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V-Ray 3 for SketchUp out now

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Carrie Mok

SketchUp gets a physical sun and sky system, plus Denoiser and library of physically accurate materials

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp out now

Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, calling itself “SketchUp’s most powerful rendering solution.”

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is interactive and significantly faster, taking full advantage of CPU or GPU acceleration with a full suite of tools for architects and designers.

“Our users want as much rendering power as they can get, but in the most streamlined form possible,” said Corey Rubadue, VP of AEC and Design at Chaos Group. “V-Ray 3 for SketchUp has been rebuilt from the ground up to make the entire user experience simpler, so anyone can create professional-level renders on day one.”

The new version enables any natural or artificial lighting scenario to be created with built-in light types, a physical sun and sky system, and HDR environments. Interior scenes can make use of V-Ray’s unique global illumination methods, resulting in the most accurate representation of light possible.

There’s also now a drag-and-drop library of over 200 physically accurate materials, perfect for adding realism to any project. Real-world camera controls let designers work like a photographer, with settings for exposure, perspective correction and depth of field.

New tools and feature highlights include:

Virtual reality – Render VR-ready content for the most popular virtual reality headsets (Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift).

V-Ray Swarm – Introducing a powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast.

Section cuts – Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.

Aerial perspective – Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze.

Denoiser – Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.

Grass – Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

Proxy objects – Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars and more.

Render elements – Render as separate layers for more artistic control in your image-editing software.

Frame buffer – Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, and more directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.

V-Ray Scene export – Share complete, ready-to-render V-Ray 3 for SketchUp files with any V-Ray 3.4 or higher application.

Check out the features in action in this video