The Velocity Render Element is a color or grayscale image that stores velocity information about objects that have moved between the current frame and the next frame.
The Velocity Render Element stores surface velocity for moving objects in the scene with different colors representing different velocities. Each moving object is rendered with a flat color or gradient. It is commonly used to create mattes for adding motion blur in a composite.
The shading in the Velocity Render Element is determined by the degree of motion for each object's pivot point. The object's motion between the current frame and the next frame on the X, Y, and Z axes is mapped to R, G, and B components, with movement along the negative axis as 0 and movement along the positive axis as the maximum value. For example, a white object has moved at the maximum velocity on all three axes in a positive direction, while a black object has moved at the maximum velocity in negative direction on all three axes. A pale yellow object has moved a great deal on all three axes in the positive direction, but mostly on X and Y, while a dark purple object has moved on the -X and -Z axes. A medium gray color indicates no motion.
Because of the relationship between XYZ motion and RGB colors, the Velocity Render Element can be easily split into R, G, and B components during the compositing process and each direction can handled separately or together to add motion blur.
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Clamp Velocity – Sets the limit for Max Velocity. When enabled, this option limits the max velocity value to 1 for floating point images, 255 for 8-bit images, or 65535 for 16-bit images. This option is useful only when writing to an 8-bit or 16-bit file format.
Max Velocity – Used to scale the velocity values written to the render element so that they fit within the range specified by the Clamp Velocity parameter. This is only useful if writing to an 8-bit or 16-bit file format.
Ignore Z – Disregards motion along the Z axis.
The Velocity Render Element is useful for adding motion blur in post production at a composite level without the need for re-rendering. In the composite shown below, motion blur was added based on the amount by which the color differs from medium gray. The Robot arms and the creature that were given a pale yellow color in the render element are the most blurred.
Velocity Render Element
Original Beauty Composite with no motion blur added in composite
Beauty Composite with motion blur added
using the Velocity Render Element
- It is recommended to disable this Render Element when rendering with Motion Blur. This channel generated when 3D motion blur is enabled in V-Ray. However, the element will also be motion blurred along with the rest of the image. This will make the Render element not usable in compositing.