V-Ray 6 for Houdini Is Out. What’s New?

December 13, 2022 3 min read

V-Ray 6 for Houdini Is Out. What’s New?

V-Ray 6 for Houdini introduces a fully featured V-Ray Hydra delegate for Solaris,  and support for Houdini 19.5. Plus, it comes with native support for Houdini’s ocean tools, so users can render seascapes without the need for texture baking. 

Key features in V-Ray 6 for Houdini include:

Houdini 19.5 and Solaris Support.
Make use of Houdini 19.5 features such as the Hydra Hair procedural, Solaris Render Region, and many more — now supported by V-Ray. Plus, a fully-featured V-Ray Hydra delegate for Solaris.

Ocean Rendering.
Create the perfect ocean waves with native support for Houdini’s ocean tools. With more control than ever before, you can render Houdini’s oceans faster, and without the need for texture baking.

Enhanced Volumetric Rendering.
Generate more realistic volumetric effects such as clouds, smoke, and more, with support for anisotropic scattering also known as Phase Function for volumetric rendering. Easily create masks for volumetrics with the new option to export Cryptomatte elements without using the Volumetric Geometry mode

Procedural Clouds.
Customize just the right clouds for your environment without spending hours browsing through HDRI libraries. V-Ray Sun and Sky’s new procedural clouds system helps you achieve the perfect look and animate your clouds for impressive timelapses in a simple and memory-efficient way.

V-Ray Enmesh. 
Repeat geometry across the surface of an object in the most memory-efficient way possible. In just a few clicks, you can create complex surfaces with lots of detail such as chain mail, car grilles, metal grids, panels, fences, fabrics, and so much more, as if geometry was a texture.

Chaos Cosmos.  
Bring your scenes to life with Chaos Cosmos, our free library of high-quality V-Ray content. With its collection of high-resolution materials, beautiful HDR environments, and render-ready 3D models such as plants, trees, bushes, and more, Chaos Cosmos is a great resource for your next project

V-Ray Decal with Displacement.   
You can now use V-Ray Decal to add displacement to any surface for even more realistic cracked walls, rocks, scratched and rusty surfaces, embossed lettering, and more. You can also instance your Decals for an advanced material bombing workflow.

Finite Dome Light mode. 
Elevate your HDRI environment renders with the new, more flexible ground projection capabilities of the V-Ray Dome Light. Set the scale of your light, and enjoy full control over blend settings with the new Finite Dome mode.


Adaptive Bucket Splitting. 
Bucket rendering is now faster than ever before with a clever new algorithm. Render bucket size is adapted for optimal utilization of your hardware and maximum memory-efficiency.

Improved Dirt Placement.
Now that V-Ray’s Interactive Production Renderer (IPR) output is identical to the production renderer’s, you can make better decisions while iterating designs.  

V-Ray Profiler. 
Receive reports on the time spent calculating shaders and volumes in your scenes. Locate all hot spots in your scene and optimize pipelines for even faster rendering. Pair V-Ray Profiler with the Memory Tracker, and you now have everything you need to monitor and optimize your projects.

Faster Rendering, and More. 
V-Ray Environment Fog now renders up to 30% faster. Translucent material rendering is also up to two times faster thanks to V-Ray Material’s brand-new SSS mode. Plus, shorter time to first pixel and quicker VRscene generation for studio workflows utilizing Alembic and VDB caches.


Thin Film layer. 
Create realistic soap bubbles, oil spills, and more, with the new Thin Film option in the V-Ray Material.

Enhanced V-Ray Material Energy Preservation. 
Render even more physically accurate rough metals and other reflective surfaces with enhanced V-Ray Material energy preservation.

Composition Guides Layer in VFB. 
Easily fine-tune your images with the new composition guides layer in the VFB. Experiment with the customizable overlays to enhance your compositions without using a separate application.

VFB Panorama Viewer. 
Now you can preview your spherical panorama renders while rendering, right from your V-Ray Frame Buffer.

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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