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WOOD: Five Elements of VFX | Steven Knipping | Siggraph 2018


“The ‘Elements of VFX’ series features segments on Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, and Metal, each presented by a different Houdini expert who will bring their own experience and wisdom to the topic.

In this lesson, focusing on WOOD, Steve Knipping takes you through designing, building all of the pieces, and destroying a typical wooden boat. The lesson is crammed with a lot of techniques that you can apply to your own project, such as:

– Complex voronoi fractures based on a novel geometry analysis of the shape to be fractured
– Quick fracturing wood based simulation setup
– Advanced PolyExtrude and PolyPath applications
– Skinning complex shapes from a few curves
– Much, much, more!

Here’s the file from the video to help you along!

Credit: SideFX Houdini

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