Friday, September 27th, 2019 Posted by Jim Thacker

Chaos Group releases V-Ray Next for Rhino Update 1

Originally posted on 14 May 2019. Scroll down for news of Update 1.

Chaos Group has released V-Ray Next for Rhino, the latest update to the edition of the renderer for Robert McNeel & Associates’ NURBS-based industrial modelling software.

The update makes key features of the V-Ray Next architecture available to Rhino users, introduces new asset management tools, and extends support for Rhino’s Grasshopper procedural modelling system.

Performance boosts, plus new Scene Intelligence and asset-management features
The new features in V-Ray Next for Rhino follow a similar pattern to those from V-Ray Next for SketchUp, which shipped last month.

That means the key features of the V-Ray Next architecture: better overall CPU and GPU render performance, plus new ‘Scene Intelligence’ features designed to simplify render set-up, including the Adaptive Dome Light and automatic exposure.

The update also adds support for Nvidia’s AI-based OptiX render denoising system, and makes the standard V-Ray material compatible with metalness PBR workflows used in game engines like UE4.

Workflow improvements include a simplified rendering UI, and a new asset-management system.

Improved support for Grasshopper, and support for scripting
Support for Grasshopper, the “algorithmic modelling” system introduced in Rhino 6, has also been extended.

New features include the option to animate Grasshopper definitions, cameras and sunlight settings from the V-Ray timeline; and support for physical camera settings and V-Ray Next’s lighting analysis render element within Grasshopper.

In addition, V-Ray Next for Rhino introduces support for scripting via Python or RhinoScript, making it possible to automate common tasks or customise rendering functionality.

Updated 27 September 2019: Chaos Group has released V-Ray Next for Rhino Update 1.

The update tightens integration between the V-Ray and Rhino material systems, with users now able to create V-Ray materials directly within Rhino’s materials panel; and apply materials by dragging and dropping.

The Grasshopper integration now has the option to export V-Ray scenes and geometry files based on Grasshopper definitions, and features for creating “more advanced” animation set-ups.

The release also adds a Kelvin temperature slider to the colour picker, plus support for Cryptomatte, Psyop’s VFX-industry-standard ID matte generation system, also supported in other editions of V-Ray.

Pricing and system requirements
V-Ray Next for Rhino is available for Rhino 5+ running on Windows 7+. A workstation license now costs $790, up $95 from the previous release. Rental costs $350/year.

Read an overview of the new features in V-Ray Next for Rhino on the product website

Read a full list of new features in V-Ray Next for Rhino Update 1 in the online changelog

Read a full list of new features in V-Ray Next for Rhino in the online changelog