SideFX Solaris

Posted July 31, 2019
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SideFX is pleased to announce SideFX Solaris at SIGGRAPH 2019. This presentation was recorded on Tuesday July 30 at the Houdini HIVE in Los Angeles. Solaris brings a new context called LOPS, or lighting operators, that brings native USD [Universal Scene Description] support to Houdini to allow for comprehensive lookdev, layout and lighting workflows.


  • Geometry brought into LOPS becomes USD - USD remains USD while in LOPS.
  • Solaris provides a visual editor for working with USD.
  • Solaris supports a wide variety of lookdev, layout and lighting tasks.
  • Solaris is a new context in Houdini Core, Houdini FX, Houdini Indie and Houdini Apprentice - not a separate application.
  • A new USD-compliant renderer called SideFX Karma Render was announced for Solaris/USD 
  • This new renderer works with Hydra for fast IPR. 
  • This will be a fast CPU-based renderer with a GPU version of it being developed for a future release. 
  • Solaris also works with other Hydra-compliant renderers such as RenderMan.
Solaris is planned to be released as part of Houdini 18 in late 2019. Karma Render will be released in beta at the same time.


2019 RenderMan Art & Science Fair

This year at SIGGRAPH over 1,500 attendees enjoyed an evening of VFX magic, featuring demonstrations and case studies from the year’s greatest productions … and of course everyone left with a RenderMan Walking Teapot. During this evening, Scott Keating from SideFX also introduced SideFX Solaris creating lookdev, layout, and lighting for RenderMan. 




COMMENTS

  • 3dkeshaw 2 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

    epic news, one of the best update @2019

  • Daryl Dunlap 2 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

    * Solaris also works with other Hydra-compliant renderers such as RenderMan and Redshift.

  • Tom Freitag 2 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

    awesome! esp. for freelancer. i really love how streamlined everything is. setting up shotbased workflow, making overrides, instancing, hydra based viewport rendering...
    at this point it feels everything comes together. i guess with pdg a procedural based pipeline is much more easier. bright times.

  • David Inlines 2 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

    good! good! good news!

  • andrevalle 2 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    Awesome!

  • prsfx 2 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    So glad that Houdini Apprentice and Indie could be opened at any region. Namean?

  • Tiago Adloff 2 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    I saw this presentation live on youtube, it was wonderful.

    Solaris and Karma will be able at Indie license too ?

  • OneBigTree 2 months, 1 week ago  | 

    Does that mean a proper scene tree and render passes?

  • OneBigTree 2 months, 1 week ago  | 

    "Solaris is a new context in Houdini Core, Houdini FX, Houdini Indie and Houdini Apprentice - not a separate application."

  • jarenas 1 month, 2 weeks ago  | 

    There are rumors about Karma being exclusive for FX and Core licenses. Is there any true to that? That would really be a pity for Indie users not wanting to use a third party renderer.

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