Houdini Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives


Vector graphics software for filmmaking and game development

4.0/5 (1 review)

Houdini overview

What is Houdini?

Houdini is a vector graphics software that helps businesses in filmmaking, game development, and motion graphics industry create multiple iterations, share workflows, build simulations, and create 3D models on a centralized platform. The procedural modeling tool enables staff members to maintain a construction history and create cityscapes, environments, and other surface topology models.

Houdini allows developers to utilize the built-in animation and rigging tools to create custom characters and creatures with muscles, hair, furs, clothing, and more. The terrain system enables employees to create layers and use procedural noise and mask out area tools to edit terrains according to individual preferences. The crowds tool allows graphic designers to manage crowd layouts, rag doll dynamics, steering, collision avoidance, terrain adaptation, and motion blending processes.

Houdini facilitates integration with several third-party solutions, such as RenderMan, Redshift, Octane Render, Mantra, and more. It also allows visual effects artists to create particle and dynamic simulations. The asset creation tool lets users encapsulate node networks into shareable custom nodes.


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Houdini user reviews

Very good

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vijay k.

Houdini best for Fx and simulation FX

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-06
Review Source: Capterra

Its the best software i have ever experienced for FX

Interface is easy node based Like nuke which is east and simple to use for any new user

Complicated Render optimisation, Render timing should be noticed

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Houdini pricing

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Houdini is available across several pricing plans, outlined below. It also offers a 30-days free trial.
Houdini Apprentice: Free of cost for students, artists, and hobbyists
Houdini Indie-
· 1 Year rental: $269
· 2 year rental: $399
For Artists (Workstation License)-
· Houdini Core: $1,995 (Perpetual license)
· Houdini FX: $4,495 (Perpetual license)
· Houdini Engine: $499 (Annual rental)
For Studios (Floating Licenses)
1. Houdini Core-
· Perpetual license: $2,995
· Annual rental: $1,995
· 90 day rental: $1,065
· 60 day rental: $710
· 30 day rental: $355
2. Houdini FX-
· Perpetual license: $6,995
· Annual rental: $4,995
· 90 day rental: $2,625
· 60 day rental: $1,750
· 30 day rental: $875
3. Houdini Engine-
· Annual rental: $795
· 90 day rental: $525
· 60 day rental: $350
· 30 day rental: $175
· 14 day rental: $150
· 7 day rental: $75
Houdini Education- $75 (Annual rental)

Houdini features

Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop
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Additional information for Houdini

Key features of Houdini

  • Ability to insert animations/transitions
  • Ability to work collectively on a project while communicating and sharing information within the system in real time
  • Allows for integration with other systems/databases
  • Assemble applications and processes by dragging over and arranging pre-built components
  • Collaborate on creating a product by sharing and adjusting designs through a shared portal
  • Create professional looking videos through the use of filters, special effects, and clipping shots together
  • Create, design, and visually represent processes within the software
  • Edit, touch up, and convert images for publishing
  • Generation of non-photorealistic images from a 2D or 3D model
  • Import and export information and reports to and from the program
  • Improve business process by accessing more features and applications by combining third party integrations
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