SideFX Houdini OnLine Basic Training Course (Learn Houdini)

DescriptionIf you are new to Houdini or a current user looking to expand its knowledge, this training course is for you. This is the most complete course about Houdini available out there and our customers just love it.This program is not for people wondering if Houdini is the right tool for them, this course is for people decided to learn Houdini once and for all. We currently have two versions of this program.Video course (Just video sessions) or Workshop (With a mentor by your side, assignments and project feedback) This course has been divided in to six different chapters

  • You will start by looking at the interface and navigation techniques inside Houdini.
  • Learning Houdini’s Modeling tools and procedural workflow will be our second chapter during this workshop.
  • Third session of the program is about learning materials and shaders in Houdini. In this chapter you will apply color and textures to your models.
  • After learning about procedural 3D modeling and materials you will deal with lights and illumination methods in Houdini.
  • Now you will learn that animation in Houdini is really fun and after this chapter you will be ready to start creating 3D animations without a problem using bones and other controls that will make easy to control your characters.
  • The end of our course is here, session six with Mantra render. Here you will explore the different parameters that will help you to get really nice images using Houdini’s powerful render engine.

After this you will be ready to move forward to our more advanced courses of Houdini FX.

Why should you study Houdini at CardanFX Studios?

  • Experienced artists and trainers working in the entertaintment insdustry for more than 15 years.
  • We are not a how to do an effect tutorial site. In CardanFX you are always working with your projects and not by our teachers, you really have to get your hands durty and this makes your learning process a lot more effective.
  • Learn Houdini at your own pace with somebody always guiding you through the entire program. We are always ready to help with any topic related to your OnLine classes by phone, google hang outs, email, Skype or even facebook.
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee. If After 2 weeks of training you feel like this is not the right course for you, we’ll give you your money back.*



Session 01

  • Workspace
  • Navigation
  • Understanding Houdini’s environment


  • Workspace
  • Nodes & Networks
  • Scene Pre-production
►Session 02

  • Modeling Tools in Houdini
  • Primitives, NURBS , Polygons and Normals
  • Modeling with Polygons
  • Modeling with NURBS
  • Procedural Modeling


  • Modeling with Polygons
  • Modeling with NURBS
  • Procedural Modeling
►Session 03
Introduction to Materials in Houdini.

  • The SHOP Network
  • Procedural Textures
  • Applying Materials
  • Creating Materials
  • Introduction to UV’s in Houdini
  • Working with Textures


  • Applying Materials
  • Coloring a scene
  • Textures
►Session 04

  • What is light and why we need it
  • Lights in Houdini
  • Shadows
  • Parameters
  • Networking and Linking Lights
  • Other Magic Tricks about Lights in Houdini
  • Creating Special Effects
  • The Three Point Light Technique


  • Lighting a Scene
►Session 05

  • Introduction to Animation
  • Keyframes and Interpolation
  • Basic Animation Techniques in Houdini
  • Relationships & Expressions
  • Bones and Rigging


  • Animating a Scene
►Session 06

  • What is Rendering
  • Mantra and other Render Engines
  • Output
  • Cameras and Resolution
  • Render Quality Settings
  • Other Important Settings
  • The M-Play
  • Multiple Images
  • The Render Cloud


  • Rendering Your Final Projects


  • You must be the age of majority in your country in order to apply. If you are a minor your parent or guardian should apply for you.
  • Contact us
  • Fill out the application form and send it back to us.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  • Wait for a response (Up to 48 hours)
If accepted If not
  • Pay tuition according with the program
  • Read instructions and policies about our training
  • Review materials needed to complete the course
  • Start learning!
  • Review the application and submit again.
  • If the reason is because there is not enough room in the course you can change your application to the next upcoming course available.

Technical requirements:

  • High speed internet service (1M recommended)
  • PC or MAC with the following specifications : Recent generation processor 32 ( 64-bit Recommended), 2 GB in RAM Memory (4 recommended), 100 GB free space in hard drive.

Software Requirements:

  • SideFX Houdini (Apprentice or Indie)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office/Oracle Open Office

Note: Minimum requirements may change without notice. Please contact our IT department if you have any question regarding this subject. We don’t sell or provide software licences.


  • Official CardanFX certificate
  • Portfolio properly organized with projects created during the training.

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Monthly payments are subject to approval. “100% satisfaction guaranteed” if 14 days after classes, you feel that our system does not meet your expectations you will get all tuition payments back with no hassles.This offer does not apply on courses with special discount.
Starts : May 23
More than 20 Hours
of Training +Projects
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Technical Theory
  • 3D Navigation
  • Geometry
  • Manipulation of 3D objects
  • Learn Houdini’s Basics procedural modeling
  • Basic concepts of computer animation
  • Render (Creation of CG images)
  • 3D Software VS 2D
  • What are NURBS,Polygons, Normals,Vectors,etc.
  • Form, color, texture and perspective
  • The creative process of CG
  • Basic 3D animation terminology
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