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What is V-Ray?

Chaos® V-Ray® is a 3D rendering plugin available for the most popular design platforms such as 3ds Max, SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, Maya, and more. It is widely used in architectural visualization, advertising, and visual effects for film and television. With V-Ray, artists and designers can explore and share their projects with real-time ray tracing and render high-quality visualizations.

Trusted by 92 of the top 100 number architecture firms, and integrated into the pipelines of the biggest film and visual effects companies, V-Ray is built to handle the toughest scenes and biggest projects.

V-Ray has a large community of users and is recognized for its incredible versatility. V-Ray has been honored with a Sci-Tech Academy Award® and an Engineering Emmy Award® for bringing fully ray-traced photorealistic CGI to the film and television industries.

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Photorealistic ray traced rendering.

V-Ray differs from other rendering solutions in that it includes both CPU and GPU+CPU hybrid rendering options. V-Ray renders using adaptive ray tracing technology and proprietary scene intelligence to create imagery that is indistinguishable from a photograph. It accurately calculates the distribution of light as well as the physical properties of any material.

Industry-leading 3D rendering software.

Today, because of its versatility, V-Ray is used by small firms and large studios around the world.

Other industries supported by V-Ray’s 3D rendering software include animation, architecture, interior design, automotive, fashion and apparel, and product design.

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What is V-Ray used for?

V-Ray is used to create high-quality 3D visualizations in multiple industries. In design and architecture, V-Ray allows you to communicate your ideas to customers, engineers, and construction companies.

With a high-quality V-Ray render, you can win your clients at an early stage, gain their trust, and make better design decisions. V-Ray gives you the freedom to create multiple concepts, promote your projects, and ensure internal buy-in through conceptual, design and marketing visualizations. And, with V-Ray’s real-time capabilities, you can instantly explore and create quick iterations of your projects from the earliest design stages. 

For the media and entertainment industries, photoreal 3D rendering is fundamental in the creation of sequences and animations that tell stories. V-Ray empowers artists to create characters, environments, models, and products that look true-to-life.

How does V-Ray work?

As a ray-tracing software, V-Ray generates an image by tracing rays of light from a camera through a virtual plane of pixels and simulating the effects of the objects it runs into. Think of V-Ray as a virtual camera within your 3D modeling platform. It simulates physical light distribution and materials, and captures the final photo or video. 

Learn more about ray-traced, rasterized and real-time rendering.

How much does V-Ray cost?

V-Ray’s pricing starts at $60, depending on the 3D modeling platform and the billing plan you select. You can choose from four payment options – monthly, annual, 3-year term, and perpetual. You can also combine V-Ray with Chaos Phoenix, Chaos Vantage, Chaos Cloud, Chaos Scans, and Chaos Player in a single collection for $699.

With a term license, you can always run the latest V-Ray software version and features, while the perpetual license gives you access to future updates limited within the current product version. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

Is V-Ray free for students?

Special discount pricing for students is available for most versions of V-Ray with free upgrades for the duration of the license. Students can purchase a one-year license starting at $99 per platform, or master their skills across multiple host platforms with the V-Ray EDU collection for $149.

Is V-Ray easy to learn and use?

V-Ray is easy for beginners and powerful for experts. It is designed to get you started rendering quickly. By using the default settings, you can create a stunning 3D visualization in just a few steps. To help you get familiar with V-Ray, we've prepared free learning materials including free scenes, webinars, quick video tutorials, courseware and more. 

V-Ray has a large and helpful community. You can ask questions and share ideas by joining the conversation in our forum. You can also search our knowledge base for useful articles or get expert support from our friendly Support team.

Where can I download V-Ray?

You can download V-Ray and try it free for 30 days to see for yourself how easy it is to deliver great results. No credit card is required. After signing up for the free trial, head over to the download section and get the products you’d like to test out.

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