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Houdini Hip Tricks Volume 2

This is the sequel video for Houdini Hip Tricks Volume 1. Yes, you need this video too.

Length: 3 Hours 36 Minutes 3 Seconds

Price: $59.95


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Hip Tricks Volume 2 has much to offer the future or current FX TD, in robust ways of showcasing inventive research and development technology. We go all out, showing you how to achieve new and interesting tools, so you can continue to create and wow the general public with your accomplishments. The content in this video is based on years of fulfilling user requests, and taking those requests to new levels. When it comes to high end CG and VFX training, there is only once choice... cmiVFX!

Chapter Descriptions

Row Row Row Your Boat

Using Houdini Ocean Tools plug-in (HOT), we'll create and ocean that emits foam and splashes. We then we'll add a ship that floats on the ocean in which the movement of the ship will be driven by the ocean. Once we do that, we'll use the floating, moving ship to deform the ocean as it advances and emits spray at collisions with the waves.

Pixelated Game

Believe it or not, we'll will build a complete playable game inside Houdini, using out-of-the-box tools and a little bit of Python code. This project is a real statement that Houdini can do just about everything that you can throw at it. Don't think of Houdini as a 3D app, think of it as a 3D Operating System.

Alvaro Castaneda

Alvaro Castaneda, best known as "Varomix" is a 33 years old CG Generalist TD. He lost a little of his self back in 1993 at a Jurassic Park screening, and that totally changed his life. Toy Story finished the job in 1995 - there was no turning back!. He started his way in 3D back in 1998, first using 3ds Max, then Cinema4D and finally in 1999, I met Maya 2.0. Since then I've done CGI for print, web, TV, Film, DVD, I guess anything that has pixels in it!. He started using Houdini in 2002 shortly after Side Effects launched the Houdini Apprentice Program. He had also done on-set VFX Supervision and DOP Assisting. He'll soon move to Toronto to continue his career as a Houdini Generalist.

Project Contents

All cmiVFX videos come with all the training materials you can need right from our website. No matter what time of day, your location, or how your feeling, cmiVFX will be there waiting for you! 

This Video is Sold by itself OR inside of a kit. It is HIGHLY recommended that your watch Volume 1 first. It is also better if you watch them in order.  (But not necessary)

Because of the large number of requests for more training like Hip Tricks Volume 1 and 2, there will be a Volume 3 and 4 as well.


Video-on-demand streaming is available through the website to subscribers. In addition, video files are available for download for those who directly purchase individual titles from their cart.