Hum3D Car Render Challenge

It’s the Fourth annual Hum3D competition for the best Car render and the largest awards event for the car 3d modelling and visualisation industry.

The rules:
Users have to create a car 3d model, put it into 3D environment and create a beautiful render. There are no limits for your creative ideas: you can choose any automobile you like whether it is a racing car or an imaginary vehicle.

The contest is supported by some of the best companies of the 3D world including, Maxwell Render, KeyShot and V-Ray and Corona Renderer.

Further information on the competition including all of the rules and prizes can be found here.

Entries are accepted from the 13th September to 29th November 2017.

Webinar: 5 Things to Know About Moving to KeyShot 7

In one of Luxion’s first webinars covering the important new features in KeyShot 7, they go over the top five things to know about when using KeyShot 7. This webinar will cover moving from KeyShot 6 to 7 for existing users and provide great insight for those new to KeyShot. Sign up quickly as space is limited!

In this webinar:

  • Getting Started with KeyShot 7
  • Organizing KeyShot Resources
  • Using the New Material Features
  • Viewsets and Studios Explained
  • Working with the HDRI Editor
  • Q & A


Tuesday 8th August 2017
6pm – 7pm (UK)

V-Ray 3.5 for Revit Is Here

Free V-Ray for Revit update includes Adaptive Lights, improved Swarm and Revit 2018 support

This update includes the new Adaptive Lights algorithm, which renders up to seven times faster on some scenes. In addition, Chaos have made several improvements to V-Ray Swarm, the elastic distributed rendering platform, including installation customization, support for Linux and MacOS operating systems and a greater support for a variety of network configurations.

V-Ray for Revit is now available for Autodesk Revit 2018.

For users of V-Ray 3.x, this update is free and available now.

Other new features include:

Revit 2018 Compatibility
V-Ray works seamlessly with Autodesk Revit 2018

New Material Library
Ships with over 500 high quality V-Ray materials. Additionally, the new material library is compatible for use with V-Ray for 3DS Max, V-Ray for Rhino, and V-Ray for SketchUp.

Aerial Perspective in RT
Preview atmospheric haze to distant objects and buildings while rendering in RT.

Material IDs
Mask individual objects for easier compositing and editing in Photoshop.

New V-Ray for SketchUp Update – Version 3.40.03

V-Ray for SketchUp version 3.40.03 includes upgrades to the license server, user interface, light sources, and many more helpful tweaks. Your V-Ray for SketchUp experience will be easier and smoother.

This update is free for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

Download The Update

Highlights include:

  • License Server update to version 4.4.
  • Match Viewport mode has been added to the Render Output / Aspect Ratio drop-down menu. This matches the rendered image to the viewport’s aspect ratio.
  • Geometry Type icons have been added to the Asset Editors Geometry list. The icons identify the geometry type even if a custom name has been used.
  • Light Type icons have been added in the Asset Editors Light list. These icons identify the light source type and can be used to enable or disable the light.
  • Side-by-side stereo output layout has been implemented.

Maxwell Render 4.1 – Up to 8x Faster with New Denoiser

Today sees Next Limit announce the official release of Maxwell 4.1. This is the first significant update of the latest version of its high-end rendering tool. Aiming to optimise user workflow, and decrease rendering times whilst maintaining the quality Maxwell is famous for, this new version introduces a powerful Denoiser (by Innobright‘s Altus).

The new Denoiser feature helps to achieve clear images at a lower SL, and makes Maxwell up to eight times faster, depending on the scene. Instead of needing to render images to a high sampling level, users can keep it low and let the Denoiser do the job, setting it to denoise at all SLs or at the end.

In addition, Maxwell 4.1 brings a number of new features, fixes and improvements, including:

  • Optimized GPU-handling memory – paving the way to Multi-GPU in a future update
  • Maxwell | Multilight™ Standalone V2 – a FREE tool for light management, now with the possibility for animations and more
  • New Lights panel in Maxwell | Studio to play with light intensity
  • New illumination assets in the Library Panel
  • New material compatibility: MERL, X-rite AxF, Real-IES files

The tremendous performance improvements obtained with the denoiser surpass any previous experience with Maxwell, especially in situations where noise -an inherent problem in truly unbiased engines- requires long render times to clean. This version will also pave the way for many upcoming improvements in GPU rendering, interactivity and cloud deployment. We remain committed to preserving Maxwell as the leading ground truth in rendering technology.

V-Ray 3.5 For MODO Released

Chaos have added cutting-edge features to V-Ray for Modo. Their twin-engine rendering architecture is built to take full advantage of the latest CPU and GPU hardware. Users can now render anything and everything, from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

This update is free for existing V-Ray 3.x for Modo customers and all new workstations licenses are 20% off until 23rd June 2017.

New in V-Ray 3.5 for Modo

  • Adaptive Lights
    Fast new lighting algorithm that speeds up rendering up to 7x faster in scenes with many lights.
  • Improved GPU rendering
    Significant speed improvements, smarter memory management and support for more production features than ever before.
  • alSurface material
    General-purpose shader by Anders Langlands with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections — popular for skin.
  • Glossy Fresnel
    New, physically-accurate reflection model.
  • Texture Isolate
    Isolate selected textures directly on your model during interactive rendering for easier texture placement and fine-tuning of procedural textures like Dirt or Noise.
  • Render zoom & Enhance region
    Zero in on any part of your image to fine-tune your renders quickly and easily.
  • Powerful new VFB controls
    Select Materials and items directly in the V-Ray Frame Buffer. Plus new camera controls let you change focus distance and F-Stop.
  • Interactive lens effects
    GPU-accelerated glare and bloom effects that can be enabled and adjusted while rendering.
  • V-Ray scene reference
    Reference and render a complete V-Ray scene file created in any application.
  • Open Shading Language (OSL) Support
    Write your own materials and procedural textures or download and use those developed by the OSL community.


Save 20% on new V-Ray for MODO workstation licenses until the 23rd June!

KeyShot Webinar: Advanced Animation Techniques

Thu, June 8th, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT (6-7pm British Summer Time)

Need more motion in your visuals? Richard Funnell breaks down advanced animation techniques along with the features and settings to optimize your output. Sign up quickly as space is limited!

Topics covered in this webinar:

  • Creating Material Animations
  • How to Structure Advanced Animations
  • Managing multiple cameras
  • Rendering Full Animations
  • Q & A

Click here to register for this webinar.

V-Ray SDK 1.20 Released

This week V-Ray announced the release of an updated and streamlined version of their AppSDK. Improvements include support for node.js 8 and Python 3.6.

The SDK allows large companies and organisations to build custom integrations for their applications and processes. Whether looking for control over a programmatic render process or looking to add beautiful rendering within a wider modelling or visualisation system, adding V-Ray can offer huge benefits in quality and speed of output. If you would like to speak to someone about using V-Ray in your project or software, please contact CAD Software Direct, the UK Chaos partner, who will be able to help with everything from licensing costs to organising support for your developers.

 

Full documentation for the V-Ray AppSDK can be found here.

Maxwell Render V1 & V2 Users – Get 15% Off Your Upgrade

Maxwell licenses  V2 and older *  are reaching the end of their product support life-cycle. This means you will no longer be able to upgrade these licenses or receive technical support for them.

* Offer includes both license seats and rendernodes. Does not apply to Learning Edition, Student & Faculty licenses.

Why Upgrade Now?
Until June 30th 2017 you will still be able to upgrade older licenses to the latest version Maxwell 4. During this period you will exclusively get an additional 15% off the upgrade price. Upgrading will give you access to all new features and improvements.

What happens to V1 and V2 licenses after the 30th June?
If you have a perpetual license, you can keep using it, however, there will be no technical support or upgrades available. This means old licenses cannot be reallocated or retreived.

To move to the latest version, you will need to buy a new Maxwell Render license.

V-Ray for SketchUp Update Available

Chaos have made some important updates and improvements to V-Ray for SketchUp. Your experience will be smoother and faster, with better results. This update is free to download for all V-Ray 3 for SketchUp users.

New features include:

  • V-Ray Swarm now works with macOS.
  • Denoiser improvements.
  • Added toolbar controls.
  • Viewport improvements

Download V-Ray for SketchUp 3.40.02