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Hi my name is abhigyan and i just joined this forum. I am new to houdini for almost 3-4 months at max. I was learning c4d and after effects before that. I love programming as well(python, javascript). The thing is as much as I love houdini I get confused as to how I go about learning it. It feels so overwhelming. No matter how many tutorials I watch I am just not able to grasp some concepts. How do I go about it? I am sorry if I didnt follow some rules here since I am new.

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There is a lot of material for learning Houdini now days, here is a few links

Matt has a great site with a bunch of snippets and great examples as well on how to get started

http://www.tokeru.com/cgwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

Side FX has a foundations book as well, Pretty well done.

https://www.sidefx.com/tutorials/houdini-foundations-book/

Henry also has some great thing on his blog. Also he and Moritz are the creators of MOPs https://www.motionoperators.com/

http://www.toadstorm.com/blog/

Rohan has a series of introduction to Houdini. Which are pretty easy to understand.

 

Cg Circuit just release a series as well

https://www.cgcircuit.com/course/houdini-for-the-new-artist

 

 

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Hi Abhigyan, welcome! I think that the "overwhelming" feeling is inevitable at the beginning. Or ... I don't know a way how to avoid it, I was there also (and I am, often, still). I wish you the best luck. Sepu mentioned very good resources.

Here was similar talk, so maybe some more tips:
https://forums.odforce.net/topic/30359-tips-suggestions-and-strategies-for-learning-houdini/

 

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Btw maybe the "overwhelming" feeling is good for us, as our brain needs to embrace the complexity. I am no guru, but smart ideas and good solutions in Houdini come from utilizing the complexity. Sometimes using CHOPs is the simpliest solution, sometimes vex, python. Sometimes smart SOPs before sending the geometry to DOPs. Sometimes SOP solver inside DOPs. Houdini is complex, but it becomes joy.

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