Monday, December 12th, 2022 Posted by Jim Thacker

Maxon ships Redshift 3.5.12

Maxon has released Redshift 3.5.12, a sizeable update to the production renderer for 3ds Max, Blender, Cinema 4D, Houdini and Maya that integrates Open Image Denoise (OIDN), Intel’s CPU denoising system.

Other new features in Redshift 3.5.12 include multi-scattering in volumes like clouds, and native versions of Cinema 4D’s Tile and Brick shaders.

Support for Open Image Denoise in Redshift CPU
The Redshift team put out at least one new build of the renderer every month, so they don’t always get their own stories on CG Channel.

However, Redshift 3.5.12 is a noteworthy update: in part, because it makes Redshift the latest renderer to integrate Open Image Denoise (OIDN), Intel’s open-source render denoising library.

Until this year, that would have been unlikely, since OIDN is a CPU-based denoiser – at least currently: a GPU implementation has been announced – while Redshift was a GPU-based renderer.

However, Maxon introduced Redshift CPU, a new CPU rendering mode, in Redshift 3.5 earlier this year, making it possible to integrate OIDN alongside the existing OptiX and Altus GPU denoisers.

OIDN is currently only available in Redshift for Cinema 4D: other host applications will be supported “soon”.

Support for multi-scattering in volumes, and native Tile and Brick shaders
Other new features in Redshift 3.5.12 include support for multi-scattering in volumes, which should increase visual realism when rendering clouds, smoke and fire.

It’s supported in any host application, although Maxon’s announcement specifically namechecks Pyro, the new gaseous fluid simulation system introduced in Cinema 4D 2023.1 last month.

In addition, Cinema 4D’s Tile and Brick shaders are now available as native Redshift shaders.

System requirements and price
Redshift is available for Windows 10, glibc 2.17+ Linux and macOS 11.5+.

The renderer’s integration plugins are compatible with 3ds Max 2015+, Blender 2.83+, Cinema 4D R21+, Houdini 17.5+ (18.0+ on macOS), Katana 3.0v1+ and Maya 2016.5.

The software is rental-only, with individual subscriptions costing $45/month or $264/year.

Find an overview of the new features in Redshift 3.5.12 on the software’s Trello board

Read a full list of changes in Redshift 3.5.12 on the product forum
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