SideFX Houdini is the standard software for creating VFX in Hollywood blockbusters. One of the main reasons besides the powerful simulation tools can be found in the procedural approach of Houdini. This means, that you can generate extremely flexible and controllable setups. This procedural approach of Houdini FX runs through absolutely all areas of the 3D environment. Therefore, newcomers in this program often face a hurdle until the already from other 3D programs known working techniques are understood in this new context. But as soon as the understanding is taking over, you begin to love Houdini FX and its ways of working :-)!

pixeltrain | Helge Maus is an expert for SideFX Houdini and offers training for different focuses. Whether you are a beginner or already a professional, whether you are looking for a training course on animation & rigging in Houdini FX or would prefer to learn scripting in VEX, just ask Helge Maus! He will be happy to work out your personal curriculum for you.

Training Requests

All training contents will be adapted to your individual needs. A free analysis is the basis of a successful learning. Therefore take the chance and feel free to contact us. After a first talk on the phone, we create an individualized plan according to the goals you wish to achieve.


If you are interested in a training by pixeltrain / Helge Maus, you can reach us by email info(at)pixeltrain.de. We will contact you as soon as possible for an informal talk.

Besides the training, we also provide detailed advice on the purchase of the software, consulting and project support during a production.

Training Topics

pixeltrain offers you the following Houdini trainings. You choose whether these should be carried out as a company training, individual training or online training. The exact content can be adapted to your individual wishes and requirements.

Training Course – Houdini FX Fundamentals

Target Group

This Houdini FX Basic training is designed for all 3D artists who want to get a thorough and comprehensive introduction to Houdini FX with all its working techniques and contexts. It does not matter if you own a commercial Houdini FX license or a cheap Houdini Indie Version.

Aim

After this training you have understood the basic principles of Houdini FX. You are able to create and animate first scenes including modeling, lights, texturing and rendering (Mantra). Also, a first insight into working with simulations is given.

Training Course – Houdini FX – VFX tools

Target Group

This Houdini FX VFX-Tools Training is designed for all 3D artists, who want to get a through and comprehensive introduction to the various simulation tools of Houdini. Particle simulations, fluids, volumes (smoke, fire, dust) and their interactions are developed in order to create complex VFX shots. Of course, also the basics of shot planing, layering and compositing are discussed. It does not matter if you own a commercial Houdini FX license or a cheaper Houdini Indie version.

Aim

After this training, you know the basics for working with the VFX-tools in Houdini FX and are able to plan and implement your own VFX-shots.

Training Course – Houdini FX MotionGraphics & Abstracts

Target Group 

This Houdini FX motion graphics training is aimed at all 3D Artists who want to get a sound and comprehensive introduction to Houdini FX with a strong emphasis in Motion Graphics, Abstracts and Procedural Art. An introduction to the basic working methods of Houdini will be given.

It does not matter if you own a commercial Houdini FX license or a cheap Houdini Indie version.

Aim 

After this training, you have understood the basic paradigms of Houdini FX and are able to implement your own MotionGraphics projects.

Training Course– Houdini FX Scripting with VEX

Target Group

This Houdini FX training „Scripting with VEX“ is aimed at all 3D Artists who want to get a solid introduction to the powerful programming language VEX within Houdini FX. No programming knowledge in Houdini is required. It does not matter if you own a commercial Houdini FX license or a cheaper Houdini Indie version.

Aim

After this training you have understood the basic paradigms of Houdini FX and the programming language VEX. You then can plan your own scripts and extend the functionality of the existing nodes in the different working areas of Houdini FX.

Training Course – Houdini FX Rigging

Target Group 

This training is for 3D Artists who want to learn the powerful Animation & Rigging System of Houdini FX. In addition to classic animation and rigging methods, special attention is paid to the procedural approach in creating assets. In this training you can choose if you want to put an emphasis on character animation or on technical animation. It does not matter if you own a commercial Houdini FX license or a cheaper Houdini Indie version.

Aim

After this training, you will understand the basics of the Houdini FX Animation System and you will be able to effectively rig and then animate technical elements and characters.

Training – Rendering VFX with Solidangle Arnold for Houdini FX

In this training, you will learn to use this high-performance renderer in your production in a practical way. You’ll learn the basics of Arnold’s render architecture, as well as integration with Houdini FX.

Autodesk Solidangle Arnold is one of the strongest production renderers in the field of VFX, product design and architecture & product visualization. And it’s fully integrated into sideFX Houdini FX.

This standard renderer is compatible with the versions for Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Maxon Cinema 4D creating a continuous rendering pipeline for big studios as well as smaller productions.

Especially in the integration with sideFX Houdini 18.5 the feature set of Arnold is impressive:

  • High-performance GPU & CPU rendering
  • Fast, accurate illumination and rendering of VDB volumes
  • Easily transfer and override the properties of Arnold scenes from applications such as Maya and 3ds Max.
  • Full support for Alembic workflows including transformations, instancing and per object material overrides.
  • and much more
Take a look into the features of Arnold 6

Training – Powerful rendering for VFX with Pixar’s RenderMan 24

As part of the training, you will receive a complete basic training for the use of Pixar RenderMan 24 in Houdini FX, as well as practical best-practice work examples for the specific application areas of this professional render engine. Of course, your knowledge and your goals will be discussed in detail.

Pixar RenderMan 24 for Houdini FX is a physical based renderer that works extraordinary well in your VFX production. Learn how to create physical materials and lights, use physical cameras, and create photorealistic renderings. Also the rendering of special Houdini FX functions like Instancing (Packed Primitives), Displacements, Volumes / OpenVDB, Curves, Hair & Fur, Particles, AOVs, Cryptomats, DeepEXRs, Pixar Patterns & Shaders is treated as well as the effective integration with Houdini FX Baking, Preset Browser, Denoising and of course IT.