Started by Moose, November 15, 2007, 01:49:54 pm
Quote from: old_blaggard on November 19, 2007, 12:31:50 amIf only it ran on Mac... .
Quote from: calico on March 20, 2008, 06:42:22 pmAnyone ever get this free version to license correctly?http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=932&Itemid=246
Quote from: calico on March 22, 2008, 01:41:41 pmWhich engine do you normally use to do renders?
QuoteMy experience with Mantra is that is makes a very good feature film renderer, since it's very comparable to PrMan and its feature set. It fits the model of a fast, high quality micropolygon/raytracer with (easily) programmable) shaders which supports render layers (AOVs). It has a multitude of features that make it very good for feature pipelines, procedurals, [recursive] displacement, multi-segment motion for deforming and transforming objects, shader unwrapping, point clouds, very powerful volume rendering, python pipeline, IPR, etc. Until H9 it lagged behind in "whizz-bang" type of features that make V-Ray and such good choices for commercial work; it takes a bit more tweaking to get an image as pretty as V-Ray right off the bat. However, as the PBR features get improved, I think that programmable nature of it will give it much more potential power to be a strong player in the V-Ray (and I suppose Maxwell Render- for stills) arena.AFAIK, Side Effects are actively pushing and improving Mantra as a flagship product so expect continuous improvements to it, even in the very near future.