1.      Platforms, prices, and supplier/creator

o           Windows, Linux, Irix

o           Houdini Escape: $1,995, Houdini Master: $7,995, and Houdini Batch:   $1495

o           Side Effects Software Inc. :  http://www.sidefx.com/


2.      Applications

o          The Houdini software is a family of animation tools for visual effects artists and technical directors

o          Houdini Escape can be used to model, animate, render and composite, is also suitable for character animation

o          Houdini Master is mainly used for 3D animation and visual effects with node-based procedural workflow

o          Houdini  Batch is capable of generating render scene description files, geometry archive files, batch process dynamic simulation or construct large number of scene files using shared assets


3.      Web Resources

o          Official website:       http://www.sidefx.com/community/learn/index.html

o          Examples/Samples: http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=22&Itemid=279