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mental ray® rendering software generates images of outstanding quality and unsurpassed realism that stands up to the rigors of feature film production, and enables artists to create any imaginable visual effect by combining advanced global illumination with full programmability. Used by industry professionals for over 25 years, mental ray has become a standard for photorealistic rendering across the film, visual effects, and design industries.
Thanks to mental ray’s scalability, hundreds of thousands of realistic virtual characters can be included in a single final frame using mental ray’s procedural and on-demand object creation features. This can be combined with global illumination and other ray traced effects to achieve true virtual cinematography. Native ambient occlusion and final gathering are productive tools to achieve a convincing natural look without spending long render times. Full support for HDR imagery and multiple frame buffers provide the basis for seamless combination of rendered elements with live action shots.
The mental ray forum provides help and hints for NVIDIA® mental ray users.
The MetaSL Material Library provides a selected and tested database of materials for a wide range of application areas absolutely free of charge.
mental ray is integrated by the world’s leading manufacturers of computer-aided design and digital content creation software tools for seamless operation within industry standard creation tools, and is available in standalone form from Autodesk for the ultimate in mental ray programmability, flexibility and performance.
Autodesk® 3ds Max®
Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design
CATIA® V4, V5
Cinema 4D: m4d plugin