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This page introduces features for working with and enhancing cameras in V-Ray for 3ds Max.


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V-Ray for 3ds Max works with standard 3ds Max cameras. However, you can greatly improve the realism of your renderings by taking advantage of a number of V-Ray tools and features for cameras. These features include real-world camera settings used in photography and filmmaking, and features that imitate the behaviors and flaws of real-world cameras such as distortion and glare.


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Integrated Features

The following features are built into the V-Ray for 3ds Max User Interface.

  • Physical Camera -  Simulates a real-world camera with equivalent parameters such as f-stop, shutter speed, and lens focal length.
  • Lens Effects - Simulates bloom (fringes of light) and glare effects on and around light sources by filtering the rendered image with a filter kernel. 
  • Global Exposure Control -  Allows the use of the exposure settings of a VRayPhysicalCamera without actually having to render through one. 
  • Stereo 3D Camera -  A helper that sets up stereoscopic rendering camera rig using two virtual cameras. 
  • Stereo Camera Controller -  Combines the positions of two separate cameras for stereoscopic rendering. 


Standalone Tools and Utilities

The following standalone tools come packaged with V-Ray for 3ds Max.

  • Lens Analysis Tool - The primary V-Ray tool for creating, previewing and editing V-Ray lens files (.vrlens). This suite of tools includes a camera distortion analyzer and a tool for correcting/distorting images. It provides for a very realistic level of camera distortion simulation. 
  • Lens Effects Filter Generator - A simple tool for composing filters (HDR images in .hdr format) specially designed to produce filters for the Lens Effects (VRayLensEffects) Render Effect.