Free HDR Images from Jeff Patton

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It is kind of Jeff Patton to share his HDRs for Free to the CG Community. These HDR are not very high but still useful since its 4k resolution. These HDRs could prove useful for GPU Rendering, Lighting and Product Visualisations.

Download the free HDRs from the link below
http://jeffpatton.net/2012/05/sharing-a-few-more-hdrs/#comment-7719

The V-Ray Anniversary Challenge is on!

vray challenge
“The decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

A decisive moment is the split second when everything changes. It could be an instant from history that altered everything on Earth. Or a pivotal point in time that changed you personally. Perhaps a knockout punch in a heavy weight championship. The last block placed on the Pyramids. The first human step on the moon. A gunshot, a wrong step, or a glance, the decisive moment when fate propelled the world to greatness or drove it to the point of destruction.

The Chaos Group and CGSociety invite you to create an image to tell that story. Using any application to model and V-Ray to render, we want you to illustrate a blink-of-an-eye moment that changed the world. A moment that changed the big picture or had an impact on a person’s life. All industries using V-Ray can fit into the Challenge theme and are welcome to participate.

To complement the V-Ray Challenge, CGWorkshops are offering two 5 week online V-Ray workshops run by veteran trainer and V-Ray practitioner Boaz Livny. Brush up on your skills in Intermediate and Advanced Techniques in V-Ray Part 1 and then Part 2. Chaos Group is offering free fully functioning, time-limited V-Ray licenses to students of these workshops. (Please note that although Boaz can teach you a lot about Intermediate and Advanced Techniques in V-Ray, he can’t help you with your submissions for the challenge)

http://www.chaosgroup.com/en/2/news.html?single=491

3D Trucks and Trailers released

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Brazil based site Tres D1 has launched a
new collection of 3d Trucks and Trailers. The collection contains 20 models of trucks and trailers which can be composed and you can have 70 different combinations. Each model is modelled in detail and with high quality textures for Mental Ray and Vray.

http://www.tresd1.com.br/dvds/bibliotecas/biblioteca-supermodelos-03

Vray 2.30.1 for 3ds max 2013 is officially released

Chaos Group officially announced Vray 2.30.1 for 3ds max 2013

New Features

• Support for 3ds Max 2013;
• Support for the new shading features of Hair & Fur in
3ds Max 2013;
• VRayOrnatrixMod: support for Ornatrix 2.0;
• Added a “Matte for reflection/refraction” option to the
VRayWrapperMtl material and the V-Ray object settings;
• V-Ray RT and V-Ray RT GPU: support for motion blur
(transformation and deformation) both in ActiveShade mode
and as a production renderer;
• V-Ray RT GPU: added a CUDA engine, in addition to OpenCL
(the CUDA engine requires a Fermi or Kepler card and the
newest nVidia drivers);


Modified features:

• VRayOrnatrixMod: support for Ornatrix thickness maps;
• Added the possibility to specify a preview mesh for the
vrayMeshExport MaxScript function;
• Support for motion blur of V-Ray mesh lights;
• Reduced memory usage and increased speed for dynamic
geometry (proxies, displacement etc.) in specific situations;
• VRayHDRI: added crop/place options to VRayHDRI;
• VRayHDRI: added Output and curves rollout to VRayHDRI;
• VRayHDRI: added Output and curves rollout to VRayHDRI;
• vrimg2exr: added support for RLE compression method for
OpenEXR files to vrimg2exr;
• VFB: the V-Ray VFB ICC color correction now takes into account
the gamma value from the Color Mapping settings of V-Ray;
• VRayPtex: increased the default cache size for VRayPtex
textures;
• V-Ray scene converter: now converts IES lights and
Mental Ray Sun/Sky in a Daylight system;
• V-Ray RT GPU: support for sub-pixel filtering;
• V-Ray RT GPU: ability to use full resolution textures;
• V-Ray RT GPU: option to specify material texture bit depth to
help control GPU memory usage;

vray 3ds max 2013

Read More : http://www.chaosgroup.com/en/2/news.html

Vray Exterior Setup Tutorial from VisCorbel

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VisCorbel has released a new Architectural Exterior  Visualization Tutorial. After dozens of requests from 3d users viscorbel finally put in weeks of hard work and presents its Exterior Visualization video tutorial. The video tutorial covers "how to"
* Set up cad drawings for modeling;
* Model the building;
* Use Batzal Roof Designer plug-in for creating 3D roof shingles;
* Create materials and textures for the building;
* Model the ground and paths;
* Model the grass and flowers;
* Scatter the grass and flowers with Itoo Software Forest Pack plug-in;
* Create and texture a birch tree with Exlevel GrowFX plug-in;
* Set up 3 lighting scenarios – Sunny / Overcast / Night (using V-Ray sun and sky as well as HDRI)
* Post-production in Photoshop to make your images stand out.

The complete video is narrated and is just about 15 hours long. It’s a 6GB download, and you can access it instantly after the payment!

Read More : http://viscorbel.com/exterior-visualization/

55% off on CGAxis products

Poland based CGAxis has announced a spring sale offer of 55%. CGAxis has a wide variety of  and quality based collection of 3d models. The offer is applicable for all its collection which include Architecture, Bathroom, Plants, Food, Furniture and more…
Its a nice time to grab some collections for your daily use.

cgaxis sale

More at : http://www.cgaxis.com/cmspage.php?page_id=13

Vray Interior HDRI setup Tutorial

Aleso3d has posted a new Vray HDRI Interior setup tutorial. The tutorial show s how you can create realistic Vray renders using HDRI. Using the HDRI map as the only lighting source and to generate very realistic results, a very simple way to lighting a scene without lighting complication but getting a really great realistic feeling in your scene. The workflow is very simple and useful to use HDRI lighting.

vray interior hdri daylight

http://www.aleso3d.com/blog/?p=959

R|Shader Collection for 3ds max

Alessandra Cangelosi has finally released his procedural r|Shader Collection for 3ds max. The shaders include Ice, Ocean, Sand, Snow, Ice Land, Snow Land, Magma and plain ground. Majority of it was developed during R&D phases on commercial international projects like movie blockbusters, videogame cinematics, commercials etc. The R-Shaders are compatible with Scanline Render and Mental Ray, plus general support for 3rd party products like V-Ray, FinalRender, Brazil R/S and NodeJoe/Slate.

r-shader

http://www.alessandrocangelosi.com/html/html/little_cloud_dev_-_rshaders_pr.html

CGAxis Exotic 3D Plants Collection Vol.15

CGAxis is out with yet another Exotic 3D Plants Collection. The exotic plants collection volume 15 contains 20 highly detailed 3d plant models of exotic plants with pretextured and materials together with the collection. The exotic 3d plants collection is available in various file formats listed below
FBX 2011,
3ds max – VRay,
3ds max – Mental Ray,
3ds max – Scanline,
Cinema 4D,
Cinema 4D VRay.

3d plants from cgaxis
The models are compatible with 3ds max 2008 and higher versions.
Below is the list of plants available in the exotic 3d plants collection
01 – Areca Catechu / Areca Palm
02 – Arenga Saccharifera / Sugar Palm
03 – Phoenix Dactylifera / Date Palm
04 – Cocos Nucifera / Coconut Palm
05 – Jubaea Chilensis / Chilean Wine Palm
06 – Elaeis / The Oil Palms
07 – Scheflera Actinophilla / Umbrella Tree
08 – Strelizia Nicolae / Wild Banana
09 – Yucca Elegans / Yucca
10 – Washingtonia Robusta / Mexican Fan Palm
11 – Phoenix Canariensis / Canary Island Date Palm
12 – Callistemon / Bottlebrush
13 – Dracena Draco / Canary Islands Dragon Tree
14 – Cordyline Indivisa / Mountain Cabbage Tree
15 – Yucca Brevifolia / Joshua Tree
16 – Musa Acuminata/ Wild Banana Tree
17 – Eucalyptus cladocaylx / Sugar Gum
18 – Adansonia / Australian Boab
19 – Ficus carica / Common Fig
20 – Citrus Sinensis / Orange Tree

Read More…
http://www.cgaxis.com/product-info.php?cgaxis-models-volume-15-pid679.html

V-RAY For Softimage Public Beta Program

vray for softimage

Press Release :

We are excited to announce our V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Testing Program.
V-Ray for Softimage is the fifth product in the Chaos Group portfolio covering platforms from Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya to Rhino and SketchUp.
V-Ray for Softimage now supports all major Softimage features and comes with ICE support, animated parameters, strong render tree support, weightmaps and Sun & Sky functionality.

Eligibility and Feedback Process
All of you interested to join the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta can do this by following just a few simple steps.
All Beta testers are encouraged to actively provide feedback and submit questions. The V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Testing Program has its own forum on the Chaos Group website. Everyone who is eligible and becomes a part of the program will gain access to the forum and will be able to share opinion and exchange information with other people from the industry. This is one of the ways you can submit bugs, requests for new features and share your work. Personal contact with the Development Team is also an option. You can send your comments to vraysoftimage@chaosgroup.com


Download and Installation Requirements

To obtain access to the Beta Program, please fill in the form with your contact information. In order to fill in the form you have to be a registered user at the Chaos Group website. Within one business day of submitting your application, you will receive an email from our support team informing you that you can now download the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta from the Chaos Group website.

Benefits
Throughout the years, our experience has proved that beta testers and contributors are of an exceptional importance to the success of Chaos Group products. Knowing and communicating with our beta testers and keeping strong relationships with them are our main priority during the development stage. Your meaningful and valuable feedback is what makes our products trustworthy, competitive and very much oriented to the specific needs of the 3D artists. During the V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Program we will aim to provide additional incentives to the active, passionate and devoted beta testers.

Time Frame
The V-Ray for Softimage Public Beta Program will run for a period of approximately 2 months, starting on September 28th.

Softimage supported features

- ICE support – render geometry produced by the award-winning Softimage ICE system, including particles, strands, hair, ICE-managed color arithmetic, all fully animated
- Animated parameters – V-Ray will efficiently render Softimage objects with animated parameters and an arbitrary number of keyframes. All geometry modifications and many color-oriented animatable parameters are supported
- Strong render tree support – V-Ray supports dozens of the procedural shader node types for the Softimage render tree, and new ones are added on a regular basis and made available through service packs
- Weightmaps – apply transformations to geometry or color attributes of a scene on a per-vertex basis with full support for Softimage weightmaps
- V-Ray Sun and Sky – create realistic outdoor scenes with physically accurate lighting and atmosphere effects, while maintaining control over rendering times

V-Ray supported features

Shading
- Support for efficient material layering
- VRayCarPaintMtl
- Support for PTex textures
- V-RayToon shader
- Support for dispersion in refractions for VRayMtl

Lights
- Physically accurate lights
- Efficient illumination from HDR environments

Camera
- Lens distortion through Nuke displacement maps
- Option to turn off camera motion blur
- Shutter efficiency for motion blur

Render output
- Support for additional render elements
- Output of multi-channel scanline OpenEXR files with data-window

Effects
- Depth of field with bokeh effects
- Accurate motion blur

Scene translator
- Support for .vrscene output for rendering with V-Ray Standalone

Supported platforms
Softimage 7.0
Softimage 7.5
Softimage 2010
Softimage 2011
Softimage 2011 ASP
Softimage 2012
(64-bit supported on all platforms)

Softimage is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc. V-Ray is a registered trademark of Chaos Software.
Copyright ©2011, Chaos Software

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