LOS ANGELES — Chaos group has released V-Ray 5 for Maya, a new version of its award-winning production renderer. V-Ray has been used by top studios to render over 300 television series and feature films, including Terminator: Dark Fate, Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones. To meet the growing demands of high-end production, V-Ray 5 for Maya builds on its extensive rendering toolset with integrated compositing, interactive light mixing, powerful scene management and much more.
"V-Ray is absolutely solid no matter what you apply it to," commented Bob White, head of lighting at Digital Domain. “We have used it for everything from Thanos to Terminator and we get a consistent output every time. As we continue to push the boundaries of CG characters, we need tools that can keep up. V-Ray was there for us at every step. "
The redesigned V-Ray Frame Buffer now houses two of the most anticipated features of V-Ray 5 and gives even more control to artists who want to do more in one program:
- With Light Mix, artists can create dozens of lighting scenarios from a single render. Color and light intensity can now be adjusted instantly without ever having to render again. Once everything is in order, artists can save their recipes, send the layers to compositing, and update the lights in their scenes.
- With a new layer compositor, artists can put their renderings together directly in the new V-Ray frame buffer. Users can combine and rate render passes, set blending modes, and adjust colors for a more detailed preview before sending the layers to NUKE.
Light path expressions
Light Path Expressions allows artists to create their own render passes, giving them better control over compositing. Certain lighting contributions can be combined with time-saving presets, custom expressions, or even Boolean operations to prepare a passport for composition.
Lighter scenes, more flexibility
V-Ray 5 introduces a brand new VRayProxy node that is quick and easy to use. When proxies are loaded in the background, artists can start working immediately and select, hide, or assign materials for different objects in the proxies using a new hierarchy view. Rules can also be created to make it easier to change multiple objects at the same time.
Other new features in V-Ray 5 are:
- Native ACEScg support – artists can create color-accurate workflows in the new standard for professional production. After selection, V-Ray automatically adjusts the color space for textures, scatter, sun and sky and light temperature and gives an image an immediate consistency.
- Coating Layer – The updated V-Ray material can create reflective coatings on surfaces without using mixed materials.
- Glossy layer – Easily simulate soft microfiber fabrics such as velvet, satin and silk in the updated V-Ray material.
- V-Ray GPU Updates – The V-Ray GPU supports all new features in V-Ray 5, as well as 2D shifting, OSL textures and memory tracking. Initial support for out-of-core geometry has also been added to make it easier for users to render scenes when they are too large for a GPU's RAM.
- Material presets – Save time producing common materials with new presets for metals, plastics, glass and more. Presets for common hair colors like blonde, brown and black have also been added.
- Randomize Textures – For more realistic textures and materials, artists can add more variety and subtle imperfections with the new VRayUVWRandomizer card and improved VRayMultiSubTex controls.
- Stochastic Texture Tiling – Automatically remove tile artifacts with the new VRayUVWRandomizer.
- Dirt and weathering – With the improved V-Ray Dirt texture, users can add dirt to cracks and crevices, create process stripes, or cover an entire surface.
- New Sun and Sky Model – Improves accuracy when the sun is on the horizon, including the magical hours just before sunrise and after sunset.
- Blue Noise Sampling – With the new algorithm update, images (and noise) can look cleaner with fewer samples.
- Filmic Tonemapping – HDR images can now mimic the properties of films to give images a cinematic look.
For a full tour, please visit the V-Ray 5 for Maya product page.
Pricing and availability
V-Ray 5 for Maya is now available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. A perpetual license costs $ 1,180. Upgrades are available for $ 590. The term license costs $ 470 (annually) and $ 80 (monthly). V-Ray 5 for Maya is also part of the V-Ray Collection, an annual plan that gives users full access to 15 Chaos Group products and services for $ 699 / year.
Source: Chaos Group