Artwork by Natalia Loktionova

ENGINE PLUG-INS

For Host Applications

Houdini Engine brings a procedural node-based approach to some of your favorite apps. In Houdini, build nodes networks that define a recipe that can be applied over and over, then wrap them up to create custom smart assets. Share these assets with colleagues who can load them directly into 3D apps such as Autodesk® Maya,® Autodesk® 3ds Max,® or Cinema 4D® or into game editors such as Unity® or Unreal Engine.®

UNITY

UNREAL

MAYA/3DS MAX

SIDEFX PLUG-INS

Four of the Engine plug-ins are developed and supported by SideFX. These are available when you download and install Houdini and work with Houdini Core, Houdini FX or Houdini Engine licenses. There are also Indie and Engine Indie licenses for users who qualify for our Indie program.

Autodesk Maya

Houdini Digital Assets can be loaded into Autodesk® Maya® with procedural controls. These assets can interact with Maya geometry and the results can be rendered in the Maya UI.

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Autodesk 3ds Max

Bring Houdini Digital Assets into this popular Windows-based 3D modelling and animation package. This plug-in is now available as part of Houdini 17.

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Unity

Create procedural game art using Houdini Digital Assets loaded into the Unity game editor. Create unique environments and props that can be modified using parameters on the asset.

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Unreal

Open the door to procedural workflows with Houdini Engine for UE4. Load Houdini Digital Assets into the Unreal Editor and manipulate parameters to get the right look for your game.

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PARTNER PLUG-INS

The Cinema 4D plug-in has been developed by Maxon and the Houdini Engine API can be used to create custom plug-ins for your favourite app. In both cases, the plug-ins would require Houdini Core,  Houdini FX, Houdini Engine or Indie licenses.

Cinema 4D

Houdini Engine for Cinema 4D brings high-end VFX tools to this popular 3D tool. Artists will be able to load assets into Cinema 4D and integrate the results with their existing scenes.

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Custom Plug-ins

The Houdini Engine API can be used to create plug-ins for any number of applications. If you are interested in creating a plug-in for your favorite app, you can get started right away!

HOUDINI API DOCS

COMMERCIAL

INDIE

Houdini Engine

Houdini Engine licenses let you run the plug-ins and batch process on computers which don't have access to interactive licenses. They offer a more affordable solution for larger pipelines.

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FREE Houdini Engine Indie

Houdini Engine Indie offers a way for indie artists to have free access to running the plug-ins or batch processing on up to 3 computers which don't have access to interactive licenses. 

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LEARNING

Assets created in Houdini Apprentice can be deployed in school labs using Houdini Engine Education to load them into Host apps.Hobbyists or artists working at home, should consider working with Houdini Indie to work with the Engine Plug-ins.