Chaos Products FAQs

Get answers to commonly asked questions about V-Ray, Corona, Enscape, Vantage, Phoenix, and others. Learn about the differences between V-Ray, Corona, Enscape, and Vantage.

What is the difference between Chaos’ Renderers?

Chaos V-Ray, Corona, Enscape, and Vantage are all rendering and simulation software products, but they differ in their features, industry, and user needs. Let’s break down the products by the product’s purpose, the industry it’s most suited to, supported hosts, etc.

V-Ray & Corona

V-Ray and Corona are physical-based rendering engines designed for high-quality and photo-realistic renderings. They both cater to experts in architecture, automotive, and entertainment. V-Ray excels in animations, while Corona is perfect for stills and sequences. Want to create awe-inspiring designs? Choose V-Ray. Want to create stunning static images and sequences? Check out Corona.


V-Ray at a Glance

The one renderer that does it all.

  • What it is: Physically accurate, photo-realistic rendering and simulation, optimized for animation and images.
  • Who uses V-Ray? Professional artists and designers in architecture, games, animation, VFX, and VR.
  • Why V-Ray? V-Ray is the industry standard visualization tool for producing physically accurate and photorealistic images.

    V-Ray also seamlessly integrates into several hosts with one license, including 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, Nuke, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, and Unreal.

Corona at a Glance

Realism without the headaches.

  • What it is: Intuitive, easy-to-use rendering engine optimized for designing high-quality, ultra-realistic projects that can be used for still images and animations.
  • Who uses Corona? Architectural visualization, Automotive and product design, Television ads, and title sequence
  • Why Corona? Usability is Chaos Corona’s most powerful feature. Render setup is as simple as pressing “Render”.

V-Ray V-Ray

Corona logo Corona

OS SupportWindows
Host Support3ds Max
Cinema 4D
3ds Max
Cinema 4D
Developed forProfessional artists and designers in architecture, games, animation, VFX, and VR.Architectural visualization, Automotive and product design, Television ads and title sequence
Development StageDesign and Finished stageDesign
Physically AccurateFully physically accurate
Real-time/InteractivityOffline rendering with support for interactive renderingOffline rendering with support for interactive rendering
Export FunctionsStill renders, Animated renders, Panorama, VR, Sphericals, Videos, vrscenesStill images, Animated image sequences, Panoramas, Videos
Post ProductionFully equipped. Post-production can be applied internally in the VFB or externally with another image correction software with the use of render elementsYes, but best suited for stills and sequences.
CPU/GPU BasedCPU, GPU, or HybridCPU only
Solo License Annual Subscription
Fixed license on one computer
Fixed license on one computer
Fixed license on one computer
Premium License Annual Subscription$694.80
Floating license on any computer
Floating license on any computer

Enscape & Vantage

Enscape and Vantage are real-time rendering and visualization software products designed for architects, designers, and visualization professionals who want to create high-quality 3D visualizations of their designs in real-time.


Enscape at a Glance

Industry-leading real-time visualization

  • What it is: Fast real-time renderer for high-quality 3D visualizations and immersive interactive 3D scenes in real-time.
  • Who uses Enscape: Architects, designers, and BIM Managers
  • Why Enscape? Easy-to-use, intuitive interface with minimal setup

Vantage at a Glance

Photoreal real-time visualization

  • What it is: High-quality standalone visualization tool for V-Ray artists who want to quickly explore and present their work in a fully ray-traced environment.
  • Who uses Vantage: Archviz artists, VFX artists
  • Why Vantage? Take advantage of a 100% ray-traced environment to handle massive scenes and produce results as close to reality as possible. Unlike any other real-time game engine alternatives Vantage can keep up real-time frame rates even with massive scenes.

Enscape logo Enscape

Vantage logo Vantage

OS SupportWindows
Intel Mac
Host SupportSketchUp
3ds Max
Cinema 4D
Developed forArchitectural design
BIM managers
Viz specialists
Industrial, Product, and Architectural design
Development StagePre-design and Design
Project exploration
Visualization during development
Scene exploration
Finding different view-points
Visual communication with other artists
Physically AccuratePartially physically accurateAll supported features are physically accurate
Real-time/InteractivityFocused mainly on interactive renderingFocused mainly on interactive rendering
Export FunctionsStill images, Videos, 360° panoramas, VR, Standalone exectutablesStill images, Animated images, Panoramas, Walkthroughs, Videos, vrscenes
Post ProductionPost-production can be applied to still images externally via render channelsInternal render and video corrections are available
CPU/GPU BasedGPU onlyGPU (RTX) only
Annual Node-locked license $514.80n/a
Floating License$898.80/Annually$108.90/Monthly

Use Cases


V-Ray Render Node FAQ

Will V-Ray Next Render Node licenses work with V-Ray 5 Workstation licenses?

No, users who wish to use V-Ray 5 to render need V-Ray 5 Render Node licenses.

When you use a V-Ray render node to help speed up a render farm, do you still need a trial version of the design application (ie 3ds Max) to be installed on that PC?

I don’t believe so if I’m understanding this correctly. You will need to run another application that comes with the node. “V-Ray DR spawner (vrayspawner) is used in CPU distributed rendering. It starts a 3ds Max instance on the slave machine that waits for render requests;”

How do I move my Chaos license to a new computer?

Chaos License Server version 6.0 provides licensing of the Chaos products without the need for any physical devices to be plugged into your machine. It allows you to easily activate more licenses right after the purchase and provides a way to stay offline while using your Chaos products when you need to. It is still compatible with existing USB dongles, in case you need to use your licenses in this way.