Friday, March 29th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Chaos releases Vantage 2.3

Chaos has updated Vantage, its real-time ray tracing renderer, intended for exploring large V-Ray scenes in architectural visualization and visual effects projects.

Vantage 2.3 adds support for the V-Ray Blend Material and Multi Matte render element, and the option to encode video using the AV1 codec.

A hardware-accelerated ray tracer for exploring large production scenes in real time
First released in 2020, Vantage is a hardware-accelerated ray tracing renderer intended for exploring large V-Ray production scenes in near-real time.

The initial release was targeted at visualization, but in 2023 Chaos added support for rendering deforming meshes, like animated characters, and began pitching Vantage at VFX work.

Vantage 2.3: support for the V-Ray Blend Material and Multi Matte render element
Vantage 2.3 isn’t as major an update, but adds support for two important features of V-Ray: the V-Ray Blend Material (VRayBlendMtl) and the Multi Matte render element.

You can find a list of V-Ray features not yet supported in Vantage here.

Workflow improvements include a toggle for the viewport light gizmos, and a new setting to reduce performance impact on other applications while Vantage is rendering.

Vantage can also now encode video using the AV1 codec as well as H.264 on NVIDIA Ada Generation GPUs.

Price and system requirements
Chaos Vantage is compatible with Windows 10+ and DXR-compatible AMD, Intel or Nvidia GPUs.

The software is rental-only, with subscriptions costing $108.90/month or $658.80/year. It is included free with V-Ray Premium and Enterprise subscriptions.

Read a full list of new features in Chaos Vantage 2.3 in the online documentation

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