Renderer properties

Renderer methods

Global functions


Note that MaxScript support is only available for 3ds Max 5.x and later. While V-Ray still exports all its parameters to MaxScript in 3ds Max 3.x and 3ds Max 4.x, there is no MaxScript access to the current renderer in those version.


In 3ds Max 5.x and higher, assuming that your current renderer is set to V-Ray, you can refer to it from MaxScript using the renderers structure:




Renderer properties

Assuming that the variable vr holds an instance of the V-Ray renderer, you can work with the renderer settings as with any other MaxScript object:


showproperties vr

.imageSampler_type : integer

.fixedRate_subdivs : integer

.fixedRate_rand : boolean




.options_maxDepth : integer

.options_maps : boolean

.options_filterMaps : boolean

.output_on : boolean

.output_width : integer

.output_height : integer

.output_fileOnly : boolean

.output_saveFile : boolean

.output_fileName : string

.output_saveRawFile : boolean

.output_rawFileName : string




Accessing the parameters is fairly easy, for example:




Renderer methods

You can also use the following methods for saving/loading irradiance and photon maps (assuming that vr holds an instance of V-Ray):


Renderer method Description

vr.saveCausticsPhotonMap <filename>

saves the current caustics photon map to the given file
vr.saveGlobalPhotonMap <filename> saves the current global photon map to the given file
vr.saveIrradianceMap <filename> saves the current irradiance map to the given file
vr.saveLightCache <filename> saves the current light cache to the given file
vr.loadIrradianceMap <filename> loads the irradiance map from the given file
vr.clearIrradianceMap() clears the irradiance map that is currently in memory
vr.clearLightCache() clears the light cache that is currently in memory
vr.showLastVFB() shows the V-Ray VFB window with last rendered image


Global functions

Additionally, the following MaxScript functions are globally available:


Global function Description
doVRayObjectProperties() brings up the V-Ray Object Properties dialog
doVRayMeshExport() brings up the V-Ray Mesh Export dialog
vrayMeshExport [meshFile:"<mesh file>"] [autoCreateProxies:true|false] [exportMultiple:true|false] [animation:on|off] [animationRange:#scene|#explicit] [animationStart:<integer>] [animationEnd:<integer>] [animationRedrawViews:true|false] [maxPreviewFaces:<integer>] exports a .vrmesh file without showing a dialog
setVRaySilentMode() disables any V-Ray dialogs that may appear when loading a scene (f.e. notification for differences with older versions etc).