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hard surface modeling - 4 parts

total duration - 8 hrs 20 mins

The video training includes the hip files

Training level - intermediate

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This training covers the process of building a highly detailed sci-fi power module and it's surrounding environment entirely from scratch in Houdini. To model this scene we shall use a combination of poly modeling, NURBS, VDB and a little bit of VOPS.

This training will also help highlight the advantages of having a procedural system while building complex models and environments. The final chapter will take a look at how to render the scene in Octane Standalone by exporting the scene using Alembic.

The training is broken into 4 parts. You can read the details of each part after the break.

NOTE: This is training does not cover UV mapping and texturing of the scene

part 1 

Content Details - 7 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 118 mins

price $25

lesson plan

  1. modeling the basic structure

  2. building the metal frame

  3. making the power block using VDB

  4. modeling the top connector

  5. adding a frame to the power block

  6. building ends for the metal frame

  7. building internal connectors

Part 2

Content Details - 7 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 114 mins

price $25

Lesson Plan

  1. modeling internal cabling

  2. adding additional details to the model

  3. modeling the basics of the centre

  4. adding panels to the centre

  5. adding inner blades for the engine

  6. building the outer module of the engine

  7. finishing the outer module of the engine

part 3 

Content Details - 9 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 157 mins

price $25

lesson plan

  1. modeling the engine core

  2. finishing the engine core

  3. building the back of the engine

  4. modeling the front of the power module

  5. building the power pins

  6. sdding cables to the front module

  7. modeling the back fins

  8. modeling the exhaust

  9. building the interior details for the exhaust

part 4 

Content Details - 7 Video Chapters (with Audio)

Duration - 120 mins

price $25

lesson plan

  1. modeling the base armour

  2. starting with the environment. Building the cable box.

  3. modeling the platform

  4. building and simulating the cables

  5. adding the top lighting structure

  6. modeling a chair and a computer

  7. exporting and rendering in Octane Standalone. (chapter will be updated in a few weeks.)

REQUIREMENTS - It would be preferable to use Houdini 15 Indie version. The Houdini files are in the Houdini Indie format. However the training can even be completed in the Houdini Apprentice version without any problems.