The other day I was working on a project where I needed to add some camera distortion. I wasn’t having much luck with my usual method of lens distortions. I was getting close, but my client wasn’t feeling it 100%. I knew that the VRay physical camera had some built-in distortion options, but I was using iray. Figured I’d throw caution to the wind and try the VRay camera with iray. It worked! Now, not all the features of the VRay physical camera work with iray, for example things like DOF/motion blur settings since those have specific controls in iray. However many of the other Vray camera options do.
That led me to wonder about other features. So this morning I tried using the VRay Lens Effects with iray since iray doesn’t provide any built-in lens glow/glare features. Blammo, it worked too.
I used overly intense effects to help illustrate the result. These are renders straight from 3dsmax using iray and the VRay Lens Effects.
NOTE: Keep in mind the VRay Lens Effect is a post render effect so you won’t see it until the render is complete.
Bottom line: If you use iray (or possibly other render engines) and also have VRay you can now have some built-in glare/glow effects. Unfortunately it’s a one sided relationship since iray doesn’t offer any special features for Vray.
Oh well, thanks good guy vray!