Chaos Group's V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp is now in Open Beta for industry testing.
With the Open Beta to Chaos Group's V-Ray 1.6 to SketchUp, users now have the biggest expansion to SketchUp’s rendering capabilities. Included in this SketchUp V-Ray upgrade, the feature introductions to V-Ray RT, V-Ray Dome Light and the V-Ray Proxy can be assured streamlined scene creation.
The provision of Proxy will allow V-Ray versions to be shared between 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage and even Rhino. Architects, visualisation designers and artists will be able to get access to incredibly high resolution modeling technologies within SketchUp.
Key Features for V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp
Rendering Engine Upgrades:
• V-Ray RT – This CPU-supported rendering engine streamlines scene setup and provides instant visual feedback directly in SketchUp for quicker design, material, and lighting decisions.
• Dome Light – Creates simple, artifact-free image-based lighting using importance sampling of HDR images. This technique greatly optimizes light tracing and GI precision.
• Lights as Components – V-Ray lights can now be part of a SketchUp component, making the process of changing the design and settings of multiple lights at once much easier.
• Sphere Light – Creates spherically shaped area lights.
• V-Ray Proxy – Manages scene memory and efficiently renders large amounts of geometry to increase detail and complexity in scenes. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render time, which saves vital RAM resources.
“V-Ray 1.6 for SketchUp should be part of every designer’s digital toolset; it’s fast, simple, and seamlessly integrated, which allows you to explore ideas without leaving the application,” said Jorge Barrero, senior associate at Gensler. “The recent addition of V-Ray RT gives me instant feedback on my lighting, while V-Ray Dome Lights lets me push the quality of my renders to a whole new level. As a long time user, it’s pretty exciting.”