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Issue Media Asset Category Title Vendor/Format OS Description
163
Xmas
2012
Modeling - Asset Management
How do I set up Digital Assets to create unlimited object variations?
159
Sept
2012
Animation - Camera
How do I create a smooth path through rugged terrain procedurally?
157
Jul
2012
VFX - Animation
How can I procedurally generate a crack creeping up a wall?
156
Jun
2012
VFX - Fluid Simulation
How do I simulate an ocean and create a shader for it?
142
May
2011
Animation - Particles
How do I create a complex particle sequence without taxing the computer?
140
Mar
2011
3D Lighting
How do I set up three-point RGB lighting in takes?
137
Xmas
2010
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
Discover rigid body dynamics in Houdini 11 with Robert Magee
This issue, Robert Magee helps you improve your Houdini simulation skills with a look at rigid body dynamics.(more) The disc includes the scene files and videos you need to follow his tutorial. Visit the 3D World website for a bonus video with Robert's rendering advice. For: Houdini 11 Licensing: Personal use

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137
Xmas
2010
Modeling - Landscapes
How do I create vines using a particle streams?
134
Oct
2010
Lighting - HDRI
Let there be light
3D Buzz's Steve Twist introduces his Python script on the 3D World website for generating a lighting rig in Houdini(more) from an HDR environment map.

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134
Oct
2010
Modeling - UV Projections
How can I properly align UV's on a water slide?
131
Jul
2010
VFX - Volumetric Effects
How do I make a Pixar-style cloud character?
125
Jan
2010
Animation - Dynamics (Hard Body)
How do I create falling leaves?
122
Nov
2009
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
Building a shader system in Houdini
This issue, Axis Animation's Nicholas Pliatsikas introduces you to expert techniques for building versatile(more) shaders in Houdini. The disc includes full-sized screenshots, project files and video walkthroughs. The latest build of Houdini is recommended. For: Houdini Licensing: Personal use

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120
Sept
2009
Modeling - Landscapes
How do I model a mountain range procedurally?
116
May
2009
Lighting
How do I render a volumetric light beam?
112
Jan
2009
Animation - Character
Run like the Wind
25 minutes video tutorial to accompany Robert Magee's magazine article explaining how to animate a horse gallop(more) action using rotoscoping techniques.

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112
Jan
2009
Animation - Character
Run like the Wind
This issue, Robert Magee of Side Effects Software explains how to animate a horse gallop action using rotoscoping(more) techniques. All required scene files are on the CD, along with Robert's narrated 25 minutes video tutorial. We recommend updating your install of Houdini 9.5 or downloading the latest version of the free Houdini Apprentice. REQUIREMENTS: Houdini 9.5. LICENSING: Learning use only; please do not use materials in commercial projects without the writer's permission

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111
Xmas
2008
3D Particle Animation
How can I create a ring of fire using sprites?
108
Oct
2008
Animation - Scripting
How do I simulate floating debris on an ocean surface?
105
Jul
2008
Animation - Particles
How do I set up a debris particle system with mass?
104
Jun
2008
VFX - Hair Simulation
Wash and Dry
Robert Magee explains how to use Houdini to simulate fur as it's made wet and becomes dry again.
103
May
2008
VFX - Fluid Simulation
Faking 3D Fluids
To mark issue 103's tutorials themed around the four elements, our cover illustration mixes fire and water. In(more) the magazine, Nicholas Pliatsikas explains how he used a combination of modelling and particle simulation techniques in Houdini to achieve his striking image of a match flame made out of water.

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102
Apr
2008
Texturing - Procedural Texture Creation
Is it possible to use modo's paint tools to blend two or more materials together?
99
Jan
2008
Book/DVD
Houdini on the Spot
A wealth of useful information for the intermediate to advanced user. Well worth its price(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Craig Zerouni

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99
Jan
2008
Lighting
How can I set up Physically Based Rendering in Houdini 9.0?
98
Xmas
2007
VFX - Fluid Simulation
Mercury Rising
A guide to animating this issues cover star forming out of a puddle of liquid mercury, thanks to the new particle-based(more) fluid dynamics tools in Houdini 9

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94
Sept
2007
Modeling - Landscapes
How can I create a procedural, realistic looking grass field?
91
Jun
2007
Animation - Expressions
How can I find the maximum hieght a particle has reached?
90
May
2007
3D Modeling
How do I model a chain link fence procedurally?
89
Apr
2007
Animation - Rigging
Rigging the Beast
Trade secrets from Framestore CFC on rigging a wolf and adding hair.
88
Mar
2007
Book/DVD
The Gnomon Workshop Houdini: Rigid Body Dynamics
Over five-and-a-half hours of training into Houdini's dynamic system (DOPS) that takes you through numerous project(more) examples (not aimed at Houdini newcomers).

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Graig Zerouni

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88
Mar
2007
VFX - Object Interactions
How do I animate concrete breaking up as if a monster was crashing through a wall?
85
Xmas
2006
Animation - Motion Paths
How do I create a motion path from an animated object?
84
Dec
2006
Book/DVD
Procedural Modelling of Cities
A wealth of knowledge and expertise, this 4 hour DVD comes complete with project files.(more)

Verdict (new purchase): 9/10
Author: cmiVFX

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82
Oct
2006
Rendering
How do I instance lots of geometry files from disk?
78
Jun
2006
Book/DVD
The Magic of Houdini
Packed with a generous amount of information in order to demystify one of the most complex, yet admired, 3D software(more) packages in this industry.

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Author: Will Cunningham

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78
Jun
2006
Shader
How do I create a time lapse erosion effect?
74
February
2006
Animation - Particles
Creating a quict set-up to simulate an exploding firework rocket
73
Jan
2006
Plugin
SyFlex (version #3.5)
A cloth simulation plugin for Maya 6 (all platforms), Softimage XSI Essentials 4.2 (Window, Linux only) and Houdini(more) (Windows only)

Verdict (new purchase): 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Range of features: 9/10

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68
Sept
2005
3D Lighting
Light Work (Houdini 6+)
66
Jul
2005
VFX - Natural Phenomena
Melt an animated model
62
Mar
2005
3D Modeling
two-point poly curve
43
Oct
2003
Animation - Particles
3D Buzz
Advanced effects
40
Jul
2003
Texturing
Volumetric Texturing in Houdini6
39
Jun
2003
Plugin
SyFlex (version #2)
30
Oct
2002
Modeling - Character
3D Buzz
Fundementals of modelling a head
30
Oct
2002
Tool Tips
Master Houdini 5.0