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mental ray® Standalone 3D rendering software helps studios produce high-quality renderings for today’s complex film, television, and design visualization projects in less time. Available as a single executable that works with Autodesk® Maya®Autodesk® 3ds Max®Autodesk® Softimage®, and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software, mental ray Standalone is a fast solution for high-volume rendering tasks that offers you accelerated performance and enhanced quality.




A single executable application

mental ray works with Autodesk® Maya®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Softimage®, and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design software, providing flexibility and simplicity for studios with mixed-application pipelines.

Industry-standard 3D rendering software

This industry-standard software is used in film, broadcast, digital publishing, and design visualization facilities.

Physically accurate lighting

Get photorealistic rendering results.

Distributed rendering solution

Rendering is executed independently through a command-line interface.

Robust shading language

Extend your 3D software shader library to simulate a vast range of photorealistic and stylized looks.

A single sampling mechanism

Achieve your desired distributed rendering quality in less time.



Specifications & Licensing

System Requirements

The 32-bit version of mental ray Standalone 2013 software is supported by any of the following operating systems: 
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system (SP1)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system (SP3) 
The 64-bit version of mental ray Standalone 2013 software is supported by any of the following 
operating systems: 
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional operating system (SP1)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2)
  • Apple Mac OSX 10.7.x operating system 
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 WS operating system
  • Fedora 14 operating system

At a minimum, the 32-bit version of mental ray Standalone 2013 software requires a system with 
the following hardware:
  • Windows: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon processor with SSE3 instruction set support (or higher)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 10 GB free hard drive space 
  • Network card
  • DVD-ROM drive
At a minimum, the 64-bit version of mental ray Standalone 2013 software requires a system with the following hardware:
  • Windows and Linux operating systems: Intel Pentium 4 processor, AMD Athlon processor with SSE3 instruction set support (or higher)
  • Macintosh computer: Macintosh computer with a Intel-based 64 bit processor
  • 4 GB RAM 
  • 10 GB free hard drive space \
  • Network card
  • DVD-ROM drive 
Note: mental ray Standalone 2013 is also capable of running on other configurations such as 
boutique distributions of Linux. However, enumerating systems that are not tested and cannot be 
supported or that fall below the requirements for a productive user experience is beyond the scope 
of the online certification charts.
Autodesk is not responsible for errors or failures of Autodesk software arising from the installation 
of updates, extensions or new releases issued by third party hardware or software vendors for the 
certified software or hardware identified in this document (or for any other third party software or 
hardware that you may use in connection with Autodesk products).


Host Applications

  • Maya
  • 3ds Max
  • 3ds Max Design
  • Softimage (XSi)


mental ray standalone 2013 is now compatible with LMtools License manager software.  mental ray licenses can run alongside other Autodesk 2013 software.

Dongles are no longer supported but will continue to work on previous releases of mental ray standalone.

Licenses can now unlock 32 & 64 Bit version of mental ray standalone.  This allows for rendering in mixed environments.

As of v.2012, mental ray Standalone licenses now populate unlimited Sockets/CPU's/Cores/Threads per physical Box.

Additional Info

Upgrades / Support


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Autodesk offers the following Upgrades and Support options:

Subscription / Gold Support

  • Software upgrades
  • Exclusive updates
  • Access to training and learning materials
  • Entitlement to use in previous versions
  • Home-Use licensing
  • Enhanced license management tools
  • Unlimited Phone and Web Support
  • Access to SDK and API Support
  • Defect Tracking


  • Upgrade from Previous versions to current
  • mental ray 2013 and future releases no longer supports dongles
  • mental ray 2013 is compatible with Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage


RFX is available for all your support needs.

  • Autodesk provides initial installation support upon purchase
  • Unlimited Phone and Web Support available with Subscription / Gold Support (see above)


 Related Products

mental ray is compatible with the following applications:

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • Autodesk Softimage
  • Massive Software Prime / Jet
  • Next Limit RealFlow

Enhance your rendering pipeline with the following render mangers:

  • Pipeline FX Qube!


 Training / Resources

Go to Area for mental ray tutorials, tips, downloads and forums.

Training and resources are available through the Los Angeles mental ray® User Group (

Go to for tutorials and reference documentation for using MetaSL the programming language designed for the creation of shaders and software plugins for computer graphics rendering systems.