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Houdini Cluster by Smattila Houdini Cluster by Smattila
I stumbled into something interesting while studying Houdini 11. This is actually shaded voxel cloud in 3d space.

The stars are just a background but perhaps I'l change them to particles later and try an animation..will see. Too many projects going on atm but this thing is just too interesting not to research further :P


Edit: Did a little animation of similar scene. Shitty quality but I guess its okay for the first attempt :P [link]
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Erwin0265 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Sweet nebula!
I've never used Houdini; perhaps it's time to at least have a little "looksee"....................
If only to be able to create another nebula type.
I've been playing with nebula creation in Vue also (as mentioned by priteeboy.deviantart.com/)..
And then there's Apophysis, Photoshop; the list goes on (well, for me, it actually stops there as I have more programs to learn.........................
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kaede-kit Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Whoa, this is pretty cool.
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CherylWho Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I could get so lost in this one. It's absolutely gorgeous!

:)
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Photographer
Looks very real.. gr8 job man
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DannyGordon20 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Filmographer
Excellent nebula work
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Smattila Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011   General Artist
Thank you! I updated the description with a link to a small animation of the same voxel based setup
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool, I downloaded the free version of the program to get a idea of it. :P
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Smattila Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011   General Artist
Thanks. And good luck xD
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student General Artist
You are welcome. :P
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R3bel02 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Wow! It looks like real photography! Make more works like this! Really impressive.
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Smattila Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   General Artist
Im doing some animation tests with the same idea later today
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BLPH Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Digital Artist
Now please don't tell me this was the thing you were gonna show me xD

Looking amazing! :clap:
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Smattila Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   General Artist
YES!
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BLPH Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Digital Artist
haet :paranoid:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Voxel? Now I swear programs are just making up words these days :lmao: This is really cool, you might have a nebula generator on your hands, it has a very natural photographic look to it :clap:
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Erkhyan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Well, voxels have been part of the 3D vocabulary since at least the 90s. I actually played a game back in 2000 that pretended to use voxels to generate the terrain...
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HotSnake Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Outcast?
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Erkhyan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Nope: Thunder Brigade.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, and to think I didn't hear that word until today :shocked:
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Erkhyan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Well it depends which programs you were exposed to. Lightwave users would have had their ears full of voxels around 2001 ;P
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Smattila Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   General Artist
Yeah. It's basically a pixel in space that has volume :D I think that nebula generator reference might be very close to what this is. I tried several iterations and different colors, they all look pretty good.. Im going to do some camera movements next and see how it looks. Rendertime is a bitch tho..
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, that makes sense. It's like the difference between an inch and a square inch then :D

I've found a way to get a decent nebula base out of Vue myself using just procedural materials that don't take too long to render since there's no volumetric effects or anything. Has made nebula creation a lot easier for me in times where I need one done in a hurry, but usually for my personal work I do them the old manual way. This here could really help out if you get commissioned for a nebula piece though, but I agree long render times are a bitch (I've been rendering the same scene for days now :yawn:)
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Smattila Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   General Artist
Yeah pretty much. I have tried similar things with terragen but I assume they render pretty much the same as vue. These however render in approx 15-20 minutes per frame @720p. It's not too bad. I can probably punch down the render time by optimization..Will have to experiment more
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