3D Artist
Nov
18

Mental ray returns to Maya and is now ‘free’

News & Features
by
Carrie Mok

Mental ray gets new global illumination feature and improved GPU rendering

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After being removed from version 2017 in favour of Arnold, mental ray has returned to Maya with a variety of new features.

NVIDIA says that the new global illumination feature GI-Next “can slash a one-hour render to a 5-minute coffee break by adding an NVIDIA Quadro P6000 graphics card alongside a 14-core CPU.”

Mental ray will also now have backwards compatibility, interactive viewport rendering and huge improvements on GPU rendering.

The plugin will be free for single-frame production rendering from 30 November but for sequence rendering though, mental ray will cost $295 a year per machine. For those rendering with an NVIDIA Professional GPU (Quadro or Tesla though, mental ray will cost $95 a year.