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Chaos Group - V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

Chaos Group - V-Ray Next for 3ds Max


V-Ray is a very popular and feature rich renderer that because of its high render performance reveals a whole new world of possibilities. V-Ray Next Scene Intelligence delivers faster, more precise ray tracing for cleaner sampling and more accurate rendering. That means you work smarter — not harder — by automating steps that used to take up valuable time.

V-Ray for 3ds Max is a complete lighting and shading solution that can be flawlessly integrated in every 3D artist and designer’s workflow. The flagship rendering software has set the industry standard for speed, reliability, ease of use and render quality. Even Hollywood has acknowledged how important V-Ray is: Creator Vladimir Koylazov was honored with an Academy Award in 2017.

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max – Video

What it's used for

  • Architectural visualization
  • Automotive and product design
  • Industrial design
  • Game cinematics
  • Visual effects in film and television
  • Virtual reality

New features in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

Powerful Scene Intelligence

V-Ray Scene Intelligence analyzes your scene to optimize rendering. You automatically get the best quality in less time. V-Ray Next introduces two new features powered by scene intelligence — Adaptive Dome Light and Automatic Camera Exposure.

Adaptive Dome Light

The new Adaptive Dome Light delivers faster, cleaner and more accurate image-based environment lighting. It’s extra fast at rendering interiors and removes the need for skylight portals.

Point & Shoot Camera

The V-Ray Physical Camera returns with a streamlined UI and scene intelligence for Auto Exposure & Auto White Balance. Perfect renders are now as easy as taking a snapshot.

2x faster GPU rendering

Built on a new multikernel rendering architecture, V-Ray GPU is twice as fast. And with support for more of your favorite V-Ray tools, it’s ready to speed through your high-end production scenes.

GPU Volume Rendering 

V-Ray GPU now supports volumetric effects like smoke, fire and fog. Render OpenVDB, Field3D and Phoenix FD volume caches at blazing speeds.

NVIDIA AI Denoiser

Instantly remove noise while rendering with IPR. Based on AI-accelerated technology from NVIDIA, interactive denoising works exceptionally well for previews — even with only a few samples.

Lighting Analysis

Accurately measure the light levels in your scene. Render false color heat maps and light value overlays with new lighting analysis tools.

Physical Hair Material

Render more realistic-looking hair with accurate highlights using the new V-Ray Physical Hair Material. Melanin controls make it easy to select any hair color — from blonde, to brunette, to redhead. And for more rebellious punk rock looks there are hair dye colors too.

V-Ray Switch Material

Now with a single V-Ray Switch Material you can apply several materials to the same object. And then switch to the one you want at render time. It’s perfect for rendering material options, adding random variations, and creating extra passes for compositing.

V-Ray Plugin Material & Texture

Load any texture or material that’s available in V-Ray Standalone and render it in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max. Using the new V-Ray Plugin Texture and VRay Plugin Material, you can use any V-Ray procedural texture or even create PBR materials for Unity and Unreal.

Denoised Render Elements

For more control in compositing, you can now denoise individual render elements and recompose them back to the denoised beauty pass. And it works with the standalone denoiser for animation.


The V-Ray Material adds support for PBR shaders with new Metalness reflection controls.

Licensing Systems

Chaos Group's products can be licensed either by online licensing or using a hardware lock/dongle:

Online licensing

Chaos Group's new online licensing option does not require a hardware lock, which means there will be no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed. Online licensing requires a stable, uninterrupted internet connection. For offline use, you may checkout your license for up to 15 days at a time. The Online licensing option is currently available for new licenses only.

Hardware licensing (requires dongle)

Note! From December 2017 users with hardware licenses can irreversibly transfer these licenses to online licenses. The process is described this PDF documentPlease contact us if you have any questions.

With Chaos Groups hardware licensing system, you will need a USB hardware lock (dongle) in order to run the software. The hardware lock is installed and used locally on each computer, or installed on a dedicated server from which one or more Chaos Group licenses can be distributed to users in a computer network. Multiple licenses can be locked to a single dongle. You can find the hardware lock/dongle here. Please note that the hardware lock is sold separately, please add it to your cart when purchasing a Chaos Group software with hardware licensing option (applies if you do not already have access to a Chaos Group dongle).

V-Ray Benchmark – How fast is your hardware?

Test how fast your hardware renders by using Chaos Group's free V-Ray Benchmark application. Read more and see where your hardware ranks at

Software Specifications
Plugin / Add-On for Autodesk 3ds Max
Software type Rendering
Edition Commercial
License Type New license
  • Product Code: v-ray-for-3ds-max
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