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Particles V - Grains is here to teach you how to make epic snow/sand/mud effects with grains in the Vellum Solver, also known as PBD (point based dynamics)! In this lesson we will quickly learn how to efficiently simulate millions of tiny stacking particles in order to make a snowy expanse collapse into a sinkhole. Along the way we'll control various properties and constraints to control our grain simulation, as well as cover novel geometry and rendering based tricks to make our snow look as good as possible. Start playing with snow with grains today!

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: $71.99

Released on: 10/25/2018

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Category: FXs

Total Duration: 3h 56s

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, particles, grains, simulation, vfx, effects, fx, sidefx, vellum, snow, sand