Particles V - Grains is here to teach you how to make epic snow/sand/mud effects with grains in the Vellum Solver, also known as PBD (point based dynamics)! In this lesson we will quickly learn how to efficiently simulate millions of tiny stacking particles in order to make a snowy expanse collapse into a sinkhole. Along the way we'll control various properties and constraints to control our grain simulation, as well as cover novel geometry and rendering based tricks to make our snow look as good as possible. Start playing with snow with grains today!



Applied Houdini is a production quality oriented series created by Steven Knipping, currently a Senior Rigid Body Destruction / FX Technical Director at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic: Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Benefit from production proven workflows while also getting an in depth explanation of why things works they way they do. Best of all - each video is crammed with actual information and footnotes instead of gratuitous talking and dead space!

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  • hound2003 1 年, 7 ヶ月 前  | 


    • hound2003 1 年, 7 ヶ月 前  | 

      Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the next President of the Houdini educators, STEVEN KNIPPING".
      Best of the best!
      STEVEN , can you please include the original scene (finish scene) to your tutorials?

      • StevenKnipping 1 年, 7 ヶ月 前  | 

        Ha thanks! I don't include the finished scenes with the tutorials, but you can definitely contact me at if you ever have any questions!

  • rove 1 年, 6 ヶ月 前  | 

    Well I have to agree with Hound2003 Steven, hands down you're my most favorite Houdini teacher. The way you explain things suits me perfectly . On a side note, I love the sound of sirens in the background! ;-)

    • StevenKnipping 1 年, 6 ヶ月 前  | 

      Thanks a bunch, glad you're enjoying them!

  • reelinspirations 1 年, 6 ヶ月 前  | 

    You just can't get away from sink holes, can you :-)

  • Richard Costin 1 年, 5 ヶ月 前  | 

    Awesome sauce!

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