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V-Ray for 3ds Max is the core development of Chaos Group, which allows users to quickly and easily create realistic images while giving them full control over the 3D production process. V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max is the most complete lighting, shading and rendering toolkit on the market, making speed and simplicity accessible to all artists. The latest version delivers powerful feature set, technical advances and support for open source technologies.

Progressive Rendering – The new Progressive Production Renderer is built on the same path tracing technology as V-Ray RT and it is a simple, intuitive solution for any scene. The Progressive Renderer is compatible with all V-Ray production features, including Irradiance, Light Cache, SSS, Render Elements, etc.

Faster Ray Tracing – V-Ray 3.0 introduces a significantly optimized ray tracing core to speed up calculations for Brute Force GI, Progressive Path Tracing, Reflections, Refractions, and more. Depending on scene complexity, users are reporting speed increases up to 5X.

Quick Settings – Quick Settings provide artists with production-ready presets and simple rendering quality controls all within a single compact interface.

Advanced V-Ray Frame Buffer – Consistent color output is essential to artists’ workflows. V-Ray 3.0 has been expanded to utilize a variety of color definitions including LUTs (.cube), ICC Profiles (.icc), and OpenColorIO (.ocio). By default V-Ray 3.0 is set up for linear workflow, making it easier to ensure reliable, accurate colors.

Render Mask – Render Mask uses an object selection, include/ exclude list, or texture map to control the exact pixels to be rendered.

Faster Hair – V-Ray 3.0 introduces faster hair rendering speeds (up to 15x) and view-dependent tessellation that automatically smoothes hair curves.

Ray Traced SSS – Improved Subsurface Scattering is offered, including options for object-based and ray traced illumination.

Max Ray Intensity – Max Ray Intensity clamps secondary rays to remove noise generated by very bright sources. This removes artifacts while retaining dynamic range.

VRmats – VRmats (formerly Vismats) are universal V-Ray Shaders for use across multiple applications. For example a VRmat material may be created in V-Ray for 3ds Max and transferred directly to V-Ray for Maya.

V-RayRecent articles

Cinematic-Quality Character Art Workflow

Cinematic-Quality Character Art Workflow

Taj Nabhani did a breakdown of his outstanding character Jjahawa, talked about sculpting, texturing, and presentation, and shared several helpful resources.
Modeling Characters from Comic Books

Modeling Characters from Comic Books

Franco Carlesimo gave a little talk about the way he works on 3D Character models made in ZBrush and rendered in V-Ray.
Character & Cloth Production Tips

Character & Cloth Production Tips

Konstantin Gdalevich prepared a detailed breakdown of his character covering time-management tips, sculpting process, cloth material and more.

Preparing Breakfasts with Quixel Suite & V-Ray

Bondok Max talked about his Breakfast Time scene made with Quixel SUITE, Mari, ZBrush, and V-Ray. 
Preparing a Sunny Breakfast with V-Ray & Substance

Preparing a Sunny Breakfast with V-Ray & Substance

Moataz El Sayed allowed us to repost his breakdown Sunny Breakfast created with the help of 3ds Max, ZBrush, V-Ray, and Substance Painter.
Procedural Gold Mirror in Substance Designer

Procedural Gold Mirror in Substance Designer

Safwen Laabidi revealed his awesome gold mirror, which is a procedural material created in Substance Designer.

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