This tutorial series focuses on creating large-scale explosions on water. We will look at creating several scenes with different types of explosions. Both in scale and in type.

Such simulations are quite often used in game cinematics, movies, etc.

After studying these lessons, you will be able to learn to combine particle and volumetric simulations, deepen your knowledge in creating FLIP simulations, save and use caches. All simulations are created from scratch. The tools developed during the lesson can be used to build almost any type of water explosion.

Complex explosions, as a rule, created from several elements and combined into a single one. We’ll also use this scheme – split the explosion into multiple simulations, make a separate render, and then combine it all in a compositing program. For this, I use the Nuke, but the assembly is quite simple, so you can use any software you know. We will also learn how to render all necessary layers (AOVs) in Mantra.

All lessons are divided into 2 parts.

In the first, we will look at creating a basic explosion. A large amount of time is devoted to the source creation, because it is one of the most important elements of any explosion simulation. I will also pay attention to the creation of additional elements, the setting of FLIP and PYRO simulations and final render.

In the second part, we will try to reproduce a large-scale explosion (nuclear type). For this, we will use the setup from the first blast, but make it more optimized to save resources (using TOP).

In the final part, we will also look at the different types of explosions we can create using our setup, with just a little modification.

The lesson is designed for people who have certain skills to work in Houdini.


Houdini version: 19.5

Level: Middle

Duration: 14hr47min

Video: FullHD

Language: English

  • Part 1 – Base explsoion
    • 01.01.creating source  (29m 17s)  
    • 01.02.flip simulation  (43m 49s) 
    • 01.03.watersurface  (28m 33s)  
    • 01.04. flip tweaking  (28m 4s)  
    • 01.05. secondary elements  (49m 15s)  
    • 01.06. render splashes  (33m 24s) 
    • 01.07. bottom explosion simulation  (55m 15s)  
    • 01.08. bottom explosion render  (23m 6s)  
    • 01.09. create water mist  (37m 35s) 
    • 01.10. render setup  (58m 35s) 
    • 01.11. finalizing part 1  (1h 1m 52s)  
    • 01.12. finalizing part 2  (41m 36s)  
  • Part 2 – Nuclear water explosion 
    • 02.01. source for nuke  (1h 9m 50s)
    • 02.02. nuke flip  (34m 33s) 
    • 02.03. clusters setup  (38m 47s)
    • 02.04. bottom splash source  (47m 4s)  
    • 02.05. bottom flip splash  (33m 50s)  
    • 02.06. bottom splash render (28m 14s)  
    • 02.07. volume mist  (48m 55s)  
    • 02.08. render elements  (29m 29s)
    • 02.09. additional explosion setup  (26m 55s)  
    • 02.10. combining elements  (8m 52s) 
    • 02.11. merge explosions  (31m 4s)

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FENG · 28.07.2023 at 06:49

Hello, please ask you this tutorial, whether it will be released once on Monday, or will it be updated as part of it every week?

    sapphire · 28.07.2023 at 08:51

    Hello. You will receive all the material on the release day.

username · 11.08.2023 at 14:29

Are the videos downloadable?

User · 01.01.2024 at 22:46

I paid to watch your tutorial, but I don’t know where I get the files and watch the videos. Please tell me.

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