By: Chaos Group
SketchUp users in all fields depend on V-Ray as a quick, easy and cost-efficient way to render their most cutting-edge images. Developed by the Chaos Group, V-Ray for SketchUp works with Trimble’s SketchUp, one of the most popular 3D modeling tools available today.
New Features in V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp
V-Ray RT CPU & GPU – a revolutionary rendering engine providing instant feedback and streamlining scene setup. Because V-Ray RT is built upon the same robust core as V-Ray, it is seamless to transition between V-Ray RT and production rendering. For the everyday user this s a very powerful interactive rendering solution that allows them to simultaneously work and render inside of SketchUp. The instant visual feedback makes for quicker design, material, and lighting decisions.
Retrace Threshold – reduce Light Cache artifacts and improve the appearance of glossy reflections and refractions when using the time saving feature – Use light cache for glossy rays.
Dome Light – creates simple, artifact-free image-based lighting using the Dome Light. Its powerful importance sampling analyzes HDR images and optimizes light tracing and GI precision. This new feature will streamline your workflow when using image based lighting in your scenes. It will not only save you setup and rendering time but it will also increase the quality of the image based light and shadows.
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 – create spherically shaped area light.
V-Ray Proxy – an indispensable tool for managing scene memory and efficiently rendering massive amounts of geometry. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render-time, saving vital RAM resources. Use V-Ray Proxy to render millions of polygons at maximum memory efficiency and increase the amount of detail and complexity of your SketchUp scenes.
Faster Parsing Times – major speed improvements have been made when processing the SketchUp scene for rendering with V-Ray.
V-Ray FRAME BUFFER IMPROVEMENTS
Render History – this option allows you to save your rendered images and load them directly in the V-Ray frame buffer.
Compare Tool – a new option to easily compare two rendered images directly in the V-Ray frame buffer.
V-Ray Lens Effect – allows you to achieve bloom and glare effects in your renderings.
V-Ray Materials – a new compact and optimized material that includes diffuse, reflection, and refraction parameters with the ability to change the BRDF.
Wrapper Material – can be used to specify additional properties per material. Most importantly you can now create true matte materials which show the background as opposed to the base material.
VRMats Library – a new library contains an extensive collection of ready to use and photo realistic V-Ray materials.
Rendering Presets – with our collection of interior and exterior rendering presets you can quickly switch between draft and high quality rendering settings. You can also create and save your own presets to customize and streamline your workflow.
Camera Presets – with camera presets you can quickly switch between different exposure setups for illumination scenarios like cloudy sky, after sunset, interior natural light, etc. You can create and reuse your own custom camera presets.
Set Camera Focus – you can now setup depth of field with ease by simply picking a point in the scene where you want to focus the V-Ray camera on.
Animation Support – the ability to produce animation for SketchUp projects has been streamlined, ensuring a cleaner and easier creation process.
Lock RT – the SketchUp scene can be edited without changing the view in RT.
64-bit Rendering – 64-bit rendering is now supported locally and via distributed rendering.
Distributed Rendering – offload renders to other computers and continue working in SketchUp by using the option “Don’t use local machine.”
Normal Mapping – add more accurate simulation of detailed 3D surfaces in SketchUp.
Environment Mapping – matching your SketchUp model to a background image is now easier than ever before with the additional Screen, Cylindrical and Shrink Wrap environment mapping types.
Multi-Session Support – OS X users now have the ability to set the current model that V-Ray will render.
Opacity Mapping – the option “use color texture as transparency” is available for all SketchUp materials. This is important when using PNG or TIFF textures with built-in transparency channels.
Pack and Go – archive your SketchUp scene and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.
Procedural Texture Mapping – we added more texture mapping to allow you create different effect on the materials. Now you have more freedom on the materials creation.
• NEW! More shader types (great for metal textures!)
• NEW! More than 10 new procedural textures, including dirt (for more realistic renderings!)
• NEW! Lights now have the ability to add IES profiles (for light accuracy)
• NEW! Material can now be layered better
• NEW! Faster scene processing times
• NEW! Support for SketchUp transparency and alpha transparency
• True reflections and refractions
• Glossy reflections and refractions
• Global Illumination allows for photorealistic lighting
• Soft shadows support
• True HDRI support
• Fully multithreaded raytracing engine
• Native SketchUp materials supported and integrated into V-Ray materials
• Material editor with material preview
• Sun and sky system
• Physical camera
• Depth-of-field camera effects.
• Distributed rendering allowing a single image to be processed over up to ten machines
• Per material GI, background, reflection, and refraction
• V-Ray two-sided material for easy creation of thin translucency
• Animation support
V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup, Service Pack 2 now available
What's New in V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp SP2
• V-Ray Express: Users can easily access more than 200 materials and interchangeable lighting setups to create realistic studio scenes and illuminate models faster than ever. V-Ray Express will be available separately from ourdownloads page.
• Frame Start animation option: You can now render individual frames or ranges of frames. e.g.: 5,100-110, 200, 352.
• Pack all V-Ray Materials: Archive your V-Ray for SketchUp materials and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.
• Improved support for using V-Ray Frame Buffer Channels
• Improvements and fixes to the Batch Render tool
• New and improved product documentation
Specifications & Licensing
• Pentium, Celeron, or higher processor. Mac version is Intel only.
• 200 MB disk space.
• 512 MB RAM minimum. 2-3 GB or more recommended.
Supported platforms V-Ray for SketchUp runs only on:
• Windows 2000 including server
• Windows XP Pro
• Windows XP Home
• Windows Vista*
• Windows 7*
• OS 10.4.11 or higher*
V-Ray for SketchUp will NOT run on:
• SketchUp 5 or lower*
• Windows NT
• Windows 95
• Windows 98
• Windows ME
• OS 9 or lower
V-Ray for SketchUp does run as a 32-bit application on 64bit machines and OS's.
Virtualization systems such as VMWare and Parallels are not recommended.
The use of imaged machines is not recommended due to the fact that the licensing is hardware dependent.
SketchUp 6 on OS X is not supported.
To get a free 30 days demo version comtact RFX Sales.
Upgrades / Support
Chaos Group offers the following upgrades and support options:
- Upgrades from previous versions are available.
RFX is available for all your support needs.
- Chaos Group provides free software support electronically
- Support forums and online documentation are also available
Educational Licenses are available, please Contact RFX for details.
V-ray is compatible with the following applications:
- Autodesk 3ds Max
- Autodesk Maya
- Autodesk Softimage
- Chaos Group PFPlayer
- Chaos Group Phoenix
- Chaos Group V-ray RT
- Google Sketchup
- McNeel Rhino
Training / Resources
Go to the Chaos Group Forum for tips, FAQ's and tutorials
Chaos Group provides innovative rendering solutions for the media, entertainment, and design industries. For over a decade the flagship rendering software, V-Ray®, has set the standard for speed, quality, reliability and ease of use, and it has become the rendering engine of choice for renowned international studios. The company proudly supports the 3D community through a suite of software solutions: V-Ray® for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Maya®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Softimage®, V-Ray® for Rhino®, V-Ray® for SketchUp®, Phoenix FD™ for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Phoenix FD™ for Autodesk® Maya®, and Pdplayer™.