SideFX Houdini FX Basics

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Houdini FX




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 :-)!


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.



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.




  • Getting to know the User-Interface / Navigation
  • Houdini Projects
  • Creating Objects / Nodes
  • Transformation / Selection with Nodes
  • Preferences
  • Snapping
  • Channels & Expressions
  • Understanding and Using of Attributes
  • Copy & Stamping
  • Packing of Geometries
  • VDBs
  • VOPs
  • Subnets & Digital Assets
  • Import & Export of FBX, ALEMBIC & VDBs
  • Procedural Modeling in Houdini 17
  • Groups
  • UV-Tools
  • Keyframes & Animations
  • Fracturing of Objects
  • Insight into Simulations (Particles, Smoke, Fire, FLIP)
  • Principled Shader / Shader-Setups
  • Rendering in Mantra
  • AOVs



This Houdini FX Basic-Training is designed for three days and can be adapted in its focus and length to your needs of knowledge.




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 phone +43.699.10669979 or email info(at) 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.