Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 5 for Maya

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Chaos Group released V-Ray 5 for Maya, the next version of its Academy-Award winning production renderer. V-Ray has already been used to render over 300 television series and feature films, including Terminator: Dark Fate, Avengers: Endgame, and Game of Thrones.

"V-Ray is rock solid, no matter what you apply it to," wrote Bob White, lighting department supervisor at Digital Domain. "We've used it on everything from Thanos to Terminator and we get a consistent output back every time. As we continue to push the boundaries of CG characters, we need tools that can keep up. V-Ray has been there for us every step of the way."

The new version features Light Mix which lets artists create dozens of lighting scenarios from a single render. You can also adjust color and light intensity without the need to render again.

There's a new Layer Compositor to composite enders directly in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer. You can combine and grade render passes, set blending modes, and adjust colors for more in-depth previews before sending the layers on to NUKE.

New Features: 

  • Native ACEScg Support. Artists can now create color-accurate workflows in the new standard for professional production. 
  • Coat Layer. The updated V-Ray Material can now generate reflective coatings on surfaces without the use of blend materials.
  • Sheen Layer. Easily simulate soft, microfiber fabrics like velvet, satin, and silk inside the updated V-Ray Material.
  • V-Ray GPU Updates. V-Ray GPU supports every new feature in V-Ray 5, as well as 2D displacement, OSL textures and memory tracking. 
  • Material Presets. Save time making common materials with new presets for metals, plastics, glass, and more. 
  • Texture Randomization. For more realistic textures and materials, artists can now add more variety and subtle imperfections with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and improved VRayMultiSubTex controls.
  • Stochastic Texture Tiling. Automatically remove tiling artifacts with the new VRayUVWRandomizer.
  • Dirt and Weathering. With the improved V-Ray Dirt texture, users can add dirt to cracks and crevices, create procedural streaks, or cover an entire surface.
  • New Sun and Sky Model. Improves accuracy when the sun is at the horizon, including the magic hours right before sunrise and after sunset. 
  • Blue Noise Sampling. A new algorithm update can make images (and noise) look cleaner through fewer samples.
  • Filmic Tonemapping. HDR images can now mimic the properties of film to give images a cinematic look.

You can learn more here.

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