View Full Version : mental ray in houdini

11 November 2004, 09:35 AM
need help on how to render in houdini with mental ray, I have mr in maya 6, or do I need to have standalone mr for it?

11 November 2004, 10:13 AM
I think you can use the Mental Ray version that comes with maya for Houdini but you need the full Houdini not the Apperentice Edition . and here are some tuts on writting MRay shaders :


11 November 2004, 10:24 AM
i have read those tutorials an they are great
so i need houdini comerciall an stand alone mr?!

11 November 2004, 10:37 AM
Houdini Commercial for shure but i think it should work with the MRay version that comes with Maya .


11 November 2004, 12:37 PM
ok thank you
do you have any cool renders done in mantra to post here evile

11 November 2004, 05:49 PM
Mental Ray for maya is a plugin renderer. It is meant to render only Maya scenes by translating them into the .mi format, but as far as i know, it cannot directly render using the .mi format. Which means you are out of luck unless you want to use an exporter to translate your houdini files to .mb/.ma

But as Maya's implementation of MR is rather flaky, you would probably be better off just using the standalone version.

11 November 2004, 07:20 AM
ok , then into mantra!!!:shrug:

11 November 2004, 03:36 PM
Goon is right. Maya mental ray is for Maya only. I tried to figure out how to use it on my XSI rendergarden but gave up. I keep hearing great things about mantra.

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