Free Tutorial: Using Volumes to Create Complex 3D Assets in Houdini

By: Saber Jlassi

In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to use volumes to create complex 3D assets in Houdini.

In procedural asset development is very important to think about how to use volumes instead of surfaces to create 3D geometry. Volumes are important, especially in Houdini, because they allow you to deal with overlapping geometry that would normally become messed up if you simply used surfaces alone.

In this video tutorial, we’re going to examine the possibilities of using volumes to create complex assets inside Houdini. Along the way, Saber will share a few of his favorite methods for processing volumes by showing you how to create incredible rock structures. 

Video Tutorial: Using Volumes to Create Complex 3D Assets in Houdini

Below you will find a free video tutorial on how to use volumes to create complex assets in Houdini. 

If you enjoy the tutorial, we highly recommend checking out our tutorials page where you will find many more tutorials on developing procedural assets inside Houdini.

Video Tutorial: Timecode Breakdown

  1. Intro (0:00)
  2. Intro to VBD (0:49)
  3. Displacing Volumes (15:51)
  4. Ground with Volume (31:16)
  5. Ground Displacement (47:32)
  6. Basic Standing Rock (1:04:31)
  7. Wall with Standing Rocks (1:21:37)
  8. Utilizing the Pipeline (1:56:08)
  9. Edge Displacement (2:01:33)
  10. Standing Cliffs (2:14:14)
  11. SDF (2:42:28)
  12. Unified Noise (3:08:36)
  13. Wall and Bricks Examples (3:25:35)
  14. Wrap-Up & Homework (3:33:04)

Learn More about Procedural Asset Development in Houdini

Want to learn more about developing procedural assets inside Houdini? These are a few of our favorite resources from around the web:

  1. Rock Creation for Procedural Environments – Rebelway
  2. Procedural Rock Formations in Houdini for VFX & Games – Rebelway
  3. Breakdown: Procedural Rock Generation in Houdini – 80.lv

We also frequently post about procedural creation processes on our tutorials page.

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