Houdini 17 Banshee review

Is SideFX's latest release up to scratch?

Our Verdict

A fantastic range of new tools and features added, including the excellent Vellum.

For

  • New simulation engine Vellum
  • Lots of FX enhancements
  • New modelling/UV, terrain and animation tools

Against

  • A bit laggy

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Some serious users of Houdini might say that the software is more of a 3D operating system, because of its complexity and versatility. The newest release, 17 or Banshee, is the heaviest release in recent years. As usual, the dev team at SideFX have focused mostly on the effects modules, but have also touched on almost all other parts of Houdini, so just listing all of the new features and enhancements would take a while.

As you may have noticed in previous releases, many new features are ‘by TDs, for TDs’ kind of tools and the low-level, hard-coded ones are throttled back. It’s the same with this version, and we’ve got quite a few new, ready-to-cook shelf tools that will help you create stunning 3D art.

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The Verdict
5

out of 10

Houdini 17 Banshee review

A fantastic range of new tools and features added, including the excellent Vellum.

Greg is a VFX artist with a passion for cinematic scientific visualisations.