Books on SideFX Houdini







1 Houdini Foundations

by Robert Magee (2022)

Houdini Foundations for Houdini 19.5 is now available as a print-on-demand book through the Lulu Ebook company. This 224 page book contains 9 chapters designed to help artists take their first steps into Houdini.

Houdini Foundations is for artists who want to learn how to use Houdini and its node-based procedural workflow to create 3D computer graphics for film, TV projects or video games. Learn about the tools and techniques you will use as a Houdini artist, then run through multiple lessons that teach you how to build simple projects from scratch. You will also learn how to work with the nodes and networks in Houdini and then how to bring the results into the UE4 game engine.

2 Houdini on the Spot: Power User Tips and Techniques

by Craig Zerouni (2007)

Packed with professional techniques that are guaranteed to improve your workflow. Whether you are an experienced Houdini user, or migrating from another 3d application, you get power-user techniques that allow you to unleash the magic of Houdini. Presented in a clear, concise, style with all of the necessary screenshots, these techniques cover a broad range of skills from customizing the UI, useful SOP idioms, using POPS and CHOPS, creating custom operators, and compositing tricks.

3 The magic of Houdini

by Will. Cunningham, Peter Bowmar, Jason Iversen, Dave Johnson (2005)

Houdini has long been a dominant tool used in the creation of some of the most awe-inspiring animation and cinematic effects ever made. It is preferred by numerous studios for their most demanding challenges. If you go to the theater and see something that blows your mind, it is a good bet that Houdini had a hand in it. Now you can conquer the amazing technology of Houdini with confidence. With this book, you will learn how to apply each of Houdini's breathtaking features to your projects as you take on modeling, character animation, particle effects animation, dynamic simulation animation, shading, digital asset creation, and rendering. The Magic of Houdini is full of exercises, tips, and illustrations to help you tackle each new skill. Get ready to experience the mystery, the majesty, the magic of Houdini!