Next Limit and AutoDesSys have worked together along with Pylon Technical to bring Maxwell Render to Bonzai3d. Bonzai3d now has the ability, through a plug in, to access all of Maxwell's photo real rendering technology without having to leave the Bonzai3d environment. I will be doing a series of tutorial videos on how this all works and teach you how to use the software to get some amazing, photo real renderings.
After you install a couple of plugin files and the Maxwell Render application, it simply adds a new render option to Bonzai3d. Your workflow doesn't change. You just have another, albeit very robust, option for rendering.
Maxwell Render™ is a rendering engine based on the mathematical equations governing light transport, meaning that all elements, such as emitters, materials and cameras, are derived from physically accurate models. Maxwell Render is unbiased, so no tricks are used to calculate the lighting solution in every pixel of a scene; the result will always be a correct solution, as it would be in the real world. Maxwell Render can fully capture all light interactions between all elements in a scene, and all lighting calculations are performed using spectral information and high dynamic range data.
Bonzai3d materials are automatically converted into Maxwell Materials, and you also have the ability to load the preexisting Maxwell Materials as well for those times when you need the extra realism.
Maxwell also plugs into Bonzai3d's lighting system, and gives you additional options such as Physical Sky, Sky Dome, HDRI's and IES Lights. All of these options make for even more realistic lighting in your renders. Additionally, Maxwell has a Multilight tool where you can render once and control light color and intensity after the fact. This powerful addition saves you time by allowing you to "re-render" the scene without actually waiting for another rendering to take place.
I'm happy to announce that Method will be doing a series of video tutorials on the new Maxwell / Bonzai3d integration showing you just how easy it is to get great results with very little additional effort from what you already know. One of the great things about a rendering platform like Maxwell is that you buy a standalone license once, and you get to download all the plugins for the different 3d applications you use. Maxwell has plugins for 3ds Max, ArchiCAD, Bonzai3d, Form•Z, Cinema4d, Lightwave, Modo, Maya, Rhino, SketchUp, Solidworks and Softimage.
Get ready for the tutorials by downloading the software now:
on 2011-04-12 22:31 by Evan Troxel
Here is a link to the 4000+ free resources offered by Next Limit that you can add to the library once you install the software:
They include skies, HDRI's and MXM Materials. The materials alone are drool-worthy.