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This overview chapter contains general information about Houdini that will help you get started with important concepts and ideas. While at first, you might not understand what it all means, this chapter will be a valuable reference point as you work through the foundation tutorials and build up your knowledge.

If you already work with 3D software then learning Houdini will be a transfer of existing skills. You will learn how to interactively build-up shots using the scene view and shelf tools, then how to work with the nodes and networks to take advantage of Houdini’s procedural nature.

If you are new to 3D and Computer Graphics then Houdini is a great package to start with. The Foundations material assumes some general knowledge, therefore you may want to read up on CG concepts that you are unfamiliar with. In the end, Houdini will help you achieve a deeper understanding of what goes on under the hood of not only Houdini but other 3D apps as well.



Robert Magee is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at SideFX who has been working with Houdini for 20 years. He has created lots of learning material and demos designed to help artists understand how going procedural with Houdini can benefit their work.

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  • AlfredoSMC 2 weeks, 5 days ago  | 

    there is an incredible variety of ways to get results with the tools, thanks!

  • LukeP 2 weeks, 5 days ago  | 

    Great intro for newcomers to Houdini! Thanks for putting this together Robert.

  • limatvfx 2 weeks, 4 days ago  | 

    Thanks a lot.. I have been searching for long day.. thankyou once again. I am form Tamilnadu INDIA

  • zev0 2 weeks, 3 days ago  | 

    King Robert from Sidex guild is on the move again. Dear Robert I am showing my students this as example, how to do a proper, sharp and exact tutorials. Your contribution to Houdini universe is impeccable. Congratulation dear master.

    • rmagee 2 weeks, 3 days ago  | 

      Thanks for the kind feedback - glad that the tutorials are helping out!

  • 9th_Gluon 2 weeks, 3 days ago  | 

    this series is good but not as good as the football tutorial. Nothing beats the football tutorial. ヽ(´▽`)/

    • rmagee 2 weeks, 3 days ago  | 

      Updating the football tutorial right now - it will be back soon with videos

    • rmagee 1 week, 5 days ago  | 

      FOOTBALL TUTORIAL: https://www.sidefx.com/tutorials/foundations-model-render-animate/

      • 9th_Gluon 1 week, 5 days ago  | 

        Thank you very much.

  • weierba913 1 week ago  | 

    I like the form of this tutorial!

  • expat42451 3 days, 7 hours ago  | 

    Just started with Apprentice on Majaro Linux....Absolute cudos to Monica in support for the kind assistance on getting the license server issue straightened out. My creative work has been here to fore photography and I am very excited to start with Houudini. Have watched a number of the tutorials and those of you that have produced them deserve cudos as well for the excellent work you have done here. This is my first 3 D software experience and the tutorials are an excellent introduction.

    Many kind thanks for the program, the great support and the tutorials

    Cotacachi Ecuador

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