Renderers of the world rejoice; our friends at Chaos Group have just released the long anticipated V-Ray 3 for SketchUp. And... yes it is compatible with SketchUp Pro 2017.
If you don’t know, V-Ray for SketchUp is an advanced rendering extension that uses simulated photon wizardry to generate photoreal 2D images and 360 degree stereoscopic exports for VR headsets. The interactive image below shows what some of this means in practice.
We'd like to think Chaos Group have been inspired by the 'simple is best' ethos of SketchUp; V-Ray is now more accessible to the everyday user with its much simplified interface. I don’t recall studying The Phong Reflection Model or Hemispheric Subdivides on an irradiance map in the physics lab at college; but the great thing is I don’t really need to know what they are just yet. The Quick Settings dialogue allows users to tune renders without having to pop the hood.
The interface has made a pretty big leap in simplicity and ease of use since previous iterations, but that doesn't make it any less powerful. The large array of complex settings are still there, if you're so inclined.
Watch the video to see what V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is all about.
Kalina Panteleeva from Chaos Group will be showcasing the new V-Ray features during a series of live webinars on March 21-22, 2017. Space is limited, so register now to save your spot.
There are plenty of other SketchUp renderers available to suit almost any budget and application. To name but a few; IRender nXt, SU Podium, Maxwell Render, KeyShot, Shaderlight, Artlantis, Thea, Twilight Render... and explore even more options in the Extension Warehouse.