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  11 November 2004
Unhappy mental ray in houdini

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
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
thanx man

i have read those tutorials an they are great
so i need houdini comerciall an stand alone mr?!
  11 November 2004
Houdini Commercial for shure but i think it should work with the MRay version that comes with Maya .

  11 November 2004

ok thank you
do you have any cool renders done in mantra to post here evile
  11 November 2004
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
Talking thanx goon

ok , then into mantra!!!
  11 November 2004
Maya mr for Maya only

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.
  01 January 2006
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