Render Elements – RIP

This plugin is officially dead.

Maxon released a “take system” that finally provides proper implementation of scene states. Only took them about 10 years from when I personally showed them my plugin and told them they need something like it in their package 😉

Anyway, I haven’t used it, but from what I see, it looks like they did a fantastic job.


Houdini Particle Morphing Effects


Houdini Particle Morphing Effects

I just created a new tutorial for CMIVFX about doing particle morphing effects in Houdini.  I think it is a great collection of useful information and shows how to get some nice, natural motion with your particles.  If you want to improve your particle simulations and overall understanding of Houdini, I highly recommend watching this tutorial.

Houdini Spiral Galaxy Tutorial

Houdini Spiral Galaxy Tutorial

Just a quick post to promote my new tutorial for cmivfx.  It shows how to create a 3D spiral galaxy from scratch.  The images used to promote the video are the actual images made from the tutorial.  It covers creating a vortex star simulation in POPS, DOPS smoke simulation for the gas, and a SOPS system for the background star field.  I go through material creation, rendering, and compositing.  I also provide a finished hip file that has all the networks in it.  I should note that this is more of a creative approach, rather than a scientific approach, so if you are looking for something like an n-body approach, you won’t find that here.

I hope people find this tutorial easy to understand, well thought out, and presented clearly.  I believe CMIVFX is offering a discount code at the moment, so if you are looking to purchase it, now would be a good time.