Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

Chaos Group unveils V-Ray for Modo, Nuke and Katana

V-Ray for Modo. Chaos Group has also announced new versions of V-Ray for Nuke and Katana, giving users of The Foundry’s key visual effects tools native implementations of the renderer.

Chaos Group has announced new versions of V-Ray for Modo, Nuke and Katana, increasing the renderer’s penetration into the VFX market. All three new editions are based on the current V-Ray 3.0 core technology.

Now available for The Foundry’s tools as well as Autodesk’s
Over the past few decade, V-Ray’s user base has expanded greatly from its original core in the visualisation market. As well as 3ds Max, native versions of the renderer are now available for Maya and Softimage.

Chaos Group is also working on an edition for MotionBuilder that it believes will play a key role in new real-time filmmaking workflows.

That covers Autodesk’s media and entertainment products. The new editions fill in the missing piece of the VFX market, enabling artists to use V-Ray within The Foundry’s products as well.

V-Ray for Nuke.

We can’t find a complete feature list for the new editions online, but the videos above give a quick feature tour.

The Modo version provides the same key features as the 3ds Max and Maya editions, including the VRayFastSS2, skin, hair and car paint materials, displacement, Ptex support, and network rendering.

There are also a couple of Modo-specific implementations, such as the option to render Replicators with motion blur or using proxies; while the V-Ray RT real-time interactive render preview gets integrated into Modo.

The Nuke version can can render Alembic caches, V-Ray Proxies and V-Ray scene files, all with “complete control over lighting, shading, and render output”, which should help streamline lighting and look dev workflow.

Pricing and availability
V-Ray for Modo and V-Ray for Nuke are now in public beta. So far, Chaos Group hasn’t announced pricing details or a final release date.

V-Ray for Katana is available now, priced on request. The software has already been used by Industrial Light & Magic on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

All three new product announcements were made at Siggraph 2014.

Visit the V-Ray for Modo website (Includes link to register for the public beta)

Visit the V-Ray for Nuke website (Includes link to register for the public beta)