Welcome to Howdini101 – Are you ready to master the fundamentals of houdini?

This is by far the biggest course I have ever produced. It contains close to 20 hours of fundamental knowledge which will jumpstart your journey into Houdini. We will start at the absolute basics and slowly work our way up until we craft this amazing underwater scene as seen here. 

This course is different in many ways. Where a lot of intro courses will just show you how some basics tools work, we will start learning the underlying logic of houdini and actually apply that knowledge to creating a production quality shot in the same way you would during an actual vfx production.

There’s another difference with this course.. we actually won’t be covering any of the simulation tools. You might ask… why? Because Houdini is known for it’s simulation.

Problem is… I see a lot of beginners make the mistake of jumping straight into dynamics without understanding the core concepts first. The goal for this course was to show you can actually do amazing stuff without even touching the simulation tool by mastering the fundamentals. Nothing in the demo underwater shot you saw was simulated, everything was done with procedural animation and generation. When you have mastered those fundamentals, simulating will be easy! You will be in a much better spot to watch any other Houdini tutorial as you will understand fundamentally what is happening. Not just following instructions.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. No previous Houdini experience is required, making it the ideal course for beginners to start with. It can even be followed by novice 3D artists with little general 3D experience. But don’t worry, over the course of the 20 hours we will slowly ramp up to more advanced level, making this a much watch even for more experienced 3D artists.



FX artist/CG generalist based in The Netherlands. Apart from doing a lot of advertising work I love to do personal work to try to really push my skills. Started using Houdini in december 2015 and never looked back :)

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  • koushikkonda9959 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

    I think my laptop doesn't meet requirements for this course. My ram is only 8gb i7.

    • Tim van Helsdingen 1 month, 3 weeks ago  | 

      Should be fine for the entire first half of the course, you're only going to have issues once shading starts. The only stuff doesn't require a highend pc. So I'd say it's still perfectly do-able if you want to learn how to work with houdini.

  • antonioserio 2 days, 5 hours ago  | 

    Hi everyone.
    First of all, I apologize for my not good English
    I'm absolutely new and a CGI novice. I deal with music but I love the idea of being able to blend audio and music to create abstract "worlds" able to dialogue with music and with my inner world.
    Unfortunately I don't know the English language. It would be difficult for me to follow the course, but I wanted to ask if written resources or a transcript of the video are also available.
    Thanks you )

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