New: Chaos Group V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Now Available

This designer-friendly rendering solution for SketchUp features dramatic improvements to visualization workflow (V-Ray RT®), image based lighting quality (V-Ray Dome Light), and a designer’s ability to quickly manage complex scenes with highly detailed models (V-Ray Proxy). V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp Make 2013 and SketchUp Pro 2013.

Rendering Engines

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.

Lights

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.

Geometry

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.

Materials

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.

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Purchase Options

V-Ray for SketchUp Dongle License Reg: $835.00 TF: $793.25

V-Ray for SketchUp License Only (Add-On to an Existing Dongle) Reg: $800.00 TF: $760.00

Upgrade V-Ray SketchUp v1.x to Sketchup v2.0 (Dongle License)  $355.00

Upgrade V-Ray SketchUp v1.x to Sketchup v2.0 (License Only) $320.00

Note: V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp is now licensed with a hardware key (dongle). Users who purchased a new V-Ray for SketchUp license between April 15, 2013 and September 15, 2013 will be eligible for a free upgrade.

V-Ray Proxy

V-Ray Proxy manages scene memory and efficiently renders large amounts of geometry to increase detail and complexity in scenes. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render time, which saves vital RAM resources.

 

 

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