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Resources

Support Tools

Support Tools

NameLinkDescription
Mapbox
VFX Toolbox
HDA to export .pcache and .vf files for use with Unity VFX Graph.
OD Tools
Collection of project management and process optimization tools for use in Houdini.
OD Tools - CopyPaste
Scripts for quick copy/paste workflows between a variety of DCC tools.
Image Magick
Image management tool. Integrates with Houdini TOPs.
Exoside Quad Remesher
Mixamo
Atoms Crowd
Rizom-Lab UV Virtual Spaces
Open Street Map
DJV
Open-source review software for VFX, animation, and film production.
DMNK Shelf
Collection of Python scripts for Houdini workflows
ByPlay Reality Editor
MOPs (Motion Operators)
Open source toolkit for Houdini motion operations.
SideFX Labs Tools
Extension of unique tools for use in Houdini, including optimized workflows and interoperability.
qLib
Extension of open source tools for use within Houdini, including highly optimized, multithreaded operations.
Aelib
Collection of custom HDAs, presets, and scripts.
CG Toolbox
Scripts and tools for efficient workflow management.
VEX Syntax for VS Code
Houdini definitions for use within VS Code.
USD Manager
Open-source tool for browsing, managing, and editing USD files.
Shotgun Publisher Tool
HDA for outputting and publishing to PM tools like Shotgun via PDG.
openFirehawk
Open-source tool for multi-cloud VFX pipeline applications.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

NameShortcutNotes
Set quickmark
CTRL + 1, CTRL + 2, etc.
Maximum of 5 quickmarks
Network wiring: Add dot
ALT + Drag wire
Network wiring styles
SHIFT + S
Toggle between Straight and Rounded wiring styles
Node palette: Shapes
Z
Node: Copy
ALT + drag node to copy
Node: Copy Referenced
CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + drag node to copy
Creates node copy with parameters linked to original using references.
Node palette: Colors
C
Node: Bypass
B or Q
Node: Template
E or W
Node: Display
R
Node: Render (only)
CTRL + Click Display/Render Flag
e.g., Output node in Solver node
Scene: Wireframe View
W
Scene: Smooth Wire Shaded View
SHIFT + W
Quick Visualize Node
Select node + X
Creates a Visualize node immediately after selected node
Quick Add/Link Node
Select node + TAB, identify next node from list, SHIFT + ENTER
If selected node has the display flag, newly created node will take the display flag
Maximize Panel View
CTRL + B
Toggle to max view and return to typical panel size
Switch Node Inputs
SHIFT + R
Organize Node Layout (All)
L
Organize Node Layout (Selected Nodes)
SHIFT + L
Node Network Overview
O
Enter Selected Node Network
I
Exit Current Node Network
U
Delete Channels
CTRL + SHIFT + LMB
Perform this operation over parameter name
Create Subnet
Select node/s + SHIFT + C
Verify subnet has Output nodes added.
Create Visualize Node
Select node + X
Update to Manual Mode
ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + M
Custom hotkey
Update to Auto Mode
ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + A
Custom hotkey
Edit Parameter Interface
CTRL + P
Panes/Parameter Fields & Labels, Network Editor/Node Menu
Copy Parameter
CTRL + ALT + C
Panes/Parameter Fields & Labels
Paste Copied Relative Refs
CTRL + ALT + V
Panes/Parameter Fields & Labels
Edit in External Editor
CTRL + E
Opens PyCharm Editor
External Python Source Editor
CTRL + ALT + E
Opens PyCharm Editor
Enable Object Pivot Transform
INS
Once enabled, pivot can be transformed independently of object.
Radial Menu: Snap Controls
X
Context: Scene View
Radial Menu: Current Tool Controls
C
Context: Scene View
Radial Menu: View Controls
V
Context: Scene View

Acronyms

Acronyms

AbbreviationDefinition
USD
Universal Scene Description
LIVRPS
Local, Inherits, Variant Sets, References, Payload, Specializes
HOM
Houdini Object Model
DOP
Dynamics Operator
ROP
Rendering Operator
VOP
VEX Operator
POP
Particles Operator
COP
Compositing Operator
CHOP
Channel Operator
SHOP
Shader Operator
SOP
Surface Operator
AOV
Arbitrary Output Variable