Following several teasers and a sneak peeks, SideFX recently released Houdini 18 with a new procedural lookdev system Solaris for layout and lighting. Solaris is based on the USD standard and integrates with the other big feature of this release, a new Karma Render engine based on Hydra. Many other improvements are included including SOP-based tools for configuring Destruction and Pyro FX shots and improved UX and optimizations. To see the announcement in full, watch the launch on Vimeo and read about it on the SideFX website.  

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