Sofia, Bulgaria — Chaos Group’s new V-Ray 3.0 for Autodesk’s 3ds Max is now shipping. And thanks to optimizations to the raytracing core, Brute Force GI, Progressive Path Tracing, Reflections, Refractions and more are running up to five times faster; while the new Progressive Production Renderer brings fast set-ups and quick iterations.
“When your customers come from a variety of industries like architecture, product design, games, and VFX, the feature requests can be fairly diverse,” said Vlado Koylazov, lead developer and Chaos Group co-founder. “But speed and simplicity benefit all artists, so they are at the core of 3.0’s development.”
V-Ray 3.0’s new interface is designed with experienced users in mind. Three UI modes (Basic, Advanced, and Expert) can be selected to match an artist’s preference. The new V-Ray toolbar includes Quick Settings with dropdowns for production-ready presets for common uses like Archviz Exterior, Archviz Interior, and VFX. Settings for Quality and Shading Rate can be fine-tuned with easy-to-use sliders, making the entire process highly intuitive.
VFX artists will find that V-Ray 3.0 (www.V-Ray.com) offers improved Subsurface Scattering (SSS) including options for object-based and ray traced illumination, faster hair rendering speeds (up to 15x), view-dependent tessellation that automatically smoothes hair curves, and a dedicated Skin Shader with layered reflections. Now with UDIM and UVTILE support, it’s even easier to move Mari and Autodesk Mudbox assets into V-Ray.
“Our game cinematics are usually packed with epic action scenes, huge environments, multiple characters with hair and SSS, fire, explosions, debris, all with 3D motion blur and render passes. That’s a lot to work with, but V-Ray makes it easy to get the job done,” said Kevin Margo, VFX supervisor at Blur Studios, one of the software’s beta testers.
As an industry standard for large environments and complex scenes, V-Ray’s recent use on ILM’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and The Lone Ranger has proven why it’s become such a dependable part of the pipeline for the digital environments and matte painting team.
“When we started The Lone Ranger, we changed some of the toolsets under the hood: we went strictly over to 3ds Max, using V-Ray as our renderer. That was the final piece of the puzzle. We were getting not only great render results, but great render throughput: it could handle everything we were throwing at it,” said Dan Wheaton, digital matte supervisor at ILM.
V-Ray 3.0 offers a number of additional workflow shortcuts, technical advances and support for open sources technologies:
• Render Mask – Users can define render regions using an object selection or image mask
•Reflection/ Refraction Trace Sets – Provides more direct control in choosing whether reflections and refractions are visible in objects
•Max Ray Intensity – Will easily fix artifacts from over-bright sources
•Probabilistic Lights – Increases the speed of scenes with a high number of lights
•V-Ray RT GPU – Improved with support for Render Elements
•V-Ray Frame Buffer – Improved with added color correction controls
•Open Source Technologies include: Alembic integration with support for hair and particles; Deep Data output support including OpenEXR 2.0; Ptex object-space vector displacement support; Open Shading Language (OSL) support for programmable shaders; and OpenColorIO support for advanced color management.
V-Ray 2.0 upgrades start at $420 and the full Workstation license price will be $1,050. As upgrade bundle prices vary, customers should contact their local reseller, or to Chaos Group directly.
Image Caption: Ciro Sannino created this image using the V-Ray 3.0 Beta and Progressive Rendering.