SketchUp is one of the most widely used and easy to learn 3D modeling software on the market today. V-Ray for SketchUp is the ultimate visualization solution for SketchUp artists and designers. It's a 3D rendering software that combines real-time and photoreal rendering — all in SketchUp.
See your designs in real-time
Seeing your Sketchup designs in real-time has never been easier. Now with V-Ray Vision*, you can visualize your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras — all in a live real-time view of your scene. And when you’re ready for photo quality renders, V-Ray is ready to go.
Rendering that’s as real as it gets
With true-to-life lights, cameras, and materials, rendering with V-Ray is as real as it gets. For any project, you can see exactly how it will look. It's as close you can come to the real thing before it’s built.
Bring your scenes to life
Employ our curated collection of smart assets — including high-quality models of furniture, accessories, vegetation and people — and stage your project with just a few clicks. The all-new Chaos Cosmos asset browser lets you easily drop render-ready 3D content right into your SketchUp scene.
Get a headstart on your next project
V-Ray comes with hundreds of ready-to-render materials that you can apply to any scene and access to an extensive library of video tutorials, free technical support, and helpful forums. V-Ray has one of the largest visualization communities, with a world of community-created content that’s readily available.
V-Ray is the ultimate power-up for SketchUp
V-Ray and SketchUp are the perfect team. SketchUp is the world's most widely used 3D modeling software for architecture and design. And V-Ray is the world's #1 rendering software for architectural visualization. The two together are the perfect combo to take your designs to the next level.
With the latest update of V-Ray for SketchUp, you can craft your best work faster and present or share it in more engaging ways. The new V-Ray Decal makes it fast and easy to place materials onto surfaces without disturbing the underlying material, for everything from packaging labels to IndyCars. Quickly enrich your design with extensive entourage with the new Scatter tool—without encumbering SketchUp or V-Ray Vision. And share your V-Ray Vision results via video or interactive 3D versions of your scene.
New workflows, more creative possibilities
Scatter Building terrain for your models is significantly streamlined thanks to the new scattering tool. Create detailed scenes by adding hundreds, thousands, or millions of objects and Chaos Cosmos models on any surface in an intuitive and memory-efficient way. Control their size, orientation, and density for maximum realism.
Chaos Vantage Live Link Take your design to the next level with Chaos Vantage. With Live Link, you can explore even your most complex scenes in pure ray-traced real-time with zero setup. Navigate and interact with your model’s true lighting and materials, and create animations and images with ease. Learn more
Chaos Cosmos materials With the addition of materials to Cosmos, there’s never been a better time to try out our collection of render-ready 3D content. We’ve included 200 new materials for your next project, including tiles, wooden floors, terrain, and more. They’re ready to use—but you can edit their color, bump, gloss, and more.
V-Ray Material improvements With updates to the V-Ray Material, it’s easy to create realistic translucent and transparent materials such as glass. Plus, you can create materials such as plastic and wax quickly and easily via SSS and Volumetric translucency modes.
Decals V-Ray Decal can help bring projects to life with unique materials that can be applied to objects of any shape. Create stickers on vehicles, labels on products, or graffiti on walls.
More artistic control in post Add a photographic touch when polishing your final renders with sharpen and blur in the V-Ray Frame Buffer.
New capabilities in V-Ray Vision
Share your scene with reviewers - Share your scene with others to experience in real-time 3D on their own machine without the need for any additional software or license. Just hit export and reviewers can experience your full scene, with the full functionality of V-Ray Vision including navigation controls, color correction parameters, and more.
Еxport video recordings - Take the pain out of creating animations. You can now save Vision animations in a WebM format instead of manually combining images.
Sun animation support - Review lighting studies quickly and easily by loading sun animations from Rhino into Vision.
Grass support - Build realistic terrain efficiently with preset grass on any surface.
IES lights support - Vision presentations are now more realistic with IES light profiles.
Real-time rendering - With V-Ray Vision*, you can visualize your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras—all in a live real-time view of your scene.
CPU, GPU & Hybrid rendering - V-Ray comes with two powerful rendering engines. You can choose between super fast GPU and CPU or Hybrid rendering to best suit your project needs and requirements.
Smart 3D assets - Our integrated asset library, Chaos Cosmos, enables you to search and add render-ready models, materials, and HDRI skies to your scene directly from the V-Ray toolbar. The Cosmos assets have automatic LoDs, accurate scale, and can be used across 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.
Denoiser - Remove noise and dramatically cut the render times. With V-Ray Denoiser, you can denoise each render element in post-production. And with the NVIDIA AI Denoiser, V-Ray delivers instant feedback with less noise, while you design interactively.
Interactive rendering - Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away. View the render result directly in the SketchUp viewport.
Chaos Cloud - Rendering on the Cloud is just one click away.
V-Ray Swarm - Powerful and scalable distributed rendering system that's simple and fast. Get an extra speed boost with V-Ray Render nodes.
Smart Asset Editor- Create, edit and manage all of your assets including lights, materials, textures, geometry and render elements all in one place. All assets are structured in an intuitive folder structure.
File Manager - Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
V-Ray Color Picker - A powerful color-picker allowing you to choose the exact color you need with the right hue and saturation. Provides RGB color values and a Kelvin temperature slider corresponding to every color slot.
V-Ray Frame Buffer - Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, render elements and more, directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.
Universal asset preview - Preview your materials, lights, textures and render elements in a single viewer. Observe how parameter changes affect the appearance of the asset in a specific isolated setting.
Light Gen - Light Gen is a new V-Ray tool that automatically generates thumbnails of your SketchUp scene each one presenting a unique lighting scenario. Choose your favorite look and you’re ready to render.
Light mixing - Adjust the lights in your scene even after you render. With Light Mix, once your scene is rendered, you can interactively adjust the brightness and color of any light without having to render again.
Adaptive lights - Faster, cleaner and more accurate rendering in scenes containing many lights and image-based environment lighting.
Global Illumination - Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with powerful and fast global illumination.
Accurate lights - Render any type of natural, artificial, or image-based lighting with a wide range of built-in light types.
Sun & Sky - Simulate realistic daylight, sunrise and sunset, even as the sun dips below the horizon, for any time and location. SketchUp sun animation is supported.
Lighting analysis tool - The new Lighting Analysis render element makes it easy to visualize the real-world illumination (Lux) values of any scene.
Real-world cameras - Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.
Virtual Reality - Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets with the help of the VR Camera types in Stereo mode.
Interactive lens effect - Instantly add GPU-accelerated glare, bloom and procedurally generated dust and scratches for added photorealism. Fine-tune lens effects interactively while you render.
Automatic exposure & white balance - Capture the perfect exposure every time. The new Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance camera controls make rendering as simple as point and shoot.
Material library - Create great looking materials or select from 500+ readily available ones in the asset library. From multilayered car paint to accurate subsurface scattering, you can create any imaginable material.
Texture maps - Create realistic and unique shaders using any texture map or one of V-Ray’s many built-in procedural textures - Gradient, Temperature, Tri-Planar, etc.
Metalness - The V-Ray Material provides support for PBR shaders with the Metalness reflection controls.
Randomizer - To create more realistic materials, we’ve added new tools that randomize textures and colors. The VRayUVWRandomizer lets you randomize texture coordinates and includes Stochastic Tiling that automatically fixes repeating textures.
Decals - Project unique materials onto objects of any shape and create effects like graffiti on a wall, markings on a road, or logos on a product.
Chaos Scans- 1000+ scanned materials. Import and render directly in V-Ray.
Atmospheric & Volumetric Effects
Environment Fog - Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze and use true 3D fog with realistic light scattering.
Volumetric materials - Realistic material light scattering and translucency.
Proxy geometry - Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars. Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) as references from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.
V-Ray Scene Importer - Import any .vrscene file directly as a SketchUp model with correctly sized and positioned objects, proper texture placement, lights and proxy references.
Displacement - Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with the optimized V-Ray displacement. The 2d Displacement mode is perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.
Grass - Create realistic grass, fabrics, and carpet with V-Ray Fur.
Section cuts & Clipper - Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper. Convert any scene object to a clipper.
Object scattering - Scatter objects and Chaos Cosmos assets to create detailed terrains in a memory-efficient way. Use essential randomization parameters like density, size, and orientation for maximum realism.
Render Elements - Choose from many unique beauty, utility and matte passes to give you more control over your rendered images in compositing.
Cryptomatte Render Element - Аutomatically generates and stores object- or material-based masks. It’s perfect when you need to accurately select objects in post-production.
In order to work properly, your copy of V-Ray for SketchUprequires:
A V-Ray Next for SketchUp major version has active SOFTWARE SUPPORT & MAINTENANCE from its release date to the following next major release date. During the SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE stage Chaos will:
Release minor updates including patches, bug fixes, service packs, enhancements, new minor features, and platform compatibility updates.
Provide support and technical assistance to clients.
Provide software builds for download.
V-Ray Free Trial Software Download
Download and test V-Ray before you make your purchasing decision.
Recommended System Specification
Manufacturer's system requirements are generally the bare minimum that you need to run the software and insufficient for effective and productive operation of the product.
Our suggested "real world" mid-range desktop system key specifications to properly run V-Ray are as follows:
CPU: Intel Core i5
Graphics Card: NVIDIA QUADRO P620
Hard Drive: 500GB NVMe
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
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