SideFX Unveils Powerful New Features in Houdini 20.5

SideFX, the company behind the industry-leading 3D animation and VFX software Houdini, has recently unveiled details about their upcoming Houdini 20.5 release. This update promises to be a game-changer, bringing a host of new features and improvements that will excite both professionals and newcomers to the software.

Houdini 20.5 Keynote

The keynote presentation, available to watch on the SideFX YouTube channel, offers a comprehensive look at what the new version brings to the table.

Houdini 20.5 Feature Highlights:

Here are some of the key highlights:

  • Enhanced Artist Workflow: Houdini 20.5 prioritizes keeping artists within the familiar LOP (Layer Operator Network) environment. This expanded functionality allows artists to tackle a wider range of tasks. On one hand, they can craft incredibly detailed soft objects like pillows with wrinkle deformers and sculpting brushes. On the other hand, manipulating objects directly in the viewport with the Stage Manager becomes effortless. Everything benefits from a smoother and more efficient workflow within Solaris and Karma. This reduction in context switching keeps the creative momentum flowing.
  • Dynamics and Character Tools: Houdini 20.5 takes dynamics and character animation to the next level. The new Material Point Method solver tackles complex fluid simulations with ease, while advancements in feather and wing rigging allow for incredibly detailed and realistic character animation.
  • Environment Creation: Building large-scale environments becomes easier with the introduction of procedural crowd generation. This lets artists populate scenes with realistic crowds. Additionally, a comprehensive new car rig streamlines the creation of detailed vehicles.
  • Compositing: Houdini 20.5 breaks new ground with the introduction of Copernicus, a groundbreaking new compositing toolset. This innovative addition integrates seamlessly with the existing workflow, allowing for powerful compositing directly within Houdini. No more jumping between software programs – Houdini 20.5 empowers artists to take their creations from concept to final shot within a single, streamlined environment.
  • Faster Rendering: Karma, SideFX’s production-proven renderer, receives a performance boost with updates to Karma XPU. This translates to faster rendering times for a smoother overall experience. Artists can now iterate on their creations and see results quicker than ever before.

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A Look Ahead

These are just a few of the exciting features packed into new version of Houdini software. With its focus on streamlined workflows, enhanced tools, and powerful new capabilities, Houdini 20.5 promises to be a game-changer for 3D artists working in VFX, animation, and game development.

For a deeper dive into the specifics of these features and more, be sure to check out the full Houdini 20.5 Keynote presentation on the SideFX YouTube channel.

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