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Chaos Group provides state of the art rendering solutions for architectural, VFX, film, media and entertainment, automotive design, and other industries.

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V-Ray review by Michael S.
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"An efficient engine for professional renders"

What do you like best?

Each new version considerably improves the results and tools available to improve the production process of the render, it is great that it is available to install it in several software such as sketchup and 3d max that is very useful if you work with both tools and offer you the possibility of implement the same render engine in both softwares.

The results have left me satisfied, the materials have improved a lot and have a very real appearance in addition to that from the internet you can get many libraries applicable to Vray.

What do you dislike?

The duration of render production is still very high in comparison with other render engines, when a hyper realistic project is carried out it will take a long time to complete the scene, although its interface in each version improves it is still very complicated to learn all its functions and possibilities, it lacks preset general options to create scenes more efficiently defining aspects such as exterior, interior, summer, winter.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For its implementation in the area of ​​design and visualization, it is necessary to have advanced knowledge in renders production software in order to obtain good results. To know light, intensity, shadows, materials, brightness, views, it will be very useful to start a good project. visualization and have an acceptable render.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the modeling and production phase of a furniture design it is essential to have a realistic image of the product, Vray offers you a very good, acceptable result and with a very complete software, the results that we offer to make the presentations of the product are very well received, it is useful to make fixed and animated renders as the case may be.

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V-Ray review by Julio Alberto A.
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"excellent rendering engine with very powerful results."

What do you like best?

his latest versions have been improving much the quality of the result of the render and also its ease of use, the interface is much more pleasant than in its first versions and has many more features that allow to improve the production process of photorealism, work from Sketchup Pro it is very useful since the rendering times are acceptable for the result that is obtained and also now includes the real-time render tool which avoids errors in the final process.

What do you dislike?

there are still some errors or difficulties to choose the right lighting, reading some materials which makes the process to get an ideal result take much longer than estimated at the beginning. The library of materials still lacks the great variety that other programs can offer, just as realism still requires a lot of work and dedication in the details.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To use the program correctly, it is advisable to learn a little about some rendering engines and thus be able to take advantage of all the tools that Vray offers, so that you understand what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are, which makes them have an indispensable knowledge when it is useful to use the program and when not, always depending on what the project requires.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

is indispensable for the 3d modeling department of projects as a complement to Sketchup Pro being a perfect extension to make the renders in an effective and relatively fast and easy way, it is very useful to get commercial work that requires architectural visualization images of the project with a very good quality and that the client considers acceptable.

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V-Ray review by Mario G.
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"Vray in Architecture"

What do you like best?

Talking about render engines and their settings or properties is really hard because despite they're one as a software, they're considered "plugins" to the actual modeling software, that's why they're called render engines because their purpose is to just serve as an engine for that specific task. However, Vray has done a pretty nice job over the years providing with less work and more quality for its users, setting presets and a faster way to make textures and a more easy interface than any other engines. What I personally like the most about Vray is the quality of the final product, because of the default engines from the most famous modeling products like Autodesk, honestly, suck. I would highly recommend using a third party software like Vray with a modeling program just because of that reason.

What do you dislike?

What I don't like from Vray, and this is probably because I am not a PRO on this, is that you have to know a lot of technical stuff and really study or know what are the settings or each thing is for, because the more you mess with the presets, the more you be on your way to either get a more realistic end product, or to burn your computer, or get an awfull render.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great quality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software provides a lot of quality when rendering, and most of all it provides your client with that esthetic, real and pretty image that they paid for. If you really know how to use it you can even create almost better images than a professional photo of a camera.

V-Ray review by Nickolas V.
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"Go to for all rendering"

What do you like best?

V-ray is easy to learn but hard to master. On the surface they offer pre-made materials along with other helpful starting tools. But what i love is the amount of detail you can go into when adjusting your lighting and materials. its a very robust rendering software. With each update the renders become faster, the software offers more options for better quality, and the company as a whole is just fantastic.

What do you dislike?

Probably the only thing for me is that it does not utilize GPU rendering, however that is just me being picky. Honestly can not come up with very many dislikes. Each update fixes any minor issues there may even be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

absolutely! V-Ray is pretty much the industry standard for rendering at this point in time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used v-ray for silicon valley animations, city renders for hong kong, all the way to just still furniture renders. It really is a jack of all trades and can be used in any rendering instance. I can use v-ray to create cartoon style animations all the way to hyper realistic product renders.

V-Ray review by Jonathan P.
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"Amazing rendering software"

What do you like best?

This is one of the best rendering software I ever used. It is possible to customize pretty almost every material in many possible ways. It isn't really user friendly at first, but when you learn to use it, it can be very powerful.

What do you dislike?

It isn't user friendly at first, but it can still be used at first by someone who doesn't know anything about rendering.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Vray is constantly evolving. The SketchUp version is now awesome with the new update (3.5). It is near to the version of 3ds max which is great for SketchUp

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is possible to create photorealistic rendering with ease and create various presentations (section cuts rendering, etc)

V-Ray review by Aris G.
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"The most physically correct rendering engine"

What do you like best?

V-ray does a great job on rendering. It has all it takes to get photo-realistic renders. It uses CPU and GPU. has a great real-time rendering speed and quality. It's hard to think of something you don't have control over when it comes to rendering using V-ray. You can use its render elements separately and combine them in Photoshop Nuke etc and have maximum control over every pass such as reflections secular refraction etc. V-ray provides different algorithms to render out the global illuminations such as brute force irradiance map and light cache that give different speed and quality results. Back in a days you would have to take control over so much things just to get mid quality render but nowadays you can use V-ray just out of the box. If you have limited time you can even set maximum duration limit over rendering and it will give you the best possible result by the end of the timer. You can also render images faster with a little noise and let v-ray's denoiser take care of the rest

What do you dislike?

V-ray is a little crushy and buggy sometimes. To change the intensity and color of the lights you need to combine everything in post production phase using photoshop nuke or others unlike Corona where you can do that right within the buffer

Recommendations to others considering the product

V-ray is by far the best rendering engine out there if you're looking for Photorealism. The second rendering engine to date Corona renderer is much slower compared to V-Ray. By the way if you're about to switch from V-Ray to Corona know that they are collaborating and both engines will get the best of each other

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use V-ray for architectural visualization for both animation and still images

V-Ray review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Very good results, very scary to use"

What do you like best?

I like the way everything rendered in V-Ray looks much better than you would assume it will look. With a little bit of experimentation you can surpass your own expectations. There are also a lot of tutorials online (not necessarily just by Chaos Group) that are dissected step by step

What do you dislike?

No 2 results will ever look the same! V-Ray is more of an art than a science. If you need 2 renderings to look similar in style, I have found that this is very hard to achieve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

V-Ray 3.0 is much more friendly to use than V-Ray 2.0. I would suggest upgrading if you have the chance. The interface is much more intuitive. Something that I have never really looked into is adjusting the Globals after a render. Although I am sure that these are very powerful, I usually just use Photoshop immediately after a render for post processing. This leads to another important point- don't be disheartened if it doesn't look perfect after rendering! That is what Photoshop is meant for!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everybody loves renderings! They are great in that they communicate an intention clearly to those who are not familiar with the ins and outs of design and technical drawings. It has always been and is becoming even more of a powerful communication tool

V-Ray review by Hentry S.
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"One of the most powerful and flexible render engine ever"

What do you like best?

Vray works great with sketchup. the render outputs are highly customisable. with the vray proxy.. vegetation making is very simple. it has a variety of lights and hundreds of high quality materials.It is the most feature rich render engine I ever used. the GPU+CPU rendering is really cool.it also works with most of the modelers (Even with unreal engine ! )

What do you dislike?

Nothing.. except it is a bit costly.. but it is fair for the quality

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are looking for a powerful, high quality render engine to produce photorealistic outputs.. Vray is the best renderer you can get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rendering jobs.mostly based on architecture.The best render engine out there packed with quality and performance and with

V-Ray review by Reham E.
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"Perfect products when well mastered!"

What do you like best?

I love the final product I get when setting its options the right way, It takes some time to learn the best way to get through it, but I assure you it is worth it.

What do you dislike?

I dislike most dealing with its multiple options and menus

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is best when seeking realistic renderings, It needs some time to master but when done, you won't need any other software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vray helps me to produce realistic renderings of my designs, interior and exterior scenes.

V-Ray review by Clément B.
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"Complete software for rendering"

What do you like best?

All the environment features, with the lights setups which are pretty more realistic than the other rendering softwares. It's a challenging software with great compatibility. A faster and easier-to-understand render engine that is much more precise and totally adaptable to the skills of novice and advanced artists. In summary: it is a much more versatile V-Ray version.

What do you dislike?

the complexity of the user interface. Need to be more intuitive and less functional maybe. Sometimes, when you try to import 3D files, you get an error , it's a pain to spend 2 days for only the compatibility between the softwares. Some other softwares has integrate a convertor of 3D files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and test it with our own 3D. Because sometime, you take 3D from internet bank and with several different size or kind of file and it's not work everytime. So check it with you own production made on a 3D software, Solidworks, Alias Studio, 3DS Max , Maya etc...

A little tip, V-ray will prefer the Polygonal kind of file, it will be faster for rendering and you will get less problems with functionality.

For my part, it's a really good software and I recommend for everyone who would like to have great renders.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With this software, you can easily make your product alive and so, sell it on website like kickstater. More than Keyshot for example, you can show faster the final render of your product with the optimise render real in time engine.

V-Ray review by Heten D.
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"Long standing rendering champion"

What do you like best?

V-Ray is one of the most optimized renderers available across a variety of host 3d applications ranging from free softwares like Blender, sketch-up, all the way upto 3ds max, Maya and compositing softwares like Nuke. Its various indirect illumination algorithms are well suited for almost any kind of scene ranging from simple primitives to very high-poly high detailed complex scenes, the ability to substitute Highres mesh at render time using V-Ray proxy is a necessity in complex scenes and keeps the viewport light and interactive for the host application. The available render elements/passes fulfill any type of cg compositing needs and that too fast given it's exceptionally fast render times. Interactive rendering using V-ray RT is a boon.

What do you dislike?

Cannot preview displacement in V-Ray RT. slightly slower when compared to the likes of Corona renderer. needs to have an unbiased rendering algorithm with the lines of Indigo, Luxrender, Maxwell, Arnold. Cost is steep for individual artist.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a fast no hassle renderer, Vray is well suited for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vray, allows for highres renders with a high level of detail very consistently. and the ability to re-render patches on top without refreshing the entire framebuffer is a time-saver, the newly added masked rendering mode adds to the time saving.

V-Ray review by Gabriel H.
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"The most advanced rendering tool"

What do you like best?

- As I am rendering using Vray (for 3dsStudioMax) for most than 8 years, I have to say I quite love everything about it .

- Newer versions with RT are very useful and really fast using a good graphic card .

- Vray it's the most advanced software in the industry for rendering, It has complex materials / Camaera/Lights

I like that is a plugin integrated in the 3d software , so it's not necessary to export the files .

- Great compatibility between 3dsmax Materials and Vray Materials .

- Multiple types of light: Spheriphical / Dome / Planar / Circular

- Vray CarPaint - Avdanced materials for Automotive industry - Very easy to customize and obtain outstanding results.

What do you dislike?

- The Rendering Settings interface is not too easy for a begginer.

- Vray Rt crashes quite often.

- Vray Rt is still missing some compatibility tweaks , as long you can easily get some errors compared to normal version.

- Compared to the older versions, they are making Vray more complicated, and I don't think all interface changes are necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- If someone want to learn rendering, Vray would be my first option.

- If someone is looking for a the most advanced tool for rendering , that is also compatible with a lot of 3d softwares like Maya/Max/Cinema4d/Sketchup etc - Vray is the answer

- Highly required in industry.

- The most proffesional choice

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Automotive / Product / Architectural Rendering

- Deliver Professional - High Realistical Renderings

V-Ray review by Eduardo E. O.
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"V-Ray Review for Archviz"

What do you like best?

His complete set of tools they are perfect for creating photorealistic images on architectural projects,

textures , lights, environments, everything can be manipulated to achieve perfection renderings with a professional and competitive quality.

Despite being an advanced rendering engine with little knowledge you can get to make very good jobs.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the difulcultad it is for a new user interact with the software, its interface is a bit confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think they should make a much easier interface, a little more intuitive, this software has users who are just beginning in this rendering world and they not have the basic knowledge to operate the software effectively.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Texturing and lighting of complex architectural projects, virtual tours through them.

V-Ray review by User
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"Vray for Rhino"

What do you like best?

Vray allows you to reach the highest standards in rendering. Once you master the software you will be able to create photography-like renders. At the same time, the software is versatile enough to create simple images that can simulate a massing exercise or a sketch.

What do you dislike?

Vray is not easy to learn and control. The interface is quite complicated and full of commands. Becoming a power user is not only a matter of using the software long enough like with other programs. Vray must be studied. Fortunately there are a lot of guides and tutorials.

Recommendations to others considering the product

At the beginning you have to model 2 cubes and try all the different options/materials. If you want to go one (and two and three..) steps further, you have to read a lot of guides and spend a considerable time learning the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest advantage for a company to have a Vray in-house power user is that you do not have to pay for a 3rd party renderer, which coordination is time and money consuming.

V-Ray review by User in Media Production
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"My primary Rendering Engine"

What do you like best?

Very good and predictable render time. Big shader library and new algorithm for Anti aliasing calculation.

Real time distributed rendering. New Vray has simple and clean interface. Interlinked tabs are right next to each other. Great tool to create custom shaders.

What do you dislike?

Vray passes tends to create lot of noise unexpectedly during compositing. Car paint shades is still not reliable for production purpose because of flakes tiling. The global subdiv introduced in the latest Vray is not friendly for high res render because it turns render time very high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good rendering engine for quick turn around in any production scenario. Lot of support available through forums and other medium for Problem solving.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Take the advantage of distributed render by connecting any computer for extra thread which reduces huge render time. You can save the Raw render image data (vrimg) and reload it without actually rendering the whole from start

V-Ray review by User in Media Production
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"Need more from the updates"

What do you like best?

Vray is widely used in majority of the production industry so it is a huge plus to know how to handle this tool. It has a new feature with the scan materials which I think is quite interesting.

What do you dislike?

Still unresolved issues which I expect to be fixed with the updates. The updates have less to offer and I think they could improve more with every version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it primarily for high end print media productions. The fact that it is used widely allows me to access active communities every time that I have a question.

V-Ray review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Better than the built in Rhino Renderer"

What do you like best?

Signifigantly better than the built in Rhino and Sketchup render engine. It also adds several elements that aren't normally available in either program.

What do you dislike?

How the licensing server works, but I have adjusted to it since I learned on 1.5 and 4.5.1 requires a bit more thought.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Aside from getting happier students with better projects, we have managed to improve the speed and quality of the renderings on our render farm.

V-Ray review by Giuseppe C.
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"Car Design Industry always require a good software and I use it because it's one of the best."

What do you like best?

The possibility to make all the effects and materials you desire. You can even add density of the air. the library online of materials is almost infinite.

What do you dislike?

Vray its a bit complex for beginners and the first impression could be very confusional.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just see a lot of tutorials before starting and be sure the software you're using is compatible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to realize realistic renderings of cars for my company. You can do also animations.

When I have to be fast because I have a presentation this is a really good software.

V-Ray review by Syafiq M.
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"Awesome rendering software!"

What do you like best?

The rendering engine is the best CPU based engine so far. Quite fast and great output even in default setting.

What do you dislike?

The brute-force engine take too long too render. It has great quality but for me it just too long to wait.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A rendering tool that you must learn first than any other rendering software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Showing our client their dreamed architecture project in a realistic rendering work is awesome. Our client so happy with the result.

V-Ray review by Alejandro I.
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"The best looking renders, and fast"

What do you like best?

Is very fast and the results are very photorealistic. New versions always feel like an improvement.

What do you dislike?

It has lots of options and sometimes they are not so easy to understand. The latest version really helped with this problem.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vray allows me to have great looking visualizations in the least amount of time.

V-Ray review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Vray w rhino"

What do you like best?

VRay has a crisp and smooth quality. We often render without applying textures or colors, and VRay provides lovely massing models in all white.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the settings can be finicky; lighting in particular is not always obvious to work with, but mostly very manageable. It's reasonably fast but some larger renders do take up a lot of memory/time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Even for simple visualizations, clients love to see progress massings. It's useful for us as we develop the design in-house as well to have better understandings of space and light quality.

V-Ray review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Designer"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to make realistic renderings. It is always helpful to have a program that allows you to create real-life like images.

What do you dislike?

I dislike all the properties you have to go through. It can be a little confusing. I recommend streamlining the process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using it will be very helpful!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to show clients/mentors images of our ideas. It is helpful for them to see what we are thinking, and allows us to translate our idea more effectively.

V-Ray review by User in Design
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"V-Ray Review"

What do you like best?

The integration with Rhino is very handy, easy to adjust my model and then render. Accurate BRDF modes are also quite useful.

What do you dislike?

Slow slow render times unless a render farm is available. No usable live preview, lags far behind real time preview of keyshot/octane and others.

Recommendations to others considering the product

V-ray takes a lot of up front effort to learn, but is well worth it too achieve extremely high fidelity images.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product Visualization

Engineering Visualization

In scene visualization.

V-Ray review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Improving more and more"

What do you like best?

I like the most the quality of the renders, how creates the light and the extremely good output of reflective surfaces

What do you dislike?

I don't like the new camera settings, in the previous version there were much more options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm getting amazing images that the client cannot imagine by themselves. It's much easier to give a render and show to the client some possibles differences for "free"

V-Ray review by User in Design
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"V-Ray review "

What do you like best?

unmatched rendering quality and rendering speed

What do you dislike?

user interface is too clumsy and too advanced that makes its learning curve very slow and hard to pick up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product visualization

Production level renderings

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