What is V-Ray?
As you probably already know, Vray is a render plugin. It's a plugin, which means that it adds functionality to an existing program. Vray's features mainly aim at creating photorealistic images, together with improving rendering speed. Currently V-Ray is available for the following software products:
There is a standalone version available aswell.
Most of Vray's features can be found in the render setup dialog (F10), but many other additions are distributed across the complete program. For example Vray adds its own materials and textures, light types, a fur generator, a toon style effect, displacement modifier, frame buffer, effects, etc.
Vray is created by Chaosgroup, a European company based in Bulgaria.
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V-Ray for Rhino comes with all the lighting, shading, and rendering tools you need to create professional, photoreal imagery.
Built to handle your biggest projects and your most detailed scenes. Render anything you can imagine with V-Ray for Rhino.
Spend less time waiting and more time being creative. Deliver your best work and never miss a deadline.
V-Ray for Rhino puts you in control. Its versatile feature set lets you choose the best approach for your scene.
Work the way you want – without interruption. V-Ray is seamlessly integrated into Rhino so your workflow is fluid and smooth.
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See what's new V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino
More powerful GPU rendering
Faster, more powerful GPU rendering adds support for on-demand mip-mapping, aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows and more.
Hybrid GPU+CPU rendering
Now V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of all available hardware, including both GPUs and CPUs.
In scenes with many lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can help you speed up render times by up to 700%.
Lights can now be instanced and controlled as a single light in the Asset Editor.
The entire V-Ray for Rhino interface has been updated and streamlined for a more intuitive, user-friendly workflow.
Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
V-Ray Color Picker
New color picker allows you to select color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.
V-Ray scene import
Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Revit, and SketchUp.
Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.
New texture maps
Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, color temperature and procedural noise texture maps.
Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling using the new optimized 2D displacement. It’s perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.
Animated proxy objects
Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.
Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the Rhino viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), Custom preview, and a new low poly Proxy preview mode.
The V-Ray Denoiser is now easier to set up and you can refine settings even after you render.
V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino introduces a new simplified workflow for rendering light studies, turntables and fly-through animations.
V-Ray for Grasshopper
V-Ray for Grasshopper is now quicker and simpler with new preset lighting and material setups. Grasshopper objects can be rendered directly as part of the Rhino scene without baking geometry.
V-Ray comes with two powerful rendering engines. With CPU or GPU acceleration, you can choose the fastest one for your hardware.
Render while you design. See results right away as you adjust lights, materials and cameras..
Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
Render realistic rooms and interiors with V-Ray’s powerful and fast global illumination.
Render natural and artificial lighting with a wide range of built-in light types.
Light your scenes with a single high-dynamic-range image (HDRI) of its environment.
Sun & Sky
Render realistic daylight for any time and any location.
Add depth to your images with realistic atmospheric effects.
Work like a photographer with controls for exposure, white balance and depth of field.
Render VR content for popular virtual reality headsets.
Create great looking materials that look exactly like the real thing.
Select from over 500 drag and drop materials to speed up your next project.
Create detailed and unique materials using texture maps or one of V-Ray’s built-in procedural textures.
Track your render history and fine-tune colors, exposure, and more directly in the V-Ray Frame Buffer.
Render separate layers for more artistic control in image-editing software.
Render with maximum power using V-Ray’s new simple and scalable distributed rendering.
Add highly detailed and complex objects like grass, trees, and cars with memory-efficient proxy models.
Grass & Fur
Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.
Render quick cutaways and cross sections with V-Ray Clipper.
V-Ray scene export
Share complete, ready-to-render V-Ray 3 for Rhino files with any V-Ray 3.4 or higher application.
For more information visit the Chaos Group website.