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Applied Houdini Particles IV - Physical Instances will teach you how to go beyond using particles to just simulate points, and instead treat them as physical things! When dealing with massive amounts of physical objects, it is no longer efficient (or even possible at all oftentimes) to use rigid body systems to get a quick and good looking result. Instead, we will customize the behavior of the particles both in the air and colliding with the ground to look great and simulate fast. Also covered in this lesson is an easy to implement growth/dissolving algorithm, better translucency shading, and more of my favorite workflow tricks. Start making impossibly detailed particle simulations now!

Applied Houdini is a production quality oriented series created by Steven Knipping (, currently a Senior Rigid Body Destruction / FX Technical Director at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Benefit from production proven workflows while also getting an in depth explanation of why things works they way they do. Best of all - each video is crammed with actual information and footnotes instead of gratuitous talking and dead space!

Purchase Price: $55.99

Released on: 09/05/2018

Updated on: 09/05/2018

Category: FXs

Total Duration: 3h 2m 32s

Level: From Intermediate to Advanced

Language: en


The author provided for you some example files. Example files can range from 3d Scenes to Photoshop projects, from Premiere projects to code. They are very helpful to understand more the concepts explained in the course.

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Tools used: Houdini

Prerequisites: Particles I

Tags: houdini, fx, effects, vfx, simulation, particles, instances, physical