Chaos Group Takes Control of V-Ray for C4D
Chaos Group takes over the development of the V-Ray for Cinema 4D plugin, aiming to take on the likes of Arnold, Octane, and Redshift.
Big news for those who love V-Ray renderer, Chaos Group has officially taken over the development and marketing of V-Ray for Cinema 4D. Previously, the V-Ray for C4D plugin was developed by LAUBLab. As of November 1st, 2018, it is now under the control of the inventors of V-Ray, Chaos Group.
I think this a fantastic move on Chaos Group’s part. I had been a long time V-Ray user back in my 3ds Max days, and I had always found the V-Ray for C4D plugin to be lacking many essential features and workflows. The outside produced Cinema 4D plugin was certainly not equal to the internally built Chaos Group plugins for Maya, 3ds Max, Blender, or Houdini.
According to their recently published FAQ, V-Ray for C4D will soon match other V-Ray versions in its feature list. They’ve already released a 3.7 version which looks to be similar to the previous v3.6 but now offers their online license server (OLS).
It’s been an interesting few years for Chaos Group, who also recently purchased Corona. Many original theories suggested that Chaos Group intended to keep V-Ray focused on users of Maya, Max, Houdini, while using Corona as their Cinema 4D render engine. That doesn’t seem to be the case.
Once a fully developed Cinema 4D plugin is released, this could make V-Ray a real competitor taking on the likes of Redshift, Arnold, and Octane. The move makes sense after Autodesk purchased Arnold, giving Maya and 3ds Max users the Solid Angle Arnold render engine with their Autodesk license. So by building a Cinema 4D plugin, Chaos Group stands to make waves in the C4D space, while it continually battles it out with the other render engines used on major motion pictures and commercial space.
I’ll be keeping my eyes on this development. I genuinely hope they can bring the C4D version up to date with their other DCC offerings. I’ll definitely be giving it a shot once we have a fully developed Chaos Group plugin.
V-Ray for Cinema 4D is available now for either Monthly or Annual subscriptions.