10 Years of V-Ray: A Decade of Rendering Innovation

The rapidly evolving Design Visualization community has seen many advancements in technology over the past 10 years. Today renderings are produced with more realism and detail than ever before. Chaos Group, the makers of the V-Ray render engine, have played a key role in that. Their plug-ins have pushed the boundaries of photo-realism in rendering and set new heights for rendering excellence.

V-Ray has transcended Architectural rendering and found it’s way into nearly every aspect of Design Visualization. From video games, to product design and major motion pictures, if it looks incredible, chances are it was made with V-Ray technology. This month we celebrate 10 years of V-Ray and pay tribute to Chaos Group who’s contributions have changed how the world renders.

ArchVision is a proud reseller of V-Ray products. Learn more about these exceptional tools here:

ArchVision RPC License Plans: Which One is Right for My Firm?

Lately I’ve received a lot of questions about the differences between the ArchVision Software License and the RPC All Access Ultimate License. I wanted to take a moment and try to elaborate on the two of these.

We’ve streamlined our product line and now offer two annual license plans. The ArchVision Software License is designed for customers who prefer to purchase RPC Content separately and / or create their own RPC Content and only require an RPC Plug-in for their application. The RPC All Access Ultimate License is designed for users who want on-demand access to every RPC Plug-in (3ds Max, Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc) and RPC People, Tree, Vehicle and Object we offer.

What do I need to start using RPC Content in my projects?

  • RPC Content
  • RPC Plug-in (licensed)

  • I already own RPC Content
    You need a licensed RPC Plug-in(s). ArchVision RPC Content requires a licensed RPC Plug-in (versioned) or enabled licensed application to place and render RPC Content. Many users prefer to purchase RPC Collections for specific projects and / or create their own custom RPC Content using ArchVision’s Creator Software — those users need only purchase the ArchVision Software License (single seat) which includes RPC Plug-ins for 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design and Photoshop and does not include RPC Content.

    I need RPC Content and RPC Plug-ins
    The RPC All Access Ultimate License includes every RPC Plug-in and RPC Content object we create — and is a floating license. This is the “everything-you-need” package. Sold for $499 per year. If you purchased this separately, it would be well over $25,000 in RPC Content and Plug-ins.

    I hope this quick overview helps you decide which license plan is right for you. No matter which plan you select, you will need to download and install your RPC Plug-ins using ArchVision Dashboard (RPC All Access Ultimate users get their RPC Content here too).

    Here’s a 2 minute ArchVision Dashboard usage video to help you further:

    Lighting Can Make or Break a Rendering’s Realism.

    Achieving the desired lighting effect can take a rendering from good to great! HOK, a global architectural firm, provided us a rendering from the Canon Headquarters project featuring several RPC People.

    Projects designers selected a series of RPC Business People to populate a lobby scene, including RPC Amber, (seen above and below in the tan skirt). In the rendering above, you will note that the lighting has been focused RPC Amber’s skirt and legs to align with the sunlight of the scene.

    To obtain “the knock your socks off” impact, lighting adjustments were applied to RPC Amber and other RPC objects in the scene. What’s the easiest and fastest way to get the effect you want? Photoshop.

    When Amber is rendered out, she will be lit or unlit depending on your scene. Render engines, like V-Ray or mental ray, can help simulate the desired effect, but, post-rendering in Photoshop offers a quick and viable solution. Using the ArchVision Viewport Plug-in for Photoshop and the Lighting Effects filter, you can adjust lighting to closely align with your scene and enhance photorealism. This 3 minute tutorial shows you everything you need to know:

    By adjusting the lighting you’ve taken your scene from good to great! This rendering is a great example of using RPCs to make your projects stand out.

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