SideFX Solaris Reveal | SIGGRAPH 2019

SideFX’s Scott Keating showcases the upcoming SideFX Solaris at SIGGRAPH 2019.

Solaris brings a new context called LOPS, or lighting operators, that brings native USD [Universal Scene Description] support to Houdini to allow for comprehensive lookdev, layout and lighting workflows.

– Geometry brought into LOPS becomes USD – USD remains USD while in LOPS.

– Solaris provides a visual editor for working with USD.

– Solaris supports a wide variety of lookdev, layout and lighting tasks.

– Solaris is a new context in Houdini Core, Houdini FX, Houdini Indie and Houdini Apprentice – not a separate application.

– A new USD-compliant renderer called SideFX Karma Render was announced for Solaris/USD
This new renderer works with Hydra for fast IPR.
This will be a fast CPU-based renderer with a GPU version of it being developed for a future release.
Solaris also works with other Hydra-compliant renderers such as RenderMan.

Solaris is planned to be released as part of Houdini 18 in late 2019. Karma Render will be released in beta at the same time.


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