Houdini FX Tool Building Foundation – fxphd
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This introductory offer, taught by Robert Thomas, is designed to give you a solid foundation on the basics of tool making and show you how to create a complex Houdini file so it can be done in dozens or even hundreds of shots in one with minimal effort Pipeline. The course mainly focuses on a Houdini concept called OTLs, which allows us to build our own nodes from other nodes. For this purpose, the course begins with the creation of a node at the object level, which automatically generates emission geos from any camera.

This course shows how users provide hooks so they can customize part of the setup, how to create custom viewport handles, and how to improve setup by detecting and fixing inefficiencies. You will learn how to use Python to control Houdini at a deep level with the OTL HDA module and how to use various specially named scripts to further customize Houdini's handling of new node types.

Robert studied visual effects at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he completed two semesters of Houdini and fell in love. His passion for Houdini and effects work blossomed during an internship at Side Effects and six months later he got his dream job at Digital Domain, where he worked on the Roland Emmerich film 2012. During his more than 10 years with Digital Domain, Robby was drawn to tasks where he could create and support Houdini setups for other artists and solve all technical problems.

This course is part of our new Houdini curriculum, which will continue to be introduced over the next few years. The curriculum was designed by Andrew Lowell and is designed to provide competency-based ways for artists who want to focus on a particular specialty. As more courses are released, we will provide more details on the different courses and learning paths. Courses already published in this curriculum include:

There's nothing better than taking dozens of shots and watching your lead eyes widen when you have a compelling first version for each the next morning. By the end of this course, you are well on your way to creating the setups you can use to do just that.

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