maya sprites rendertest in rendeman

its a simple render test of maya sprites in arnold and renderman Studio. it uses a simple noise pattern on a 2d ramp with 2d ramp displacement. one simple noise plugged into a ramp can give a really complex shading behaviour. the extreme displacement come from a simple ramp, this give the smoke more depth.


maya sprite test from Heribert Raab on Vimeo.


Maya fluids render methods comparison

rendering fluids as particles or software clouds in mental ray or hardware render buffer gives a lots more details the rendering the fluids itself. the best part you can use real 3d motionblur for fluid in Maya !.

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rendering maya fluids with motion blur using particles part 1

rendering Fluids as dense Particle cloud is common practice. the Krakatoa plus for maya or 3dmax is based on this concept. even without this plugin, you render the particles as point in maya hardware render or as clouds in maya software renderer or mental ray. the advantance: fast render times and most important –> motion blur !

this how it the particles look like:

on the right side i switched to software clouds mode and used radiusPP over lifetime


just place the emitter over your fluids emitter

set up the particle shape and use mayafluids as flied:

motion vector for fluids in Maya / Mental Ray

a while ago, i did some tests for calculating motion vector from maya fluids and override the fluids color to render a motion vector pass in mental ray. i wrote python script and it work very well but the motion vector math in python took 15-40 minutes pre re.  on positiv side it works with all kind of renderer, even the old school hardware render buffer.

Th result itself was good, it Fluids looking much better in motion,  when they are motion blurred.