Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Tutorial: Creating Tire Smoke FX in Houdini

The Gnomon Workshop has released Creating Tire Smoke FX in Houdini, a guide to using Houdini’s sparse Pyro solver in production, recorded by FX TD Eric Mancha.

The intermediate-level workshop provides over 100 minutes of training in Houdini and Nuke.

A concise guide to using Houdini’s sparse Pyro solver for smoke simulation
In the workshop, Mancha demonstrates how to simulate tire smoke using Houdini’s Pyro Solver (Sparse) dynamics node, approaching the task from the perspective of a studio production.

Topics covered include how to set up collisions, how to apply custom micro solvers, and how to use Houdini’s VEX expression language for simulation integration.

Macha also reveals effective lighting and rendering techniques, and explores how to use Nuke to composite the FX elements generated in Houdini to create the the final effect.

As well as the tutorial videos, viewers of the workshop can download project files including an animated 3D model provided by HKV Studios, the render cam, and the final smoke set-up.

About the artist
Eric Mancha is a Senior FX Technical Director, who has worked with leading visual effects studios including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Scanline VFX and Digital Domain.

He has worked on movie projects including Joker, Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Flash.

Pricing and availability
Creating Tire Smoke FX in Houdini is available via a subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, which provides access to over 300 tutorials.

Subscriptions cost $54/month or $499/year. Free trials are available.

Read more about Creating Tire Smoke FX in Houdini on The Gnomon Workshop’s website

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