SIDE EFFECTS SOFTWARE Houdini Engine in 3D Animation Software

The Houdini Engine can be accessed using plug-ins built using the Houdini Engine API. The plug-in works in a host application and then uses the Engine to cook the results and make them available to the host application. Artists can access the Houdini Engine using plug-ins for applications, such as Autodesk Maya, Unity, Unreal, and Cinema 4D. A 3DS Max plug-in is in development. Studios can also use the Houdini Engine API to create their own plug-ins for large scale pipeline integration. These custom plug-ins require a commercial Houdini Engine license. Houdini Engine Indie will work with the plug-ins listed here.

Procedural Modelling

Procedural modeling techniques can be used to maintain a robust construction history and to create complex models such as cityscapes, environments and more.

DIRECT MODELING

Houdini modeling tool is easy to create good surface topology which are used in Film, TV, Games and VR, and can be used interactively in the viewport using a wide variety of polygon, NURBS and Subdivision Surface modeling tools.

LIGHTING & LOOKDEV

Houdini’s lighting workflow provides a flexible and powerful environment for managing lights, building shaders and defining the look of a shot. Environment and GI lights work well with Mantra’s physically-based rendering.

CHARACTER

Animation and Rigging

Houdini provides a complete solution for rigging and animating characters and creatures. It include Auto-rigging, Muscle and Flesh, Pose Space Deformation, VELLUM Cloth, Hair and Fur and more. The Biharmonic skin capturing will save riggers valuable time while the FEM-based muscles produce highly realistic results. The node-based approach fits perfectly with the working methodology of a typical character rigging TD. Characters can be easily wrapped up into a pipeline-friendly Digital Asset node to be animated using invisible rigs, the character picker and the pose library.

HAIR & FUR

Grooming

The hair and fur framework in Houdini includes grooming tools designed with the artist in mind. It uses the Curve Advect tool to set up large scale grooming directions by drawing a few quick curves. It can easily add guard or white hairs for animal fur and partition model into different areas to create local grooms that can be merged into a single fur.

TERRAIN

Generation

Houdini’s terrain system can edit terrain easily with tools such as procedural noise, or paint or mask out areas. The operations are very similar to image compositing, so terrain artists will find the workflow familiar.

USP :

Houdini Core offers significant 3D animation experience to CG artists which are developing feature films, commercials or video games. With its procedural node-based workflow, Houdini Core is developed for modelers, lighters, character riggers and animators for own usage or as a layout and lighting tool for visual effects created in Houdini FX. Houdini Core offers a pipeline-in-a-box that can easily package up workflows into Digital Assets and share them with colleagues using either Houdini or Houdini Engine plug-ins for apps such as Maya, 3ds Max, C4D, Unity and Unreal.

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3.65
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PARTICIPATING QUADRANTS

SIDEFX SOFTWARE Houdini core has chosen it’s strengths in these 3 territories
  • Niche Quadrant

    All-North America

    22 Participants

  • Niche Quadrant

    Education-All

    9 Participants

  • Niche Quadrant

    Media and Entertainment-All

    23 Participants

STRENGTHS
  • Product Maturity / Software / 3D Modeling
    Robust modeling tools
    It becomes easier to create good surface topology with robust modeling tools in Houdini used for films, TV, games, and VR. It can be used interactively in the viewport using a wide variety of polygon, NURBS, and Subdivision Surface modeling tools. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software / 3D Animation
    Enhanced Flexibility
    With its procedural node-based workflow, Houdini FX can create more content at a faster pace to reduce timelines and enjoy enhanced flexibility in all creative tasks. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software / Special Effects
    High Quality Special Effects
    Houdini’s procedural workflow best works with particles and dynamics to create high-quality special effects. These effects are designed to react to actions that are taking place in a shot and a procedural solution. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software Features / Simulation
    Complete Controlled Simulation
    It enables the creation of highly complex simulations of large data sets. This solver and Houdini’s own solver work with various forces, constraints, and collisions for complete control. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software Features / Motion Graphics
    Excellent Motion Graphics Toolset.
    It enables the creation of complex motions with ease using procedural channel operators or dynamic simulations. It also provides new methods of working that will support and enhance the existing motion graphics toolset. Show More
  • Company Maturity / Industry Verticals
    Education
  • Company Maturity / Industry Verticals
    Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Company Maturity / Industry Verticals
    Media and Entertainment
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    3d animation
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    3d Rendering
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Digital Painting
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Dynamics and Effects
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Motion Graphics
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Pipeline Integration
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Rigging
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Sculpting
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Shading
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Simulation
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Texturing
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS
    Linux
WEAKNESSES
  • Product Maturity / Software Features / Shading
    Harder to use
    The modeling tools fine, but they''re a slight harder to use than a program built for solely that. It is more helpful for effects and simulations rather than creating characters or full-length animations. Show More
  • Product Maturity
    Non-compliance
    Right click options cannot be activated easily, especially in Mac and few problems with viewport exist. Also, two or more sessions simultaneously cannot be opened in Mac. Show More
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    No. of Mergers and Acquisitions
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    No. of Partnerships and Collaborations
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    Other Software features offered
  • Company Maturity / Industry Verticals
    Architecture, Construction and Engineering
  • Company Maturity / Industry Verticals
    Manufacturing
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS
    Others(AmigaOS, AROS, MorpOS, FreeBSD, Android)
  • Company Maturity / Industry Verticals
    Other Industry Verticals
  • Product Maturity / Software
    3D Animation
  • Company Maturity / Partner Ecosystem
    Consultants
  • Product Maturity / Services offered
    Consulting Services
  • Company Maturity / Geographic Footprint
    Direct Presence - Asia-Pacific
  • Company Maturity / Geographic Footprint
    Direct Presence - Europe
  • Company Maturity / Geographic Footprint
    Direct Presence - Latin America
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    Direct Presence - Middle East and Africa
  • Company Maturity / Geographic Footprint
    Indirect Presence - Asia-Pacific
  • Company Maturity / Geographic Footprint
    Indirect Presence - Europe
  • Company Maturity / Geographic Footprint
    Indirect Presence - Latin America
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Chief Product Officer,Company Name Classified
Chief Product Officer, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“Amazing rendering software"

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It is one of the leading software when it comes to vfx, and simulations. Moreover its procedural modeling and the render software is amazing.
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Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“Fast and reduces timelines "

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Houdini is fast and reduces timelines and enjoys enhanced flexibility in all the creative tasks. It is perfect for visual effects and tech directors using effects, particle system and dynamics.
Business Analyst,Company Name Classified
Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“Unique and Powerful software"

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Houdini let''s artists explore different creative paths because it is easy to branch off a new node to explore alternative solutions. The nodes are what makes Houdini unique and give it power, there are lots of viewport and shelf tools that allow for artist-friendly viewport interactions.
Chief Product Officer,Company Name Classified
Chief Product Officer, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“More User-friendly"

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It allows users to create complex scenes that require duplicate geometry. It is more user-friendly due to its easy procedural modeling and animation, which results in less meticulous work requirement from the user.
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Chief Product Officer, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“Superior Performance"

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It provides an easy-to-use yet powerful 3D experience to VFX artists.
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Other, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“Great to use, if you’re willing to learn"

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I used to have a tough time with transferring procedural assets to Maya. Houdini helped me with this. It is an extremely easy program to use and also easy to learn and is perfect for simulations. The only problem that you may face is that its modelling tools are not as efficient as those of others. But this is something that you can work around by switching between programs.
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General Manager, Company Name Classified
#4 in 3D Animation Software 7 Reviews

“Can be slow to use, but the results are amazing!"

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Houdini breaks the pattern of linear tasks in 3D applications. Instead of just a one way approach, which could limit the style of working, Houdini helps you transit from one phase to another – this could even be the beginning of your work – to make changes. This way you can make modifications to your design without affecting its essence to a great deal at all. However, all of this can take a toll on your system. It can make it really slow. Also, since it a relatively vast program, a good idea would be to maybe use and master one aspect of it and then move on to another.

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