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Houdini On the Spot: Power User Tips and Techniques

Houdini On the Spot: Power User Tips and Techniques
Your Price: $41.50 CDN
Author: Craig Zerouni
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 320
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0240808622
ISBN-13: 9780240808628
About the book:

Packed with more than 350 techniques, Houdini On the Spot by Craig Zerouni delivers what you need to know — on the spot. It presents immediate solutions in an accessible format, and clearly illustrates the essential methods that pros use to get the job done efficiently and creatively.

Houdini On the Spot features screenshots and step-by-step instructions that show you how to: navigate and manipulate the version 9 interface; create procedural models that can be modified quickly and efficiently with Surface Operators (SOPs); use Particle Operators (POPs) to build complex simulations with speed and precision; minimize the number of operators in your simulations with Dynamics Operators (DOPs); extend Houdini with customized tools to include data or scripts with Houdini Digital Assets (HDAs); master the version 9 rendering options including Physically Based Rendering (PBR), volume rendering and motion blur; quickly modify timing, geometry, space and rotational values of your animations with Channel Operators (CHOPs); create and manipulate elements with Composite Operators (COPs); Houdini's full-blown compositor toolset; make your own SOPs, COPs, POPs, CHOPs, and shaders with the Vector Expressions (VEX) shading language; configure the Houdini interface with customized environments and hotkeys; and mine the treasures of the dozens of standalone applications that are bundled with Houdini

About the Author:

Craig Zerouni has been a CG artist for over 25 years. During his 15 year tenure at CFX, one of Britain's first computer animation companies, Craig worked on over 500 commercials, title sequences and feature films. His responsibilities with CFX ranged from effects programming to animating to technical directing to directing full commercials.

Craig has used Houdini since its inception. He has periodically worked for Side Effects as the manager of the Prisms software product (1997) and as a production consultant and a resident Houdini expert. He has enjoyed intervening stints with Silicon Grail, freelance production work, and most recently working for Digital Domain.