As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Blender. I’m convinced that this free software will be a new industry standard for many visualization and animation projects in the future. I use Blender with Houdini FX in my trainings and also for personal projects all the time. Besides Cycles and Eevee I am also using LuxCore Renderer for photorealistic rendering with deep ray counts, complex camera effects and light linking. It’s best suited for Architecture, Product Visualization, and many more chases when it comes to realism. The featureset is great!And best of all it supports CPU andRead More

Here is a new tutorial for my series “Blender for Production“. This time we will talk about an exciting software combination because we start setting up a Blender to NUKE pipeline. YES – Blender is an excellent choice as a 3d application and so it is important to learn how to use it together with Nuke in a compositing pipeline. This series has three parts. These are the topics: How to set up a Blender to Nuke-Pipeline How to compose the Light Passes from Blender Cycles inside of NUKE How to get a correct World Position Pass. You learn howRead More

>> Introduction to Blender | Visualisierungsakademie Schweiz, May 2021 On May 20 and 21 I will teach you online taking your first steps in Blender.If you are interested, please check out the detailed information here:https://visualisierungs-akademie.ch/bildung/blender-einfuehrungskurs/ On request I also teach this online course in English. Please do not hesitate to ask your questions (info(at) pixeltrain.net). I am always happy, to hear from everyone who is interested to become an Artist in Blender, Nuke or Houdini FX. Some of the topics you learn in this course: Getting to know the Blender 2.9 Infrastructure Installation, AddOns and Konfiguration User-Interface and Navigation Scene-Organisation,Read More

Today I taught my final Houdini FX class for this semester’s block for SAE Germany. After 10 weeks of talking about Houdini Fundamentals, Vex, Vellum, RBDs, Fluids, and Pyro, I have now to say “Goodbye” and “All the Best” to my motivated students. It was such fun and I wish you all the best in this exciting industry.  We started the course at the first of December and those were the topics my students learned from me: Houdini Basics Particle Simulation (POP) Vellum Simulation Rigid Body Dynamics (RBD) Fluid Simulation (FLIP) Pyro Simulation This was my first “official” work dayRead More

Great release, the next big step for the Affinity tools. We use Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher for our work at pixeltrain. And we love these tools. So, if you are not willing to pay 50 Euro per month and you want to own your software and have a clean, modern and intuitive approach to designing and photo manipulation, take a look!They offer a 50% discount on their extremely competitive price. We use Affinity since 1.5 years and killed the Adobe Subscription one year ago. No look back 😎 https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/1-9/ So, have fun! Karin likes to recommend theseRead More

First “official” work day for 2021:
Preparing my next Houdini FX classes for my SAE Students in the following weeks.

After starting last year with the fundamentals with them, we now dive into Particles, Vellum, RBDs, Fluids and Pyro.

Exciting weeks with a fully motivated group. Such fun besides my normal studio trainings to teach a student group again.

Thanks to SAE Institute Germany for your trust.

Today I have finished the first module of our „Nuke Practice Hour“ with the last tutorial about Linear Color, 32Bit Floats and EXRs in Foundry Nuke 12.2. The title of this Module is “Let’s start in NUKE 12.2“ and I have covered the most important concepts you have to learn when starting with node-based Compositing in NUKE. Thanks a lot for all the positive feedback. The next module will follow soon 🙂 01 Introduction to the NUKE 12.2 Interface 02 Making your first compositing in NUKE 03 Layers, Channels & Shuffle Nodes in NUKE 04 Understanding Premults & Alphas inRead More

The first module of my „Blender 2.9 for Production“ series is done. In this first module we’ve talked about the build-in node-based Compositor of Blender 2.9 and how to work with it in an effective integrated workflow. You have learned how you set up Render-Layers and -Passes and how to work also with external OpenEXRs from other 3D-Applications and Renderers. My conclusion is, that this Compositor is a really powerful addition to every workflow and I am hoping for more improvements in the future. 01 Introduction to the Blender Compositor Workflow 02 Basic Compositing Tasks in Blender 2.9 Compositor 03Read More

Start your Blender 2.9 Journey now! Blender 2.9 – A full production suite for 3D, VFX and Animation. Next to my beloved Houdini FX, Blender is for me the solutions for Modeling, Animation and PreViz. As you may have seen, I have published the last days 4 free tutorials about the new features of Blender 2.9.You find them on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/pixeltrain3DVFXTrainings If you now have the feeling, that you want to start seriously to learn this great free production suite, here are some event tips, where I will be teaching Blender for you. >> VIEW CONFERENCE 2020, OctRead More

Hello Houdini Beginners, The first module of my free “Houdini FX Practice Hour” project “CoffeeCup” is finished! Over the course of 13 lessons, you will learn the basics of the Houdini Polygon Modeling tools and how to get into a procedural approach with selections, groups and a little bit of HScript. You will learn how to work with UVs and build a workflow between Houdini and Substance Painter. We will render our scenes in Mantra. In two bonus lessons, we dive deeper into the Classic Material Workflow between Houdini and Substance Painter 2020 and the new UDIM based workflow. IRead More