"Rendering with Mental Ray" - opinions?

Become a member of the CGSociety

Connect, Share, and Learn with our Large Growing CG Art Community. It's Free!

THREAD CLOSED
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  12 December 2003
"Rendering with Mental Ray" - opinions?

I am somewhat familiar with RenderMan (not PRMan, but Aqsis, 3Delight, etc) and am considering learning how to write Mental Ray shaders. I only have Mental Ray as included in Softimage XSI EXP, and don't think that one allows me to write shaders for it, does it?

Anyhow, I am considering purchasing "Rendering with Mental Ray", which supposedly comes with a demo copy of MR on CD. Has anyone here read the book and tried the MR demo? What are the limitations of the demo opposed to a full version? Can I use the demo version to write my own shaders and is there sufficient documentation and/or an SDK to write my own scene files? Would you recommend the book?
 
  12 December 2003
**********
The latest (second revision) of the "Programming Mental Ray" book
should come with a demo version which has the following restrictions:
This is a restricted mental ray demo version. Disabled features:
- performance - the demo runs about ten times slower on average,
- thread and host parallelism,
- loading and saving of shadow, photon, and final gather map files,
- light mapping, and
- resolutions greater than 510 * 510 and odd resolutions.
A mental ray stamp is overlaid on rendered images.
***********



from:
http://groups.google.com/groups?dq=...ering.renderman
__________________
Lazhar Rekik
 
  01 January 2006
Thread automatically closed

This thread has been automatically closed as it remained inactive for 12 months. If you wish to continue the discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum.
__________________
CGTalk Policy/Legalities
Note that as CGTalk Members, you agree to the terms and conditions of using this website.
 
Thread Closed share thread



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
CGSociety
Society of Digital Artists
www.cgsociety.org

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright 2000 - 2006,
Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Minimize Ads
Forum Jump
Miscellaneous

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.