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Chaos Group launches V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

Chaos Group has officially launched V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, the long-awaited major update to its production renderer, following five months in public beta.

The release was announced earlier this morning at the company’s Total Chaos user event, with the software actually expected to become available to users next week.

New ‘Scene Intelligence’ features, new V-Ray GPU rendering architecture, overall speed boosts
A major overhaul of V-Ray’s two-decades-old code base, V-Ray Next promises a boost in overall rendering performance of “up to 25 percent”, according to Chaos Group CTO Vlado Koylazov.

The speed gains are augmented by two of V-Ray Next’s key changes: new ‘Scene Intelligence’ features designed to simplify the set-up of complex scenes, and V-Ray GPU, its new GPU rendering architecture.

Other key features include Nvidia’s AI-based OptiX render denoiser, a new physiologically plausible hair shader, a new V-Ray Switch material for look dev work, and a scene lighting analysis system.

Pipeline improvements include support for layered Alembic files, and the V-Ray Plugin material and texture, which enable users to load any material or texture from the standalone edition of the renderer.

 

Pricing and availability
V-Ray Next for 3ds Max is expected to become available to users next week. The software is compatible with 64-bit 3ds Max 2013 and above, running on Windows 7 and above.

The release marks a change of pricing, with a workstation licence and one render node now costing $1,180: up $140 from version 3.x. Rental pricing now starts at $470/year, down $50/year on 3.x.

Read an overview of the new features in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max on Chaos Group’s product page

Read a full list of new features in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max in the online release notes

 

Chaos Group V-Ray Next – Beta

The next major release of  V-Ray will be smarter, faster and even better.

Here’s a peek at some of the new features in V-Ray Next, Beta 1 for 3ds Max, and many more are on the way.

V-Ray GPU
Fast GPU production rendering with faster, cleaner lighting — now supports environment fog and VRscans.

NEW Adaptive dome light
Faster, cleaner image-based lighting, removing the need for skylight portals.

NEW Auto exposure & white balance
Fast, automatic scene analysis determines correct exposure and white balance for your image.

V-RAY PHYSICAL CAMERA
Back by popular demand, the V-Ray Physical Camera has been updated with a simpler UI and support for the new auto exposure and white balance settings.

NEW Hair shader
New more realistic VRayHairMtl2 hair shader with melanin color controls, better highlights and more natural light distribution.

NEW Switch material
Easily switch between several materials applied to any object with the new VRaySwitchMtl, great for rendering material options, adding random variations or creating render passes.

NEW V-Ray Plugin material and texture
Load any texture or material that’s available in V-Ray Standalone and render it in V-Ray for 3ds Max using the new V-RayPluginTex or VRayPluginMtl.

Denoise render elements
Denoise any render element, not just the beauty pass, for better control in compositing.

NEW V-Ray SDK
Updated rendering architecture that takes full advantage of modern hardware, including optimized vector calculations using SSE 4.2 and customized Intel® Embree ray tracing library 2.13.

Beta is open to V-Ray 3.x for 3ds Max customers.

Requires SSE 4.2 compatible processor.

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Chaos Group is offering 20% Discount on VRscans Photoreal Material Library until January 5, 2018.

The VRscans Library contains over 650 pre-scanned materials ready to be applied to 3D visualizations in 3ds Max, Maya or SketchUp.

The growing collection includes samples of car paint, fabric, leather, wood, plastic, metal and more.

VRscans is combination of a hardware-based scanning system and a software-based rendering plugin that work together to easily create material properties for creating realistic renderings without the usual workflow of texture maps and tweaking shader settings. This enables a high level of accuracy for visualizing real-world materials in renders.

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Five things you need to know about Section Planes in SketchUp Pro

You have probably seen the Section Plane tool in SketchUp but there are a few things that you do not know… let’s find out!

1: You can name your section planes

As of SketchUp Pro 2018, create a section plane and you’ll be prompted to enter both a Name and Symbol for every section plane you create. The Name identifies your section plane in the Outliner while the Symbol displays in the actual section plane in SketchUp.

Notice the symbol of the section plane in the back! You can also just let SketchUp create default names for you.

2: You can find your section planes in Outliner

Section Planes are in Outliner? Yes, in SketchUp Pro 2018, your section planes are listed in the Outliner. This means that you can activate section cuts, reverse the cut direction (yup, you can do that!), align the camera view to a section plane (that too!)… you can perform section plane interactions from the safety and comfort of the Outliner window!

Why tire out your wrist, moving your mouse all over the screen when you can get to everything in one place?

3: You can manage multiple section planes in multiple ways

In the View menu you can toggle section plane visibility, section cuts, and cut fills for the entire model. If you need to be a little more precise, you can right click on any section plane and choose to activate that one cut or hide that one plane.

But what do you do if you want to activate a cut when all section planes are hidden? Don’t fret! Remember the Outliner in the last step? You can use it to toggle the properties of individual section planes even if they are hidden! This individual interaction with a hidden section plan is also super useful for setting up orthographic views. Just right click a hidden section plane in Outliner, and click Align View: you’re all set to churn out great drawings!

Options. We are all about options.

4: You can create and edit section fills

How a section cut looks in SketchUp and LayOut is a function of your style (well, not YOUR style, but the current style in SketchUp… your personal style has no direct impact on section planes). So, open the Modeling Setting in the Styles window: Style Window>Edit>Modeling Settings (that’s the little blue box). You’ll see options for the section fill color, line color, and line width. This allows you to turn the fill on or off as well as choose what the fill is actually going to look like. And since section fills are tied to Styles, you can save them and use them on different models, or toggle between different looks as you go!

Note that you can also set the default section plane, cut, and fill properties for the Style!

5: You can display multiple section cuts at once

Most people who have used Section Planes have seen that they can add more than one and then activate them separately. What a lot of people don’t know is that you can actually display multiple cuts at once by grouping section planes with geometry! Since section planes will cut whatever geometry is being displayed, you can cut a model with a single plane, group the model with the section plane, then place another section plane outside the group to get multiple cuts in a single model.

Slice and dice! Now you can cut up your model any way you want!

 

Hopefully you learned something new 🙂

V-Ray 3.6 for Sketchup Webinar

V-Ray 3.6 for Sketchup Webinar – Tuesday December 5 at 9:00am PST | 12:00pm EST

Join the webinar to learn how V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp can boost your productivity in architecture and design projects.

CG Specialist Atanas Tudzharov will demonstrate rendering directly in the SketchUp viewport, and show you how to harness the full power of your hardware with Chaos Group’s signature Hybrid rendering.

He’ll cover lots of cutting-edge features, including:

  • Powerful GPU Rendering – V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp includes faster, more powerful GPU rendering, with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.
  • Hybrid Rendering – V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of both CPUs and GPUs.
  • Adaptive Lights – Cut render times in scenes with many lights by up to 700%.
  • Viewport Rendering – Render live directly in the SketchUp viewport. And, with improved viewport materials, you’ll see a more accurate preview within SketchUp.
  • Smarter UI – A cleaner, simpler interface, with better support for 4K monitors.
  • VRscans Compatibility – Added support for Chaos Group’s growing library of over 600 photorealistic materials. Free 90-day trials available.

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Chaos Group V-Ray 3.6 for Sketchup is Now Available – Compatible with SketchUp 2018

V-Ray 3.6 for Sketchup is now fully compatible with Sketchup 2018, adds new viewport rendering, more powerful GPU rendering, new adaptive lights and much more. Free update for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

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

V-Ray 3 is the smartest and fastest rendering solution for SketchUp. Its twin-engine rendering architecture is built to take full advantage of the latest CPU and GPU computing technology. With a full suite of creative tools, V-Ray lets you render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

What’s new in V-Ray 3.6 for Sketchup?

  • Viewport rendering: With new Viewport rendering, you can easily select and render multiple regions at once, and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using +/- hotkeys to control opacity.
  • Powerful GPU rendering: Faster, more powerful GPU rendering with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.
  • Hybrid GPU+CPU rendering: V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of all available hardware, including CPUs and GPUs.
  • Adaptive Lights: For scenes with lots of lights, Adaptive Lights mode can cut render times by up to 700%.
  • Smart UI: The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors.
  • File Manager: Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
  • V-Ray Color picker: A new color picker that’s simple and powerful. Select color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.
  • V-Ray Scene import: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.
  • Sunlight studies: Create sunlight & shadow studies with SketchUp sun animation.
  • Fog: Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.
  • New texture maps: Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, color temperature and procedural noise texture maps.
  • 2D displacement: Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with optimized 2D displacement — perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.
  • Animated proxy objects: Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.
  • Proxy previews: Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), and the new low poly Proxy preview mode.
  • Better viewport materials: Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp viewport.
  • Better denoising: The V-Ray Denoiser is easier to set up, and you can change settings after you render.

Free update for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

For a full list of new features and improvements, see the release notes.

SketchUp Pro 2018 launched!

SketchUp Pro 2018 is here and we are excited! With SketchUp Pro 2018 you can improve your workflow to be more efficient, faster and easier. There are several new fantastic features available, both for how you work and for organizing and for sharing your projects. Below you´ll get a glimpse of some of the new features.

New Features in SketchUp Pro 2018:

 

Smarter Sections

Named Section

Just like components, section planes have names and symbols, making them easy to find, organize, and edit in Outliner. Now, it’s  easy to access and manage sections whenever you need to.

Filled Section Cuts

Filled Section Cuts are now baked into SketchUp Pro. Select a color for your fills via the Styles dialogue and bake them into templates.

Fast Sections

SketchUp features improved performance for models that use section planes to hide large amounts of geometry. The more geometry you section off, the more you’ll benefit!

Make Better Drawings

Scaled Vector Drawing

Need to add linework that’s not in your model? Create a scaled drawing in LayOut and sketch over a 3D model to flesh out your project. Or draw from details to scale from scratch directly in LayOut.

DWG Import

Import a DWG into LayOut and find illustrations already scaled to paper size. Now SketchUp projects can live side by side with CAD linework and take advantage of DWG libraries everywhere. LayOut A+: plays well with others.

Better Drawing

Inferencing, chamfering and filleting, arcs, offset arrays, selections: LayOut is even better at everything you need to draw details or create beautiful illustrations at scale.

Got BIM?

Advanced Attributes

SketchUp now features Advanced Attribute fields for a component’s Price, Size, URL, Type, Status, and Owner. So now it’s even easier to embed projects with useful information.

Aggregated Reports

Generate Report now aggregates component data so you can do things like configure reports to sum parts and quantities for schedules and cutlists, or create detailed estimates by adding up prices by layer. It’s time to crunch model data!

IFC Import/Export

BIM works best when information moves freely between applications. You can rely on IFC in SketchUp to transfer the attributes you assign and manipulate in projects.

 

 

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