finalRender is a rendering engine that lets you render 3D models designed in modeling applications. finalRender has seamless support for Nvidia GPUs that can harness full juice of its AI accelerated ray tracing and Tensor cores. The true hybrid feature lets you de-noise the image efficiently. All this is done in real-time and gives you a preview of the final results. NanoVBD utilizes multiple CPUs and GPUs to utilize the power of parallel processing to solve a large volume of data in no time.
finalRender has an unbiased, physically correct rendering engine, so you don’t need to limit your creativity in trying new things. This software is aimed at designers, architecture engineers, automobile designers, automotive parts manufacturers, and any kind of 3D work. With a vast option of light tools, you can create hyper-realistic images by playing with lights as it supports IES light, Global Illumination, and spectral wavelength rendering. Motion blur and bokeh let you mimic real-life simulation. All in all, the engine is aimed at professionals and semi-professionals.
V-Ray is an image rendering engine that lets you render the 3D models created in 3rd party applications. It is a plugin built separately for major 3D applications like 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Maya, Rhinoceros, Unreal Engine, Blender, and many more. V-Ray plugin uses global illumination algorithms for more realistic shadow and light ray tracing on supported hardware. It supports photon mapping, irradiance, and direct computation.
The smart 3D content filling tool fills the content automatically using AI. Real-Time visualization creates proxies for real-time rendering that do not put a load on the hardware. GPU Ray-Tracing makes the output realistic and professional with outstanding details, and CPU rendering makes your workflow smooth. An outstanding feature of V-Ray is the cloud rendering that renders your model on the cloud that will process the data into supercomputers within no time. Additionally, you can render on the cloud and work at the same time without any lag in the computer.
V-Ray is made for artists to make abstract models, designers, architectures for complex architect models, game VFX, and VR artists to make 3D games and the automotive industry for designing machinery models.
Adobe Dimension (formerly Project Felix) is a 3D image design rendering software from Adobe. It used a V-Ray engine in the past but uses Adobe’s rendering engine now. Adobe Dimension has built-in presets, mockups, and product design structures available that save time and effort especially for beginners. Create high-quality 3D models and materials, add light, depth, and dimension to them. Adobe Dimension makes it easier for product designers to make 3D mockups, visualizations, packaging design, and other creative work.
Like other software, it also has real-time rendering with Ray-Tracing and photon mapping on Nvidia GPUs. Adobe Creative Cloud consists of thousands of templates and samples to work on. It eliminates the hassle of photographing the actual object, adds lights, and spends energy and money on expensive gear. With the seamless integration of other Adobe apps, you can import your project into Adobe XD and Adobe Aero for further Augmented reality processing. Adobe cloud also provides brushes, surface patterns, photos, videos, mockups, UI kits, and textures to use in Adobe Dimension. Due to advanced 3D and optimized processing, the recommended hardware requirements are high for a smooth workflow.
Cycles Renderer is an open-source 3D rendering engine created by Blender that offers true to life level rendering of 3D models. Being an open-source program, developers can use it to integrate this as a plugin or rendering engine into other 3D software along with all licensing to use as commercial software. This plugin is already integrated into Blender, Rhino, Poser and standalone plugins are available for Cinema4D and 3ds Max.
Cycles support Ray-tracing that requires Nvidia’s RTX 2000 series or above GPU models. It also supports AMD Open CL for direct compute processing. Unidirectional path tracing, FXAA, MSAA, Multi-core CPU rendering, Multiple GPU rendering are some major features of this software. You can make a node tree for every effect that simplifies the timeline and workflow.
Cycles have interactive controls and clean UI with camera perspectives like fish-eye, panoramic, first-person view, an orthographic view. Simulating Depth of Field with Anamorphic bokeh feature can be used in the professional animated movie industry. Built-in presets for textures, model structures, light illumination, mesh structures, light paintings, and sky models are available to save time and effort.
LuxCoreRender is an advanced open-source rendering engine that can be used with major 3D applications to render 3D models created in them. LuxCoreRender is built on physically based experimented equations and algorithms which means it can trace light and cast shadows with ultra-realistic precision. Those renderings will be physically correct too. Of course, it relies on other applications that create scenes, lights, cameras and just renders them. Applications like Cinema4D, Maya, 3ds Max, Sketchup, and Blender support this plugin.
You can choose between a biased and unbiased mode that results in Speed and Physical accuracy respectively. Instead of RGB colors, it renders with full spectra of light. One of the biggest features of LuxCoreRender is that it creates procedural texture mapping with mathematical calculations instead of stored data that saves space and allows you to create complex infinite textures. HDR output preserves all the dynamic ranges of the model. It has multiple camera options like tilt-shift, panoramic, orthographic, and FPV mode. De-noising, motion blur, depth of field, light flare, bloom, and chromatic aberration are some useful features in LuxCoreRender.
RenderMan is a 3D rendering software built by Pixar. This is an advanced tool for a professional workflow. Most of the Pixar animated movies are rendered using RenderMan due to its physical-based rendering that allows real-world simulated 3D models and characters. Physically-based shading lets you deliver hyper-realistic lighting and shadows with the help of industry-leading Ray-Tracing and ambient occlusion technology. With an advanced AI-based algorithm, you can render anything from the simple surface of the glass to the realistic skin textures and hair.
RenderMan is suitable for VFX artists who want to render physically-based calculated light scattering and photorealistic particle tracing in movies. RenderMan supports major 3D software including Maya, Blender, and 3ds Max. Checkpointing feature lets you render a low-quality preview and make changes to it before the final render. Built-in denoiser uses Intel CPU and Nvidia’s CUDA-based GPUs to remove noise while rendering.
Cloud rendering saves you time and does not disturb your workflow as the rendering is happening on cloud computers instead of your PC. It also includes applying motion blur and depth of field to simulate real-world camera behavior. Concluding the RenderMan as a tool built for professionals and big production companies who do not want to compromise on the availability and quality of the features.
Kerkythea is a rendering engine for 3D applications. It supports integration with major applications like 3ds Max, LightWave3D, Blender, Wings3D, and Sketchup. Kerkythea supports ray-tracing and Metropolis light transport with a physically accurate algorithm for lighting the materials. Kerkythea provides a guide for beginners that will differentiate your artificial-looking renders into realistic models. A bunch of presets are available you can choose from the library. It will save you time for creating things from scratch. Supported file formats are 3DS, XML, OBJ, SIA, and a bunch of image formats including JPG, PNG, TGA, BMP, and HDR.
HDR tone mapping saves an image from clipping highlights and preserves better shadow detail. Depth of field simulation, fog, particle scattering, dispersion, Anti-aliasing for better textures is some of its highlighting features. Real-time render preview makes it easier to conclude the image without rendering. The preset library includes thin glass material, matte, reflections, refractions, translucency, ward anisotropic material, and Phong shading material. It supports Omni light, spotlight, projection, point diffuse, area diffuse, ambient light, and sky lighting.
Sunflow Rendering System is an open-source 3D rendering software for synthesizing photo-realistic images and models. It is built on a ray-tracing core and object-oriented design. The software is pretty old and hasn’t got an update since 2007. Based on JAVA language, it supports basic image formats including JPEG, PNG, TGA, HDR along with ASCII and binary file. It formats to speed up the exporting/importing in complex scenes. Motion blurring of moving objects is also available. Supported applications are Maya, 3ds Max, Cheetah3D, and Blender.
The main features of Sunflow Rendering System are Instancing, Structure Acceleration, Polygonal Lenses for Bokeh simulation, Absorption Model for glass shading, Physically-based Sky and Sun system, Fisheye Lens, Wireframe Shader, Area Light Sampling and 3D animation support. Sunflow Rendering System can apply anti-aliasing while upscaling or downscaling of the image to avoid moiré patterns. Tessellation and acceleration of structure building are a part of the software but due to slow processing, it does not worth the time.
Octane Render is a 3D model rendering application based on an unbiased physically accurate algorithm. This application provides fast real-time rendering with spectrally correct precision. Octane Render runs on CUDA technology from Nvidia and supports ray-tracing on supported Nvidia GPUs. The program uses GPU acceleration instead of CPU that results in huge performance gains of up to 2-5x render speed. With the 8 layer material support, you can create a node tree of diffused layer, specular layer, a metallic layer, and sheen layer.
Volumetric rendering produces the texture of each pixel with different densities like clouds and fire that results in an organic-looking model. As it supports more than 21 plugins, you can switch to other 3D applications whenever you want and Open shading language support lets you import custom shaders from other applications directly into the Octane Render projects.
Talking about lighting, it supports texture baking of surfaces with harmonic and 8D light effects. HDRI, IES, mesh emitters, planetary, and sky system support physically based rendering to simulate a real-life environment. Other features include subsurface light scattering, chromatic dispersion, depth of field, and denoising. Eventually, Octane Render is a powerful tool you can use for professional work.
Indigo Renderer is an unbiased 3D rendering application that provides a physically accurate simulation of photo-realistic 3D models. It has Open-CL based rendering engine that relies on GPU and providing up to 10x more performance than CPU-based rendering. Multi-GPU support extracts maximum juice from every GPU and scales up to 4K images in real-time effortlessly. With the integrated bucket rendering, the de-noising is done on the CPU that speeds up the rendering by 15-100%.
Lightmap baking casts real-life simulated shadows and light reflections. The UV wrapper is included to use with one click or you can add your lightmap UVs. The Lightmap baking uses both CPU and GPU rendering to boost the performance. Subsurface scattering (SSS) uses GPU to produce fog, texture, realistic skins, and glossy surfaces to render in seconds. You can use built-in texture and surface presets along with the basic design structures.
There is a separate tab for camera controls that include camera position like FPV mode, lens type like fisheye, Depth of Field to simulate bokeh, aperture control, and focal length to create a dynamic perspective.
Pixie Renderer is an open-source 3D rendering software for creating photo-realistic images. The main features of Pixie Renderer are Global Illumination, Reyes style Rendering Depth of Field, and Motion Blur. Although Pixie Renderer is relatively old software, it does support multi-resolution Ray Tracing using ray differentials which are built on RenderMan Shading Language. It is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.
The software is built on 64-bit architecture and can utilize multiple cores and threads of the CPU. Multiple GPU support is also available to offload the stress on different hardware. 3D textures and point cloud baking lets you create realistic surfaces like glossy surface, fine threading or skin textures. This is a tool better suited for beginners and the ones who cannot afford high-end commercial software. A source file is also available for developers to extract or add some features.
Thea Render is a feature enriched 3D render engine for biased (fast) and unbiased (slow but precise) physically correct processing that allows real-life simulation. This state-of-the-art tool is aimed to use for professional workflow and high-end graphics rendering. The Thea Render uses both CPU and GPU to divide the load as its UI is constantly making real-time rendering. The advanced mathematical equation-based algorithm can simulate light with a full-spectrum and create processes like volumetric scattering and spectral dispersion.
Thea Render plugin is made individually for most of the industry-leading software like Sketchup, Cinema4D, and Rhino. Geometry instancing produces millions of polygons with geometric compression either on GPU or CPU. Fully integrated with Nvidia’s OptiX technology, it removes noise very efficiently with GPU acceleration. HDR tone mapping increases the picture dynamic range with rich colors and control over shadows and highlights. With the CUDA 10 integration, it supports all the latest Nvidia’s GPUs including Titan X, Titan-V, and RTX series.
Radeon ProRender is a 3D rendering application aimed at professionals. The algorithm is based on physically accurate rendering. With the seamless integration of AMD Rays technology, it can produce scaleable ray tracing using GPU and CPU encoding simultaneously for fast results. OpenCL on Windows and Apple’s Metal API on macOS is fully utilized to give the maximum performance of hardware. The physically accurate camera system lets you create the real-life perspective of FPV with global illumination.
With AI-accelerated denoising, it harnesses the power of machine learning to remove noise and artifacts in a fraction of time as compared to traditional denoising. The plugin is available for major 3D applications including 3ds Max, Blender, Houdini, Maya, Creo, and Unreal Engine. Radeon ProRender is integrated into Cinema4D, Edificius, Modo and Visualize.
One of the biggest features of Radeon ProRender is cloud rendering that leaves all the load on cloud computers instead of disturbing your PC speed and hardware resources which of course saves time and increases productivity.
Artlantis Studio is a 3D renderer that creates photorealistic animations and renderings. With a minimal interface, all the necessary options are available on the home window that you can customize and replace with other options. Every effect you apply will be rendered and displayed in real-time including denoising, 3D scene navigation, and changing shaders. Global illumination maintains the realism of the object, while optimization ensures speed.
It is compatible with most of the high-end 3D modeling software including 3ds Max, Sketchup, Rhino, Revit, Cinema4D, and much more. Artlantis Studio is more of architecture and design aimed software made for designers, artists, and architecture engineers. Depth of field lets you simulate real-time bokeh and shutter speed mimics the frame rate and motion blur. Artlantis Studio library contains thousands of additional free textures, materials, objects, and characters to save time.
Things like plants, grass, sky rendition, trees, 3D objects, and textures are well crafted in the application as it is an architecture-oriented renderer. Other features are Exposure, white balance settings, ambient occlusion, adaptive anti-aliasing, site insertion, denoising, and object porting.
NOX Renderer is an open-source 3D rendering software based on a physically accurate algorithm. It is fully integrated with Blender, 3ds Max, and Cinema4D with a commercial license. The main features of NOX Renderer are Physical based rendering engine, Enhanced post-processing, simulated depth of field, motion blur, layers rendering, subsurface scattering, displacement, and instancing. With the invisible light feature, you can add a light source to poorly lit objects and the light will not be visible to the camera. This comes in handy if you are working on layers.
Other features include Bidirectional Path Tracing and normal Ray tracing with reflections. NOX Renderer includes a wide range of free downloadable materials from its library. You can select the desired area to render it separately. The time and date could be set to set the angle and altitude of the sun. The NOX Renderer has not received an update since 2014 but the basic options in this software are best suited for beginners.
Nebula Render is an advanced 3D rendering engine based on an unbiased and physically accurate algorithm. The rendering engine turns your model into a photo-realistic image with the help of minimum tools. Either you want to design a product, machinery, architecture, this is the perfect tool for you. It supports real-time Ray tracing that shows you the final result before rendering. Built-in presets and a collection of 3D assets helps you with the manipulation and saves a lot of time.
You can choose between different modes like CPU only GPU only or hybrid to harness the full potential of the hardware. Additional features are camera perspective, depth of field, texture mapping, denoising. The basic features and ease of use make it suitable for beginners.
HDR Light Studio is light focused 3D model rendering application with advanced options aimed at professionals. With some advanced 3D lighting options, you can create stunning images that mimic real-life scenarios. HDR Light Studio is known for creating studio lighting for product designs. Either it’s a matte finish or reflective material, you can control the procedural lights with high precision. All these controls are done with a huge library of built-in light sources, surface textures, and control over the light.
A highlighting feature of HDR Light Studio is the Render view. Lights can be positioned by clicking and dragging the cursor anywhere on the product, and it will simulate the effect of light. This simulation is being rendered in real-time. This software plays a huge role in CGI works. You can blend a real photograph with it no matter what the lighting is because you can control and position the light according to the captured photo.
Real-time diffusion blur makes the softer light source with a better highlight roll-off and softer shadows. This makes the image more of a professional studio look. The diffusion can be used with masking if you want to apply the effect on certain parts. HDR Light Studio plugin is made for a lot of 3D modeling applications including LightWave3D, Rhino, Maya, 3ds Max, Blender, Modo, Houdini, and much more.
Owlet is an unbiased and physically accurate 3D modeling software with the support of ray tracing. It is aimed at beginners as the software has basic but all necessary options. It allows you to compose the scene and set up the materials to render them with its ray tracing engine. Some highlighting features include multi-layer refraction support, subsurface scattering for glossy objects, absorption for light diffusion, thin-film interference, refraction, and image-based lighting.
Being a beginner-friendly software, it comes with more than 100 ready-to-use material designs, structures, and textures, in case you don’t want to start from scratch. The software is relatively old and does not provide the latest features like Dynamic lighting, Modeling, Panoramas, Bokeh, and depth of field.
Mental Ray is a professional-level 3D application for Ray Tracing and rendering. With an advanced physically accurate algorithm, it can create images with global illumination and apply photon maps to the scene that looks a lot like real-life simulation. The light source can be diffused, glossy reflections can be added and spectacular reflections can be rendered in real-time. Mental Ray has full fledge support for Nvidia’s GPU and its CUDA acceleration technology. The application is integrated with major 3D software like Maya, Houdini, 3ds Max, Revit, and Cinema 4D.
Mental Ray uses an iray rendering engine that is based on artificial intelligence with ambient occlusion and Global Illumination acceleration enabled. Geometric shapes like polygons, subdivision surfaces, Taylor monomial, and Bezier objects are also supported. It utilizes Tensor cores in the Nvidia’s RTX series and Quadro GPUs to produce high-precision ray tracing in real-time. The software is discontinued but still is a powerful tool for professionals and advanced level visualization.
Maverick Studio is a plugin for 3D modeling applications that renders 3D models into photorealistic images. The plugin is specifically made for Rhinoceros from which you can import the 3D models or computer-aided designs into Maverick Studio and render them into high-quality images with minimum effort. Maverick Studio engine is accelerated by the GPU instead of CPU that not only increases render speed but due to the Open CL or CUDA cores, the quality of results is also very high.
The application includes a wide range of light tools and features too. With built-in light sources, you can put softboxes on them to create studio-quality lighting. All these sources and functions are included in the Maverick Studio library for free. With gradient tools, you can create high-quality light effects in shiny products like jewelry, glass products, and glossy surfaces with a physically correct precision level.
The UI is fun to use. You can drag and drop any color or texture to fill it into the object. UV maps allow you to correct unpleasant-looking objects by entering real-life simulated units into the surface. Additional features are bloom, glare, depth of field, displacement, round edges, projectors, and turntable animations.
Click-VR Visualizer is a real-time 3D rendering software plugin made for the 3ds Max application. This aids the 3D modeling software to render the model into the final image with some benefits. It lets you preview render in real-time so you don’t have to waste time rendering the file during the final stages. The software is relatively old and hasn’t got an update since 2006. You can expect it to run on very low-end hardware for basic 3D modeling learning. Click-VR Visualizer only runs on Windows XP.
SIGERTOOLS V-Ray Studio Setup Pro is a studio lighting automation plugin to be used with 3ds Max and V-Ray rendering engine. The software is old with some basic features. You can create a studio-like setup that includes 30 kinds of light setups like softboxes, bulbs, strobes. You can adjust the length width and distance of the light from the source along with the diffusion amplitude. Reflectors can also be added of any size and shape.
Presets are available to eliminate the hassle of creating things from scratch. This benefits the beginners who want to learn 3D modeling. You can switch the settings from production mode to low settings. The low setting mode uses fewer PC resources but at the cost of speed. Other features are Field of view adjustments, white balance, temperature, exposure adjustments, HDRI mapped lights, Vignetting, and object focusing.
RenderZone is a real-time rendering software that renders 3D models using a physically accurate LightWorks rendering engine. RenderZone has three levels of renderings: Simple (Fast), z-buffer (the normal speed with more details), and Ray-Traced (Slow but fine details and realistic results). It can produce images based on Global Illumination that results inaccurate and even distribution of light into the scene. It also adds final gather, radiosity technique, and ambient occlusion to the lighting.
Light sources like sun, projector, point light, softbox light, and atmospheric light along with the dust particles and image glow are some elements to light a scene. You can choose between soft tone-mapped shadows or realistic ray-traced ones. HDR technique is available for complex lighting techniques. It tone maps the image to give pleasant highlight roll-off and better shadow details. The built-in library includes a set of materials like glass, metal, stone, brick, wood, and other daily life usage materials.
Kray is a rendering tool that renders your 3D models into photorealistic images. You can design the model in any 3D application, import it into Kray, and it will generate the image using all the metadata from the source file. Kray supports Global illumination that is a vital component in lighting up the scenes from indirect light. With the advanced and efficient algorithm, it performs quickly in producing reflections, refractions, and textures to renders them in real-time.
The main features of Kray are Photon mapping, path tracing, and irradiance caching, which are all biased and physically accurate operations. It renders only the surface in real-time that saves a lot of processing and power. 4 dimensional Ray cache with bokeh and motion blur makes the simulation more true to life. Point lights, diffused lights, and HDR tone mapping are also available. Instancing allows you to speed up the processing by repeating or cloning the same type of textures to fill the empty areas. The Kray can utilize multiple processors and GPUs and perform Z-buffer raytracing in OpenCL-supported GPUs.
VirtualRender is a company that offers solutions related to virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D modeling for real-estate and architecture-related projects. They offer 3D modeling of any building, home, and office that you can customize according to your need. A virtual room tour with high-quality video and simulation details is provided via a 3D VR headset. You can customize the architectural interior with a remote that is connected to the headset.
Providing real-time simulation in virtual reality makes it an immersive experience to watch things in detail. Either you are modeling a building, architecture layout, light setup, interior, or even conception of design, this is the perfect tool for you. With real-time manipulation, you can detect mistakes and errors and correct them right away during visualization.
Shaderlight is a rendering engine made for Sketchup. It lets you render high-quality images from 3D models. Cloud rendering is one of the main features of Shaderlight that allows you to render files on cloud computers without using your pc compute power. The integration with Sketchup lets you render directly from the Sketchup interface. With a built-in library of predefined objects, Replace me feature lets you render models without filling the scene with geometry. With a physically accurate algorithm, lights and ambiance feel a lot like a real-world scenario. Fine-tune your image with a lot of customization tools like pan, zoom, tilt, focus, panorama mode, etc.
Ray Tracing feature allows you to simulate light effects that mimic real-world ambiance. Point lights, All this raytracing, denoising, bokeh, and texture filtering is being done in real-time to give you an approximation of what the result will be like. You can activate the HDR option in high-contrast scenes that will improve the dynamic range of the image. Artificial lights or interiors can be lit naturally with Global Illumination. Depending upon your pc hardware, you can set the resolution from 480p to whopping 16k pixels.