Chaos Group Takes Control of V-Ray for C4D

November 1, 2018 - By 

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.

Chaos Group Takes Control of V-Ray for C4D - Render

Image via Stefan Laub / Chaos Group.

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.

Posted In:  Cinema 4D News
  • Oooooohhhhhhh thank GOD! My all-time favorite renderer is V-Ray for Max, but I don’t use Max anymore. V-Ray for Cinema has been…lost…..for years. To have V-Ray return to Cinema is a dream come true. Love Arnold and Redshift, but V-Ray (by Chaos Group) is one powerful tool.

  • First glance at the Chaos Group forums people are not happy about the subscription based pricing!

  • They took to long, now corona, even in early stages is far superior than vray and much easier to work with. They’ve come a long way with their beta 2 release.

  • I’ve been using VrayForC4D (from Laublab) for 3 years now and it is my favorite render engine on C4D. In the last 2 years, they have done a lot of catching up and the recent version 3.6 works extremely well. But there were some versions prior (especially 1.9) where they lost a lot of customers due to false promises. These customers might be willing to return to V-Ray now, especially when V-Ray Next is available for C4D. I’m really curious to see what the impact of CG getting back control over their C4D plugin will be. I think V-Ray deserves some spotlight, it’s a phenomenal fully production-capable and fast render engine.

  • Thanks for helpful article!

  • What you thing!!!! V-Ray …….Octane? for C4D?!?!?!

  • Must say I have no intent to start using another render engine but it would be great to read a review and to probably see a comparison between Vray and other render engines on C4D (if this is possible). Other than that are they going to make vrscans also available to C4D users?

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