Chaos Group teases new version of V-Ray for Blender
Monday, October 5, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Chaos Group has hinted at an update to V-Ray for Blender that would finally make the renderer compatible with versions 2.8 and higher of the open source 3D software.
In a post on Facebook, the CTO of the Chaos Group, Vlado Koylozov, published a screenshot of Blender's benchmark scene "Fishy Cat" for the V-Ray frame buffer from what appears to be a recently developed piece of software.
V-Ray support for Blender 2.80 and higher
Although V-Ray has had an official Blender integration plugin since 2014, it has never achieved feature parity with those for commercial 3D applications like 3ds Max.
Recently, development seemed to have stalled: over a year since Blender's milestone update 2.80, it still only supports Blender 2.79, while the last new nightly build of the plugin came out last October.
Since then, the Blender Foundation has released four more major updates, most recently Blender 2.90.
Koylazov's Facebook post that reads simply, "We're going there …" doesn't contain much information about what's been happening on the Chaos Group's Blender team lately.
However, it should be noted that an updated version of V-Ray for Blender is at least still in active development.
Interactive rendering support in the future?
In the comment thread on the post, Koylazov states that the new version "still uses our old approach where we just export a .vrscene file and render it with V-Ray standalone".
However, he advises that longstanding functional requirements from Blender users, such as support for interactive rendering, will be considered in future builds.
"There's a newer system where we're using ZeroMQ to let the two programs talk to each other so we can support IPR, but this will likely come a little later once the original integration works."
So far there is no information on whether V-Ray for Blender will include features from V-Ray 5, the latest version of the renderer. However, keep an eye on the forum thread linked below for updates.
Pricing and system requirements
V-Ray for Blender is currently available for Blender 2.79 on Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.12-13 and Linux. The Chaos Group has not announced a schedule for updates.
The integration plug-in itself is free and available under a GPL license. A standalone V-Ray render node costs $ 420 while rent is $ 70 / month or $ 167 / year.
Visit the V-Ray for Blender website
Read the online documentation for V-Ray for Blender
(Pretty minimal right now, but there is a quick guide)
Follow the thread on V-Ray for Blender 2.8+ on the Chaos Group forum
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