General

List of supported render elements

Notes

 

General

V-Ray supports the 3ds Max Render elements interface since version 1.48. Note however, that V-Ray provides its own render elements and does not support the standard ones implemented in 3ds Max. Standard 3ds Max render elements will not work with V-Ray and vice-versa.

List of supported render elements

The following render elements are supported by V-Ray. All render elements support native V-Ray materials. Some render elements also support standard 3ds Max materials. This is noted in the table below.

 

Render element name VRayMtl support Std material support Filtering control Transparency support Description

VRayAlpha

yes

yes

yes**

yes

Alpha transparency.

VRayAtmosphere

yes

yes

no**

yes

The atmospheric effects.

VRayBackground

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The image background.

VRayCaustics

yes

no*

yes**

yes

The caustics on the material. Only present when the Caustics option of V-Ray is enabled. This channel does not include GI caustics.

VRayDiffuseFilter

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The pure diffuse surface color. Note that this is different from the standard 3ds Max Diffuse render element, which contains the diffuse surface lighting.

VRayGlobalIllumination

yes

no*

yes**

yes

The diffuse surface global illumination. Only present if Global illumination is enabled.

VRayLighting

yes

yes*

yes**

yes

The diffuse direct surface lighting.

VRayMtlID

yes

yes

no (always off)

no

The material ID of the object.

VRayMtlSelect

yes

no

yes

yes

This element allows you write the result of a V-Ray compatible material into a separate element. The material can be a top-level material or a sub-material of VRayMtlBlend.

VRayNormals

yes

yes

yes

no

The surface normals.

VRayObjectID

yes

yes

no (always off)

no

The object gbuffer ID (set through the node's Properties dialog).

VRayRawGlobalIllumination

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The raw diffuse global illumination (not multiplied by the diffuse surface color). Only present if Global illumination is enabled.

VRayRawLighting

yes

no

yes**

yes

The raw diffuse direct illumination before it's multiplied by the diffuse surface color.

VRayRawReflection

yes

no

yes**

yes

The pure surface reflection before it's multiplied by the reflection filter color.

VRayRawRefraction

yes

no

yes**

yes

The pure surface refraction before it's multiplied by the refraction filter color.

VRayRawShadow

yes

no

yes**

yes

The raw light that was blocked by other objects.

VRayReflection

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The reflections on the surface.

VRayReflectionFilter

yes

no

yes**

yes

The reflection filter (the color by which the raw reflections are multiplied to give the final surface reflection). This may be considered as an alpha channel for the reflections.

VRayRefraction

yes

no

yes**

yes

The refractions on the surface.

VRayRefractionFilter

yes

no

yes**

yes

The refraction filter (the color by which the raw refractions are multiplied to give the final surface refraction). This may be considered as an alpha channel for the refractions.

VRayRenderID

yes

yes

no (always off)

no

The node render ID of the object that contributes most to the pixel value.

VRaySelfIllumination

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The self-illumination of the surface.

VRayShadow

yes

no

yes**

yes

The diffuse light that was blocked by other objects.

VRaySpecular

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The surface specular hilights.

VRayUnclampedColor

yes

yes

yes**

yes

The unclamped image color.

VRaySamplerRate

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A Shows an image where the pixel brightness is directly proportional to the number of samples taken at this pixel.

VRayExtraTex

N/A

N/A

no

N/A

Renders the entire scene with one texture mapped on all objects.

VRayVelocity

yes

yes

yes

no

The surface velocity. This channel will not be generated if 3d motion blur is enabled.

VRayWireColor

yes

yes

yes

yes

The wire color of the object as set in the 3ds Max scene. This can be used to generate masks for the objects based on their wire color.

VRayZDepth

yes

yes

yes

no

The z-depth of the surface.
VRaySSS2 no no yes N/A Renders just the subsurface part of the VRaySSS2 material on a separate layer

 

* For Standard materials, the VRayLighting element includes the direct and indirect lighting as well as caustics, while the VRayGlobalIllumination and VRayCaustics elements are black. However for all materials, adding the VRayLighting, VRayGlobalIllumination and VRayCaustics elements always gives the total diffuse surface lighting.

 

** When an element is filtered, it will be dimmed by atmospheric effects like fog etc. However, when an element is unfiltered, it will not be affected by atmospherics.

 

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