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TOTAL DURATION: 7h 29m 46s

The goal of this workshop is to learn how easy it can be to use Houdini Solaris and a USD pipeline with Pixar’s RenderMan. These lessons are designed with beginners in mind although experienced Houdini and RenderMan artists who are interested in USD will also benefit. At the same time, Houdini artists can learn more about RenderMan and RenderMan artists can learn more about Houdini and its USD-based Solaris workflow.

This course consists of two major parts:

The Quicktakes section which covers the basics and the most important aspects of the USD workflow inside of Houdini. The second PROJECT section demonstrates how you can build a countryside/farm scenario from scratch with all the tools that Houdini/RenderMan and this workshop provides.

The workshop will also share the many assets designed to be used in this workshop. All assets are textured and shaded for RenderMan which is also the render engine that you will use throughout the entire course.

This workshop was designed for use with Houdini 19.0.589 and RenderMan 24 since these two versions have the best compatibility for this pipeline.



Alexander Weide is a 3D artist and supervisor based in Dresden, Germany. For over 10 years he has been working mostly remotely as a professional freelancer in the field of 3D animation and VFX. At the age of 12 he opened a 3D software for the first time. In the last 24 years he worked in the 3D, film and VFX area also within a feature film production from Germany. Thereby he gained a lot of experience which he increasingly passes on in the last years. He founded a Youtube channel on which he distributes RenderMan and Houdini tutorials and gives insights into his work. A tutorial initiative of his was recently published on Pixar's learning platform for RenderMan. Also a Discord server for learning Houdini RenderMan was started 2 years ago.

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  • harryabreu 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

    Thanks very much I think so this tutorial will be enjoyable ;-)

  • IRONIC3D 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

    Awesome workshop Alexander

    • AlexanderWeide 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

      Thank you.

  • tor3203 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

    Thank you for this. I was looking for a way to get into Houdini Solaris and this seems to answer my pray.

    • AlexanderWeide 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

      Glad its usefull for you ;-)

  • Njordy 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

    Awesome, thanks! :)

    • AlexanderWeide 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

      ;-) you waited long time. hope it helps you alot.

  • sdugaro 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

    Cool! I just set myself up to start looking into Solaris with Renderman.
    Your timing is uncanny for me, looking forward to it. Thanks!

  • ragogas 1 month, 1 week ago  | 

    Thank you for putting this tutorial series together!

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