Werner Ziemerink

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Which software complement Houdini the best for future years? Feb. 27, 2021, 3:29 a.m.

Blender.

I have been learning blender over the last month, and I am really impressed. It has changed so much and ticks allot of my boxes.
Modeling/Sculpting : This is really good. Watch a couple of youtube videos and you will see what I mean. This is what I was waiting for. The new geometry nodes are moving in the right direction. Feels a bit like Softimage ICE inside of blender. I love it!

UV unwrapping : Simple and not the best out there. I still use 3dCoat/Houdini for this, but for simple stuff, it works. Some cool tricks when you dig deeper into unwrapping.

Rigging/animation : Rigging is good. Everything you need is there. Easy to edit bones, even after the rig is done. Weight painting could be better, but not bad. We have been animating in Houdini since version 15 and it still sucks balls. Our animators moved back to Maya, but are also investigating blender. So far I hear good things from them. You can only crawl through mud for so long.

Shading/texturing : Really good. Just check out the Nodevember stuff every year. Easy to use and very familiar.

Lighting/rendering : Both Eevee and Cycles are amazing. Cycles feels like a hybrid between Arnold and Renderman to me (just my opinion). Beautiful and fast enough. Eevee is a blast.

Overall: Interface is nice. Easy to customize( not that it needs it). Fast workflow and easy to learn. Tons of hotkeys that speeds up workflow allot. You also can't beat the price.

I will me moving some smaller jobs over to blender to see how we cope. So far, so good.

File browser always defaults to thumbnail preview. Dec. 7, 2020, 8:50 a.m.

Oh, I thought it was something I switched on and forgot about it. If ather people are having the same issue, it might be a bug.
I will submit to Sidefx and see what they say.

File browser always defaults to thumbnail preview. Dec. 6, 2020, 7:39 a.m.

For some reason my Houdini keeps defaulting to thumbnail preview.

Any ideas, or does it use Windows preferences?