Have you ever followed a Houdini tutorial and it all made sense, until a day later you are trying to create something else and you feel completely lost? This is a common issue my students used to complain about before attending my courses. We don't create copy machines, we teach. We want you to understand the real concepts behind each decision we make throughout the process of creating an environment. And it is not only about creating it. It is also about scene management, so we can create huge, complex environments with efficiency and control.
Welcome to Perfect Wave Course! My name is Diogo Guerreiro and I’m going to be your instructor in this course. The PW is the result of many years of planning, testing, and refining a specific methodology that simplifies the learning process and gives you the instruments to leverage the full potential of Houdini!
The purpose of this course is very straightforward: to provide artists with practical knowledge, so they can access and understand all tools related to environment creation and fluid simulations inside Houdini, so they will be free to translate their ideas into real, high-standard projects.
How is the PERFECT WAVE different?
You'll learn many tools that will help you
create the most complex flip simulations
In this 10+ hours of quality content, recorded in 4k you will go into a deep dive in Houdini Flip Simulations and I will share a professional approach to tackle a shot.
Welcome to my VFX online course on creating the perfect wave using Houdini. As a lifelong surfer and Senior VFX Artist at MPC, one of the leading VFX studios in the world, I have spent many years studying and mastering the art of designing and controlling fluid simulations.
In this course, we will go beyond just creating random waves and delve into a deeper understanding of how to create and control a realistic wave. You will learn the basics of wave creation and then progress to building a tool for creating waves with precision and control. We will also cover the best techniques for setting up an efficient simulation, as well as how to create dense and complex whitewater without overloading your computer.
This course is designed for those who have a basic understanding of Houdini, but it is suitable for both hobbyists and seasoned VFX professionals. By the end of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of Houdini's procedural capabilities and feel confident in creating your own complex and realistic wave shots.
So if you're ready to take your VFX skills to the next level, join me on this journey as we ride the wave together. Let's get started!
Perfect Wave course has been designed to give you the tools, the structure, and the methodology to develop and create your own complex environment, combining different simulations, and a lot of custom tools to optimize your scene and creativity will be your only limit. However, you'll have to put in the time and work to see the results.
What exactly is in this course?
In this 11+ hours of quality content, recorded in 4k you will go into a deep dive in Houdini Flip Simulations and as a bonus, you will also receive a production-quality boat, with 4k textures.
Section 1 - Introduction
In this section, we will start to understand the goals of our simulation and the concepts of ocean waves. We will look to references and point out what we want to create and what is needed to be accomplished.
Section 2 - Wave TOOL Creation
Now we finally jump into Houdini and will start building our system to design and control the creation of waves. At the end of this section, we will create a Tool (HDA) to simplify the process for any project we might need waves.
Section 3 - Flip Simulation
In this section, we start simulating our flip. We will go through optimizations, understand the parameters and how they affect our build, and go all the way to do a precise custom meshing.
Section 4 - Whitewater and mist simulation
This section is all about whitewater and mist. After these 15 lessons on Houdini whitewater and also custom setups you will feel that you definitely master this theme. You will learn optimization skills and how to layer multiple smaller simulations seamlessly.
Section 5 -Post Process
Here we will cover how to post-process our simulations and prepare them to render.
Section 6 - OCN Spectrum and Wetmaps
We will show you how to extract realistic ocean dynamics from Houdini Ocean Tools and also we will create a wetmap for our cliffs.
Section 7 - Final Renders and Comp
In this final Section, we will render all of our elements in Karma. You will learn how to create custom shaders and general render concepts that can be applied to any render engine you choose.
In the final lesson, we blend our renders in Nuke to get our final image.
“Is this course right for me?”
Perfect Wave course has been designed to give you the tools, the structure, and the methodology to develop and create your own complex Flip Simulations, a lot of custom tools to optimize your scene and creativity will be your only limit. However, you'll have to put in the time and work to see the results.
Basic understanding of Houdini
Here is what you get when you join Perfect Wave:
10+ Hours of course
All course updates are free
All project files
4K professional recording