[Source] Chaos Group
The Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max, the most comprehensive physically-based lighting, shading, and rendering toolkit for artists.
V-Ray 3.0 introduces a powerful set of new features and improvements including faster rendering performance, artist-friendly controls, a new progressive rendering engine, and more.
V-Ray 3.0 key features include:
- Simplified User Interface – V-Ray 3.0 introduces a simplified user interface and includes 3 modes: Basic, Advanced, and Expert. Modes can be toggled at any time to reveal additional controls.
- New Skin Shader – A dedicated, intuitive skin shader with layered specular highlights will make it easier than ever for artists to create complex, layered skin.
- Probabilistic Lights – Increases the speed of scenes with a high number of lights. Probabilistic Light Sampling reduces the number of lights evaluated at render time.
- Progressive Rendering – The new Progressive Production Renderer is built on the same path tracing technology as V-Ray RT and it is a simple, intuitive solution for any scene.
- Faster Ray Tracing – V-Ray 3.0 introduces a significantly optimized ray tracing core to speed up calculations for Brute Force GI, Progressive Path Tracing, Reflections, Refractions, and more. Depending on scene complexity, users are reporting speed increases up to 5X.
- Quick Settings – Quick Settings provide artists with production-ready presets and simple rendering quality controls all within a single compact interface.
- Advanced V-Ray Frame Buffer – V-Ray 3.0 has been expanded to utilize a variety of color definitions including LUTs (.cube), ICC Profiles (.icc), and OpenColorIO (.ocio). By default V-Ray 3.0 is set up for linear workflow, making it easier to ensure reliable, accurate colors.
- Render Mask – Render Mask uses an object selection, include/ exclude list, or texture map to control the exact pixels to be rendered.
- Faster Hair – V-Ray 3.0 introduces faster hair rendering speeds (up to 15x) and view-dependent tessellation that automatically smooths hair curves.
- Ray Traced SSS – Improved Subsurface Scattering is offered, including options for object-based and ray traced illumination.
- Max Ray Intensity – Max Ray Intensity clamps secondary rays to remove noise generated by very bright sources. This removes artifacts while retaining dynamic range.
- VRmats – VRmats (formerly Vismats) are universal V-Ray shaders for use across multiple applications.