As we know Blender 3.0 has officially been released, and with it comes a robust list of updates, improved features, and significant benchmarks that continue to make this software a powerful contender as an industry standard going into 2022. While Blender 3.0 didn’t include any new rendering engines, two of the three built-in engines, Eevee and Cycles have made some incredible upgrades that are sure to excite the Blender community. Fortunately, if you prefer third-party Blender 3.0 Rendering engines, many are keeping up to pace with this upgrade. In Blog’s Today, we will learn about “Rendering Engine Update with Internal and Third-Party in Blender“.
As Blender’s first rendering engine, it was designed for fast performance while building models and testing animation. Other than optimized settings for features like Grease Pencil, not much has been changed here for the 3.0 update. Though it is not optimal for final rendering, since it doesn’t support shader or lighting settings, it can be used to produce playblasts, or showing the model in the viewport to others when a quick client update is necessary. This physically-based, impartial path tracing system has been completely overhauled using Blender 3.0 rendering engine. For Blender artists and creators, the new and improved Cycles (dubbed Cycles X during development) is the production-ready go-to. Cycles has been improved in terms of performance, viewport interactivity, and responsiveness. Cycles’ main characteristic is its path tracing capabilities, which uses an algorithmic process to render imagery by simulating how light reflects on an object. Rendering in Cycles used to rely on samples (a single ray of light that is being sent from a pixel to the camera) to generate the operations in a single scene.
Extra Easy Virtual Environment Engine (shortened to Eevee) is built on OpenGL with similar code used for the Unreal Engine. While it can’t compete with Cycles’ visual capacity, its unmatched speed is where it shines. With Blender 3.0, Eevee’s performance has been greatly enhanced, especially when editing larger meshes with a lot of geometry. This physically-based real-time engine can be used not only as a renderer, but also for rendering physically based rendering (PBR) and procedurally textured assets with immediate results in Blender’s viewport.
Maxon recently announced that it would be joining the ranks of other third-party render engines and has released an add-on for Redshift in Blender. Redshift is an industry darling utilized by many VFX studios for its incredibly fast GPU-accelerated rendering that is meant to meet the demands of high-end production workflows. It is also, like Cycles, a biased renderer, meaning that though it allows for more quality control from the user to maintain a balance of machine performance and render quality, it also sacrifices real world accuracy for things like environmental lighting for speed.
AMD continues to improve its flagship rendering engine Radeon ProRender, a free CPU+GPU path tracing rendering engine that boasts a powerful Blender plugin, complex but easy-to-understand features, and solid integration with Blender’s UI. ProRender can now also use some of Cycles’ materials and textures without having to convert them to ProRender shaders, though the option and the material converter is still there for those who really want to give ProRender a try with its robust and easy-to-use material library. With the current build of Blender 3.0, it has yet to be compatible with Apple’s metal graphics library.
Thanks to AMD’s development team, another new feature that has been introduced to current Blender versions is USD import capability. As of Blender 2.93, AMD has made the USD-based add-on available to import USD files and render them internally through Blender’s interface. Hydra, originally developed by Pixar, is an asset assembly framework made for the USD-based workflow for software that carry Hydra delegates (compatible rendering engines) to work seamlessly between one another during the production process from modeling all the way to rendering. This means that engines like ProRender, OctaneRender, Redshift, or any render engine working in the Hydra delegate system can all be hosted in Blender. Now that this is available in Blender, this makes the software that much more of a contender for feature film and animation projects.
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