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Houdini Audio Driven Animation

Finally check out this extremely cool and proven workflow for using Audio CHOPs to drive animations for production.

Length: 2 Hours 30 Minutes 33 Seconds

Price: $59.95

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Chapter Descriptions

Introduction

Anton will take you through an overview of the whole system, its parameters and all its possibilities.   

Math Background 

In this chapter we will cover some simple mathematics, which will help us to create ballistic trajectories for the particles being used. Starting with a parabolic system, we will build equations to govern each particle animation. These very same equations will be implemented in VEX code later in the video.

Constructing A CHOP Network

This chapter is about parsing MIDI files and extracting the data. For our purpose we need three types of information to drive particles and piano keys, so we will build three branches in CHOPs to process MIDI data.

Piano Keyboard

This portion of the video will entail the creating of the piano keys and placing them into a keyboard structure so that they can be used in the following chapters. We will use prebuilt geometry of the keys and a line SOP to copy this geometry using copy SOP with several mathematic expressions to showcase the power of Houdini proceduralism. 

Creating Python SOP For Placing Keys

Now that we have completed all the previous steps, we will need to diagnose and fix some issues for the utmost keys of the keyboard to hep prevent holes in the piano. So we should substitute some piano keys with other ones. To make it possible, we will use the PYTHON SOP to change the point attributes of the template geometry our keys are copied to. 

Spherical Firing Mechanism

In this chapter, we will create the miniature sphere firing mechanism that ties this whole project together. This mechanism is an analogue of a piano musician, but it fire spheres against fingers. Again, with prebuilt geometry we'll build the machine with some animation based methods.  

Piano Hull

Anton will construct the main hull portion of the piano keyboard equipment that will give this project a more polished appeal. He will use several geometry pieces to build a procedural piano, where we can change total number of keys.  And also he will merge all piano stuff together (hull and a keyboard).

Building Adhoc Geometry For Particle Kinematics

Now we will be building some miscellaneous items which will assist us in the particle animation sequence. There are two types of adhoc geometry in this project: points, where spheres should land and the points from which spheres should emit. We'll construct the points and incorporate them in.

Using VEX For Particle Kinematics

In the part of the video we will be implementing math earlier built in chapter 2 into VEX code for Particle Kinematics. You will see how simple math could do the beautiful work. Just using several lines of code in Houdini, and Voila, our particles will fly using parabola ballistic trajectory!

Particle Dynamics

This chapter will help the user learn to make collisions and bounce animations manually by using VEX as the backbone. Let's speed up our simulation with manual collisions. VEX is an ideal tool to handle bounces from the keys and collisions from the floor and to make particle simulation more predictable. As an option we'll use the Collision POP.  

Conclusion And Alterations

This is the final chapter, in which Anton makes several adjustments and variations so the end user can learn more about implementing this kind of technique into their own workflow. He'll tell some info about nodes permissions to lock and unlock operators, and of course, we'll create the final Houdini Digital Asset. 

About The Artist

Morzhakov Anton is the 31 years old Russian VFX freelancer and professor of high mathematics.  He studied mathematics and physics in college and graduated from university's math faculty where he also got his Ph.D. in math. With more than 9 years of experience in 3D animation and vfx, apart from teaching, Anton is currently starting to work in R&D. His main passion is to build automated systems  that could be governed by a limited set of parameters.

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About Anton Morzhakov

Morzhakov Anton is the 31 years old Russian VFX freelancer and professor of high mathematics. He studied mathematics and physics in college and graduated from university's math faculty where he also got his Ph.D. in math. With more than 9 years of experience in 3D animation and vfx, apart from teaching, Anton is currently starting to work in R&D. His main passion is to build automated systems that could be governed by a limited set of parameters.