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Intro to Houdini

  • Houdini, a procedure oriented 2D,3D graphic application, with built-in package for a lot of simulation operation.

Setting and Configuration

  • env file for environment setting
    HOUDINI_PATH = "$HOUDINI_PATH;X:/myPath/houdini/HFS/16;&"
    HOUDINI_OTLSCAN_PATH = "$HOUDINI_OTLSCAN_PATH;X:/myPath/houdini/HDA_Libs/otls;&"
  • start houdini with init script (optionally in full path)
    houdinifx.exe X:\myPath\
  • houdini start will run, new session will run, it will always run in its search path.
  • houdini python path environment variable “HOUDINI_PATH”
  • Houdini project env variables
$HFS/houdini, $HH houdini environment
$HSITE store shared houdini resource
$JOB current work job directory
$HIP readonly houdini internal scene variable, last saved path
  • list all configuration of houdini in Shell:
    hconfig -ap


Houdini GUI Tool Develop

  • Houdini is same node concept as Nuke when access objects in application, based on a root node “hou” to access object under it,
  • in Maya.cmds, you are calling Maya to return the data of the object by object string name instead of the object itself
    • while OpenMaya api and PyMel in Maya is more like same node concept