David Ariew's supermega octane tutorial list



Inlifethrill is where most people start with Octane. He covers things more in depth than anybody.

Dig around on his Vimeo page for a ton of videos: https://vimeo.com/inlifethrill

And check out his site for some additional goodies: https://inlifethrill.com/category/tutorials/octane-render/

He also has a paid series on Helloluxx (somewhat out of date at this point, but still helpful): http://helloluxx.com/product-category/octane-training/


Immortal Arts

Good intro (though old at this point) from Immortal Arts, an amazing CG artist: https://vimeo.com/62241847


David Ariew

My first of two tutorials on creating advanced shaders in Octane, anisotropic metals, glass, and wet pavement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO0DRxRTLwo (added 1/9/17)

My part 2 on creating advanced shaders in Octane, this time with dust and grungy gold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiDhStKvQgg (added 1/17/18)

My look at creating abstract topographic renders in scatter, as well as adaptive sampling and anamorphic bokeh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_PYh9Py8Zs (added 10/4/17)

My SIGGRAPH presentation covering digital cinematography in C4D and Octane: http://c4d3d.com/2wyp2OP

My intro to converting scenes from physical to Octane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ETxxjkJX3w&t=387s

My overview on Octane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQQvBmAPNyI&t=1209s

My two-part breakdown on creating displacement textures in AI and then using them in Octane:  

My tutorial on creating a futuristic city with scatter and volumetrics: https://youtu.be/X9Z2xhIKh-M

My quick tip on using motion blur in Octane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eNMd8pWBHI

I show a bunch of my workflow in Octane here in my NAB

presentation: http://www.cineversity.com/vidplaytut/nab_2016_rewind_david_ariew_one_man_vfx_workflow_holistic_harry_star_potter

My Brograph spacespacespace breakdown talk from DFWC4D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaZWAM4MXqQ



Brograph of course has some great ones, on fire and smoke and interior renderings for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-tIAm2OVa8

Dave Koss' NAB presentation has a great overview on Octane optimization with instances and matching World Machine displacement in both the live viewer and

viewport: https://www.cineversity.com/vidplaytut/nab_2017_rewind_-_dave_koss_time-saving_project_management_in_cinema_4d


Raphael Rau

And check out Raphael Rau's three presentations, some of the best info out there for sure:

And a quick tip from Raphael as well on Octane priority settings: https://vimeo.com/193283898

As well as a fantastic breakdown on subsurface scattering in Octane: https://vimeo.com/234034058 (added 9/15/17)

And a detailed runthrough of triplanar mapping: https://vimeo.com/239255015 (added 10/21/17)

Amazing breakdown on the new metal materials inside Octane: https://vimeo.com/260024495 (added 3/18/18)


Brandon Clements

Brandon Clements of Glass Hand Studios has a ton of tutorials on Octane, including SSS, skin shaders, the random color node, network rendering, and

volumetrics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpNkMKYAbwbOkxuFV3poZPw

Brandon also has a new series on Cineversity on interior rendering with Octane, and the bridge from Substance Painter and Designer:

https://www.cineversity.com/vidplaylist/architectural_visualization_with_c4d_and_octane/architectural_visualization_with_c4d_and_octane_series_introduction (added 11/3/17)


Eric Keller

Eric is the resident expert on Maya + Octane at Otoy, and he has a ton of tutorials out on the subject, but recently he's also starting creating some great C4D + Octane tuts, including

one on building the most detailed leaf and flower shaders that I've seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0tzwQI-MlU (added 3/18/18)

Also, make sure to check out Otoy's official "Octane Universe" YouTube channel that they've been building. Eric is the teacher on most of these

videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqPmc3i0TE0oyetAKlv1Z2A (added 3/18/18)

He's also been on the popular YouTube channel "3D Artist" several times, and has a couple great tutorials out on Maya + Octane there.

Here's one on simulating macro photography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkAfnbBVnhg (added 3/18/18)

and another on creating stunning nature renders with detailed insects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAZYVaxG_Ck (added 3/18/18)

Finally, he's got an entire Gnomon Workshop on Maya + Octane, so Maya users, this should be the first place you go to learn

Octane: https://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/tutorials/octane-render-for-maya (added 3/18/18)


Curse Studio

Another big one is Curse Studio, tons of content here: https://vimeo.com/89209714

You can also buy his ZeroToHero class which is an ongoing thing where he adds more and more Octane tuts: http://www.zerotohero.at/



Beeple's Livestreams: https://www.twitch.tv/beeple_crap/videos/all


Ahmet Oktar

Ahmet Oktar, the genius C4D plugin developer we all know and love, has his own vimeo page where he demos new features and specific workflows: https://vimeo.com/user5491763


Mitch Myers

Mitch's SIGGRAPH presentation covered awesome lighting and composition techniques in Octane: http://c4d3d.com/2hO7o3I

Mitch also has a few amazing step-by-step videos on creating Gargantua from Interstellar in Octane, as well as some other planetary madness.


Learn SquareD Twitch Streams


Learn Squared Courses


Cornelius Dämmrich

Cornelius has released a heap of timelapses and tutorials, as well as scene files, for his latest amazing art piece, 6088AD: https://gumroad.com/d/303861f7b151b174db442e4d0418ebef (added 9/7/17)


Chad Ashley

I love this Octane dirt node breakdown by Chad Ashley: https://greyscalegorilla.com/tutorials/using-the-octane-dirt-node/

And another quick tip by Chad on using the random color node: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0nf5TohcUo



Amazing look at using animated textures inside Octane: https://www.cineversity.com/vidplaylist/volume_2_siggraph_2016_rewind/siggraph_2016_rewind_-_sekani_solomon_creating_dynamic_animated_crystals



An awesome Step By Step of a destroyed planet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeW8xXbiTsM&feature=youtu.be

LASERS!! (also a Brograph tut): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTD4ICAUcw4 (added 11/16/17)



These guys have a bunch of quality Octane tutorials, including painting projection stripes, infinite rooms, and dirt shaders: http://www.zulu8.com.au/tutorials/ (added 10/28/17)


Kevin Burke

Procedural rust by Kevin Burke: https://vimeo.com/100085092


Philip Lueck

A Patreon page with a ton of breakdowns on Philip's daily renders: https://www.patreon.com/philiplueck/posts?tag=Breakdown


Alexander Maltsev

An excellent rundown by Alexander Maltsev on using Megascans and Ivy Grower to create beautiful nature scenes: https://youtu.be/RSh-_YA7nT8



Concrete breakup displacement by Skeevaa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJSox5S3wvs

Space Scene Artwork Creation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDAI52ZaXHc (added 10/11/17)


Stuart Lippincott

Great little tut on baking out C4D’s default noise textures and then bringing them back in for Octane displacement by Stuart Lippincott: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=163L2yHmd5M

Awesome rock surfaces with displacement and dirt shaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xElQnpfdMAs&feature=push-u&attr_tag=Vcc0zs1C-WUpXNma-6


David Brodeur

Check out several by David Brodeur:


John Burdock

And John Burdock has some awesome tutorials on creating Octane projectors and digital nature stuff: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwuqiBEBnhEBGCzYKoDDoLg



Great breakdown on creating Octane mix materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtx8i0ohZNk


Travis Davids

Travis Davids has a few good Octane tuts as well, including creating that raindrops-on-glass look: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCniZ7Qzbv17NvoCypCzB4Ow


Aaron Sorrensen

And Aaron Sorrensen of VFX Central posted two great videos on Octane, one on multipass compositing in Nuke, but it's on fbook and you gotta scroll down the

page: https://www.facebook.com/vfxcentral/


Steve Teeple

Steve Teeple's NAB presentation covers texture emissions and VJ loops, and it’s

dope: https://www.cineversity.com/vidplaytut/nab_2016_rewind_steve_teeple_next_gen_concert_visuals_with_c4d


The Pixel Lab

The Pixel Lab has recently been pumping out tons of quick tip Octane tutorials that are super helpful: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyf8liq8DBUBXP_L8BNk2KA



An extremely useful demo of how to set up Poliigon textures in Octane. Quick version: invert the glossy map to make it a roughness map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl0QL7Z2oDs (added 1/28/18)


Andrew Mcmurry

Nice breakdown on Octane compositing using camera projection by Andrew Mcmurry, though this workflow was originally shown by Inlifethrill (make sure to turn on

CCs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eCzaZzqZZY


Zigor Samaniego

This Domestika series by Zigor Samaniego is actually in Spanish, but if you’re familiar with Octane, it’s obvious what’s going on.

This has a really good breakdown on using hair in Octane: https://www.domestika.org/es/courses/software/45-octane-render


motion designers community

Many of these Octane tutorials are French, but there are several in English too, including great breakdowns on using Forester and remapping the materials to get beautiful Octane SSS magic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBAc7qBoVh0rcDgSJ2thRog (added 9/26/17)



Also part of Motion Designers Community, but thought this would be worth a separate mention. Yvan is an amazing Octane artist, and he's created an in-depth tutorial on holograms in Octane. The shader tree gets pretty intense on this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0avVhLJM3Q (added 1/23/18)

Yvan is also creating a masterclass that looks amazing, coming in March: https://aiven.net/en/learn/octane/?language=en



Sam has a bunch of great Octane tutorials, ranging from creating planets to shading TFD explosions: https://vimeo.com/samwelkertv (added 9/26/17)



MNIB’s Youtube channel has several interesting videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/MyNameIsIBexX/videos


Motion Squared

Motion Squared has several Octane tutorials, ranging from creating car paint shaders to compositing tips: https://www.youtube.com/user/IDigitalUniverse/videos (added 12/31/17)



Awesome little tutorial on creating a mini ocean with SSS: https://vimeo.com/235359436 (added 9/26/17)



This dude has a great quicktip on creating wet puddles on asphalt: https://vimeo.com/213718155 (added 11/7/17)



Yet another tutorial on creating wet puddles on asphalt, this one is extremely similar to Lioartist's, though you might pick up one extra tidbit: https://vimeo.com/250881801 (added 1/17/18)


Brett Morris

Brett Morris created an intro to Octane series with Cineversity: https://www.cineversity.com/vidplaylist/getting_started_with_octane

And he's got a couple great Cineversity presentations using Octane: 



This upcoming 8-week CGSociety course looks fantastic and has a good dose of Octane knowledge thrown in: http://www.cgsociety.org/training/course/motion-graphics



Awesome Octane tutorial on creating a canyon with Real Displacement textures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoTsbCHnlno&feature=youtu.be (added 12/31/17)


Grant Warwick

Grant Warwick’s course Mastering Lighting is 3DS Max, but C4D users will still pick up a ton. There’s plenty of Octane covered, as well as working with HDRI Studio Pro for some awesome product work: http://masteringcgi.com.au/product/mastering-lighting/



    This guy is one of the best archviz artists I've ever seen. He has several tutorials on his YouTube page, and a ton on his Patreon page. Most of them are FStorm tutorials, but this renderer is extremely similar to Octane (it was made by a developer on Octane that quit to go and do his own thing). All 3DS Max as well, but if you want to do archviz work in C4D + Octane, this is where I'd start.



    Another FStorm + 3DS Max archviz artist, but again, this info would apply directly to Octane: https://www.patreon.com/roboto/posts?tag=tutorial


    Dusan Vukcevic

    Great interior lighting and texturing tutorials: https://www.patreon.com/vudu/posts (added 9/8/17)


    Rhett Dashwood

    Some helpful tutorials on creating topographic maps and big landscape scenes with Octane: https://www.youtube.com/user/rhettdashwood/videos (added 11/21/17)

    Arthur Whitehead

    Some interesting tutorials on creating a backlit razer keyboard, orange juice, and realflow sims with Octane: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC57vAHlfNkcz8aIhRdZrVNQ (added 1/7/18)


    POLY 4D

    Great little tutorial on quickly creating a smoke sim in Houdini and then bringing it into Octane as a VDB sequence and playing with the volume settings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EuLBxpK0YY (added 1/15/18)


    Sean Vickery

    Good breakdown of creating a complex shader for a clay pot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuGU85f_Jn0 (added 2/28/18)


    EthioMV Community 

    A quick breakdown on creating some damage shaders for a sci-fi character: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fmIxKIot00 (added 2/28/18)


    Andrey Lebrov

    Andrey has some really charming intro level tutorials on Octane, as well as texturing and other VFX workflows:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZsHHoDLK0s6r44ifx0DnXQ (added 2/28/18)



    This guy has a mix of tutorials, some very cool like one on modeling a building face based off of an image, and then exporting as a height map to use as Octane displacement. Others are simpler tutorials, but could be helpful, but the one on SSS materials is nearly identical to David Brodeur's jelly tutorial, so that's pretty uncool. Still, included because this channel could be helpful to many: https://www.youtube.com/user/AxisDesignerGFX/videos (added 1/17/18)


    Mary Star

    Blender tutorials for Octane, by Mary Star


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