cmiVFX – Houdini Particle Morphing Effects
This brand new Houdini training video breaks down complicated particle morphing effects in a way that is clear and easy to follow. We’ll be building our effects block-by-block and system-by-system, adding complexity as we go, which will provide us with a complete and seamless result. The goal of any particle artist is to be able to fully direct and control his simulations, and we’ll show you several ways of accomplishing this. Each method will serve a special purpose, and each method will have different levels of control and flexibility. We’ll look at some simple, SOPs-based solutions and then we’ll move on from there into the world of POPs, where we can really add life to the morph effect. From there we’ll bring this knowledge into DOPs, where we can get true inter-particle collisions and take advantage of the powerful DOP context. We’ll also look at an advanced example where we really need the geometry to seamlessly morph, rather than just points with random geometry attached to them. This video contains a wealth of critical knowledge for anyone looking to make their particle morphs behave in an artistic and natural manner; it will greatly enhance your knowledge of particle animation and it will provide you with an advanced skill set in particle morphing effects.