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Solaris is Houdini’s environment for layout, lookdev and lighting and is built on USD, the open source Universal Scene Description format created by PIXAR. This makes Solaris a great environment for interacting and authoring USD scenes and assets. USD is an optimized system for organizing your assets that allows for efficient workflows for teams or individuals.

In this course, you will continue the conversation about what USD is, and how you author it using Solaris. Some of the topics that will be covered include: bringing USD files into Solaris, how to work with USD layers, and an analysis of what is happening inside of USD files. The goal for this course is to build a strong foundation of USD concepts in Solaris in order for you to be able to build scenes and workflows.



  • traileverse 1 year, 1 month ago  | 

    Truly awesome to see more USD/Solaris content. Looking forward to seeing advanced USD stuff as well.

  • lorsange 1 year ago  | 

    Hi again Peter, get same problem here with #2 "Sublayer & Reference" section
    Get errors on the Reference node:
    Error Unable to find layer file: -
    Warning Fixed invalid USD path: /_
    Works only with previous "reference" node asset, and don't understand /`@soucename` variable, only with hardcoded /simple_scene

    • TamilAless 11 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

      I have exactly the same problem. Any advice? Thx.

      • derek_lindell 11 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

        could be an error with name spacing, I had a space in the name of the folder my hip file was in and it worked after I changed it?

        • derek_lindell 11 months ago  | 

          or could be the fact you're using houdini non-commercial which means it generates .usdnc files instead of .usda files!

    • andy.nicholas 8 months, 1 week ago  | 

      The issue is that some of the output paths on the ROPs should be using $HIPNAME, but they're not.

      All paths should be starting with $HIP/usd/$HIPNAME/

  • Chassaigne Victor 1 year ago  | 

    as said before , this is Truly awesome.

  • conomara 9 months, 4 weeks ago  | 

    this is a great intro, thanks for taking the time to create

  • andy.nicholas 8 months ago  | 

    I re-downloaded this recently and it seems to work fine out of the box now, so it must have been fixed.

  • gustls2017 7 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    Hello, I'm a beginner at Hoodini. Sublayer & Reference Import -> C:/Users/hskwak/Desktop/Houdini/Solaris_Tuto_preset/usd/USD_with_Solaris_Authoring/scenes/simple_scene.usd path, but no files are called in because the folder has been created up to screens. Do I need to export usd individually? - Automatic translation is being used

  • hanyilun2 7 months, 2 weeks ago  | 

    the hip file link seems expired, can anyone share it THX

  • norv2001 1 month, 2 weeks ago  | 

    Great tutorial, thanks!

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