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TOTAL DURATION: 1h 18m 29s

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 explore the Solaris UI, beginning with a discussion about what USD is, how to manipulate objects in the Solaris viewport, and how to import and render SOPs geometry in Solaris using Karma. The goal is to introduce you to the concepts of USD and how they are implemented in Houdini using Solaris.



  • krzys_kite 3 weeks, 6 days ago  | 

    Awesome intro course, filled in some gaps for me. Will we see any follow-up courses?

    • rmagee 3 weeks, 6 days ago  | 

      Yes - a second one is coming soon

  • lorsange 3 weeks, 6 days ago  | 

    It's outstanding tutorial. Thanks again, Peter.

  • rkoomera 3 weeks, 5 days ago  | 

    Awesome course!

  • unreal-universe 3 weeks, 3 days ago  | 


  • dunnieboy 2 weeks, 6 days ago  | 

    Even though I am familiar with Solaris/USD, I found myself watching these intro vids and wishing they were available when I first started out !
    Excellent intro course. Keep 'em coming.

  • JoshFoster 2 weeks, 6 days ago  | 

    Thanks Peter! Great tutorial.

  • alahab 2 weeks, 5 days ago  | 

    Thank you for this wonderful course Peter! Lots of valuable information and a great delivery!
    Just FYI that in the scene file that I downloaded, SOP Create section does not have the name SOPs that set "spikes" and "grid". (Video #17 at 01:03)

    • PArcara09 1 week, 5 days ago  | 

      Probably just an issue of me changing something on the fly and not adjusting my master file. I'll make up a new zip file and link that with the fix. Thanks for the heads up!

  • thedimensionxyz 2 weeks, 3 days ago  | 

    Brilliant tutorial series! Thanks Peter!

  • HforHoudini 2 weeks ago  | 

    I downloaded the scene files but can't find the scene in video 4??

    • PArcara09 1 week, 5 days ago  | 

      It is there when I downloaded the linked HIP file. Maybe try downloading the zip again and opening the new HIP file?

      • HforHoudini 1 week, 4 days ago  | 

        Hey Peter, thanks for the reply. You're right, it was a problem with the default unzip software on macOS that was the issue. The HIP file is indeed there thanks.

  • Anastasiiadots 1 week, 1 day ago  | 

    Thank you so so much! Such an awesome explanation!

  • lorsange 1 week ago  | 

    Hi again Peter, get some troubles starting with #11 "Color Meanings" section
    Get errors on the Reference node:
    Error Unable to find layer file: -
    Warning Fixed invalid USD path: /_
    Tried to write /$OS instead of /"@sourcename" in Primitive Path, but it won't help with reference::2.0, only with first version of node

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