Unveiling the Enhancements in V-Ray 6 for Houdini, Update 1

June 14, 2023 3 min read

Unveiling the Enhancements in V-Ray 6 for Houdini, Update 1

V-Ray 6 for Houdini update 1 empowers users to surpass artistic limitations and bring vitality to every concept. Through its robust set of tools, users can enhance their skin shading workflow to achieve remarkably realistic and organic skin textures. They can now exercise creative authority over lighting, effortlessly apply decals onto cylindrical objects, and incorporate surface effects. Moreover, they can generate awe-inspiring skies for their environments with the introduction of new procedural cloud options. The update also enhances cross-team collaboration by enabling seamless USD data exchange between applications and accelerates rendering speed, among other remarkable features.

Key features in V-Ray 6 for Houdini update 1 include:

Bump to Glossiness
Take your skin shading workflow to new heights, enhancing the realism and naturalness of skin textures. Effortlessly attain the perfect level of glossiness for surfaces with normal maps, irrespective of the viewing distance, eliminating any excessive shine on your characters' skin.

Cylindrical Decal 
With the new feature of cylindrical decal, you can conveniently add stickers, labels, and other surface imperfections onto cylindrical objects like bottles, cans, rockets, tanks, fire hydrants, and more. Aligning the decal's projection to match the curvature of the object's surface is now a breeze, requiring just a few simple clicks.

Decal Additive Bump
The decal additive bump feature allows for seamless blending of surface and decal bumps. This enables you to achieve highly realistic-looking stickers, labels, embossed logos, and lettering. Additionally, you can effortlessly create effects like spray or paint on a cracked wall, corroded metal, or any other textured surface, enhancing the overall visual impact of your designs.

Custom Light Decay
Gain control over the emission of light as it travels across distances. With the ability to manipulate hotspots, light intensity, ray spread, length, and other factors, you now have the creative freedom to achieve any lighting effect.

Enhanced Procedural Clouds
With the introduction of the V-Ray Sky contrails layer, you now have the ability to simulate airplane contrails in your design.

Transfer Data Between Applications
Seamlessly exchange USD data from Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max to Houdini, and vice versa. Assets will look identical, regardless of the software used.

Faster Time to First Pixel in Solaris
The average time to first pixel is halved.

More Profiling Data
Gain insights into how much time it takes to export a scene, compile geometry and displacement, load bitmaps, and more. With the powered-up V-Ray Profiler, you can also customize the level of detail in your reports to suit your specific needs.

NVIDIA AI Denoiser Upscaling
Accelerate your rendering process by up to threefold. This feature is particularly beneficial for efficient look development and generating quick previews.

V-Ray Light Material Post-Processing
Explore different looks for the self-illuminating objects in your scenes even after rendering has finished. You can now effortlessly modify V-Ray Light Materials using Light Mix and Light Select.

Masking Support for Post Effects
Decide what objects to apply lens effects to, and which ones to blur, sharpen, or even denoise — all without re-rendering. 

Compressed Textures
Experience optimized memory usage when rendering texture-heavy scenes with V-Ray GPU. This new mode saves 50% of your GPU memory on average, allowing you to add an incredible level of detail to your scenes without sacrificing shading quality.

Mesh Mode Support for V-Ray Clipper
Easily render cutaways and sections utilizing any mesh object. With just a few clicks, you can animate the clipper and achieve impressive effects.

V-Ray is now available in three plans: Solo, Premium, and Enterprise.
The Solo plan gives independent artists and freelancers an affordable and full-featured solution for rendering on one computer.
The Premium plan is perfect for those who need access to floating licenses and Chaos companion products such as Phoenix, Player, Scans, and Vantage.
The Enterprise plan is ideal for large studios considering volume purchases. 

Users can now render with V-Ray in any host application and benefit from the powerful suite of Chaos products and services with just a single license. Each of the new plans (Solo, Premium, and Enterprise) includes Chaos Cosmos’ high-quality assets. Last but not least, all V-Ray plans include high-quality support at no extra cost.

Feel free to call our experts at 866 362 8970 to find out more about V-Ray upgrades or migrations, or to request a quote.


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