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V-Ray 3.5 for Maya - Now Available
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:03

Production-proven CPU & GPU rendering for animation and visual effects for film, television and virtual reality. V-Ray 3.5 for Maya brings faster rendering, more responsive look development and added realism to high-end VFX and animation projects.

Chaos Group’s V-Ray won a sci-tech Academy Award in 2017 for its role in bringing realistic CGI to the big screen.

See what’s new in V-Ray 3.5 for Maya:

  • Adaptive lights: Fast new lighting algorithm that speeds up rendering in scenes with many lights.
  • V-Ray IPR: New in-process IPR starts instantly, updates faster and uses less memory. Changes to materials in the Hypershade Material Viewer are made in real time.
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer tools: Speeds up look development on individual objects with the new Render Mask: Isolate select tool. Select objects, materials and camera focus directly in the frame buffer.
  • alSurface material: General-purpose shader by Anders Langlands with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections — popular for skin.
  • GPU rendering improvements: Render larger, more detailed scenes using a lot less memory with On-demand Mip-mapping. V-Ray’s fast GPU renderer adds support for a wider range of production features.
  • Resumable rendering: Stop your render at any point and continue where you left off.

Licensing and Pricing

  • Online Licensing:
    With the release of V-Ray 3.5 for Maya, we will now offer an Online licensing option. Please note that in order to use the online licensing option, users need to download the latest version (4.0) of the V-Ray license server.
Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.
  • Bundle offer new licenses:
    New purchases of V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya licenses plus Phoenix FD receive the special bundle price of €1000.
  • Bundle offer upgrades:
    Owners of an existing V-Ray 2 for Maya license can upgrade to V-Ray 3 for Maya and add Phoenix FD for just €550.

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Deadline 9.0 is Now Available
Friday, 10 March 2017 08:09

The latest version of Thinkbox 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 will use SSL certificates that can be password protected. In addition, new installation and configuration options have been added to better support distributed deployments.

Highlighted Features:

  • SSL-enabled MongoDB database
  • New installation and configuration options
  • Remote command improvements
  • Improved find options in the user interface
  • New unified pipeline tools interface for submission scripts
  • AWS Spot Fleet support
  • New application support
More information about Deadline 9.0.
You may download Deadline 9.0 here.
Information regarding how to upgrade to Deadline 9.0 can be found here.
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Phoenix FD 3.0 for Maya - Now Available!
Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:43

Add explosive fire, smoke and liquid effects to imagery and animation with Phoenix FD 3.0 for Maya. New solvers give more detailed effects, and quick presets make simulations faster and easier to set up. Phoenix FD integrates seamlessly into Maya and is optimized to render with V-Ray.

What’s New:

  • FLIP solver: Fast and more realistic liquid solver.
  • Quick presets: New toolbar with presets for fire, smoke and liquid simulations.
  • Fast volume rendering: Optimized volume rendering with accurate lighting and global illumination.
  • New fire & smoke solver: Create realistic smoke and fire with super fine details.
  • Force controls: Art direct and control simulations with forces like wind, mesh attraction and more.
  • Path follow: Create simulations that follow a path along a spline.
Free upgrade for existing Phoenix FD users

Bundle offer new licenses:

  • New purchases of V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya licenses plus Phoenix FD receive the special bundle price of €1000

Bundle offer upgrades:

  • Owners of an existing V-Ray 2 for Maya license can upgrade to V-Ray 3 for Maya and add Phoenix FD for just  €550
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V-Ray 3 for SketchUp - Now Available
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:39

V-Ray for SketchUp comes with all the lighting, shading and rendering tools you need to create professional, photoreal imagery and animations.

What’s New

  • New UI: Introducing a redesigned, designer-friendly user interface for faster workflows.
  • Material library: Select from over 200 drag and drop materials to speed up your next project.
  • V-Ray Swarm: Introducing a powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that's simple and fast.
  • Denoiser: Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
  • One-click VR: Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Section cuts: Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.
  • Aerial perspective: Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze.
  • Grass: Create realistic grass, fabrics, and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

New licensing policy

Our licensing policy has recently changed and V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Workstation licenses now comprise of 1 GUI and 1 Render Node license. This change makes it possible for you to use your licenses seamlessly across multiple 3D platforms.

New rental license option

In addition to our standard perpetual licenses, Chaos Group now offers two new types of rental licenses:
  • Short Term Rental (1 month) license.
  • Long Term Rental (12 months) license.
Free upgrade from V-Ray 2 for SketchUp.

Online licensing

With the release of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, we will now offer an online licensing option.
*Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses

Join the V-Ray 3 for SketchUp release webinar on March 21.
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V-Ray 3.5 for Nuke - Now Available
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:38

V-Ray 3.5 adds powerful new features to your compositing workflow. This update is free for all V-Ray 3.x for NUKE customers and is compatible with NUKE 10.5.

New key features include:

  • V-Ray Volume Grid – Import and render volume simulations from applications like Houdini. Supports OpenVDB, Field3D and Phoenix FD files.
  • Deep Rendering - V-Ray for NUKE now generates better deep data that can be further composited in NUKE's deep workflow.
  • Support for VRayDenoiser and Denoiser Render element – Denoise images within NUKE, and take advantage of additional channels generated from V-Ray.
  • Light Cache - V-Ray's signature light cache, which speeds up global illumination, is accessible in V-Ray for NUKE.
  • Improved Render Elements integration - Now it's easier to match and composite channels with render elements rendered in V-Ray for NUKE.
  • Support for TriPlanar Texture - Quickly assign bitmap and other 2D textures on objects that don't have suitable UV coordinates.
  • V-Ray Falloff texture – Control shading effects by an object’s surface angle to the camera. Use NUKE Curves for even more control.

Online Licensing

Chaos Group now offers 2 licensing options: Dongle Licensing and Online Licensing.
*Please note that for now online licensing is available only for purchases of new licenses.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:30

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