 1,000,000 points it also takes 74ms on my computer, whereas the polyframe takes 140ms. So it doesn't break the bank in those very rare situations I've needed it.
  7. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    Yeah, the only reason I come back to the point sop now is for the simplicity of generating an edge direction attribute on curves
  8. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    My suggestion is to get away from the point sop as soon as you can. If you can learn how to do the same things either with vops, or wrangle nodes, you'll be better off. The point node is quite slow due to the time period it was programmed into Houdini, and while it can be easier to do some things with it (matching by id attribute, setting up an edge direction attribute), for most behaviour it's not much trickier and much more efficient at runtime to have it set-up in vops. I still haven't figured out what they're attempting to do with @ in the point sop, so I've pretty much just abandoned it all together (which might have been what they were going for).
  9. Houdini 15 Point SOP

    Teaching is horrible in this version of Houdini.
  10. Houdini 15 Wishlist

    Incredibly small protest.... but after decades of tutorials where people say: "Put down a geometry node, go inside, delete the file node" Maybe it's time that we just don't put file nodes down by default in geometry? If I want to immediately grab a file from disk, I always just press ` anyways since it's faster than tabbing down a geometry node and navigating to the file sop....
  11. Bring RBD objects to complete stand still

    I take that back. It works if you don't use packed objects. Packed fractured object does not work with rbd auto freeze. Non-packed fractured object does work with rbd auto freeze.
  12. Bring RBD objects to complete stand still

    Wait... so RBD Auto Freeze works for you guys with Bullet? I can very easily get it to work with RBD objects, but I *cannot* absolutely *cannot* get it to work with Bullet in either the latest daily or latest production builds...
  13. Which FX Houses have Houdini FX TDs?

    I'm happy to see Houdini growing in Montreal. I feel very hesitant to apply for work over there knowing how many people have been burned between Lumiere/Meteor/Fake Studio
  14. Which FX Houses have Houdini FX TDs?

    There's user groups in London, Toronto, LA, and Wellington! Don't be the odd man out, Oslo.
  15. Which FX Houses have Houdini FX TDs?

    every place is different, you'll just have to lookat job postings to determine what a place will be like
  16. Which FX Houses have Houdini FX TDs?

    I'm pretty sure EA has some dedicated Houdini tds. The majority of those places have houdini exclusive(ish) jobs. You'll be incredibly lucky if you never have to touch another piece of software... even if it's just to open maya and export someone else's geometry because the animation department won't deliver stuff to you. *shakes fist angerly*
  17. Which FX Houses have Houdini FX TDs?

    Yeah, they don't have any employees.
  18. As best as I can tell... the industry is retarded.
  19. Which FX Houses have Houdini FX TDs?

    Here's a list that I have tucked away. Adelade - Rising Sun Pictures Capetown - Black Ginger Florida - Digital Domain Germany - Black Mountain Greenwich - Blue Sky Hungary - Digic Pictures India - Dreamworks LA - Digital Domain LA - Disney LA - Dreamworks LA - Method LA - Miranda LA - MPC LA - Rhythm & Hues LA - Sony Imageworks London - Cinesite London - Double Negative London - Framestore London - The Mill London - Method London - MPC London - Primal Pictures London - Realise San Francisco - Dreamworks San Francisco - ILM San Francisco - Pixar San Francisco - Tippett Scotland - Axis Singapore - Lucasfilm Sydney - Animal Logic Sydney - Cutting Edge Sydney - Digital Domain Sydney - Dr D Sydney - Method Toronto - Arc Productions Toronto - Axyz Toronto - Intelligent Creatures Toronto - Mr. X Toronto - Percy Vancouver - Digital Domain Vancouver - EA Vancouver - Image Engine Vancouver - ILM Vancouver - Lux VFX Vancouver - Method Vancouver - Pixar Vancouver - Prime Focus Vancouver - Rhythm & Hues Vancouver - Sony Imageworks Vancouver - The Embassy Wellington - WETA
  20. Apprentice HD moving to Annual License with H12

    To be technical, you will still lose your house if you neglect to pay property taxes...
  21. Apprentice HD moving to Annual License with H12

    I'm not 100% sure that I understand. Does the Apprentice HD license expire after a year so that you must return to using regular Apprentice if you don't pay an annual licensing fee of $99?
  22. Hidden Easter Eggs in Houdini?

    Not sure that it's an Easter Egg so much, but I definitely find the line about "Press Esc to cancel" to be a hilarious practical joke too.
  23. Mantra is one of nine scientific achievements up for award consideration, right? Or did I misunderstand and Mantra is eligible for nine different awards? Either way, congrats SESI!
  24. Hidden Easter Eggs in Houdini?

    "Good things come to those who wait"
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