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Vector graphics software for filmmaking and game development

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Houdini Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Houdini FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does Houdini offer?

Houdini has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $175.00/month
Pricing model: Free, Subscription


Q. Who are the typical users of Houdini?

Houdini has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Q. What languages does Houdini support?

Houdini supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does Houdini offer an API?

Yes, Houdini has an API available for use.


Q. What other apps does Houdini integrate with?

Houdini integrates with the following applications:
Hydra


Q. What level of support does Houdini offer?

Houdini offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk

Houdini product overview

Price starts from

175

Per month

Per Feature

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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Knowledge Base
FAQs/Forum
Email/Help Desk

Training options

Videos

Houdini pricing information

Value for money

4.3

/5

7

Starting from

175

Per month

Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

Houdini features

Functionality

5.0

/5

7

Total features

10

1 categories

Most valued features by users

Third-Party Integrations
Drag & Drop
Data Import/Export
Collaboration Tools
Animation
Configurable Workflow
Design Management
Image Editing

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Houdini users reviews

Overall Rating

4.7

/5

7

Positive reviews

100

%

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.71/10
Rating distribution

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Computer Software, self-employed

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Creative software

Reviewed 3 years ago

It's great software, I specifically used it to model playground terrain, and it's amazing.

Pros

It is a very intuitive and powerful software, it has many payment plans, even if you are an indie studio you can use it for free up to a certain amount of income, and it has specific plans according to what you need and the income you have.

Cons

I really have nothing against this program, maybe render optimization, but the whole program overcomes that problem.

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Micalen R.

Computer Games, self-employed

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Houdini: One of the best software for VFX.

Reviewed 2 years ago

Houdini is my favorite tool to use for VFX. It's powerful and ultra realistic. There are a ton of tools and features to help me create whatever I want. Houdini is a paid software but very worth it. I will take a little while to learn. Overall I love using Houdini and it has helped me make some incredible creations.

Pros

Houdini is an incredibly powerful tool. It works really great as a 3D modeling tool and I can create highly detailed models and characters. But where Houdini really shines is its particle effects system and physics system to create beautiful VFX. I love using Houdini to create visually stunning VFX for character animations. Its particle system is packed full of tools that allow me to create almost any kind of effect I can imagine. The physics system is incredibly realistic and I can apply forces to my effects. Houdini is one of the best for VFX.

Cons

The only real con I have with Houdini is that it is very confusing to use. It doesn't have the most user-friendly UIs. So it will take you a while to learn everything and get used to it all. But once you do then you have access to a very powerful tool.

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vijay k.

Motion Pictures and Film, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Houdini best for Fx and simulation FX

Reviewed 4 years ago

Its the best software i have ever experienced for FX

Pros

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

Cons

Complicated Render optimisation, Render timing should be noticed

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John K.

Defense & Space, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A humbling experience

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, Houdini's experience has been a humbling one. I can't see myself ever moving away from it.

Pros

Houdini is probably one of the hardest pieces of VFX software out there, but if you give it time and patience it's also going to be the most rewarding and flexible to your needs. They spend an incredible amount of time on R&D, so you know the money that is being spent on the product itself is reinvested in the software. SideFX continues to change the game with every release and it's super exciting looking to the next major version to see what they come up with.

Cons

There are tons of reasons why Houdini is an amazing piece of software, but there are also a number of crucial reasons why its not for everyone. Some of these are: the learning curve it takes to get into the software, the cost associated with purchasing the software, the additional render token cost is really high, and some parts of the software feel a little dated or entirely unused by a lot of artists.

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Kalina B.

Computer Software, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Creates

Reviewed 3 years ago

Works great with data. The Houdini+Mantra combination creates stunning imagery. I use it for cinematic scientific visualization. I've used Maya, 3DS Max, and Blender to some extent, but Houdini is really the best tool for this sort of work.

Pros

It is a very powerful tool and creates absolutely beautiful effects and imagery. The fact that it's procedural makes life much easier for certain tasks than some competing software products. I do a lot of scripting and coding in/around Houdini, and it's very developer-friendly. You can do just about anything either visually with the node editor or programmatically.

Cons

As is true for all other visual effects / animation software - this has a steep learning curve. I've been using it for 7 years now, and I'm still discovering new features and better ways to do things. It's a very powerful tool but is quite complicated and you never can really know all that it's capable of!

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