SideFX releases Houdini for Apple Silicon

SideFX releases Houdini for Apple Silicon

Thursday, February twenty third, 2023 | Posted by Jim Thacker

SideFX has formally launched Houdini for Apple Silicon, the brand new construct of the procedural 3D software program with native assist for the Apple Silicon processors in present Macs.

The Apple Silicon construct is now thought of prepared to be used in manufacturing, and can obtain common day by day builds and manufacturing builds, alongside the builds of Houdini for Home windows, Linux and Intel Macs.

Now prepared to be used in manufacturing, regardless of a few recognized limitations
First launched as a tech preview slightly below a yr in the past, Houdini for Apple Silicon brings native assist for Apple’s M1 and M2 Sequence processors to SideFX’s 3D software program.

Native Apple Silicon assist ought to enhance the way in which that Houdini – which beforehand ran on Apple Silicon Macs beneath Rosetta, Apple’s translation setting – performs on present Macs.

Whereas the unique tech preview had various restrictions in comparison with builds of Houdini for different working methods and older Intel Macs, subsequent updates have steadily whittled down the checklist.

Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a couple of known limitations, together with lack of GPU acceleration in Karma XPU, the CPU/GPU model of Houdini’s new renderer – nonetheless formally in beta, and solely supported on Nvidia GPUs.

As well as, of SideFX’s Houdini Engine plugins for DCC purposes and sport engines, solely the Unity plugin is supported, not these for 3ds Max, Maya and Unreal Engine.

(Editor’s notice: the discussion board put up itemizing the constraints hasn’t been up to date since final week, so we’ve contacted SideFX to substantiate that they nonetheless apply to the manufacturing launch.)


See Houdini operating on a brand new MacBook Professional with an Apple Silicon M2 Max processor on this latest Apple promo video, which options Naughty Canine TD Matt Puchala, developer of the Axiom solver for Houdini.

One of many first key VFX instruments to assist M1 processors natively
The discharge makes SideFX one of many first key VFX builders to assist Apple Silicon processors natively.

Maxon was fast to helps Apple Silicon natively in its Redshift renderer, and has since launched native assist in ZBrush 2023, the newest model of the digital sculpting software program.

Nevertheless, whereas Autodesk and Foundry have lately begun to introduce native assist of their software program – in Flame and Flix, respectively – each Maya and Nuke at present run on Apple Silicon Macs beneath Rosetta.

Value and system necessities
Houdini for Apple Silicon is offered as a part of the newest manufacturing construct of Houdini, Houdini 19.5.534. It should now obtain daily builds alongside different supported {hardware} platforms.

Houdini 19.0 is offered for Home windows 8+, macOS 10.15+, and Linux distros. Discover pricing on this story.

Read SideFX’s announcement of the official release of Houdini for Apple Silicon

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