Learn more bout the power of 3ds max 2010’s MetaSL and Mental mill features. Zap has showed on how to achieve realistic result of render with the 3ds max 2010 viewport window…and there’s a huge difference in the quality of viewport render from 3ds max 9 to 2010 so see how it is possible. No matter if the graphics hardware is NVidia or ATI, you will see the same thing (or as close as the card can afford to render) using only a single MetaSL source shader.
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HDModels CARS Vol 3 is a set of 10 highly detailed 3D CARs which is ready for use in various rendering engines such as Maxwell, Vray, Fryrender and Mental Ray. The 3D CAR models are available in various file formats such as .fbx, obj, dxf, 3ds, Mxs @ Euros 360 + shipping.
MetaSL™ universal shader language lets visual effects artists create and reuse shaders across all major platforms for multiple projects
SAN FRANCISCO and BERLIN; March 26, 2009: mental images®, a global leader in rendering software and visualization tools for animators, visual effects artists and professionals who create high quality imagery, today announced that mental ray® 3.7+, the photorealistic rendering software that now utilizes MetaSL universal shader language to easily and efficiently create and deploy shaders across platforms, will be integrated into Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 software.
Utilizing the MetaSL universal shader language, mental ray 3.7+ rendering software allows artists to develop shaders that run on all popular software and hardware platforms. In addition, artists do not need to re-architect shaders every time there is an advancement in new generation software, GPU or CPU based rendering systems. MetaSL-based shaders adapt to fit current and future target platforms.
“mental ray has long been known as the industry standard in rendering. The native support of MetaSL in mental ray 3.7+ provides for a better workflow for shader creation and look development in tools such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2010”, said Rolf Herken, CEO and CTO, mental images. “Autodesk shares our commitment to providing revolutionary design tools for visual effects and design visualization artists and we look forward to further incorporating MetaSL in additional Autodesk products.”
mental ray rendering software is known for a number of enhanced features designed to make it the fastest, most customizable and extensible ray tracing engine yet. In addition to the robust, fully parallelized rendering core for high performance, mental ray comes with a built-in scene database and memory management to handle extremely large amounts of data. Artists can create beautiful, physically correct lighting simulations through a complete set of global illumination algorithms and the software offers optimized support of visual effects including motion blur and displacement. Artists also have virtually unlimited customization options through shaders and plug-ins. mental ray supports all common geometry types and it includes unique sampling techniques to achieve the desired quality of images in less time.
“The anticipated integration of mental ray 3.7+ and the MetaSL shader system into 3ds Max 2010 software will give us a unique advantage”, says Ken Pimentel, director of 3ds Max product management at Autodesk. “For the first time, customers will have a unified hardware/software shading workflow and render-quality viewports. The WYSIWYG viewport experience will enable users to spend more time on iterating creatively and less time waiting for rendering results.”
mental ray rendering software has an installed base of more than ten million worldwide and is used for a wide range of industry applications including the creation of state of the art visual effects for video games, movies, feature animations, visualization of automotive, aerospace virtual modeling needs, and architectural design.
The mental mill® Artist Edition software, made by mental images, will also be bundled with Autodesk 3ds Max 2010. It will provide direct workflow to users by allowing them to natively render MetaSL based shaders in 3ds Max 2010 using its library of existing nodes.
mental ray® 3.7+ Performance Features and Benefits
Native MetaSL Shader Support:
>> MetaSL language to be used for CPU and GPU rendering
>> Unifies shader languages to simplify and standardize the creation and deployment of shaders within and across various projects
>> Offers early visual results for immediate feedback, at any desired image quality
>> Provides a rendering mode suited for interactive ray tracing applications
Image-Based Lighting (IBL):
>> Lets artists light a scene efficiently based on acquired environment maps
>> The illumination from the IBL is automatically added to all material shaders, which perform regular light sampling.
Performance Optimizations for Large Scenes
Procedural Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) representations and rendering:
>> Provides the basis for faster importance-driven illumination algorithms
>> The lower number of hair segments result in reduced memory consumption and increase rendering speed.
Check out the Underwater Scene Tutorial made using 3ds max and Rendered with Mental Ray. Alessandro Cangelosi developed this greatly detailed 3dsmax Tutorial which demonstrates the modeling, Lighting and Rendering skills with Mental Ray rendering engine.
Gnomonology has released a NEW Video Tutorial of Mental Ray Rendering using 3ds max 2009. In this video Jeff Patton takes an in-depth look at how to create a realistic render of a vehicle in 3DS Max using Mental Ray. Jeff walks you through the process step by step and provides a solid foundation for you to be able to create your own renders and understand Mental Ray. Specifically, Jeff covers the following items: Arch and Design Materials, Metallic Flake Paint Materials, Using a 3 Point Lighting Setup, Photographic Exposure Controls, Kelvin Controls, Texturing, The New Composite Map in 3DS Max 2009.
Joe Gunn from New York has released a commercial Mental Ray Car Rendering Video Tutorial. You can download the Video Online after purchase so you donot wait for the DVD. The Mental Ray Video Tutorial covers various aspects of Mental ray such as
- Customizing the UI & Resources/Scripts
- Environment setup
- Basic Car Shader tool-kit
- Studio Lighting Setup
- Bounce cards/reflectors
- mental ray render settings & mr Photographic Exposure Control
Mental Images has released its new version of MentalRay 3.7 Rendering Engine compatible with Maya at the moment but soon shall be integrated with the new 3ds max version. The new version MentalRay 3.7 ‘ renderer supports irradiance particle, motion-dependent displacement (displacement details are reduced as motion becomes more extreme resulting in faster render times), improved displacement maps with render time adaptively-tessellated subdivision surfaces, enhancements for combining multiple volume shaders in a scene and better support for OpenEXR.
Well I came across this excellent Mental Ray Render Image and for a moment I thought it was a picture while searching through google images and found out that it was a rendering. Its a "WOW" quality Mental Ray render and I think some of might you have already refered..but for the once who have not gone through..I suggest you go through the tricks involved and maybe you can learn something from this Mental Ray Tutorial. The MR tutorial also shows you some tricks invoved in the Mental Ray Texturing where bump maps are made in Photoshop…I recommened the MR users to go through..