View Full Version : Is LW Based On Houdini

09 September 2002, 02:50 AM
I looked at the Houdini site today and saw some of their tutorials and the interface and process looked liked it had some resemblance to LW

09 September 2002, 03:22 AM
LW has been around long before Houdini to my knowledge....And the actual workflow and interface hasn't changed much in the 7 years that I've worked with it....

09 September 2002, 03:24 AM
All 3D apps have similarities, but saying that one was based on another isn't accurate - to a point.

I mean, a good idea is a good idea, no matter who thought of it first.

Houdini is a different animal, as is Maya, XSI, Max, etc.

So, the direct questions answer, no, LightWave wasn't based on Houdini.

I don't even think that Houdini was around when LightWave was conceived, so maybe Houdini was based on LightWave! :buttrock:


09 September 2002, 09:45 AM
wouldnt surprise me if those that developed houdini came from the same place as those that developed lightwave. both comes from an old amiga environment :)

09 September 2002, 09:53 AM
Looking through some of their tutotials several things looked quite similar

09 September 2002, 07:04 PM
Houdini is based on sidefx old software called Prisms which was probably around before lightwave and from what I've heard you needed a degree in math just to launch the program...


09 September 2002, 07:18 PM
Did some research, and found a resume from a programmer that says that Prisms was developed in 85-87, Videoscape 3D, which was the precursor to LightWave was published in 87.

So, for what it really matters, they were developed in about the same time period.

So, this proves what? They both have roots that go pretty deep.

09 September 2002, 07:59 PM
It used to be that Houdini was known mainly for creating special effect. Has this changed ?
I had a quick look at their model a bike tutorial, I thought I was looking at a cross between a physics text book and a node based compostor, both things that can confuse me on a good day :cool:
Makes you greatful for the tools that let you pick a bunch of verts and push them around freehand.

I still can't get used to Deuce's red skull avator. I keep looking for this jolly long haired texan everytime I see the name, but instead I'm faced with something that looks as though it came out of a myan archeological dig

09 September 2002, 08:18 PM

It was a little 'put offish'


09 September 2002, 09:33 PM

09 September 2002, 10:44 PM
ROTFLMAO :applause: :applause:

In fact I'm typing this from the floor where I landed in a fit of laughter. Good one :thumbsup:

09 September 2002, 11:31 PM

Are you related to "cousin it"?


Just jealous of the healthy mane!

"if I
were king
of the forest!" C.L.

09 September 2002, 02:27 AM
He's my cousin!!

I do get the Cowardly Lion comparason a lot too.

and David Crosby -- can't figure that one though.


09 September 2002, 02:55 AM
Probably something to do with "courage".

David Crosby? gee, that's kinda, umm, well,
not, uh , something I'd strive to be compared to I suppose.

I'd be opening up a huge can of whoop ass if they followed those up with the Melissa Etheridge jokes.

09 September 2002, 02:57 AM
I didn't 'strive' for it -- trust me.

Ah well, it does make it easy to be recognized.

That's a great story link too --

09 September 2002, 05:24 AM
You forgot the cowboy hat, Deuce. :)

09 September 2002, 06:07 AM
I've never seen Deuce wear a Cowboy hat ...but he sure loves wearing those Chaps :)

09 September 2002, 07:39 AM
I think we can do without chaps in his avatar... I think we can really do without chaps in his avatar.


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