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03 March 2012, 05:06 AM
I am about to graduate as a Computer animation major, I've been working in maya and renderman for the last 5 years. I see on many job listings that knowledge in Houdini is a requirement.

I'm focusing on being a lighter, so I was wondering if anyone could provide some good sources for learning the lighting/shading process in houdini. Industry level process is preferred but I'll take what ever I can get. Free sources are always preferred but if not so be it.

I've looked through Digital Tutors, and Side Effects' site. Any other suggestions?

Thank you.

03 March 2012, 02:12 PM
Houdini is nice but unfortunately not enough resources available.
You should try 3DBUZZ for detailed learning of Houdini.
But if you only want to concentrate on Lighting I would suggest ****** they are pretty decent .
I don't remember that fxphd has launched any lighting specific dvd but they do have few Houdini lessons.

You should also try free webnairs and tutorials which are available on sidefx website.

My Lighting Reel (

03 March 2012, 05:35 PM
check this out.Peter quint covered some of the lighting area.

and c.m.i.v.f.x has some lighting video but i haven't watch them so I can't vouch for them.Cheers.

03 March 2012, 12:30 AM
Thank you very much I'll check those out as soon as I can. Man, I thought maya was hard when i first started, Houdini is a whole other animal. Looks like I have my work cut out for me.

03 March 2012, 06:35 AM

If you didn't know, you can get a free version from SideFX website. It limits the render size, and you cant use any other render engine but Mantra, but everything else works fine.


03 March 2012, 03:52 PM
There is a shading with mantra surface video on the sidefx site

If you haven't worked through the user guides, it might be good to do so. Even though they are not about lighting, they help you gain familiarity with all the UI concepts that are the same in all of Houdini - including lighting and shading.

I don't think you should have as much trouble as you think as it sounds like you are familiar with Renderman and Mantra shaders share many similarities.

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