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Lightning Strike Destruction – Houdini & Nuke VFX Course by Voxyde


Release date:2022, May


Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

Welcome to the “VFX Scene Creation in Houdini” course, where we will embark on an exciting journey to build a visually stunning scene from scratch. From terrain creation to lightning effects and smoke debris, let’s explore the key components of this comprehensive course.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Terrain Creation:
    • Use the heightfield workflow in Houdini to create a detailed and realistic terrain.
    • Implement cutting techniques to obtain fractured pieces where needed.
  • Fracture and Simulation:
    • Apply multiple cutting techniques to obtain fractured geometry.
    • Create a custom vector for simulating the movement of fractured pieces.
    • Integrate small rock debris to add variation and realism.
  • Lightning FX and Rays:
    • Generate lightning geometry using a combination of POP simulations, copy-to-points techniques, and attribute VOPs.
    • Create volumetric rays from fractured pieces to enhance the lightning effect.
  • Debris Smoke and Dirt:
    • Utilize fractured geometry to generate smoke debris.
    • Introduce another layer of particles to act as dirt and enhance the scene’s realism.
  • Render and Composite:
    • Set up different renders for each layer, including AOVs for complete control.
    • In the Nuke section, bring all elements together and apply final touches, tips, and tricks.

Target Audience:

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced users of Houdini. Whether you are a VFX artist, animator, or someone keen on creating visually captivating scenes, this course provides valuable insights.


Led by an industry expert, the course leverages professional experience and industry-inspired techniques to guide learners through the entire process.

Course Structure:

Structured as a step-by-step guide, each section builds upon the previous one, providing a holistic understanding of scene creation in Houdini.

Why Take This Course:

If you aspire to master scene creation in Houdini and want to explore advanced techniques for lightning effects, debris simulation, and realistic renders, this course offers practical knowledge and professional insights.

Join the Journey:

Embark on a journey into VFX scene creation. Learn to build captivating terrains, simulate lightning, and enhance scenes with smoke and debris. Enroll now to elevate your proficiency in Houdini and bring your creative visions to life!

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