Houdini 18 introduces SideFX Solaris – a USD-based context for lookdev, layout and lighting that brings procedural tools to this important part of the pipeline. This release also includes SOP-based tools for configuring Destruction and Pyro FX shots, and UX enhancements throughout the software.
Solaris is a suite of look development, layout and lighting tools that empower artists to create USD-based scene graphs from asset creation to final render. Solaris integrates with USD’s HYDRA Imaging Framework for access to a wide range of renderers such as the new SideFX Karma, Pixar RenderMan, Autodesk Arnold, Maxon Redshift and AMD ProRender.
With the addition of a new Sparse solver, you can now create more impressive fire and smoke shots with detail where you need it. Houdini 18 includes a highly controllable solver for Pyro spreading – and the entire Pyro FX pipeline is available in SOPs, including post-processing.