April 14, 20202 Comments

3D Max 2021 Finally Removed Mental Ray, Here’s How To Avoid Scene Errors When Opening Older Scenes

Finally, those Mental Ray legacy assets are outta Max. The only issue is that Max and MR may have written some nodes and custom attributes into your older scenes. So when they are opened, you get some confusing prompts and may not be sure how to proceed. This may help you.

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January 23, 20191 Comment

Tips for Using VRay Renders with RSMB in After Effects

In-camera motion blur is a time intensive and therefore costly effect that usually isn't worth it unless you're working on an expensive production. Re:VisionFX Reel Smart Motion Blur or RSMB is a great way to cut out the time of rendering in-camera motion blur so you can just do it in post. There are a few important things to know to get it working properly.

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February 16, 20188 Comments

Rendering HDPE Materials In VRay

The Visine bottle.  It is a simple product example, but the plastic material it is made out of, known as HDPE,  has proven to be one of the trickiest materials to reproduce realistically in CG.  High-Density Polyethylene is used in a huge variety of products, so it should be no surprise that this has come up over and over in CG production... especially for those of us that do product visualizations regularly.  I will explain what makes it difficult and cover the many solutions I have tried before finally landing one that looks spot on. Read more