This page introduces render settings in V-Ray for 3ds Max.


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The 3ds Max Render Setup window hosts many V-Ray settings for both V-Ray and V-Ray RT. Depending on which renderer you are using, V-Ray or V-Ray RT, the available settings will change. For more information about choosing and setting up your renderer, please see the Selecting a Renderer section on the Setup and Installation page.

Note: The Common tab contains no custom or unique V-Ray settings. For more details on the parameters found under this tab, please refer to the 3ds Max help documentation.






 UI Paths:

||Main Toolbar|| > Render Setup button

||Rendering menu|| > Render Setup...

 ||V-Ray Toolbar|| > V-Ray Render Settings button




Production Renderer Settings

When V-Ray is the renderer for the Production Rendering Mode, V-Ray parameters are under several tabs in the Render Setup window. Additionally, each tab is divided into several rollouts.

  • V-Ray tab - Selection of the image sampler type for antialiasing and image filtering, customizable settings for cameras and environment, VFB settings.
  • GI tab - Selection and settings for primary and secondary GI engines, GI caustics.
  • Settings tab - Global settings including displacement and texture settings.
  • Render Elements tab - Creation and control of render elements for beauty pass compositing and post-production.


Note: In V-Ray, the two tools that most greatly impact the balance of render quality vs. speed are the image sampler (under the V-Ray tab) and GI engine(s) (under the GI tab). Learning the basics of how these two features work will greatly enhance your ability to adjust settings in V-Ray and maximize image quality while keeping render times to a minimum. See the linked pages for explanations on how these features work.


V-Ray RT Render Settings

When V-Ray RT is used for rendering, V-Ray parameters are located under a single V-Ray RT tab. For more details on V-Ray RT as a whole, please see the V-Ray RT in 3ds Max page.

  • V-Ray RT tab - Contains all render settings for RT including quality, performance, engine, and distributed rendering.
  • Render Elements tab - Creation and control of render elements for beauty passes and compositing.