Side Effects Software’s Houdini software utilizes a node-based procedural approach which provides digital artists with an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control. Houdinis feature set includes modeling, rigging, animation, particle effects, dynamics, compositing, integrated rendering, although it is best known for its VFX tools. Houdini is available for the Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.
Listed below are some resources you can use to learn Houdini:
Free Learning Software: For CG artists who are working on shots to spruce up their demo reel, developing new skills, or working on personal projects, Side Effects has created the Houdini Apprentice program. Houdini Apprentice contains virtually all of Houdini Masters features with only a few limitations. It uses a special non-commercial file format (.hipnc) and you can share files between all of these versions. Visit http://www.sidefx.com/apprentice to access this learning software.
Tutorials: You can access tutorials by Side Effects Software here. To get started you should take a look at the user guides and these excellent videos created by Peter Quint on Vimeo. You can also find lots of third party materials on this page. The 3D Buzz and Digital Tutors lessons are also great for getting started with Houdini
Houdini Jobs: Demand for Houdini talent is very high in the market right now. You can visit the jobs page at sidefx.com for a list of studios looking for artists or join the following linkedin group for more specific job postings.