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Houdini Shading with the Mantra Surface Shader

Hi guys,
In this new free SideFX Houdini Training Video I’m going to show you how flexible the standard Mantra Surface Shader really is.

At almost 2 hours long this video tutorial is focused on shading and shading only. Using just the parameters that are exposed by default in the standard Mantra Surface Shader I’m going to create 26 materials representing different types of surfaces: wood, metal, glass, plastic, concrete, paint, etc.
The scene used in this training video is from a real production, a short movie that me and a friend are currently working on.
On a few occasions I had to cut out the render time in order to keep the video easy to follow.

A small note: Remember that the Mantra Surface Shader is not a black box and that it can be heavily modified if you dig inside.

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Creating a Counting Frame in Houdini

Hello,
This tutorial is about creating a Counting Frame in Houdini with a certain degree of flexibility. We should be able to change the width, the height and the placement of the counting spheres in a procedural, non-destructive way.

The workflow showed in this training video is a mix of procedural and traditional modeling. It also deals briefly with setting up some lights, shaders and a render output.
It doesn’t have any voice over but from time to time short tips are displayed on screen.

The counting frame is just one of the many objects I’m currently building for Project School, a short movie me and a friend are doing.

I hope you will find it useful ;)

Creating a Plant Pot in Houdini

Hi all,
I recorded a short video tutorial creating a plant pot in SideFx Houdini.
It shows the modeling, the shading and a very basic rendering stage. It was a live recording and if sometimes it feels slow that’s because I had to resize Houdini to 1280×720 and work in this small size = no fun.
It doesn’t have any voice over but from time to time short tips are displayed on screen.

This plant is just one of the assets I am currently creating for Class Dismissed, a short film I’m making with a friend of mine.

Hope you like it!