[Sidefx-houdini-list] First houdini book

rafal baq8 at op.pl
Sat Feb 4 12:39:56 EST 2006


uhmm.... it's really amazing how some describe their feelings to 3D 
software,  I bet the next book will be something like: "Me and Houdini" :)

r|m

Andrew D Lyons wrote:
> Yep - good work Will and co. Following a quick skim I thought it was
> comprehensive and well written.
>
> Just quietly - I find the prospect of having to code all my shots in a text
> editor intimidating. With high end work it seems there's a lot of that for
> non-Houdini users.
>
> Here's some thoughts (inspired by Caleb Howard's recently published writing)
> for all those feeling indecision about whether to learn Houdini:
>
> It's good to fall in love with 3D software that doesn't start destroying
> your life a year or so later. Houdini may not present itself like a woman in
> an Amsterdam window. It may not intoxicate you with the joys of instant
> gratification like some other packages. But when the mirage of that initial
> honeymoon is over it doesn't leave you at some hellish impasse with a
> life-long scourge either. When you choose to learn a 3D package, you're
> choosing something that you will potentially spend decades of your life
> with. Although it's tempting, you don't want to make a long-term choice like
> that based on the promise of easy initial gains. As with many things, that
> which seems daunting at first usually has greater promise for the long term
> future. Also, the facade of simplicity proffered by other tools may have
> delivered gains in the short term, but it can end up being the very bane of
> your existence in the long term. If you're undecided about whether to make
> the investment to learn Houdini, my advice would be to pursue gui-based,
> full-blown proceduralism like your life depends on it. There's plenty of
> high end companies that will quickly respect your decision with employment
> working on feature films.
>
> Cheers
>
>
>
>
> On 03/02/06, Ziggy Uszkurat <ziggy at zigzagfilms.com> wrote:
>   
>> Chris
>>
>> I just got Will's book -- along with many others, I can only give it the
>> highest endorsement. It's not just a very good book about Houdini, it is
>> also very well written, concise and clear textbook. I suspect even a
>> hardened Houdini user will find a lot of gems -- however, for us Houdini
>> virgins, the amount and quality of information is outstanding. And, no, it
>> is not intimidating -- Will gives step by step guides. You jump right in
>> an
>> learn through example. Just buy the book!
>>
>> Ziggx
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: sidefx-houdini-list-bounces at sidefx.com
>> [mailto:sidefx-houdini-list-bounces at sidefx.com]On Behalf Of christopher
>> exarhos
>> Sent: 03 February 2006 00:01
>> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
>> Subject: [Sidefx-houdini-list] First houdini book
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> It is great to finally see the first Houdini book realeased. I have not
>> had
>> a chance
>> to read it other than the sample pages shown on Amazon. But, my question
>> is:
>>
>> Is the whole book just like the sample pages? The shown pages are 90%
>> text.
>> To a lot
>> if people I know this software is already intimidating, and after looking
>> the sneak peak
>> of book. It makes Houdini look really intimidating.
>>
>> Overall, best to all the authors and I look foward to any books released
>> on
>> Houdini to add to
>> my library.
>>
>> Best,
>> Chris Exarhos
>>
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