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Did Solaris make Katana irrelevant? Jan. 16, 2020, 12:49 p.m.

For the studios that have pipelines using Katana it was definitely expensive in time, money and training to setup and more so for them to change away from it. Solaris is so new it's kinda “risky” to shift and causing effort that might not be needed.

Though what stands out to me is that most studios need Houdini and having extra licenses to sim or do procedural things is always useful and of added value not even considering it's cheaper. However they don't need Katana, and if the lighter/lookdev isn't using their Katana license it's just sitting there. Additionally given that the most difficult and heaviest stuff to render is often FX related, anything that makes it easier to get the data to the renderer is highly desirable which Houdini can do a lot of things on the fly procedurally lifts a lot of weight/pressure of what needs to be exported.

Did Solaris make Katana irrelevant? Jan. 15, 2020, 5:33 p.m.

Houdini $7000 USD

Katana $9000 USD


I just don't understand…Is there even a comparison?

Did Solaris make Katana irrelevant? Jan. 15, 2020, 2:04 p.m.

As a Houdini user seeing the workflow of Solaris backed by the power of Houdini's proceduralism/vex for it's price makes Katana seem irrelevant as the Foundry will need years to build in all the flexiblity that Houdini has.

But I'm curious how lighters in the industry have reacted. Maybe having a tool where they only need to worry about lighting/shading is desirable. Perhaps there are small workflows they like that don't stand out to non dedicated lighters.

I'm curious to hear what people feel/heard?