This is an introductory video on rigging in Houdini, which will go over rigging as an overview, HDAs, objects vs geometry, parenting and hierarchies, bones and nulls, animation controls, constraints, rotation order/gimbal lock, naming conventions, mirroring and rigging, and animation scripts.

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  • harryabreu 8 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

    Thank you very much Mr Goldfarb.
    For a long time I was waiting for this explanation.

  • Ippokratis Bournellis 8 months, 3 weeks ago  | 


    Thanks for this interesting tutorial, it is much appreciated.
    I noticed that, when demonstrating the final result, there are discontinuities between the body parts (e.g. arms and spine), when character parts are moved around.
    Are these gaps fixed along the way ?

    Kind regards.

    • Ippokratis Bournellis 8 months, 3 weeks ago  | 

      Ok, what I perceived as gaps are the result of using proxy geometry - actual mesh deformation will likely occur at a later stage.
      If sharing the scene files is possible it would really help less experienced users like myself.
      Overall, very interesting tutorial, thanks.

  • GaryHanna 8 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    Can you do a how to export for game engines as other software has issues reading the Houdini FBX exports and there's too many bones or it can't read the skeleton period.

  • JohnDraisey 7 months, 4 weeks ago  | 

    A lot of good information is included in this video, like the difference between HDAs and OTLs, as well as objects vs geometry. I think everyone with Houdini 16.5 should watch this.

  • punkweazel 7 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    You're the best Mr. Goldfarb.
    Just what I was hoping I'd find. Looking forward to the series.

  • James_Burg 1 month, 1 week ago  | 

    How easy is to export housini rigs into UNREAL ?

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