So over the past year I have been trying out various rendering trials for Rhinoceros. And basically, most of them are running out and so over the next few months I have to commit and buy one already. Still a student at the moment.
I’m only rendering for product design. Not architecture. Decisions, decisions.
V-Ray. I have already tried V-Ray. And I don’t like the looks of the price. Or the dongle. I have way too many USB devices and never enough free USB ports and I am not buying another usb hub and I am not buying the belkin dock. Not at that price. I refuse! Not only that but I find that it is very confusing, not intuitive. So V-Ray is out [sorry Dave, but it’s out!].
Iray. I had a lot of trouble setting that up. Support was good but it’s still new. It’s now US$295 I think, which is a lot for me at the moment. Never really explored it much, I think it was still in beta phase.
Brazil. I don’t know. I think it might be much too advanced for me in any case.
Flamingo. My first few renders look worse than Rhino’s default render!
Is this okay for product design though?
Penguin. I’m probably going to just buy this anyway as it is priced competitively and easy to use. I do like the different effects it generates. It’s unique. One of the things that annoys me about Penguin 2.0 though is that on my 5k screen, I’ve noticed that about half of the icons & fonts that don’t even line up correctly and therefore some of the options can’t even be selected. But would the penguin “semi-realistic” setting result in better renderings than Rhino itself?
Maxwell. Other people have mentioned this. Haven’t tried it. Is it easy to use? It doesn’t sound like it.
Anything else to consider?
I do not really enjoy the whole rendering process and tweaking things. I just want to choose a material, stick in default lighting and get a semi-decent render. I’m not looking to win awards with my renderings. I’d rather be designing (or learning more about designing) than rendering (or learning about rendering).
Now here’s the thing. I am not impressed with most of the materials libraries that I see. I have a very strong background in materials science. Metals and Eco materials are paramount. But I would like to see a decent selection of ceramic materials for example, not just tiles…
What is the easiest to use render software?
I’d really prefer to not to have to do more tutorials to learn new software.
I don’t think my brain can take any more new input/data.