3DATS presents two free video modules from their V-Ray architectural video training series.
Practical Exterior Lighting
Having covered the vast majority of the important V-Ray features and settings in modules 1 through 8, students are shown how to apply many of things discussed in earlier modules, to a real exterior scene created by 3DAS. In this module, students are shown numerous different lighting and rendering approaches including irradiance maps, light cache, QMC, HDRIs, progressive path tracing, the V-Ray physical camera and the VRay Sun. The instructor describes the process that he would go through to light and render this scene from scratch, and then describes some of the other ways that you might want to approach your scenes based on what the final deliverable, the time you have available, and problems that you might encounter along the way. Throughout the module, students are shown how to deal with the myriad of problems that may arise in any scene, such as splotches, noise, flickering GI, strange dots, running out of memory, excessive render times, system crashes, lack of detail and so on. The goal of this module is to teach students how to achieve the highest quality renderings in the shortest amount of rendering time.
Practical Interior Lighting
In this module, the viewer is shown how to light an interior scene from start to finish. The instructor demonstrates several different ways to approach interior lighting, covers most of the different light source types commonly used for interior lighting, and then puts numerous different render and material settings to the test to show how you can get different looks to your images and precisely control the relationship between speed and quality. This video provides a solid review of material from all previous modules and serves as an invaluable guide to the complex subject of interior lighting.
Support files are provided in 3ds Max 9 and V-Ray 1.5 RC3
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