Use Edit > Open help browser at startup to control whether this page appears when Houdini starts up.
|User interface intro|
A quick overview of the Houdini user interface.
The online help chapter on working with Houdini
|Hotkeys quick reference|
A quick reference of the most useful Houdini hot keys.
A list of the example files included with Houdini.
The online help chapter explaining the default tools in the shelf.
The online help chapter explaining each node in Houdini.
What’s new in this version of Houdini.
|Maya to Houdini transition guide|
Learn the basic differences between user interface concepts, terms, and hotkeys in the two packages.
On the web
This page on the Side Effects Software Inc. website links to all the various resources available for learning Houdini.
These videos go beyond the introductory videos to show more complex techniques.
Information about Houdini classes and training schedules.
Information about purchasing books, DVDs, and other learning materials.
A blog with information for new Houdini users.
|Old school blog|
A blog with information for the hardcore Houdini veteran, and those who want to become one.
These videos are available on the Side Effects Software website.
Take a quick tour of the Houdini 10 UI while working through a simple project.
Houdini’s workspace is laid out into different panes. In this lesson, you learn how to setup, organize and work with panes, how to work with the new Pane tab capability, and how to flip and stow panes.
This lesson focuses on a few examples where you create a surface by drawing one or more curves then apply a modeling tool to create the surface.
Learn about Houdini’s viewing tools and object display options.
Learn how to use selection modes to manipulate objects, geometry, particles, and dynamics.
Model a simple polygonal spoon using box-up/proxy modeling, and render it as a subdivision surface.
Learn how you can apply Houdini’s procedural node-based approach in any workflow or pipeline.