Houdini: You're learning it wrong (no really this time)
TimeTuesday, 19 November 201911:30 - 13:00
DescriptionIn Part 2 (no really this time) of the 'Houdini: You're learning it wrong' series, Matt covers the technical pitfalls, workflow and incorrect assumptions people make when jumping from another package to Houdini.
• Spreadsheet vs outliner
• All in one vs lots of obj nodes
• Hda's vs references (split screen)
• Attributes vs baked maps
• Manual layout vs clever (the @P.x += @ptnum*check('spread') example)
• Not everything needs sim
• Do everything in the one package vs rig and animate elsewhere, bring caches into Houdini
• Network topology like a map you navigate, get familiar with vs containerised stuff that's often a hindrance
• Over vexing things, over proceduralism
• Stop reading copy stamp tutorials
• Crashes and bugs are probably you, until it isn't. Initially you blame yourself, but over time you can start to indentify when its houdini being weird. Give it about 2 months.
• Tab menu, shift-tab trick, first letter of nodes trick
• Template vs display vs output nodes vs null vs capital letter nodes