Updated on March 27 2017
- SideFX has a new look Under Learn/Learning Paths - three tracks for beginners/intermediate/advanced
- SideFX Documentation
- Tips and Tricks (350/721/428/728)
for VSFX (all)
- Introduction - Tutorials (350 and 721)
- Advanced - Particle and
Procedural Effects Reference (428 and 728)
Houdini is a software package produced by Side Effects Software. Side Effects has been in business since 1987 and is a Canadian company based in Toronto with an LA office in Santa Monica. Their core technology is procedural techniques and their software has been used in over 300 films. They have also been twice awarded an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement. Houdini is their flagship product (very early versions called prism).
Versions/Licensing - you can use Houdini for free!
Winter/Spring Quarter 2017 we will be using version 15.5.632. In order to avoid issues with your
files and the renderfarm you are strongly advised to use the same
it from sidefx (if the
version is no longer the current production build see below)
- or Download/DailyBuilds
- Login using your forum username and password or select from
the choices and login to download past versions.
- if the version we are using
is not available from either sites above please email me for
If you have problems with not being able to write to the
license file on Windows, run Houdini as administrator
(right click on the icon to select this option). You can set
this to be the default by right clicking, going to properties,
advanced and checking run as administrator.
Houdini 15.5 has some fantastic new features and H16 is
anticipated February 2017.
See the Houdini Roadmap from SIGGRAPH 2016
Houdini 15 was introduced at SIGGRAPH 2015, released mid October
Also, Houdini to Arnold (HtoA) and Houdini Indie were introduced at SIGGRAPH 2014.
NEW in 126.96.36.199 (Winter/Spring 2016 version - released mid Oct
2015) Lava, Crowds, Animation tools, RIS support, much more!
NEW in 14.0.361 (Fall 2015 only version - sand solver! start of crowd tools, excellent interface changes, animation improvements!)
NEW IN 13.0.582 (Winter/Spring 2015 version - H14 will be released Jan 15th, 2015)
NEW IN 13.0.476 (Fall 2014 version)
NEW IN 13.0.237 (Spring 2014 Version)