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May 22, 2014 Updates: Chaos Group V-Ray 2.4 for Maya Now Available

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Updates: Chaos Group V-Ray 2.4 for Maya Now Available

Chaos Group has updated V-Ray for Maya to build 2.40.2.

This update brings support for Autodesk Maya 2015, plus improvements and refinements to current features.

NEW FEATURES

  • Support for Maya 2015

MODIFIED FEATURES

  • Soft limits for the slider values for VRay Caustics

BUG FIXES
Resolved issues:

  • Non running license server causes Maya crashes
  • Incorrect Maya fluids opacity when Transparency is set to black
  • VrayFur discrepancies Linux/Mac/Win
  • Render layers are not exported properly when the word “layer” is used somewhere in the path
  • Crash when duplicating some VRay nodes with duplicate input connections
  • VRay lights with black color and lumens units produce invalid colors
  • Crash with PSD file node
  • Crash when rendering vrscene with SSS
  • Overbright or invalid color error when using Fly-through mode
  • vrlservice/OSX – crashes when trying to stop; error -100 when exporting a .wbc file; register V-Ray license service fail
  • Grouped camera doesn’t work in Batch Render
  • Animated temperature attribute in the VRay lights doesn’t render correctly
  • Instancer is not rendered correctly in Maya Batch with Distributed rendering
  • No refractions in alpha channel with

Customers who purchase a new V-Ray 2.0 for Maya license will be eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for Maya upon release.

Customers with current V-Ray 2.0 licenses,  can also join the V-Ray 3.0 beta. You can register for the Beta program here

Feb 4, 2014 Chaos Group Ships V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max

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Chaos Group Ships V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max

Chaos Group V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max has been released.
This release marks the next step in V-Ray’s overall development, introducing widely acclaimed new features and improvements.
V-Ray 3.0 is the most complete lighting, shading and rendering toolkit, delivering a powerful new set of features focused on artist productivity and modern CG workflows.

V-Ray 3.0 offers a number of additional workflow shortcuts, technical advances and support for open sources technologies. These include:

  • 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
    o Alembic integration with support for hair and particles
    o Deep Data output support including OpenEXR 2.0
    o Ptex object-space vector displacement support
    o Open Shading Language (OSL) support for programmable shaders
    o OpenColorIO support for advanced color management

For the complete list of new features, please visit V-Ray.com, the new home for the V-Ray community.

Jun 24, 2013 Phoenix FD 2.1 for 3ds Max

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Phoenix FD 2.1 for 3ds Max

Chaos Group has updated Phoenix FD for 3ds Max .

New and updated features:

•  Support for 3ds Max 2014 and V-Ray 2.41
•  Ocean tools – a complete tool box to create large scale simulations of liquids. Users can seamlessly include a simulation into an infinite ocean, create realistic waves with a procedural texture and vector displacement, and render the result much faster with the help of the new mesher capabilities. Furthermore, improved particle behavior and shading allow stunningly realistic foam creation.
•  Simplified interface – principal settings have been integrated in the core to allow for a simplified workflow.
•  Upgraded core – the core of Phoenix FD has been updated with the latest developments in fluid simulations. This brings improved speed and stability in addition to a more realistic advection method.
•  Resimulation – Phoenix FD allows users to enhance an already complete simulation by adding wavelet turbulence, particles, foam and splashes. This speeds up the process as only the fine detail can be resimulated until the desired result is achieved.

This is a free update for all Phoenix FD 2.0 customers and is available from the Chaos Group account downloads page.

Feb 7, 2013 V-Ray for 3ds Max Update Available

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V-Ray for 3ds Max Update Available

Chaos Group is pleased to share an update to V-Ray for 3ds Max featuring several optimizations and new features.

With this service release V-Ray adds support for rendering hair created with HairFarm 2.0 and V-Ray Proxy support for Alembic .abc files.  There are also several new features and optimizations within V-Ray RT such as support for instancing, support for Forest Pro instancing, and faster update in ActiveShade rendering with the CPU engine when adjusting VrayLights. V-Ray RT GPU now offers CUDA speed optimizations and optimizations for GK110 cards. Check out the full list of new features, improvements, and fixes in build 2.40.01.

This update is free for V-Ray 2.0 customers and can be downloaded from the Chaos Group website.

 

Aug 16, 2012 3Dean: Exterior Car lighting Setup Using 3ds Max 2013 and Vray 2.3

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3Dean:  Exterior Car lighting Setup Using 3ds Max 2013 and Vray 2.3

Software used:  3ds Max 2013, Vray 2.3

Jun 28, 2012 3Dean: Creating a Photo-Real Planet Using 3ds Max 2013 & Vray 2.3

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3Dean:  Creating a Photo-Real Planet Using 3ds Max 2013 & Vray 2.3

Software used:  3ds Max 2013, Vray 2.3

NASA images, Blue Marble

The Celestia Motherload, Planet Textures

May 24, 2012 3Dean: How To Render Elements Using 3ds Max, Vray and After Effects

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3Dean: How To Render Elements Using 3ds Max, Vray and After Effects

Check out this new video from our very own “3Dean” where he shows you how to setup a scene in Autodesk 3ds Max and render the elements out with V-Ray for 3ds Max to bring in to After Effects and composite the final shot.  Pretty cool stuff.

Jan 12, 2012 3Dean: Quickly Converting a 3d Model for Rendering w/Vray in 3ds Max 2012

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3Dean: Quickly Converting a 3d Model for Rendering w/Vray in 3ds Max 2012

Nov 29, 2011 3Dean: Sunlight System/Vray Sun animations in 3ds Max

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3Dean: Sunlight System/Vray Sun animations in 3ds Max

Short tutorial on using the sunlight system/Vray sun to create architectural sunrise/sunset animations by Motion Media.
This is part of a larger presentation presented by Motion Media Dec 5th, 2011:
Click here to sign up!

Software used: 3ds Max 2012, Vray 2.0

Oct 28, 2011 3Dean: Getting Started with V-Ray for 3ds Max

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3Dean: Getting Started with V-Ray for 3ds Max

Anybody that owns V-Ray knows that the licensing process leaves much to be desired, and is one of the more confusing processes out there with little documentation that’s easy to find.  Well look no further, Motion Media has put together a simple to follow, short video showing you everything you need to know to install V-Ray and get up and running smoothly.

Software in this post:
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012
Chaos Group V-Ray for 3ds Max 2.0

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