Articles by Christopher Nichols

Understanding metalness

The importance of metalness and why we’ve added the Metalness parameter to the V-Ray standard material to better support a PBR workflow in V-Ray Next.

Zap Andersson — Autodesk

Join the Shader Wizard for a journey through the history of ray tracing and a comprehensive guide to metalness.

Chris Nichols — Digital Domain

Chris Nichols of Chaos Group talks to Chris Nichols of Digital Domain to discuss digital humans, Thanos of Avengers: Infinity War, and how they used to get each other's emails.

Dave Macey — INK

Audi, McLaren, and Wired have turned to INK for incredible renders. Founder Dave Macey tells us how the company’s made a name for itself, and the importance of its passion projects.

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Dramatically Expand your Material and Texture Library with V-Ray Plugin Nodes

Would you like more shaders and textures at your fingertips? In this helpful guide, we’ll reveal the key to unlocking access through the V-Ray Plugin Nodes.

András Káldos, Attila Cselovszki & Péter Sárhidai — Brick Visual

Communicating design and building apps for the future with Snøhetta and SOM visualization company.

Grant Miller — Ingenuity Studios

Look what Houdini made me do! Find out how V-Ray for Houdini powered Taylor Swift’s music video, and go behind the scenes of Get Out.

Bill Spradlin — Zoic Studios

Respected VFX supervisor on the pipelines and deadlines of Arrow, Iron Fist and Legends of Tomorrow.

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From another Dimension: Adobe’s software gives graphic designers 3D superpowers

Dimension CC combines V-Ray rendering with machine learning so anyone can create realistic 3D imagery. Adobe's Zorana Gee and Ross McKegney explain how they launched their new app faster using V-Ray App SDK.

Evan Buxton & Bryan Holmes — Neoscape

The principles of this cutting-edge creative agency join Chris and Lon for a hilarious podcast

Camille Lymer, Michelle Obayda & Zlatina Pancheva — Squint/Opera

BIG and Hyperloop One creative studio on making the world’s grandest architecture projects feel persona

Aaron Kupferman

The Meg and Avengers: Infinity War compositor on the relationship between CG artists and photographers.

Karim Mousa — Mozses

Talk like an Egyptian: Arch viz star on his stunning renders for Zaha Hadid, KPF, MVRDV and more.

Ian Spriggs

“Portrait of Cassidy” is CG artist Ian Spriggs’ latest digital portrait. Listen to find out how he created this and many of his other masterpieces.

V-Ray Next: Denoising in Production

We explain the differences between NVIDIA's AI denoiser and V-Ray Next's own denoiser. We explain how ours allows for proper compositing and temporal denoising.

Andre Matos — Porsche AG

CG artist shares tricks of the trade for awesome automobile renders

Dean Niskota & Hrvoje Čop — Polymachine

Legendary Croatian arch viz firm Studio Niskota is no more — but something bigger and better is in the pipeline. Founders Dean and Hrvoje tell Chris what’s next.

Ondřej Karlík & Jaroslav Křivánek — Corona Renderer

The partnership between Corona and V-Ray is starting to bear photorealistic fruit. Find out how the companies are collaborating, and the exciting new features coming soon to Corona.

Dan Thron & Erick Schiele — Jaws and More

What can megabudget blockbusters learn from a 43-year-old movie about a rubber shark?

Darren Hendler & Ron Miller — Digital Domain

Digital Domain’s digital human experts discuss the incredible work which went into Avengers’ Thanos

Steve Blakey

VFX vets talks software, swimsuits — and Scott Ross

Jesse James Chisholm

After Black Panther and Ready Player One VFX supervisor tells you everything you need to know about working on set in the movies

Colin Green

The long history of how the art of Previs revolutionized the entire film industry

Sebastien Deguy — Allegorithmic

The happy accidents which have made Substance software a dream for CG artists