Join Dave Schultze for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use V-Ray?, part of Rhino and V-Ray: Rendering.
The very first thing I should mention about Rhino is it actually ships with a built-in rendering engine called Rhino Renderer. So, what do I think about it? Well, in my opinion, Rhino is the best program you can buy for modeling. But, no so much with rendering. However, Rhino does have an excellent set of rendering and render time tool that we'll be looking at later. Let's go ahead and compare the built in Rhino Renderer with V-Ray. I'm going to zoom over here, and this actually looks okay.
It's got the fairly realistic portrayal of our friendly penguin. Now let's jump over to the V-Ray version of this exact same render. And you will hopefully see that this has a little more pop to it. There's darker blacks, some nicer highlights and more subtlety. You can get completely photo realistic with V-Ray. Not so much compared to the Rhino Renderer. So for world class rendering you'd definitely want to go with a third party plug in. I consider that I would be investing many, many hours of my time mastering these rendering skills. So I wanted to pick a rendering engine that had high quality, had fast speed and was easy to use and learn.
You also want to look for a render that is used with multiple other application, has been around a while, and has lots of users. All of these benefit you, the learner, since there are more tutorials, forums, and free stuff to use. You usually want to avoid the brand new and the very unpopular. No matter how good any software is, for job security you want to avoid being the last person still using it. For me V-Ray met all of this criteria and I've been using it happily for the last ten years. But lets go ahead and take a quick look at some of the other competitors.
Okay, we're looking at Bunkspeed, Hyper and Pro SHOT. This is one of the newer rendering engines. Its claim is it's very easy to use. But I'm not a fan of this since it's running as a separate application. V-Ray as a plugin does all of its magic inside Rhino. It makes it a lot easier to make changes. Next up is Maxwell. Again, very high quality, excellent results. I found this to be a little bit on the slow side. V-Ray is much, much faster. And finally, Brazil, again some very nice quality.
However, it, only being developed for Rhino. So it's being used in one application, compared to V-Ray which is in between five and ten. So in conclusion, this course will be focused entirely on V-Ray Version 2 and Rhino Version 5. However, even if you use any one of these competitors, most of the strategies we cover will be applicable to your rendering software as well.
- 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