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Sneak peek: the new V-Ray for Cinema 4D

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Chaos Group has released a video preview of some of the new features coming up in V-Ray for Cinema 4D, the edition of its production renderer for Maxon’s 3D modelling and animation software.

They include key features from V-Ray Next, including bucket rendering within the V-Ray GPU engine, and the new adaptive dome light; plus improvements to look development workflow and the Render Settings dialog.

A ‘ground-up rewrite’ of the plugin
Chaos Group hasn’t said which version of V-Ray for Cinema 4D the features will appear in – or indeed, if they will all come in the same release.

However, the next update looks set to be the biggest since Chaos Group acquired the plugin from original developer LAUBlab last year, with the firm describing it as a “ground up” rewrite.

While Chaos Group has put out three updates to V-Ray for Cinema 4D since the acquisition, they were largely to port the plugin to its own licensing system, and add support for Chaos Cloud rendering.

More V-Ray GPU and smart rendering features from V-Ray Next due in Cinema 4D
Given that the video shows features added to other editions of the renderer in V-Ray Next, it seems likely that the new release will also be V-Ray Next or V-Ray 4.0 for Cinema 4D.

They include V-Ray GPU, Chaos Group’s GPU render engine, used here primarily for interactive rendering: something covered in more detail in a previous sneak peek.

For final-quality output, V-Ray for Cinema 4D will also support bucket rendering with V-Ray GPU.

The update will also introduce some of the ‘smart’ features from other editions of V-Ray Next, such as the adaptive dome light.

Improved look development workflow and a simplified Render Settings UI
Other than that, the new video focuses primarily on look development workflows using interactive rendering, with “improved materials, textures and UV mapping”.

The release will also simplify V-Ray for Cinema 4D’s Render Settings: the version shown at 02:40 in the video is “still a work in progress”, but Chaos Group says that it promises “fewer settings and more ease of use”.

Pricing and system requirements
Chaos Group hasn’t announced a release date or pricing for the next version of V-Ray for Cinema 4D.

The current release, V-Ray 3.70.03, is available for Cinema 4D R18+, running on 64-bit Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.11+. The software is rental-only, and costs $80/month or $470/year.

Read more about the next update to V-Ray for Cinema 4D on Chaos Group’s forum

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