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Chaos Group V-Ray Next for 3ds Max


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The next generation of rendering

V-Ray Next Scene Intelligence delivers faster ray tracing, cleaner sampling, and more accurate rendering. That means you work smarter — not harder — by automating steps that used to take up valuable time.


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V-Ray comes with all the lighting, shading, and rendering tools you need to create professional, photoreal imagery and animation.


Built to handle your biggest projects and your toughest scenes. Render anything and everything with V-Ray.


Spend less time waiting and more time being creative. Deliver your best work and never miss a deadline.


V-Ray puts you in the driver seat. You’re in control. With V-Ray’s versatile features, you can choose the best approach for your scene.


Work the way you want – without interruption. V-Ray’s seamless 3ds Max integration keeps your workflow fluid and smooth.


Independent artists and top studios choose V-Ray every day to create world-class designs and visual effects.

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What’s New in V-Ray Next

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 2
V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 2 introduces V-Ray IPR enhancements and V-Ray GPU updates to improve your workflow and let you quickly optimize your scenes. It’s now easier than ever to render efficiently with Memory tracking reports and Debug Shading in IPR.

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 1
V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 1 includes a brand new Viewport IPR for quicker interactive rendering workflows. Work faster and create even better-looking images with features such as more accurate lens effects, as well as a host of GPU rendering improvements.

Feature updates

V-Ray for 3ds Max, update 2 adds IPR updates, Debug Shading and a new Memory Tracking report for textures and objects, allowing you to save time and optimize your scenes.
Boost your render time with the latest V-Ray GPU updates, including the popular alSurface shader for skin and VRayDistanceTex map.
SMARTER EFFECTSSpice up your projects with the V-Ray Toon material to create non-photorealistic, cel-shading effects. Or take advantage of the new Dust and Scratches lens effect to simulate real-world camera styles.

vray next for 3ds max

Key Features:



vray 3ds max hybrid renderingCPU, GPU & HYBRID RENDERING

Powerful CPU and GPU rendering built for the demands of high-end production. V-Ray GPU CUDA renders on CPUs as well as GPUs to take full advantage of all hardware.


vray 3ds max bucket renderingGPU BUCKET RENDERING

Faster multi-GPU performance on workstations and distributed rendering, plus added support for Cryptomatte render elements.


vray 3ds max scene intelligencePOWERFUL SCENE INTELLIGENCE

Automatically analyzes your scene to optimize rendering so you’ll get the best quality quicker than ever before.



Keep working while you render with the new viewport IPR. Interactivity in V-Ray IPR on the CPU is now faster and supports atmospheric effects.


V-Ray Denoiser

Automatically remove noise and reduce render times by up to 50 percent.


Instantly remove noise while rendering. Based on AI-accelerated denoising technology by NVIDIA.


You can stop your render at any point and pick up where you left off.


Improved V-Ray Scene export adds support for more features when rendering on Chaos Cloud.

Lighting & Illumination

vray 3ds max adaptive dome lightADAPTIVE DOME LIGHT
Faster, cleaner and more accurate image-based environment lighting. Up to 7x faster than before!

vray adaptive lightsADAPTIVE LIGHTS

This new algorithm dramatically speeds up rendering in scenes containing many lights.

vray 3ds max dispersionGPU DISPERSION

Now available in V-Ray GPU, render highly accurate light refractions that split into their component colors.


vray 3ds max lighting analysisLIGHTING ANALYSIS TOOLS

Accurately measure the light levels in your scene using the new lighting analysis tools.



Choose from several global illumination options – exact, approximate or a hybrid of both.


Simulate any type of natural, artificial, or image-based lighting with a wide range of light types.

Camera & Optical Effects

vray 3ds max dust scratchesNEW DUST AND SCRATCHES LENS EFFECTS

Simulate real-world camera lens effects with procedurally generated Dust and Scratches.




vray 3ds max lens effectsNEW LENS EFFECTS

New glare and bloom lens effects have been fully redesigned to be faster and more accurate than ever.


vray 3ds max rolling shutterROLLING SHUTTER

Emulate the warped motion blur effects common in digital video and cell phone cameras.

vray photoreal camerasPOINT & SHOOT CAMERA

Perfect renders are as easy as taking a snapshot with new Automatic Exposure and White Balance settings.


Instantly add GPU-accelerated glare and bloom for added photorealism. Fine-tune lens effects interactively while you render.

vray 3ds max photoreal cameraPHOTOREALISTIC CAMERAS

Real-world camera controls let you work like a photographer. Render images with detailed depth of field and cinematic motion blur.

vray vr camerasVIRTUAL REALITY

Experience your project in virtual reality. Create content for popular VR headsets with 6×1 cubic and spherical stereo camera types.



vray 3ds max physical hairPHYSICAL HAIR MATERIAL

Render more realistic-looking hair with accurate highlights and melanin color controls.


vray 3ds max glint hairGLINT & GLITTER HAIR CONTROLS

The V-Ray Physical Hair material adds new Glint and Glitter controls for even better highlights.


vray 3ds max metalnessMETALNESS

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


vray 3ds max switchV-RAY SWITCH MATERIAL

Apply several materials to the same object and select the one you want at render time.



Load any texture or material that’s available in V-Ray Standalone and render it in V-Ray Next.



Create any type of physical material. From multilayered car paint to accurate subsurface scattering, you can make any material imaginable.

vray alsurface materialALsurface MATERIAL

General-purpose shader by Anders Langlands includes built-in SSS controls; popular for skin.


New, physically-accurate reflection model.


650+ scanned materials. Import and render directly in V-Ray.






Work with production-ready, multiresolution tiled textures from your favorite applications, like MARI, Mudbox and Zbrush.

vray triplanar mappingTRIPLANAR MAPPING

Quickly apply seamless textures without UVs.

vray rounded cornersROUNDED CORNERS

Generate perfectly smooth edges at render-time with no extra modeling.




vray 3ds max alembic workflowLAYERED ALEMBIC WORKFLOW

Efficient handling and support for Alembic 1.7, with layers.

vray dynamic geometryPROXY GEOMETRY

Render massive scenes with proxy objects. V-Ray proxies efficiently replace complex scene geometry and load only at render time.


Create complex cutaways and sections using any mesh object.

vray hair and furHAIR & FUR

Render realistic hair efficiently and flicker-free. V-Ray includes procedural fur, optimized hair shaders, and supports 3ds Max Hair&Fur, HairFarm and Ornatrix.

vray specialty geometrySPECIALTY GEOMETRY

Create unique geometry like infinite planes, metaballs, and isosurfaces, particles and object cutaways with render-time booleans.


Atmospheric & Volumetric Effects


Render fog, smoke and atmospheric effects that respond correctly to light. Bring in volume grid caches from Houdini, FumeFX and Phoenix FD.


vray 3ds max volume renderingGPU VOLUME RENDERING

V-Ray GPU now supports the blazing-fast rendering of volumetric effects like smoke, fire and fog.


vray 3ds max fast fogGPU FAST FOG

Faster, better sampling of environment fog helps you quickly add depth to any scene with V-Ray GPU.

vray aerial perspectiveAERIAL PERSPECTIVE

Simulate natural looking skies with realistic atmospheric depth.


Render elements

vray render elementsRENDER ELEMENTS

Choose from nearly 40 unique beauty, utility and matte passes to give you more control over your rendered images in compositing.


vray 3ds max lighting render elementsIMPROVED LIGHTING RENDER ELEMENTS

Improved lighting passes provide consistent, artifact-free results independent of light sampling, as well as better support for the Adaptive Dome Light.



Now with full support for GI, reflections, and refractions for accurate light mixing in post.

vray cryptomatteCRYPTOMATTE

Automatically create ID mattes with support for transparency, depth of field, and motion blur.

UX & Interoperability


Review, analyze and post-process your renders directly in V-Ray’s advanced frame buffer. You can be sure your images will match your final output.



vray 3ds max multi languageMULTI-LANGUAGE TOOLTIPS

Tooltips are now in multiple languages: Japanese, Korean, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.


vray 3ds max cloud render checkCLOUD RENDER CHECK

Checks your scene to see if it’s ready to render on the cloud with Linux and V-Ray Standalone.


vray 3ds max rolling shutterENHANCED COLOR CORRECTIONS

VFB color corrections (incl. Background and LUT) can be saved with the final render as raw .vrimg or OpenEXR files. LUT strength can also be controlled.

Licensing details

The upgrade to V-Ray Next for 3ds Max will allow customers to use either V-Ray Next for 3ds Max or V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max.

V-Ray 3 Workstation for 3ds Max licenses will work with V-Ray Next Render node licenses so clients who use V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max (or other platforms) can render with V-Ray Next Render node licenses.

For more information, please refer to V-Ray Next for 3ds Max Compatibility Diagram below:

vray next compatability diagram


Toolfarm can only sell Chaos Group products to customers in North America (Canada, USA, Mexico). If you’re outside of North America, please visit Chaos’ website to purchase or find a reseller.


  • Intel® 64-bit or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support


  • 4 GB RAM and 4 GB swap minimum – recommended 8 GB or more RAM, 8 GB or more swap file

Operating system

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 Professional operating system

3ds Max

  • 3ds Max 2013 or later, 64 bit versions only

USB port

  • Required for hardware lock, preferably USB 2.0


  • Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported.

License Server

  • 4.5.1 or later

What’s new in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, Update 2

Date – June 05, 2019

DownloadBuild 4.20.00

New features

V-Ray Cloud

  • Indirect light select modes support

V-Ray GPU/V-Ray Cloud

  • Support for Substance 2 maps


  • Add support for VRayCurvature texture
  • Support for VRayDistanceTex
  • VRayALSurfaceMtl shader support


  • Overlay progress notifications in the Viewport IPR

V-Ray/V-Ray GPU

  • Debug Shading with various modes during IPR
  • Hash map based light cache
  • Native rendering of Corona scatter instances


  • Add V-Ray memory tracking support
  • Baking elements support for opacity map when doing projection baking
  • Implement barycentric mode in the VRaySamplerInfoTex


  • Ability to do test renders at lower resolution
  • Add keyboard shortcuts for mouse actions in IPR


  • Implement the 3ds Max OSL shading graph support


  • Add V-Ray’s Cel shader implementation support


  • Add support for V-Ray GPU render elements: VRayNormals, VRaySamplerInfo, VRayZDepth, VRayVelocity, VRayGI, VRayDiffuseFilter, VRayShadows, VRayObjectID, VRayRenderID
  • Modulate or replace the Fire Opacity with a texture in “Use Own Opacity” mode

Modified features

.vrscene exporter

  • Disable 3ds Max UI updates to avoid slowdown with animation export due to redrawing heavy scenes
  • Nozon PresenZ plugin parameters export
  • Optimize export time with particle systems
  • Support for pixel aspect ratio

V-Ray Bitmap to VRayHDRI converter

  • Should be usable through MAXScript
  • Use maketx instead of img2tiledexr by default

V-Ray Cloud

  • Add a warning when using VRayAmbientLight and Adaptive Lights


  • Add UI for resumable rendering with GPU bucket sampler
  • Add an option to save color corrections for the raw image output
  • Add support for VRayExtraTex exclude/include lists
  • Improve Light Linker memory efficiency
  • Remove OpenCL engine from the UI
  • Support for multiple map channels for bitmaps in VRayGLSL

V-Ray Toolbar

  • Add the “Submit to Chaos Cloud rendering” as separate button


  • Add a warning when there are render elements with filtering off and Progressive sampler as they are incompatible
  • Check for version compatibility between the DR servers and client
  • Displacement/subdivision tessellation outside the camera frustum should be coarser (reduces memory usage)
  • Display a warning when using Auto Exposure/White Balance with Region Render or Render Mask
  • Faster production IPR with complex scenes
  • Improve loading time for scenes with many V-Ray lights
  • Improved sampling for scenes with many light sources
  • Mitigate Windows freezing while rendering
  • Move the Authorization and About rollouts to the Settings tab
  • Optimized memory usage for scenes with many disc lights
  • Print a warning if the VRayLog.txt file is written to C:\ or unaccessible path
  • Print a warning when using the irradiance map with full light select elements
  • Remove writing of V-Ray shade maps
  • Update to Alembic 1.7.10
  • Use lower resolution on HiDPI displays with Viewport IPR


  • Better shadow terminator with strong bump maps
  • Remove the highlight glossiness slots from UI in Slate Material Editor and disconnect the texmap
  • Use the Oren-Nayar model for diffuse roughness


  • Ask to save the current modified scene when using the Open Scene command from History


  • Increase the number of texture channels to 16
  • Speedup compilation of shaders


  • Add support for “Position along strand absolute” mode


  • Dome lights should be adaptive by default


  • Implement an output selector for OSL
  • Improved initial rollout states


  • Use GGX as fallback for unsupported microfacet BRDFs


  • Support for shaders that use the trace() OSL function in the 3ds Max OSLMap texture


  • Extend VRaySmaplerInfoRE with tangent and bitangent in uv space


  • Deprecate for future use


  • Show the mesh preview together with the voxel preview when both are enabled
  • Speed up preview of AUR cache files by reading the grid channel data min-max range from their metadata
  • Support for OpenVDB 5

Full Release Notes


What’s new in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, Update 1.2

Date – Mar 27, 2019

Download – Build 4.10.03

New features


  • Initial support for 3ds Max 2020

Modified features


  • Support for IES files containing the comma (“,”) symbol in the light’s description

Bug fixes


  • Blowup and Auto Region Selected produce stretched results
  • Crash when exporting vrscene to a non-existing directory
  • Direct light selects are always propagated through refractions
  • Drop action should fall back to default
  • MaxScript error occurs with viewport menus when V-Ray is downgraded to an older version with no viewport IPR support
  • Separate VRayCryptomatte REs names are not exported to .vrscene
  • Wrong keyframes export to .vrscene, breaking animation rendering


  • Viewport IPR has wrong perspective when switching the active viewport from orthographic projection
  • VRayDenoiser is not always applied on the complete pass
  • VRaySamperInfo render element is not exported
  • Wrong Object XYZ texture mapping for Volume grids rendered


  • Color corrections panel is missing when is maximized during IPR session
  • Lightness color correction with values close to zero lead to artifacts in Lens Effects results


  • Vertical shift is reset in the viewport preview


  • “Expand # to frame number” doesn’t work in the viewport


  • Volume grids loaded from OpenVDB caches that contain internal rotation render clipped with V-Ray GPU

.vrscene exporter

  • Crash when trying to export vrscene to a non-existent folder
  • Decimal separator changes randomly on every export in a specific scene


  • Silent uninstall does not work for V-Ray Next

What’s new in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 1

Date – 29 November 2018
Download – Build 4.10.01

New Viewport IPR & Improved Interactivity

Keep working while you render with fast new viewport IPR. Interactivity in V-Ray IPR on CPUs is now faster and supports atmospheric effects.

New Lens Effects

New glare and bloom lens effects have been fully redesigned to be faster and more accurate.

GPU Bucket Rendering

Faster multi-GPU performance on workstations and distributed rendering, plus added support for Cryptomatte render elements.

GPU Fast Fog

Faster, better sampling of environment fog helps you quickly add depth to any scene with V-Ray GPU.

GPU Dispersion

Now available in V-Ray GPU, render highly accurate light refractions that split into their component colors.

Rolling Shutter

Emulate the warped motion blur effects common in digital video and cell phone cameras.

Glint & Glitter Hair Controls

The V-Ray Physical Hair material adds new Glint and Glitter controls for better highlights.

Improved Lighting Render Elements

Improved lighting passes provide consistent, artifact-free results that are independent of light sampling as well as better support for the Adaptive Dome Light.

Enhanced Color Corrections

VFB color corrections (incl. Background and LUT) can be saved with the final render as raw .vrimg or OpenEXR files. LUT strength can also be controlled.

Improved V-ray Cloud Support

Improved V-Ray Scene export adds support for more features when rendering on V-Ray Cloud. Now in Beta. Learn more

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