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Dec 7, 2016 Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available

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Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available

PHOENIX FD MAYA BETA NOW RUNNING

Chaos Group is pleased to announce that Phoenix FD Maya is now available for beta testing.

Phoenix FD Maya

This all in-one-solution for fluid dynamics integrates seamlessly into Maya, and it’s optimized to render with V-Ray.

Phoenix FD can simulate smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more. It’s been refined to give users the power they need, with tools that are fast, intuitive and interactive. We’ve also added online licensing as an option.

See the list of new features and updates >

This is a public beta, so anyone using Maya can try it out.

Phoenix FD Maya

ARTIST-FRIENDLY

Built for 3D artists who want to create dynamic FX using quick presets, fast setup and intuitive controls.

INTERACTIVE

Preview and render interactively in the viewport. Adjust simulations on the fly.

CREATIVE CONTROL

Create all types of physically-based fluid effects with fast, flexible controls for rendering, retiming and refining simulations.

SMART INTEGRATION

Integrated seamlessly into Maya and optimized to render with V-Ray.

COMPATIBILITY

Compatible with top industry tools such as Alembic, Krakatoa and OpenVDB.

Jul 29, 2016 Webinar: Introducing V-Ray for Modo

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Webinar: Introducing V-Ray for Modo

Motion Media and Chaos Group did the first ever webinar on V-Ray for Modo on 7/28/16, here’s the original info and recorded webinar. If you’re interested in V-Ray for Modo check out our website.

V-Ray for MODO officially launched in July, integrating seamlessly into MODO and bringing in V-Ray’s rendering power with optimized CPU and GPU-accelerated options to artists and designers.

Now you have the chance to attend V-Ray for MODO’s first online presentation for the US, presented by Chaos Group’s Kalina Panteleeva.

Kalina will demonstrate how V-Ray’s highly-optimized, adaptive ray tracing technology complements and expands upon MODO’s signature workflow, bringing a complete interactive lighting, shading, and rendering toolkit at the disposal of artists and designers.

You will see in action all V-Ray’s latest signature advances – the Denoiser, the powerful GPU rendering capabilities, V-Ray’s Physical Camera, the Triplanar Maping, Ray traced rounded corners, the unique set of purpose-built shaders, V-Ray’s Clipper and of course – the VR rendering capabilities – all of them, now available for you directly in MODO.

You will learn how through V-Ray for MODO you enhance your control over the entire creative process, from real-time look development to final frame rendering.

Jul 20, 2016 V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released

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V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit is now ready!

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit is now ready! Beta 3 runs noticeably faster — up to 30% faster. Chaos Group also refined the interface, improved interactive rendering and added support for Revit 2017.

Here are two new features we think you’ll love: V-Ray Swarm and Project Gallery.

V-Ray Swarm

Chaos Group is unveiling a new web-based distributed rendering system — code-named V-Ray Swarm. It’s a simple, yet powerful way to split rendering across multiple computers. Getting started with V-Ray Swarm is easy and is designed to update automatically to match the user’s version of V-Ray.

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Vray Swarm

Project Gallery

With the new Project gallery, users can save renders and include them right in their Revit project. Renders can also be added to drawing sheets and set to update automatically, so the latest render is always available.

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Project Gallery

See complete list of changes here.

Jun 6, 2016 Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya

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Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya

Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya

Available now – V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya as a free update for current customers. V-Ray 3.4 introduces CPU and GPU-accelerated denoising. Now you can automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.

V-Ray for 3ds Max

New V-Ray Denoiser
Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50% with the new V-Ray Denoiser. V-Ray’s denoising technology is non-destructive, giving you the original render and the denoised version for even more control in post. Denoising can be used progressively while rendering or after rendering, with support for animation and enhanced blending between frames with the standalone denoiser tool.

Works with 3ds Max 2017
V-Ray 3.4 adds support for 3ds Max 2017 including initial support for the new Physical Material and HiDPI scaling of the V-Ray Frame Buffer. V-Ray RT now supports MultiTile and ColorMap.

GPU rendering improvements
Supports bump maps with procedural noise.
Supports orthographic cameras
Track GPU memory usage directly in the V-Ray Frame Buffer

Aerial Perspective
Control the color of atmospheric haze.

VR cameras
Now with support for top/bottom VR output

Faster Global Illumination
V-Ray Light Cache calculations are up to 15% faster.

V-Ray RT improvements
Update render regions without restarting the render.

Improved GTR/ GGX
Improved performance and no “fireflies” when using GTR/GGX materials.

V-Ray Frame Buffer updates
Added option to automatically save completed images only to render history.
Added option to keep the VFB history folder relative to project path.

V-Ray for Maya

New V-Ray Denoiser
Removes noise automatically, cutting your render times by up to 50% with GPU acceleration. V-Ray’s denoising technology is non-destructive, giving you the original render and the denoised version for even more control in post. Denoising can be used progressively while rendering or after rendering, with support for animation and enhanced blending between frames with the standalone denoiser tool.

V-Ray 3.4 for 3ds Max and Maya Raytracing

Works with Maya 2016 Extension 2
V-Ray 3.4 now supports the new render layers and motion graphics tools in Maya 2016 Extension 2.

GPU rendering improvements
Procedural textures supported by V-Ray RT GPU can now be used as bump maps.

Aerial Perspective
Control the color of atmospheric haze.

Faster Global Illumination
V-Ray Light Cache calculations are up to 15% faster.

Textures
New support for VRayMultiSubtex.

V-Ray RT improvements
Update render regions on the fly – without restarting the render.

Mar 1, 2016 V-Ray 3.3 for Maya Released!

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V-Ray 3.3 for Maya Released!

Chaos Group V-Ray 3.3 for Maya has been released! The first thing users we’ll notice is speed. Most scenes render 20-50% faster with V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, and it’s a free update for V-Ray 3.X for Maya artists. Also, this release introduces final frame production rendering on the GPU with a major update to V-Ray RT. Like V-Ray for 3ds Max, 3.3 for Maya adds Variance-based Adaptive Sampling with better noise detection for cleaner images. It also brings faster set-up with less adjustments since lights and materials can now be evaluated automatically. And these are just a few of the many new features.

Plus, when buying V-Ray 3.3 for Maya from Motion Media, you’ll also get a $100 credit to www.designconnected.com

Users who have V-Ray 3.0 or 3.1 for Maya, just need to login at chaosgroup.com and go to the download page to get this free update.

Jun 8, 2015 V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here

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V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is Here

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016

We’re excited to let you know the latest update to V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016 is VR-Ready and fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016. This free update for V-Ray 3.0 customers includes support for major VR formats, including Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

Here’s what’s new:

VR Cameras – The two new VR camera types will render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images. This allows artists and designers to output V-Ray scenes to popular VR formats like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

V-Ray RT GPU Improvements – Among the new features and speed improvements is QMC sampling. Licensed from NVIDIA, QMC sampling provides overall speed improvements and resolves noise quicker when using CUDA.

Additionally, V-Ray RT GPU now supports:
• Displacement
• Anisotropic highlights
• Composite map
• Output curves
• Texture baking
• UDIM support (MARI)

Volume rendering
• New V-Ray Volume Grid adds support for OpenVDB, Field3D, and Phoenix FD volume grid formats. This allows users to import and render data from popular effects applications like Houdini and FumeFX.

Distributed rendering
• Add or remove distributed rendering nodes on the fly

Global Illumination
• Refined Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation

Geometry
• New preview types for proxy objects – includes mesh simplification for optimized proxy display
• Faster rendering of hair and fur
• Intel Embree support for 3ds Max Hair & Fur and V-Ray Fur

3ds Max 2016
• Full support for new Physical Camera – co-developed with 3ds Max team
• Support for new Physical Camera Exposure Control
• V-Ray Lens Analysis Utility adds support for the 3ds Max Physical Camera

Note
You may have noticed earlier this week some new builds became available for V-Ray for 3ds Max in your download center, if you already downloaded V-Ray 3.20.01, the new build is 3.20.02.

V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max 2016

Dec 10, 2014 V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1 Now Available

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V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1 Now Available

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1


A free update to V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Service Pack 1 is now available for download. Now is the perfect time to upgrade to 3.0.

Highlights include:

• V-Ray RT GPU now supports hair and fur, subsurface scattering and light cache
• New Microfacet GTR / GGX BRDF, perfect for hard surfaces like metal
• New VRayInstancer geometric plugin for instancing objects using ParticleFlow systems
• Added support for OpenSubdiv objects in Alembic files
• A number of V-Ray Frame Buffer improvements
• Updated to Embree 2.3; Embree can now accelerate V-Ray Proxy objects, instances and Hair Farm / Ornatrix hair and fur

Visit the Chaos Group Portal to download the service pack.

Sep 25, 2014 V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup Service Pack 2 Released

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V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup Service Pack 2 Released

V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Service Pack 2 is now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page.

This is a free update for all current V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp customers. Encourage your customers to get this free update to create even smoother and faster V-Ray workflows.

What’s New in V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp SP2

V-Ray Express: Users can easily access more than 200 materials and interchangeable lighting setups to create realistic studio scenes and illuminate models faster than ever. V-Ray Express will be available separately from their downloads page.
Frame Start animation option: You can now render individual frames or ranges of frames. e.g.: 5,100-110, 200, 352.
Pack all V-Ray Materials: Archive your V-Ray for SketchUp materials and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.
Improved support for using V-Ray Frame Buffer Channels
Improvements and fixes to the Batch Render tool
New and improved product documentation

V-Ray 2.0 supports SketchUp 2014. Please be aware that there are two different sets of V-Ray for SketchUp installation files, one set for SketchUp 2014 and one for previous versions (SketchUp 8 and SketchUp 2013).

Buy V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup

Sep 25, 2014 V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 Released

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V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 Released

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 are now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page.

This is a free update for all current V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino customers. We encourage you to get this update and create smoother and faster V-Ray workflows.

What’s New in V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino SP1

Batch Render: Easily queue up files and specific views to be rendered in a batch process.
Show in Viewport: With the new texture manipulation option you can now control which textures will be visible in the Rhino viewport.
Pack all V-Ray Materials: Archive your V-Ray for Rhino materials and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.
Improved support for using V-Ray Frame Buffer Channels.
New toolbar for Batch Render, Guess Lens Shift, Edit Material and set Focus Point tools.
New and improved product documentation.

We’d also like to remind you that V-Ray Express will be also available as a separate download. With it artists can gain access to more than 200 materials and interchangeable lighting setups.

Buy V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino

Sep 10, 2014 2014 3D World CG Awards

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2014 3D World CG Awards

Motion Media is excited that some of our most popular brands and products have won awards in this year’s CG Awards.  We believe in helping our customer realize their goals in the simplest and most efficient way within their pipeline, and recommending new products that we believe can help is our job.

Best New Application

Substance Painter from Allegorithmic

substance-painter

Best Software Update

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max

vray-3-3dsmax

Best Software Innovation

Meshfusion for Modo

 mesh-fusion

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Phoenix FD for Maya Beta. Phoenix FD can simulate smoke, liquids, ocean waves, splashes, spray, mist, and more. It’s been refined to give users the power they need, with tools that are fast, intuitive and interactive. We’ve also added online licensing as an option.

Maxon Announces Cinema 4D R18 – New Features
Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

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V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released
Jul 20, 2016 | No Comments | Read more →

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit is now ready! Beta 3 runs noticeably faster — up to 30% faster. We’ve also refined the interface, improved interactive rendering and added support for Revit 2017.



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