Chaos Group releases V-Ray 5 for Houdini as free public beta
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Chaos Group releases V-Ray 5 for Houdini as a free public beta

Monday, September 21, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker

Chaos Group has released V-Ray 5 for Houdini, the latest version of the renderer for SideFX's 3D animation and effects software, as a free public beta.

The update provides important functions from other editions of V-Ray 5 in Houdini, including compositing directly in the frame buffer, support for light path expressions and better ACEScg workflows.

A readymade look development pipeline between Maya and Nuke
V-Ray for Houdini was first released in 2019 and is intended for both look development and final quality rendering.

VFX studios with V-Ray pipelines can use preview effects or assets before exporting them for rendering in Maya or 3ds Max to ensure visual consistency at every stage of production.

The Houdini edition supports most of the major functions of the host application and the other editions of V-Ray, with the exception of some exotic geometry and material types. A full list of supported features can be found here.

Adds key features of V-Ray 5, including updated VFB and support for LPEs
In addition, V-Ray 5 for Houdini adds some of the key features originally introduced in V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max and V-Ray 5 for Maya earlier this year.

This includes the redesigned V-Ray frame buffer, with which layer-based compositing and relighting processes can be carried out directly in the VFB.

In addition, the Houdini edition now supports Light Path Expressions (LPEs) so that custom render passes can be generated.

The update also simplifies the workflow when using the ACEScg color space, as V-Ray automatically covers textures and light temperatures without the need to create additional nodes.

Houdini users also get access to the new integrated material library, which contains over 500 common materials from the field, including metals, glass and wood.

We covered the features when the 3ds Max Edition was announced. Please see this story for more information.

Prices and availability
V-Ray 5 for Houdini is available as a free beta for various builds of Houdini 17.5 and Houdini 18.0 that run on Windows 8.1+ and CentOS 6 or RHEL 6.2 WS Linux. The Chaos Group has not announced a final release date.

The current stable version, V-Ray Next for Houdini Update 1, is available for Houdini 17.0+ that runs on Windows 7+, CentOS 6.2, RHEL 6.2+ WS or Fedora 16+ Linux and Mac OS X 10.10.2+.

The software is only available for rent and costs $ 80 / month or $ 470 / year.

Read an overview of V-Ray for Houdini on the Chaos Group website

For a full list of features in V-Ray 5 for Houdini, see the online documentation

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