Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.1 For Maya

Bulgarian software company Chaos Group has announced the availability of V-Ray 3.1 for Maya. V-Ray 3.1 for Maya contains over 100 new and modified features, including Maya 2016 compatibility, numerous V-Ray RT GPU enhancements and two VR cameras. The free update also offers more efficient handling of proxy objects, an improved global illumination algorithm, and faster rendering performance.

“V-Ray 3.1 for Maya is a big release,” said Vladimir Koylazov, Chaos Group Co-founder and Lead Developer of V-Ray. “Our team has been hard at work making sure that the speed, memory and workflow optimizations our community has requested are ready for professional use.” 

For VR projects, V-Ray 3.1 for Maya adds new stereoscopic camera types that will render 6×1 cube maps and spherical images. The introduction of the Shade Map optimizes stereoscopic rendering.

“When I started building out the new VR and VFX division for Legend3D, I knew V-Ray for Maya had to be a part of it,” said Justin Denton, VFX and VR Supervisor at Legend3D. “Working with Chaos Group led to the features we need for our advanced virtual reality projects. V-Ray 3.1 for Maya is a huge update.”

V-Ray RT GPU now supports:

  • Hair & fur
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Displacement & subdivision surfaces
  • Light Cache GI
  • Anisotropic highlights
  • UDIM textures
  • Texture baking
  • QMC sampling on NVIDIA CUDA devices

Proxy Object improvements:

  • Identical proxy objects are now automatically instanced
  • Improved viewport previews with mesh simplification options
  • Import multiple proxy objects at once
  • Support for hair and particle instances
  • Support for instancing Ogawa Alembic files
  • Mesh viewer utility – to view proxy objects and Alembic files, including subdivision surfaces, particles, and hair

 

Additional New Features in V-Ray 3.1:

Maya 2016 support

  • Full support for new Hypershade Node Editor, Material Viewer, and Lookdev view
  • Enhanced Bifrost support – including rendering liquids as isosurfaces without meshing

Workflow & User Interface

  • Quick settings
  • Light Lister
  • Tooltips
  • Updated default render settings

Geometry

  • Faster rendering of dynamic meshes, proxy objects, and instances
  • Faster rendering of hair and fur
  • Intel Embree acceleration for hair and fur
  • VRayClipper – for cutaways and sections

Lights

  • Light meter – new helper object for lighting analysis

Global Illumination

  • Updated Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation

Volume rendering

  • Probabilistic shading for faster volume rendering

Availability

V-Ray 3.1 for Maya is a free update for all V-Ray 3.0 for Maya customers. Download now at chaosgroup.com. For more information and a complete change log, visit V-Ray.com.