Chaos V-Ray for Maya
Fast-forward your creative workflow
The world’s most complete rendering software for animation and visual effects
For 3D artists who need a fast and flexible renderer, Chaos® V-Ray® is built for speed, and designed for production. No matter the project, V-Ray delivers when it matters most.
Emmy and Academy Award-winning rendering technology
V-Ray is production-proven. For more than a decade V-Ray has been used by the world’s leading studios to render over 300 television series and feature films. In 2017, V-Ray’s ray tracing technology received a Sci-Tech Academy Award for its contribution to photorealistic visual effects. In 2021, V-Ray was awarded with an Engineering Emmy for advancing the use of fully ray-traced rendering.
High-powered rendering at any scale
Take full advantage of your hardware with production rendering that scales on multiple CPUs, GPUs, or both. You can even render a single image across multiple machines with distributed rendering.
Seamless integration with your pipeline
V-Ray works seamlessly with Maya and your studio pipeline. ACEScg support is new in V-Ray 5, joining other industry standards like Alembic, OpenVDB, and OpenColorIO. Your favorite Maya plugins are also compatible, including Golaem, Massive, Ornatrix, Chaos Phoenix, and Yeti.
Easy to deploy and customize
V-Ray is easy to deploy on any Windows, macOS, or Linux network. V-Ray licenses are floating and can be centrally served and locally checked out. And V-Ray Standalone allows for headless rendering across your render farm.
V-Ray for Maya also includes two software development kits to customize your rendering workflow. For example, you can write custom shaders with the V-Ray SDK (C++) or build custom pipeline tools with the V-Ray App SDK (Python).
V-Ray 5, update 2 is here to streamline your creative workflow. Get free 3D models, materials, and HDRIs from Chaos Cosmos. Easily apply signs, stickers, and stains to any surface with V-Ray Decal. Enhance your workflow with support for USD. And save time by batch rendering to Chaos Cloud.
Content to bring your scenes to life
Free render-ready content
Chaos Cosmos is a free library of high-quality V-Ray content to help bring your scenes to life. With a collection of high-resolution materials, beautiful HDR environments, and render-ready 3D models such as plants, trees, bushes, and more, Chaos Cosmos is a great resource for your next project.
Streamlined workflow to help you work smart
Easily apply decals
Apply decals to any surface without altering the underlying material or adding UVs. The new V-Ray Decal makes it easy to add stickers, labels, cracks, stains, scratches, and more.
Enhance your workflow with the ability to export V-Ray lights to USD, and render USD lights with V-Ray.
Batch rendering with Chaos Cloud
Easily batch render multiple cameras and render layers with Chaos Cloud.
Blur and Sharpen in the VFB
Adjust the detail of your renders using the new Blur and Sharpen layers, built right in the V-Ray Frame Buffer, for even more artistic control. And save time with batch image processing.
Render blond, gray, white, and other bright hair colors more accurately with the updated V-Ray Next Hair Material.
Enhanced V-Ray Curvature texture
Add individual controls for convex and concave areas with the latest V-Ray Curvature texture improvements. Now, you can also ignore bump maps, which makes the curvature masks more accurate.
Extended V-Ray Dirt
New advanced options in V-Ray Dirt ensure more precise control over weathering effects.
Light volumetric contribution
Easily adjust how much an individual light illuminates the environment fog around it with newly added lighting controls.
Extended USD support
Work natively with USD to exchange information between DCC tools. Load and edit large amounts of data in no time.
ACEScg Color Management
For color-accurate workflows, ACEScg has become the new standard for professional production. When ACEScg is enabled, V-Ray automatically converts the colors of textures, light temperatures, sun and sky, etc. to the correct color space.
CPU and GPU Rendering
Highly-optimized CPU and GPU rendering for the best combination of fast rendering and superior image quality. V-Ray® GPU CUDA renders on CPUs as well as GPUs to take full advantage of all hardware.
Cut render times by up to 50% with the V-Ray denoiser, or use the denoiser plugin for Nuke in post production. The NVIDIA AI denoiser is also available for rendering and delivers a noise-free image instantly in V-Ray IPR.
Continue your render where you left off or iteratively refine quality.
Render isolated textures and materials in large shading networks in IPR.
Easier to optimize your scene with new memory usage reports for textures and objects for V-Ray and V-Ray GPU.
V-Ray supports rendering over multiple computers — utilizing all available machines to make creative decisions faster.
Explore different lighting options from a single render. Interactively adjust lights, without rerendering with the LightMix render element.
The new Layer compositor lets you fine-tune your images directly in the V-Ray Frame Buffer — without the need for a separate post-processing app.
Render scenes directly to the cloud with a push of a button.
Automated Shading Sampling
V-Ray automatically determines the shading sampling in the scene, so you can spend more time on being creative, without worrying about settings.
V-Ray supports many single-channel and multi-channel formats, including Deep images.
Lighting & illumination
Faster and more accurate rendering algorithm that speeds up rendering in scenes with many lights.
Render natural, artificial and image-based lighting with a wide range of light types, shapes and controls.
Choose from ray traced and hybrid global illumination methods for the perfect balance of quality and speed.
Cameras and optical effects
Fast and accurate simulation of real-world camera lens effects like bloom and glare with dust and scratches. Available as a Nuke plugin to add directly in compositing.
Point & Shoot Camera
Perfect renders are as easy as taking a snapshot with the Automatic Exposure and White Balance settings.
Real-world camera controls let you work like a photographer. Render images with detailed depth of field and cinematic motion blur.
Experience your project in virtual reality. Create content for popular VR headsets with 6×1 cubic and spherical stereo camera types.
Browse from a library of over 500 render-ready textured materials including metals, glass, wood and more.
New V-Ray Material translucency
Create true translucent materials with the updated V-Ray Material. Now with built-in volumetric random walk subsurface scattering, it’s easier than ever to render realistic skin, plastic, wax, and more.
Create any type of physically-based material with multiple layers.
Choose from a collection of specialty and purpose-built shaders for SSS, hair, car paint, utility shaders and more
General-purpose shader with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections — popular for skin.
Physical Hair Material
Render more realistic-looking hair with accurate highlights and glint and glitter controls.
The V-Ray Material supports PBR shaders with Metalness reflection controls.
V-Ray Toon Shader
Easily create non-photorealistic, cartoon and cel-shading effects.
V-Ray Supports OSL and GLSL shaders, as well as NVIDIA’s universal Material Definition Language format.
Chaos Scans Material Library support
1000+ scanned materials. Import and render directly in V-Ray.
Save time creating common materials with presets for aluminum, chrome, glass and more.
Automatically remove texture tiling artifacts with the new Stochastic tiling option in the VRayUVWRandomizer.
Dirt and Weathering
Give surfaces a weathered look. With the improved V-Ray Dirt texture, you can add dirt to cracks and crevices, create procedural streaks, or cover an entire surface.
Blue-noise shows less noise but with the same amount of samples. As your render resolves, depth of field and motion blur will appear smoother with less samples.
Work with multi-resolution tiled textures from top applications MARI, Mudbox and Zbrush.
Quickly apply seamless textures without UVs.
Add variety to your scene with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and enhanced VRayMultiSubTex controls.
Better control in both the noise and fractal type with the V-Ray Bercon Noise Texture.
Create texture maps with all the lighting and material information for your scene objects.
Easily apply decals to any surface without altering the underlying material or adding UVs. The new V-Ray Decal makes it easy to add stickers, labels, cracks, stains, scratches, and more.
Render massive scenes with proxy objects. V-Ray proxies also support layered alembic files and efficiently replace complex scene geometry and load only at render time.
Layered Alembic Supprt
Supporting Alembic 1.7 and layers for efficient handling and updating of Alembic data.
Hair & Fur
Render realistic hair with support for Maya hair and fur, procedural V-Ray Fur, XGen, Ornatrix, and Yeti.
Generate perfectly smooth edges at render-time — with no extra modeling.
Offload entire scenes to our .vrscene format and reuse them as assets containing geometry, animation, materials, textures and lights.
Create unique geometry like infinite planes, isosurfaces, particles, and object cutaways with render-time booleans.
Atmospheric & volumetric effects
Render fog, smoke and atmospheric effects that respond correctly to light. Bring in volumes from Houdini, FumeFX, Phoenix FD and OpenVDB caches.
Blazing fast simulation of natural-looking skies with realistic atmospheric depth.
Output a complete set of beauty, utility, and matte passes for total control in compositing.
Light Path Expressions
Output any lighting contributions with Light Path Expressions for fine-grained control in compositing. Use boolean operations to easily combine LPEs, or quick start with built-in presets.
Automatically generate ID mattes with support for transparency, depth of field and motion blur.
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