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  11 November 2012
it is the same in the sense that the main limitations of the other packages apply - even if the integration+shader support is better, gpu ram limit is a problem
  11 November 2012
Originally Posted by damjan: @Edwin - i am sure you know about the centileo render engine - what is it with the gpu chaching they do (accessing 10 times more ram than the gpu has, trough mysterious caching algorithms)
have you tried such thing? is it possible at all?

another thing - how about corona renderer - its still alpha - but it uses basically that what we know from vray - Lightcache, and then in the primary engine, path tracing with the lightcache data - and it is very fast (and cpu only)..
wouldn't such kind of mixed approach be interesting for your new gpu system?

i am sure you work hard on this, and its just my two cents, but i dont see anything that makes your engine different from the rest - and i know your integration into max was always good - but for me it is not enough to change my pipline..

one last thing - and this is something i dont understand why other engines care so little about (except maxwell maybe - havent tried this) - the sky!
most use since 10+ years the preetham model - maybe with modifications, but still..
and they dont expose enough parameters (i read once there are about 50 variables?) anyway - mostly we get 3 and if we are lucky a horizon slider..
since years i fiddle with all the parameters and try everything possible to get some nice, not over saturated colors..
i know there are hdr etc - but having a flexible sky is imperative!
..and most fail at this.. (terragen sky is very nice though)

The paging approach is a possible method to use memory more efficient, however there comes a lot of restrictions with it. Our approach is to have a movie quality rendering system based on the complex nature of 3ds max and not a high performance special purpose rendering system.

CPU only rendering is also one approach one might choose, however to be effective the rendering engine has to be changed to massive parallel approaches (like GPU) We are working on it.

What do you want on sky ? We can see that users are even overwhelmed with ONE parameter/setting. One issue we have in fR is we do expose too much parameters.

cebas the makers of finalRender
  11 November 2012
Originally Posted by damjan: it is the same in the sense that the main limitations of the other packages apply - even if the integration+shader support is better, gpu ram limit is a problem
Of course, but you said there was no difference between R4 GPU and other renderers. There is a huge difference. Again, with VRay, you have a nice RT module, with all it's limits (no post FX, lack of certain shader support....SSS especially), but once you have your scene set up, now it's time to use the production renderer. It uses only the CPU. Same thing goes with Mental Ray.

What's more is that a solid case can be made that finalRender (R3.5) is already the fastest production render for Max. I've tested some scenes in both renderers (there is a nice Multi-Convertor available from the ScriptSpot), and finalRender is always significantly faster. Now you add to that GPU acceleration, and there's NO difference?
  11 November 2012
Originally Posted by AbnRanger: Would you say the same thing about VRay if it suddenly used the GPU not only for preview rendering (RT module....with lots of limitations), but the main rendering engine as well? It currently is CPU only. As is Mental Ray.

FinalRender R4 GPU isn't simply an equivalent to iRay or VRay RT. THE CORE RENDERING ENGINE IS GPU ACCELERATED. I don't understand how people keeping on missing this crucial point. Neither VRay or Mental Ray offers this, and you say you see no difference? Wow.

Right, our trueHybrid™ mode is not really understood by many users. We did not release any information about it yet as this is one key feature we can see as a game changer for using GPU in movie productions.

I'll soon talk about this and show some videos explaining it a bit more.

cebas the makers of finalRender
  11 November 2012
@AbnRanger - you are right if it is the case, that the gpu acts as a production renderer - and then it has to overcome all the limitations, memory, shader support etc. - vrayRT is a preview engine, which some people in product viz etc. can use as production renderer, but if you do something more complex, it fails.
dont get me wrong, i would love to see finalrender succeed here, but i dont see how it could without at least get rid of the memory limitation.
than again i never heard of the trueHybrid thing..

@edwin regarding the sky - i see your point.. its just that some people want an image with the click of a button..
and then there is people that do this 24/7 for a decade now - and they want a flexible, if possible vastly customizable program.. (which are for sure a smaller market)

anyway - its been a long time i tried finalrender, i remember it as the renderer that replaced lightscape for me (until others came along) but that's very long ago..
it was not my point to flame stuff that's not finished yet.. good luck to you finalrender guys!
  11 November 2012
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