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Modeling and Rendering a Quartz Crystal in Houdini 16

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When testing out a new render engine (or any tool that can do rendering), one of the typical objects I try to get a decent image of is a quartz crystal. In order to get that right, a rendering needs to contain effects such as dispersion, proper refractions and SSS. In this tutorial I’ll walk you through my first attempt to render a Quartz in Mantra in H16.

Quick VDB Clouds

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After being asked how to create clouds for rendering in Octane (or any other Engine that supports VDBs) we dove into that topic a bit and the quickest way we found was to use the cloud tools that Houdini provides.

Naive Path Finding

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This one is a rather brute force approach for a problem we had to solve on a recent job: Finding a path through a bunch of obstacles. Admittedly what we implement here isn’t a very sophisticated algorithm, but its power lies in its simplicity: It will find a path as long as it’s got enough points available.

Custom Particle System in VEX

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Dobromir of Inlifethrill Designs asked us how we’d go about recreating this. And as I’m quite untalented with Houdini’s particle system, I turned to VEX to create this custom particle system in which individual particles attract each other.

Colored Trails (Point Advection & Rendering)

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One of the great things about the Houdini community is that we’re always confronted with clever questions and with clever answers too. “How do I color strands using an image’s color palette?” was the comment on Vimeo that led to this setup. Yet when talking about coloring polylines we also need to discuss rendering them.

(Very) Quick Tip: Color Clustering

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We’ve been visiting Ars Electronica this weekend. It was amazing. Such a weird and wonderful collection of modern nerd art presented in an astonishingly creepy environment. (Think nuclear shelter underneath an abandoned logistics center). What that meant however is that there was only very little time to record a tutorial. That’s why this ended up being an extremely quickt tip.

Differential Mesh Growth

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As some of you already found out, it is quite possible to set up differential growth not only on a line but also on a mesh. This tutorial goes into the details of doing exactly that while allowing for some degree of art-directability (is that even a word?) of the growth patterns.