Ok, Friday is release day and the next “Houdini FX Practice Hour” project has started. We will start this week building a Coffee Cup Scene with some beans flying around. Also, we will dive into “procedural” Polygon Modeling in Houdini FX and, later for the beans, into Retopo and Rigid Bodies. So, for people coming from other 3D applications, you will find a whole bunch of important Houdini FX concepts like selection, groups, automatically generated groups and channel expressions with HScript. Everything step-by-step, so that you can build your own scene. Let’s start this week with fundamentals and build theseRead More

It’s done – today I have finished the complete “Toothbrush” series of my “Houdini FX Practice Hour”. 16 FREE lessons, over 3 hours of training about Houdini FX, Grooming Hair, Substance Painter and Mantra Rendering. Now I am planing the next project 🙂 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pixeltrain3DVFXTrainings Thanks for subscribing and sharing! If you want to support me for publishing more free tutorials, you could join my Patreons: https://www.patreon.com/pixeltrain3d Or you can download the Project files on Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/pixeltrain3d Link to the YouTube-Playlist “Houdini FX Practice Hour”:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp90cx0wSyKZ2Nxnyp4W-EeaEQBp53k-f If your are searching for a complete introduction into the fundamentals of Houdini FX, youRead More

The next hour of free content is online. This time we dive into Substance Painter and texture our Toothbrush from the “Houdini FX Practice Hour”. Next week we will finish this project by rendering the final scene in Houdini FX with Mantra and Pixar’s RenderMan. And, the next project is coming soon! These tutorials are meant for newbies in Painter but are filled with many tips & trick and workflow hints.I hope, you have fun with them.Helge If you want to support me for publishing more free tutorials, you could join my Patreons: https://www.patreon.com/pixeltrain3d Or you can download the PROJECTRead More

Here we go – the next 4 lessons of our “Houdini FX Practice Hour” (Beginner’s series) are online. Hairy stuff, this time! The toothbrushes get now their bristles with the help of the Houdini FX Grooming system. Thanks for all your support! In this tutorial, you will learn how the Houdini FX Grooming system works and which nodes are involved to build up an easy system. We will take a look into generating Guides and how to generate Hair from them. Also you will learn how to use Attribute Paint to drive the placement and length of your Hair. TheseRead More

Welcome to our new “Houdini FX Practice Hour” project. This time we will model, texture and render a Toothbrush with glass. Also, we will dive into the Houdini FX groom system for generating the bristles with hair. Hope, you like it – if yes, please subscribe 🙂 In this tutorial, we will create a Houdini FX project and talk about the importance of the project structure and the Houdini variables $JOB and $HOME and to make sure, that your paths will not break when transferring the project to another machine or a render farm. These topics are covered: Generation aRead More

The final lessons for the Houdini FX Modeling & Texturing Workshop “Banana” are online now. This time we are working with UVs, Texturpainting in 3D Coat and then render the final product. Hope, you liked the first project in my new “Houdini Practice Hour” series. In this tutorial, we will unwrap the UVs of the banana, use uv layout and then export the object as FBX and obj. These topics are covered: UV Flatten Node Cutting Seams Sewing seams Working with UV constraints Pins for UVs Straighten Edges in UVs Rectify Groups of Quads in UVs UV Transform Export withRead More

Today I’ve released the first part of my new “Houdini FX Practice Hour” series on YouTube. 5 Lessons for Beginners, showing Direct Modeling in Houdini FX. Hope, you like it: https://youtube.com/pixeltrain3DVFXTrainings Next part will come next week, then we will dive into UVs, Texture Painting, Shading and Rendering. In this tutorial, we will set up our Houdini FX scene for modeling. These topics are covered: Setting up a reference image in COPs Setting up reference images in the viewport Working with different display options to help the modeling process Changing object shading and ghosting Learning keyboard shortcuts for working withRead More

  In Helges neuesten, kostenfreien Video-Tutorials geht es um das kostenfreie PluginProEXR 2.0 (https://www.fnordware.com/ProEXR/) für Adobe After Effects CC. Dieses Plugin erlaubt es, Adobe After Effects Arists endlich komfortabel mit multi-channel EXRs zu arbeiten und auch noch Cryptomattes direkt in AEX nutzen zu können. Damit rückt After Effects ein Stück näher an die VFX-Pipelines der großen Studios heran.     Im ersten Tutorial stellt Euch Helge das kostenfreie Plugin ProEXR 2.0 (https://www.fnordware.com/ProEXR/) vor, mit dem Ihr ganz einfach Kanäle aus den EXRs extrahieren könnt. Außerdem könnt ihr automatisch ein gesamtes Composite von allen Ebenen einer EXR-Datei ausgeben lassen. Zudem auchRead More

  // In Kooperation mit MAXON Cinema 4D produzierte Helge mit pixeltrain die folgenden New Features-Tutorials zum Release 20 // Themen der Tutorials: Multi Instances, Motion Tracker, Volume Modeling, ProRender, Fields und das Node based Material System   Wir von pixeltrain hatten Spaß beim Entdecken der neuen Features. “Ein richtig starkes Release”, wie Helge überzeugt ist! Und so freut es uns umso mehr, dass wir Euch die fertigen Video-Tutorials präsentieren können. Wir hoffen, Ihr findet nützliche Infos in den Filmen. Lasst Euch inspirieren von den grandiosen Arbeiten der tollen, von Maxon gefeatureten Artists und habt einfach Spaß damit! Viel ErfolgRead More

Wie versprochen schalten wir für Euch nun die gesamte Tutorial-Reihe von Helge zu Cycles 4D frei. Lernt von Helge, wie Ihr Eure ersten Projekte in Cinema 4D mit Hilfe des Cycles 4D Renderers von Insydium Ltd umsetzt! Schreibt uns gerne (info(at)pixeltrain.de), was Ihr von Cycles 4D hält. Überzeugt er Euch in seiner Leistung? Helge ist sehr von diesem Renderer angetan. Doch schaut selbst, wie er arbeitet und was er so drauf hat:   01 Szenenbeleuchtung, Node-Editor & Materialtypen in Cycles 4D / Cinema 4D   02 Shader erstellen, Texturen, Projetion & Normal-Maps in Cycles 4D / Cinema 4D   03Read More