New To Houdini?

 No stress! In this absolute beginner guide you will learn everything you need to know to get started with Houdini!

In this tutorial we will cover the fundamentals of Houdini to get you up and running fast!

- How the Interface of Houdini works

- How to create geometry and thinking procedurally

- How to preview your scene

- How to set up cameras

- How to set up lights

- How to render your final images

All questions, comment and feedback are always welcome :)



  • Mohamed Saeed2 1 year ago  | 

    i like this man since i was learning after effects

    • surfacedstudio 12 months ago  | 

      Time to expand the repertoire :D

  • fodayjustice2 12 months ago  | 

    I really want to have a talk with him personally

    • surfacedstudio 12 months ago  | 

      I do run Live sessions on YouTube and Facebook - and if you're ever in Melbourne let me know :D

  • haroldsx450 12 months ago  | 

    Dude that was probly the best tute on beginning houdini Ive seen so far.
    Ive previously tried this engine before but found it too difficult to grasp, Now thanks to you Im going to give it another crack.
    cheers Mate

    • surfacedstudio 12 months ago  | 

      Thank you very much for the great feedback! I remember when I first got started in Houdini, it was all a little overwhelming. Glad to hear you found the tutorial helpful :) All the best!

  • Infynex 12 months ago  | 

    Very good :)

    • surfacedstudio 12 months ago  | 

      Thank you!

  • Artisanaltv 12 months ago  | 

    Agreed. Really helpful tutorial for a total Houdini nube like me. Thanks!

    • surfacedstudio 12 months ago  | 

      I'm still a n00b myself, but hopefully as I pick up new things I can make more videos to help other newbies out! :)

  • MealeaYing 11 months, 4 weeks ago  | 

    I love this, but I got totally stuck when you deleted the geometry node.
    I got it in the end (with a bit of help!), but if its to be deleted, why does it need to be made in the first place?
    Now, on to the next part!

    Thank you for making these videos!

    Mealea Ying

    • surfacedstudio 9 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

      Thank you so much for the great feedback Maelea!
      Great to hear that you enjoyed the tutorial - I just uploaded my second Houdini tutorial covering basic physics if you are interested :)
      Apologies for the slow reply, I haven't checked my comments here for a little bit!

  • HenriqueDias 11 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    when i open my Houdini the objects dont show up, what i need to do? what i dindt did?

    • surfacedstudio 9 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

      Which objects don't show up? The shelf tools? Also, apologies for the slow reply, usually posting technical questions in the forum should get you much quicker responses (as I'm not the only one responding :D)

  • JohnHalpin 11 months, 1 week ago  | 

    Using Houdini 16.0.600 but the Boolean option is not available when I follow along the tutorial

    • surfacedstudio 9 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

      That seems strange, Boolean nodes are one of the big new features of version 16!

  • MealeaYing 11 months ago  | 

    Have you JUST opened it? If so there are no objects in the workspace, you have to put them there. That is done in a number of ways, but if you are watching this tutorial you will see one way of using nodes to to it.

    If you watch closely (I missed this too) you will see that he makes a "Geometry Node" then double clicks it to get inside of it. Once he does this the Boolean node becomes available (just hit TAB and start typing Boolean).
    After entering the node he deletes it, Im not clear on why, but I think its simply to keep things tidy (its not gone, you just dont need the little icon representing the node itself).
    So do this:

    1) Make a Geometry Node.
    2) Double Click it.
    3) Delete it.
    4) Hit Tab and select Boolean.
    5) Continue with the rest of the tutorial.

    I hope that helps!

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