In this article, we will try to help you install OctaneRender for Houdini. OTOY Octane has supported the plugin to Houdini for a rather long time (about 7 years), and it becomes a choice for many 3D works. You might know how to install Houdini, but to install Octane to Houdini is a different story. You should follow this instruction on your own PC, or on our remote server when you first using it. Let’s get started.
Step 1) You login your OTOY account to download the version of Octane for Houdini that you have bought. If you haven’t bought it, you should contact OTOY and do it.
Step 2) There are three OS Windows, macOS and Linux you can download from. Now you should select which one you use. In here we select Windows. It then will lead you to a page of software license management. Tick “I accept” and keep clicking Download.
Step 3) Now OctaneRender for Houdini is downloaded to your computer. Go to your Downloads folder and find the .zip to unzip it.
Now you set the plugin into Houdini
Step 4) Open the unzip folder of the downloaded file, and find the match version of Houdini you are using. In here we use 17.5.173 version. Right click it > Copy and paste it to the destination folder.
Step 5) In this step you will need to open the Octane folder you have just copied to the destination folder, go to bin directory and copy the path from the Windows explorer. Next, you come to This PC > Documents > Houdini 17.5 and find “houdini.env” file and open it with Notepad. Paste the path you just copied to this Notepad, and edit it like below to assign the Environment paths to load the Octane for Houdini plugin.
Step 6) Now you Launch Houdini and will see Octane menu. You can add Octane from Added shelves.
Now you have succeeded in installing the OctaneRender for Houdini plugin and can start using it.
This is an instruction for installing OctaneRender for Houdini plugin. Sometimes, you will find it impossible to locate the “houdini.env” file anywhere. If you encounter this issue, you should contact OTOY staff to get help (OTOY support).
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