Chaos Group V-Ray 5.00.03 for SketchUp

Chaos Group V-Ray 5.00.03 for SketchUp | 631.5 mb

Chaos Group has released V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, the latest version of the production renderer for Trimble's architectural sketching software.

The update makes the key features from other editions of V-Ray 5 available in SketchUp, including compositing in the V-Ray frame buffer, the Light Mix system, and new materials options.
Unique features include V-Ray Vision, a new real-time rasterisation-based render mode for exploring SketchUp scenes, and Light Gen, an automated system for rendering lighting variations of a scene.
V-Ray 5 core features: compositing in the VFB, Light Mix and new materials options
SketchUp is the latest host application to be updated to the new V-Ray 5 architecture, following the releases of V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max and V-Ray 5 for Maya earlier this year.
Key changes include built-in layer-based compositing in the V-Ray Frame Buffer (VFB), and Light Mix, a Corona-Renderer-style system to adjust the intensity of lights in images without the need to re-render them.
The update also introduces a new Sun and Sky model, which generates more physically accurate results than its predecessor, particularly when the sun is close to the horizon.
SketchUp users also get the new material features in V-Ray 5, including new coat and sheen materials in the standard V-Ray Material, new texture randomisation options, and updates to V-Ray Dirt.
The release also ships with the updated material library, which includes over 500 presets representing common architectural materials like metals, glass and wood.

New V-Ray Vision scene viewer and real-time render mode
More interestingly, SketchUp users also get some unique features of their own: notably, V-Ray Vision, a work-in-progress new real-time rendering mode
It's intended primarily for exploring scenes, providing a quick way to scout camera positions from which to launch final-quality renders using V-Ray's standard render engines.
However, Chaos Group says that it can also be used for rendering panoramas or animations in its own right, if you don't mind the drop in image quality: it uses rasterisation, not ray tracing.
V-Ray Vision is still early in development: in the initial release, it runs on Windows only, and there are "many unsupported V-Ray features and effects".

Light Gen generates and renders lighting variations for a scene automatically
Another feature new in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp is Light Gen: a new system for testing lighting variations.
It automatically randomises lighting properties in a scene, then renders thumbnails of each variant, making it possible to explore a large number of possible looks very quickly.
It can be used on both interior scenes, using either image-based lighting or a Dome light; or on exterior scenes, using the V-Ray Sun & Sky system.

New Global Contour control for outline render effects
Users also get a new Global Contour control, for applying a toon-shaded outlining effect to a scene
It's based on a new Toon Material - which "fixes some of the issues" of its predecessor in V-Ray Next - and can be applied to existing shading set-ups without the need to reassign materials.

V-Ray Vision
- Vision is now supported on macOS
- macOS: The Vision window is arranged on top of all other apps. Minimize it to temporarily hide it
- Pen tablets can now be used for navigation in Vision
- Vision can now be interacted with fully through a remote connection
- An issue with loading 16-bit .tiff textures is resolved
Material Library
- Custom location for assets library can now be specified. Set the path in the 'Asset Editor / Advanced Settings / Configuration / Remote Assets / Download Location'. SketchUp restart is required for the new location to be used. Releasing the V-Ray license can be used as an alternative
- The initial assets update check can now be disabled using the 'Asset Editor / Advanced Settings / Configuration / Remote Assets / Check for Updates' checkbox. The setting remains disabled even between sessions until manually toggled or until V-Ray is reinstalled. It is recommended that Check for Updates is disabled in case a network location is selected for the assets
- A correct message now appears in case a lack of permissions is preventing the library from being downloaded or updated
- A warning icon no longer appears on the left of the 'Materials' library entry when the library folder does not exist on disk
- The default 'Materials' library is now automatically expanded to reveal its subfolders on initial load. The user-defined state persists between sessions from then on
- A number of issues caused by non-Latin characters in the library path are resolved
Light Gen
- The custom assets library location specified in 'Asset Editor / Advanced Settings / Configuration / Remote Assets / Download Location' is also used for Light Gen assets
- Disabling the 'Asset Editor / Advanced Settings / Configuration / Remote Assets / Check for Updates' checkbox also affects Light Gen. It is recommended that Check for Updates is disabled in case a network location is selected for the assets
- A correct message now appears when a lack of permissions is preventing the HDR environments from being downloaded or updated
Light Mix
- Light adjustments can now be applied to the lights in the project when the Group Instances Light Gen Mode is used. The 'To Scene' function automatically resets the VFB adjustments and a new render is required for the scene modifications to become apparent. Note that Environment and Self Illumination adjustments transfer will be implemented in the future
Other Improvements & Bug Fixes
- V-Ray Version Notifier implemented. It uses the native operating system notification system to give you information when a new V-Ray update is available
- A way for disabling the update notifications is implemented. To do it disable the 'Asset Editor / Advanced Settings / Configuration / Update Notifications' checkbox
- V-Ray Next scenes saved with CUDA or RTX engine selected or the interactive rendering mode enabled are no longer loaded incorrectly in V-Ray 5
Asset Editor
- The 'Select Objects in Scene' function can now be performed with multiple materials selected
- 'Data Window' dropdown menu added to the exr output Image Options. It determines the way the VFB render region selection is handled when an output image is automatically saved
- The lower limit of the Temperature slider in the Color Picker is changed to 900 to better reflect the starting point at which solid bodies begin emitting visible light
- An issue preventing the Volumetric Environment settings to be reverted is resolved
- The advanced camera Shutter Speed parameter value can no longer go below 0
- An issue caused by quickly adding slots to the Multi-Sub texture is resolved
- A speed optimization is done for the Material Preview Swatch in case Contour attributes are not used in the selected material
- The Asset Editor no longer appears blank or empty when opening specific scenes
- An issue preventing images from being saved when the output file path contains non-standard characters is resolved
- Ruby compaction in SketchUp 2021 is now handled. This improves the overall software stability and reduces the chance for random crashes
- A number of issues caused by OS user name containing non-Latin characters are resolved
- Hidden objects are no longer exported in .vrscene files
- Objects exported as Proxy Mesh (.vrmesh) files now contain back-face texture placement (UV) information. This ensures that the object will appear exactly the same way after being converted to proxies
- A number of issues with the way multiple mesh and plane clippers are rendered are resolved
- Opening a scene saved in V-Ray 2 no longer causes two Sun lights to appear in the Asset Editor
- macOS: Reintroduced some standalone tools that were previously missing
V-Ray Core
- Custom operating system display scale no longer causes the VFB to appear outside of the monitor bounds in some situations
- Toggling the global material override during RTX interactive rendering no longer leads to a crash
With V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, Chaos Group has dramatically expanded the capabilities of rendering software - so you can do more without leaving SketchUp. Real-time visualization, smart lighting features and post-processing make it quick and easy to get straight to your best renders.
What's new in V-Ray 5 for SketchUp:
Quick previews of your SketchUp model and professional quality rendering of high-resolution images and animations - all without leaving your favourite 3D tool.
Automate your scene lighting process through hundreds of automatically generated light setups and lighting capabilities.
Powerful tools for applying finishing touches to your images. Now you can save time and increase creative exploration.
Find out how V-Ray 5 can make it faster and easier to create your best work.
V-Ray 5 for SketchUp - Now Available

Chaos Group is a worldwide leader in computer graphics technology, helping artists and designers create photorealistic imagery and animation for architecture, design, and visual effects. Chaos Group's award-winning physically-based rendering and simulation software is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. Today, the company's research and development in ray-traced rendering, cloud computing and real-time ray tracing is shaping the future of creative storytelling and digital design. Founded in 1997, Chaos Group is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Los Angeles, Prague, Seoul, and Tokyo.
Product: Chaos Group V-Ray
Version: 5.00.03 for SketchUp 2021
Supported Architectures: x64
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Language: english
System Requirements: PC *
Size: 631.5 mb

Please make sure that your system fulfills these requirements before installing V-Ray. Note that V-Ray is only supported for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit versions of SketchUp.