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Chaos Group releases Chaos Vantage

Discussion in 'CGI News' started by WhiteDEath, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. WhiteDEath

    WhiteDEath Well-Known Member
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    Chaos Group has released Chaos Vantage its new tool for exploring large V-Ray scenes in real time.

    The software, previously known as Project Lavina, makes use of the RT cores in current-generation Nvidia RTX graphics cards to generate an interactive real-time, fully ray traced view of the environment.

    It is available free until June 2021, after which subscriptions will cost $389/year.

    A new tool for scouting very large architectural scenes in real time
    First shown as a tech preview at Siggraph 2018, and this released in public beta summer, Chaos Vantage is pitched as a tool for exploring large 3D scenes in a fully ray traced environment.

    Although there are potential uses for visual effects and animation – for example, scouting virtual sets – the main target market is architectural visualisation.

    Potential use cases include simply viewing very large architectural scenes like massing models, scouting camera positions for offline renders in V-Ray, and generating real-time previs-quality animations.

    Renders scenes in .vrscene format and live-links to 3ds Max
    Chaos Group’s pitch for using Vantage over other real-time rendering solutions – particularly Unreal Engine, which is free for this kind of work – is ease of use.

    Rather than having to convert scenes created for offline renders into a form suitable for use in a game engine – still a time-consuming process, despite tools like Datasmith– Vantage can render the original versions.

    It imports scenes in .vrscene format, the scene file format supported in the standalone edition of V-Ray and most key editions of the renderer, including V-Ray for 3ds Max, Maya, Modo, Revit, Rhino and SketchUp.

    As well as navigating the scene, using game-like controls with automatic collision detection, users can perform simple edits inside Vantage, moving, transforming, duplicating, hiding or deleting objects.

    Vantage also live-links to 3ds Max, with changes made to a scene inside Max updating in Vantage in real time, enabling the software to function as a ray traced viewport.

    Doesn’t yet support all advanced features of V-Ray scenes
    However, that doesn’t mean that imported scenes will necessarily look identical in the two applications, since Vantage doesn’t currently support all of the features of the .vrscene format.

    Coverage varies according to host application: in 3ds Max, most light types, V-Ray Sun, the physical camera, and most basic materials and maps are supported.

    Features not currently supported include mesh lights and V-Ray Ambient Light; advanced settings for shadows, the Dome light and physical camera; and some key materials like VRayDirt and VRayDistanceTex.

    Designed specifically for Nvidia’s RTX hardware
    Unlike V-Ray GPU, V-Ray’s own built-in GPU renderer, Chaos Vantage has been designed from the outset for real-time ray tracing – and for Nvidia graphics cards.

    The application makes use of the RT hardware cores in Nvidia’s current-gen GeForce RTX, Titan RTX and Quadro RTX GPUs to accelerate ray tracing operations.

    Whereas V-Ray GPU, like most conventional DCC tools, uses Nvidia’s OptiX API for RTX acceleration, Vantage takes the same route as Unreal Engine, using Microsoft’s dxr (DirectX Raytracing).

    The initial release “averag[es] 24-30fps on a consumer-grade Nvidia RTX card at HD resolution”.

    Clearly, that will depend on the scene being viewed, but Chaos Group claims that Vantage can “handle billions of polygons without any loss in detail or significant decrease in speed”.

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    Minimum requirements

    -DXR compatible GPU: NVIDIA RTX® series GPU with NVIDIA® driver 436.02 or newer; recommended version 457.09 or 452.57
    -Microsoft® Windows® 10 RS5 (version 1809), update from October 2018, build 17763 or later
    -System memory should exceed GPU memory (minimum 8 GB RAM)
    -Recommended requirements

    CHANGELOG
    Build 1.0.0 (December 2nd 2020)
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    - Added two environment fog layers with individual settings
    - Support for deleting objects in the scene
    - Added "Place" functionality when drag and dropping .vrscene
    - Added toggle opacity button in top toolbar
    - Record the viewport to a .mp4 file in real time
    - Added .mp4 and .mkv export type for animation
    - Add support for UVWGenRandomizer
    - Added "Feedback program" tab in Preferences menu
    - Added support for motion blur in viewport and offline rendering
    - Added color space setting for LUT files
    - Added option for installation of 3ds max livelink scripts in installer
    - Added option for denoising and motion blur in render high quality snapshot or sequence
    - Improved bump support with scenes generated from V-Ray 5
    - Improved bump parity between Chaos Vantage and V-Ray
    - Enabled Live link with official release of V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max
    - Fixed bump does not render behind refractive objects
    - Fixed crash when deleting camera while in "Recording camera movement" mode
    - Fixed "Level Camera" does not reset correctly camera roll with an Y scene_upDir
    - Fixed creeping artifacts with 2 GPUs
    - Improved UI - Reworked Camera tab parameters layout
    - Improved UI - Improved icon clarity for high dpi monitors
    - Improved UI - Increased environment "Intensity" cap to 1000
    - Improved UI - Improved Shortcuts menu layout

    link download only:http://www.mediafire.com/file/w6uk68mxse9odg2/vantage_1.0.0.exe/file
     
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  2. roocoon

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    And the protection is the same as the rest... Even less than them.

    Too bad I can't run it. It needs a specific RTX card with hardware raytracing capabilities among other things.
    I could try and get around it, like with Photoshop, but on a 1 GB card I would be looking for trouble :)
     
  3. WhiteDEath

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    i could run it with my RTX 2070 but sadly i dont have license on the product :)
     
  4. WhiteDEath

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    Chaos Vantage, hotfix 1:https://www.mediafire.com/file/6h5wkudszlgsgzo/vantage_1.0.1.exe/file

    Build 1.0.1 (January 19th 2021)
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    - Added option for larger UI font
    - Fixed crash when working with cpu with very high thread count
    - Fixed textures coming from a live link from V-Ray for Maya not working correctly
    - Fixed Performance regression with noise threshold and multi-GPU
    - Improved UI - Tweaks of camera's Advanced parameters windows pop up behavior
    - Improved UI - disabled video "Output file type" when rendering sequence with non-perspective camera
     
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  5. BlackHand

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    is there any medicine for this?
     
  6. WhiteDEath

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    Supposedly it is a free license for a while, but the patch makes it forever...
     
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