Chaos Group provides innovative rendering solutions for the media, entertainment, and design industries. For over a decade our flagship rendering software, V-Ray®, has set the standard for speed, quality, reliability and ease of use, and it has become the rendering engine of choice for renowned international studios. We proudly support the 3D community through our suite of software solutions: V-Ray® for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Maya®, V-Ray® for Autodesk® Softimage®, V-Ray® for Rhino®, V-Ray® for SketchUp®, Phoenix FD™ Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Phoenix FD™ for Autodesk® Maya®, and Pdplayer™.
Chaos Group was founded in 1997 in Bulgaria and has grown from a team of two to a team of more than 100 people located in our offices in Europe, USA, Japan and Korea. Apart from our growing team, we also take pride in our solid network of resellers and distributors who provide professional services and timely support to our clients worldwide.
Compatible with SketchUp 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Quickly & intuitively create your next stunning visualization.
5 for SketchUp features greatly improved workflow, making it easier and faster than ever to interact with your SketchUp scene, organize your assets, set up lighting, and render your best work. Next can now automatically analyze and optimize your renders for you and you can take advantage of many performance optimizations for both CPU and GPU rendering. Now compatible with SketchUp 2020.
V-Ray 5 helps artists to bring their designs to live by offering a complete spectrum of visualization tools, which can support each step of their workflow.
V-Ray 5 introduces V-Ray Vision, a real-time viewer that makes V-Ray the ultimate visualization solution for SketchUp users. Artists can iterate faster and communicate designs easily and effectively. When they are ready for the final render, V-Ray will produce incredible photoreal imagery with true-to-life lights, cameras and ready-to-render materials.
V-Ray 5’s tools go beyond rendering and across platforms. It helps you handle the biggest projects, enabling you to render anything and everything at any time.
Unlike competitive products, V-Ray can use models from any source (like third party model companies), manage enormous complexity, illuminate with accuracy, and take users images to the highest quality. In addition V-Ray provides Academy Award winning quality and finishing tools that save from needing to use an additional post-processing program.
Bringing designs to life. V-Ray for SketchUp offers a complete
spectrum of visualization with varying degrees of realism.
From instant real-time to pixel-perfect photorealism, V-Ray for
SketchUp lets users visualize their models in every way.
Real-time visualization. With V-Ray Vision, users can visualize
their designs in real-time while working in SketchUp. They can
move around the model, apply materials, set up lights and
cameras—all in a live real-time view. Artists can iterate designs
faster and communicate the vision behind their project with
peers or clients. And when they’re ready for photo quality
renders, V-Ray is ready to go.
Photoreal rendering. With true-to-life lights, cameras, and
materials, rendering with V-Ray is as real as it gets. For any
project, users can see exactly how it will look. It’s as close
as it comes to the real thing before it’s built.
Tools beyond rendering. V-Ray 5 lets users do more in their
renderer than ever before. They can adjust light in their scenes
after they have finished rendering. And go beyond rendering as
they fine-tune and finish images without needing a separate app.
Easy to get started. V-Ray comes with hundreds of readyto-
render materials and tools like the Light Gen that
automatically generates lighting for the user’s scene, making
it easy for users to visualize their designs and communicate
Using existing V-Ray work. Users can leverage V-Ray work
done in other 3D tools like 3ds Max, Rhino or Revit for renderready
assets and reusable materials. And there is V-Ray’s
vast community and resources to guide them through their
Handles the toughest scenes. V-Ray is built to handle the
biggest projects and scenes with massive geometry and
thousands of lights. Users can render anything and everything
Rendering — V-Ray Vision provides real-time rendering of users models. V-Ray’s powerful CPU and GPU rendering is built to handle the toughest projects and demands of high-end production.
User interface — V-Ray is part of SketchUp, providing a structured asset management system and easy access to all controls and tools.
Lighting and illumination — V-Ray helps users create the highest quality renders possible. It analyzes а design according to its actual lighting and the true reflections and refractions of its materials. Users can choose from a variety of lighting tools.
Light Gen tool
Lighting Analysis tools
Cameras and optical effects — V-Ray supports any commonly used camera type options. V-Ray also has additional advanced controls for camera effects.
Point & Shoot camera
Materials — V-Ray supports a versatile selection of materials to achieve different looks — from simulating simple surface properties like plastics and metals to complex uses such as translucent objects, subsurface materials like skin and lightemitting objects.
Physically based materials
Physical V-Ray Hair material
V-Ray Toon Shader
Textures — A wide variety of memory-efficient textures are also available to use with V-Ray materials. V-Ray has all the texturing capabilities required for production rendering.
Geometry — There are different ways V-Ray can create and modify geometry objects in a scene, including primitives and procedural geometry, modifiers, proxy objects, particle instancing, volume grids, etc.
V-Ray scene importer
Hair and fur
Atmospheric & Volumetric effects — The atmospheric and environment effects in V-Ray simulate fog, atmospheric haze and participating media for a number of image effects.
Render elements — With V-Ray, users can choose from nearly 40 unique beauty, utility and matte passes to give them more control over their rendered images in compositing.
Real-time comes to V-Ray. V-Ray 5 for SketchUp gives users the creative freedom to refine, iterate designs in real-time and create beautiful scenes easily and more efficiently. It brings real-time visualization, ability to light scenes automatically and powerful post-processing features that save time and let users go beyond just rendering.
Visualize designs in real-time. Now with V-Ray Vision, you can visualize your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras—all in a live real-time view of your scene. And when you’re ready for photo quality renders, V-Ray is ready to go.
Lighting made easy. Adjust the lights in your scene even after you render. With Light Mix, once your scene is rendered, you can interactively adjust the brightness and color of any light without having to render again.
Add randomness for realism. To create more realistic materials, we’ve added new tools that randomize textures and colors. The VRayUVWRandomizer lets you randomize texture coordinates and includes Stochastic Tiling that automatically fixes repeating textures. Built-in controls have also been added to the VRayMultiSubTex material to randomize colors.
Improved Sun and Sky model. Render your scene at the perfect light of magic hour. The Improved Sun & Sky model is more accurate, with a better looking sunrise and sunset, even as the sun dips below the horizon.
Optimized V-Ray Core. V-Ray 5 is our fastest and best rendering experience yet.
New software architecture. Much faster scene loading and scene export thanks to the newly refactored V-Ray backend.
See your designs in their best light. Light Gen is a new V-Ray tool that automatically generates thumbnails of your SketchUp scene in a number of environment lighting scenarios. Choose your favorite look and you’re ready to render.
Post-process your renders right in V-Ray. V-Ray 5 features a new V-Ray Frame Buffer. With built-in compositing, you can make color corrections, combine render elements and save them as presets to be used in future—all without needing another app.
New layered V-Ray material. The V-Ray Material now includes built-in Coat and Sheen layers. Coat makes it easy to create materials with reflective coatings like varnished wood, and Sheen makes it easy to create fabrics like silk, satin, and velvet.
Improved contour rendering. The global Contours control gives you more control over linework, making it easier than ever to give your renders an illustrative look.
Dirt and weathering. Give your SketchUp models a weathered look with the improved V-Ray Dirt texture. Add dirt and streaks anywhere—in corners or across entire surfaces.
New documented API. For developers looking to create and connect tools with V-Ray for SketchUp, we’ve added a new fully documented API to make it as easy as possible.
Now, V-Ray 5 for SketchUp gives users an essential collection of free ready-to-render assets and HDRI skies. Plus, they can take advantage of boosted CPU denoising with Intel Open Image Denoise support and more functionality in V-Ray Vision and the VFB Compositor.
Chaos Cosmos library — The new curated 3D content library, Chaos Cosmos, brings essential entourage. With carefully selected assets from categories such as people, vehicles, plants, furniture and accessories, users can stage any interior or exterior. Searchable through the new Cosmos browser, the assets can easily be placed anywhere in the SketchUp scene and will be visible through any viewport. Users don’t need to spend any time on geometry optimization or material setup—the Cosmos assets are always render-ready and deliver high-quality results.
More precision in post — Any mask render element from V-Ray can be used to select and color correct specific areas of the rendered image directly in the VFB.
Faster denoising for CPU — The new Open Image Denoise engine is perfect for interactive rendering. As it runs on any CPU configuration, users are not constrained to specific hardware.
New possibilities in V-Ray Vision
Transparent material reflections — Surfaces such as glass or water now reflect other scene objects in screen space.
Improved anti-aliasing — Finer texture details and small geometric elements like plants or facade ornaments are presented with better clarity with the new Temporal Anti-aliasing method.
Triplanar textures and randomization support — Users can take advantage of the Triplanar texture projection and Stochastic texture randomization features in Vision.
Soft Sun shadows — Objects cast soft shadows depending on the Sun Light size multiplier when the new highquality shadows mode is enabled.
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