Especially with the development and marketing/ social media teams feeling completely out of sync.
I get the strong impression that increasing amounts of time is spent on what I would label as obsolete projects.
From questionable at best, learning resources to, the development of Mantra & Karma. Does Houdini really need its own integrated alternative to established industry standard engines like RenderMan or Redshift?
I would love to see more go toward making the creation of feature film quality effects easier & faster.
Things like making good-looking vegetation, especially trees, or proper rain -- are still a major pain & somewhat difficult to get into from a new user's perspective.
Forcing me to almost across the board spend major amounts of my time finding the right workflows, creating my own tools, or turning to 3rd party tools altogether.
I'd be more than happy to pay more & see improvement on this.
The learning resources and social media in general published on the channels feel especially all over the place. Many of which I would describe as down right horrible content.
My main issues are:
- The workflows detailed by most tutorials often seem suboptimal at best. In the professional realm, from what I can tell, using USD with RenderMan or any other renderer seems to be the undisputed "new" meta. With resources like Kit Bash, Substance Source and Quixel seeing majorly increased use.
- Most tutorials published or otherwise advertised, actually create a very unprofessional looking end result. This makes the entire tutorial not only unappealing, it also doesn't make the detailed workflow feel viable whatsoever.
This is making Houdini's learning curve, much more steep than it needs to be.
In general, I would love to see quality over quantity when it comes to learning resources of any sort.
With the focus being detailing viable professional workflows creating state of the art visual results.
It doesn't even have to be a professionally recorded tutorial. Even a page like the technical documentation, but properly outlining workflows & approaches, would be a tremendous help already.
Thanks for reading, I hope this gives you some insight into the feelings and thoughts of a relatively new user in your community.