Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at the mental ray renderer settings, part of Maya 2013 Essential Training: 6 Lights and Rendering.
If you want super high quality rendering you're probably going to want to…render in mental ray, which is a much more sophisticated renderer than the Maya Software renderer.…If you doing anything that's photorealistic you'll probably be using mental ray.…So let's take a look at some of the mental ray render settings.…If you do choose to use mental ray you need to make sure that the plug-in is installed.…I've already installed it, but let me show you where we'd set this up.…
We go to Settings/Preferences > Plug-in Manager and then we scroll down to the…bottom here and we have Mayatomr and you will want to make sure that that's…loaded, and if you plan to use mental ray a lot, just go ahead and check Auto…load and that way mental ray will always load when you start Maya.…Now it does take a little bit of memory to load the plug-in, but if you're using…mental ray a lot, it's not that big of a deal.…
So now that we're sure that mental ray is loaded, let's go into our Render…Settings menu and let's set our renderer to mental ray, and when I do that notice…
- Adjusting the Render Settings menu
- Adding depth map and raytrace shadows
- Understanding the principle of light decay
- Creating cameras
- Using Motion Blur in Maya and mental ray
- Using Final Gather for natural illumination
- Rendering transparent materials with caustics
- Batching rendering
Skill Level Beginner
1. Maya Rendering
2. Lights and Lighting Types in Maya
3. Understanding Cameras
4. Advanced Rendering with mental ray
5. Final Output
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