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Linux + V-Ray 3.x Update

Updated June 20, 2016Brian from the V-Ray forum has a couple of additional features that are not supported in exporting vrscene files from Max which I’ve added to my list below.

My post about using VRay with a Linux render farm has turned out to be easily my post read post, so it’s obvious I wasn’t the only one trying to figure out this combination.  That post was written before V-Ray 3 came out, so it’s time for an update.

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Product Configurator Tech Demo

Configurators are cool and they serve a pretty great purpose – they let you see all the possible options for a product that has multiple customization points. Check out Hypothetical’s demo of a 3d rendered animated scooter configurator.

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Case Study on Using CGI for Furniture Rendering Design

I’ve been involved with creating CGI images and animations for furniture designers for years now and was very happy to have a chance to work with Davis Furniture this Spring to help them update their product book with their latest furniture designs and creating some new renderings of existing designs. Here’s a little more info on how it happened.

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3ds Max + VRay Standalone is not as terrifying as you think

Update 15 June 2016 –

I have a new post up that updates this information with the latest in VRay 3.0!

Update 12 November 2013 –

There’s a collection of settings in the VRay RT parameters tab (change renderer to ActiveShade mode first, which brings up the tab you need, then switch back to Production render when you’re done) that controls whether things like XRef scenes and proxies are exported.  Enabling these makes a huge difference in how useful this cross-platform rendering method can work.

Yacht Design Using CGI and 3d Rendering

It’s been a while since I did any 3d rendering work for yachts, but a fun opportunity came up earlier this month to do a few interior design renderings.  My friend and former class-mate Tim Baldwin was interested in making a pitch to a British yacht maker and I was able to help him show his ideas in a couple of contextual views and a few furniture vignettes using CGI.

Initially we created two context 3d rendering views without any kind of props or decorations in order to show off his design as clearly as possible.  Later I went back and added in a few bits and pieces to make it feel a little more lived in while still not distracting from the important part, which was the interior design itself.


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Maxscript to Show Speed of an Object: Speedometer+

Download Speedometer+

I was adding motion blurred cars to a project recently and since I already had the camera shutter set, I figured it would be easiest to start with a car going a reasonable speed rather than just trial-and-error to get the blur right.

So here is a quick Maxscript to show you the speed of an object.  Optional units are miles-per-hour, kilometers-per-hour, feet-per-second, meters-per-second and knots.  It works with any system units you have set except “generic”.