Join Dave Schultze for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing V-Ray and DR Spawner, part of Rhino and V-Ray: Rendering.
In this movie, we will assume you already own a copy of Rhino 5, have installed it, and we'll focus on installing the V-Ray 2.0. The best way to keep up to date is to create your own ChaosGroup.com account, regardless of where you purchased V-Ray. Then all new versions, updates, and freebies can be located at one easy to find place at your account page. Okay before we run the installer, lets talk about two different ways you might want to install V-Ray. The first mode, I'm going to call work station installation. This is where you install the full application of VRay.
This is also where USB dongle must be plugged in for it to work. Also, I would highly recommend you pick your fastest computer, because this is where you'll be doing the majority of your work. But don't forget, you can still install VRay on up to nine other computers. So they can jump in and help out. This is what is called DR or Distributive Rendering Spawner, and that is mode number two. These are other computers which are on the same network, that can jump in and help you original computer out with a rendering. Also Rhino does not need to be installed on those secondary computers.
This is a very cool and generous feature. Not a lot of software gives you ten copies, but Vray does. So we are going to use the same installer for either version. We're going to get it from the Chaos Group website. Already logged-in, this is my download page. And here is the application right here. This is the Vray 2.0.239, and I am going to download the 64-bit version. I've already got it downloaded, it's here in my desktop. So I'm going to go ahead and double-click to launch it. Now before you get this far, make sure Rhino's not running, that will definitely cause problems.
And I'm going to start hitting yes to every question that comes up, or Next. I accept. Now here's where I want to pause, just for a second. For the workstation installation, you just want to leave everything checked. If this is a DR spawner or render node, you only really need the last two, and in this one that's grade-out, you can't de-select it. So that gives you a total of three. If you're going to have a DR spawner or render node installation. I'll go ahead and do the full application here. Hit Next. One thing to be aware of, if you have multiple copies of Rhino, say for example Rhino 4 and 5, make sure you know where this is going.
I'm installing to Rhino 5. Hit Next. This is nice. It'll kind of clean up any previous versions, right before it installs the new version. So as this is moving along during installation, we'll probably Edit out the boring spots. And we'll just jump back whenever there's a question. Here's another question, we'll answer yes. Now it proceeds to the un-installation of whichever prior version was there. You hit OK to continue. Now it looks like it's proceeding to the new version. This dialogue we're looking at right now, is the licensing dongle software.
So this is the USB key we already talked about. It's going to install some software on the computer. And when you run Rhino with Vray, it will check for this hardware to be plugged in. So we definitely want to say yes to all of this stuff. Hit Next, Next, Next and Proceed. That doesn't take too long. Hit Next again. You don't neither check out the Read Me. So that takes care of the licensing, software that talks to the dongle. Okay, so we're just about done. You might want to leave this checked on. This just makes it run automatically whenever the computers booted up. So no reason to have that un-checked.
You'd just have to do it manually. So I'm going to leave that on, and click Finish. Okay, I'd like to go over a few things that I call heads up for potential glitches. Some vendors have been known to sell what called non-programmed USB Dongles. What that means is they just send you an empty dongle, and there's nothing on it. It's actually not a huge problem, it just means they were lazy or in a hurry. So you can resolve this by contacting Chaos Group directly, here is the Chaos Group website, and I'm at the Services Support page.
If you want to get in touch with someone who can help out, here is the email email@example.com. There are some other phone numbers there as well. So they actually found these guys to be fantastic. They'll get back to you literally within a few hours. Potential glitch number two, you want to be running VRay, especially if you're using the DR spawner with other computers on a wired network, not wireless, you must use cables. I have found in my experience that the wi-fi just cannot keep up with the amount of data going back and forth, so you'll end up with kind of a checkerboard type of rendering.
If you want nice looking renderings, you have to use a wired network. And the 3rd suggestion to avoid a glitch, jump back here. I'm going to call this Just keep organized. What I do is locate all assets for the 3D file I'm working on in the same folder as that 3D file, or possibly a sub folder. So as you can see here, this is some of the files we've been looking at. We have the Rhino files in this folder, and here's some of the maps that we're using. This makes it easy for V-Ray to locate the texture maps as long as they're in the same folders.
It can look a few folders away. But I found this to be a much better solution and more reliable. So chances are, your installation will just take a few minutes, and you'll be up and running. Remember put VR in the same folder where your preferred Rhino installation, just in case you have both Rhino 4 and 5 installed at the same time.
- Why use V-Ray?
- Installing DR Spawner
- Understanding 3D terminology
- Activating V-Ray
- Adjusting quality settings
- Get quick previews with the material override
- Understanding lighting types
- Exploring materials in the Material Editor
- Creating your own materials
- Texture mapping materials with bitmaps and procedurals
- Saving time with V-Ray presets
- Getting the right size for your render with output settings
- Working with environment lighting
- Strategies for working with cameras and camera settings
- Ensuring accurate color for your scene with color correction
- Rendering tips and tricks