Overview

The ultimate visualisation solution for SketchUp artists and designers.

V-Ray for SketchUp is a 3D rendering software that combines real-time and photoreal rendering — all in SketchUp. From beginner to pro, Chaos® V-Ray has all the tools you need to visualize your SketchUp projects from start to finish.

Seeing your Sketchup designs in real-time has never been easier. Now with V-Ray Vision, you can visualize your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras — all in a live real-time view of your scene.

Key Features

Rendering

  • Real-time rendering – With V-Ray® Vision, you can visualize your designs in real-time while you work in SketchUp. Move around your model, apply materials, set up lights and cameras—all in a live real-time view of your scene.
  • CPU, GPU & Hybrid rendering – V-Ray comes with two powerful rendering engines. You can choose between super fast GPU and CPU or Hybrid rendering to best suit your project needs and requirements.
  • Smart 3D assets – Our integrated asset library, Chaos Cosmos, enables you to search and add render-ready objects and HDRI skies to your scene directly from the V-Ray toolbar. The Cosmos assets have automatic LODs, accurate scale, and can be used across 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.
  • Denoiser – Remove noise and dramatically cut the render times. Use the V-Ray Denoiser to denoise each render element in post-production. The NVIDIA AI Denoiser and Intel Open Image Denoise deliver instant noise-free feedback in V-Ray IPR.
  • Interactive rendering – Render interactively while you design. Fine-tune lights and materials and see the results right away. View the render result directly in the SketchUp viewport.
  • Chaos Cloud – Rendering on the Cloud is just one click away.
  • V-Ray Swarm – Powerful and scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast. Get an extra speed boost with V-Ray Render nodes.

UI

  • Smart Asset Editor – Create, edit and manage all of your assets including lights, materials, textures, geometry and render elements all in one place. All assets are structured in an intuitive folder structure.
  • File Manager – Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives, and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.
  • V-Ray Color Picker – A powerful color-picker allowing you to choose the exact color you need with the right hue and saturation. Provides RGB color values and a Kelvin temperature slider corresponding to every color slot.
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer – Track render history and fine-tune color, exposure, render elements and more, directly in V-Ray’s frame buffer.
  • Universal asset preview – Preview your materials, lights, textures and render elements in a single viewer. Observe how parameter changes affect the appearance of the asset in a specific isolated setting.

Lighting

  • Light Gen – Light Gen is a new V-Ray tool that automatically generates thumbnails of your SketchUp scene each one presenting a unique lighting scenario. Choose your favorite look and you’re ready to render.
  • Light mixing – Adjust the lights in your scene even after you render. With Light Mix, once your scene is rendered, you can interactively adjust the brightness and color of any light without having to render again.
  • Adaptive lights – Faster, cleaner and more accurate rendering in scenes containing many lights and image-based environment lighting.
  • Global Illumination – Render photorealistic rooms and interiors with powerful and fast global illumination.
  • Accurate lights – Render any type of natural, artificial, or image-based lighting with a wide range of built-in light types.
  • Sun & Sky – Simulate realistic daylight, sunrise and sunset, even as the sun dips below the horizon, for any time and location. SketchUp sun animation is supported.
  • Lighting analysis tool – The new Lighting Analysis render element makes it easy to visualize the real-world illumination (Lux) values of any scene.

Camera

  • Real-world cameras – Work like a photographer, with controls for exposure, white balance, depth of field and more.
  • Virtual Reality – Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets with the help of the VR Camera types in Stereo mode.
  • Interactive lens effect – Instantly add GPU-accelerated glare, bloom and procedurally generated dust and scratches for added photorealism. Fine-tune lens effects interactively while you render.
  • Automatic exposure & white balance – Capture the perfect exposure every time. The new Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance camera controls make rendering as simple as point and shoot.

Shading

  • Material library – Create great looking materials or select from 500+ readily available ones in the asset library. From multilayered car paint to accurate subsurface scattering, you can create any imaginable material.
  • Texture maps – Create realistic and unique shaders using any texture map or one of V-Ray’s many built-in procedural textures – Gradient, Temperature, Tri-Planar, etc.
  • Metalness – The V-Ray Material provides support for PBR shaders with the Metalness reflection controls.
  • Randomizer – To create more realistic materials, we’ve added new tools that randomize textures and colors. The VRayUVWRandomizer lets you randomize texture coordinates and includes Stochastic Tiling that automatically fixes repeating textures.
  • Chaos Scans – 1000+ scanned materials. Import and render directly in V-Ray.

Atmospheric & volumetric effects

  • Environment Fog – Quickly add realistic atmospheric depth and haze and use true 3D fog with realistic light scattering.
  • Aerial perspective – Simulate natural looking skies with realistic atmospheric depth.
  • Volumetric materials – Realistic material light scattering and translucency.

Geometry management

  • Proxy geometry – Bring more detail to your project with memory-efficient proxy models of complex objects like grass, trees, cars. Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) as references from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.
  • V-Ray Scene Importer – Import any .vrscene file directly as a SketchUp model with correctly sized and positioned objects, proper texture placement, lights and proxy references.
  • Displacement – Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with the optimized V-Ray displacement. The 2d Displacement mode is perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.
  • Grass – Create realistic grass, fabrics, and carpet with V-Ray Fur.
  • Section cuts & Clipper – Easily create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper. Convert any scene object to a clipper.

System Requirements

Windows

Please make sure that your system fulfills these requirements before installing V-Ray. Note that V-Ray is only supported for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit versions of SketchUp.

  • Processor: Intel® Pentium ® IV or compatible processor with SSE3 support.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM and 4 GB swap minimum – recommended 8 GB or more RAM, 8 GB or more swap file
  • TCP/IP: Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported
  • Operating System: Windows® 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10. (64-bit versions only)
  • SketchUp: Version 2015, 2016 or later (64-bit versions only)

 

Mac OS X

Please make sure that your system fulfills these requirements before installing V-Ray.

  • Processor: Intel ® Pentium ® IV or compatible processor with SSE3 support.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM and 4 GB swap minimum – recommended 8 GB or more RAM, 8 GB or more swap file
  • TCP/IP: Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported
  • Operating System: Apple® Mac OS X 10.9.x or higher
  • SketchUp: Version 2015, 2016 or later
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Rendering that’s as real as it gets.

With true-to-life lights, cameras, and materials, rendering with V-Ray is as real as it gets. For any project, you can see exactly how it will look. It’s as close you can come to the real thing before it’s built.

Get a headstart on your next project.

V-Ray comes with hundreds of ready-to-render materials that you can apply to any scene and access to an extensive library of video tutorials, free technical support, and helpful forums. V-Ray has one of the largest visualization communities, with a world of community-created content that’s readily available.

V-Ray is the ultimate power-up for SketchUp.

V-Ray and SketchUp are the perfect team. SketchUp is the world’s most widely used 3D modeling software for architecture and design. And V-Ray is the world’s #1 rendering software for architectural visualization. The two together are the perfect combo to take your designs to the next level.

See what’s new

V-Ray 5 for SketchUp gives you an essential collection of free ready-to-render assets and HDRI skies. Plus, we’ve boosted CPU denoising with Intel Open Image Denoise support and introduced more functionalities in V-Ray Vision and the VFB Compositor.

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