V-Ray Next Beta 1 Released for 3ds Max Featuring Adaptive Dome Lights
V-Ray Next is the latest coming out of Chaos Group in the next biggest update to the venerable 3ds Max renderer. Chaos Group has described this as a major overhaul to the framework built over 10 years ago.
Yes, old compatibility may break a few things with changes to the SDK but many new features are promised along with a modern workflow and interface.
One of the first looks at an exciting new feature is the Adaptive Dome Light. It revolves around their existing Adaptive Light algorithm which analyzes the light cache data to figure out which lights to use and ignore to increase efficiency and lower render times. Using machine learning, the software can calculate and learn which parts of the dome light will most likely affect the scene, eliminating the need for skylight portals being manually placed. Testing has shown speed increases from 10% all the way to 700%
Other features in Beta 1 include a new hair shader, denoise render elements, auto exposure and white balance, and new V-Ray SDK. Chaos Group will continue to roll out new features gradually throughout the beta program.
Existing users of V-Ray 3.x can sign up for the beta here.