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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.

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

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).

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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

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

Mar 20, 2014 V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta Now Open

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V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta Now Open

The V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta program is now open! This major release is just around the corner and Chaos Group would like your input to help make it the best update yet. As a member of the beta community you’ll get access to beta builds of V-Ray 3.0 for Maya and interact directly with the developers in a dedicated forum for feedback, works in progress and test renders.

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya comes with a powerful set of new features and improvements and this is your opportunity to get early access and have a positive impact on the release.

Here are just a few new items:

Progressive Image Sampler

Faster feedback for artists with this powerful upgrade to the path-tracing engine. V-Ray 3.0 also allows you to cache scene assets between renders for even faster iterations.

Performance Improvements

Newly optimized ray tracing core speeds rendering up to 5X faster and up to 15X faster when rendering hair.

Support for Open Source Technologies and Data Exchange Formats

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya supports OpenSubdiv, Alembic 1.5, OpenEXR 2.0, OpenColorIO, OpenVDB, and Field3D.

Chaos Group has also updated their new website at V-Ray.com with a complete list of new features and enhancements to the already powerful toolset.

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya Beta reregistration, go to the application form.

Mar 19, 2014 V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp, Service Pack 1 Now Available

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V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp, Service Pack 1 Now Available

V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp, Service Pack 1 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. With this update, V-Ray now supports SketchUp 2014.

Other features include:

• The new Batch Render Tool allows the user to render all scene tabs in a SketchUp file with the click of a button.
• SketchUp files are saved alongside the .VRMesh proxy output so that component creation can be streamlined.
• When clicking the RT button during an RT render it now automatically refreshes the scene.

You can access the full list of new features, modifications and fixes here. For more information, visit the V-Ray for SketchUp product page.

Make sure your customers are aware that there are two different V-Ray for SketchUp installation files, one set for SketchUp 2014 and one for previous versions (SketchUp 8 and SketchUp 2013).

Mar 6, 2014 V-Ray for Softimage Announcement and Crossgrades

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V-Ray for Softimage Announcement  and Crossgrades

Chaos Group notification on the Future of V-Ray for Softimage.

Hello from Chaos Group,

In case you haven’t heard, Softimage is going to be retired after the release of Softimage 2015 this coming May. We will continue to support V-Ray for Softimage artists and we’re working on a Service Pack release to ensure compatibility with Softimage 2015.

We understand that changing software packages is a difficult decision. To hopefully make things easier for you, all V-Ray for Softimage licenses purchased until March 6th, 2014 will qualify for a free crossgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max or V-Ray 3.0 for Maya, once it ships.

Users who crossgrade a V-Ray for Softimage license will receive 1 V-Ray 3.0 Workstation license and 5 Render Node licenses. Moreover, you will be able to use V-Ray for Softimage concurrently with V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max or V-Ray 3.0 for Maya for six months after the crossgrade.

For more details, feel free to contact your local reseller vray.sales@motionmedia.com

Thank you for using V-Ray.

The V-Ray for Softimage Team
Chaos Group

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.

Nov 7, 2013 V-Ray 2.4 For Maya Released

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V-Ray 2.4 For Maya Released

A new V-Ray for Maya service pack is now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page. This is a free update for all V-Ray 2.0 for Maya customers.

The service pack includes many bug fixes and new features. Important highlights include:

•  V-Ray RT GPU: added a CUDA engine, in addition to OpenCL (requires a Fermi or Kepler card and the newest nVidia drivers);
•  V-Ray RT and V-Ray RT GPU: support for motion blur (transformation and deformation);
•  Added a set for renderable curves (like the object properties, displacement, etc.);
•  VRayDistanceTex for Maya and Standalone.

See the full list of features and optimizations in V-Ray 2.4 for Maya.

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Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge is Back!
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Motion Media’s March Madness Challenge – Do you have what it takes to pick them all? Join Motion Media and our customers in a challenge to pick the most correct games in the 2017 College Basketball playoffs and you could win a 5TB Lacie Rugged hard drive!

Maxon Announces Cinema 4D R18 – New Features
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Maxon announced the release of Cinema 4D R18 today at Siggraph in Anaheim. After watching some of the demos and reading a bit about it, the new features look pretty great. Take a look at the press release below from Maxon, and check out this Promo to find out how you can get a free copy of Cinema 4D R18.

iToo Software Call for Submissions!
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iToo software is looking for submissions for their showreel for 2016. If you have any Archviz, Animation, VFX or other shots you’d like included, get in touch with them today.

Autodesk Subscription Changes Coming Soon.
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Starting Feb 1, 2016, Autodesk will no longer allow for the late renewal of Maintenance Subscription contracts after expiration and all subscription agreements must be renewed on time. It is crucial that you do not miss your renewal date! Read on to get more information.

Atomos Shogun Studio
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Just Announced! The Atomos Shogun Studio is the word’s first all-in-one 4K/HD, 2ch, dual 7” 3RU rack recorder, monitor, and playback deck!

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Motion Media Does Art Walk
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Last Thursday the Seattle Motion Media Project space launched at the Seattle Pioneer Square Art Walk with a soft opening. The Motion Media Project space featured the work of visual artist, Robbie Schroeder.

Webinar: Network Attached Storage for Creative Workflows
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We want to teach you about Seagate NAS Solutions! Join Motion Media and Seagate to learn about how Seagate NAS solutions are ideal for all creative environments from Game Development, VFX and Animation to Post Production.

Motion Media Presents Robbie Schroeder!
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On April 2nd, Motion Media Project presents the work of Seattle artist, Robbie Schroeder. Join us at our Seattle, Pioneer Square gallery space for the April 2nd Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Motion Media’s Top 8 GDC Picks
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Motion Media attended the GDC 2015 last week. We went, we saw, we conquered. Now we are catching up on our sleep. Check out out top 8 picks for the most exciting attractions featured at the convention hall.

Join the Motion Media Madness Bracket Challenge!
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Register for the Motion Media Madness Bracket Challenge and you would win a Robox 3D Printer or other great prizes. Challenge the Motion Media team along with your peers to see who is the best at guessing who’s going to win!

Updates/Upgrades


Deadline 9 Now Available
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The latest version of our scalable high-volume compute management solution – Deadline 9.0 is now available. This new version introduces additional security features and UI improvements. For improved security of your render farm, all connections from Deadline to the Deadline database…

Realflow 10 from Next Limit Has Arrived!
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Realflow 10 is much improved and faster with a lot of new features. Realflow 10 also has a new lower price! Check out the new Dyverso Multiphysics solver, three new daemons and more.

Phoenix FD Maya Beta Now Available
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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 →

Maxon announced the release of Cinema 4D R18 today at Siggraph in Anaheim. After watching some of the demos and reading a bit about it, the new features look pretty great. Take a look at the press release below from Maxon, and check out this Promo to find out how you can get a free copy of Cinema 4D R18.

V-Ray Beta 3 for Revit Has Been Released
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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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