For the first time in Australia, Bulgarian-based Chaos Group is bringing a workshop and certification exam for their cutting-edge rendering program V-Ray to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

With the Melbourne leg to be hosted at CG Spectrum’s new studio on Lonsdale Street on 26th August, we chatted with the mentor of lighting Nathan Mitchell and V-Ray specialist Simeon Balabanov about the software and what attendees can hope to expect.

Since its creation over a decade ago, V-Ray has become the go-to rendering tool for studios all over the world, used in productions like Game of Thrones, Deadpool, Avengers and Final Fantasy XV. It is now supported by 3D applications such as Nuke, Maya, 3ds Max, Blender and many more.

The main focus of the workshop will be teaching people how V-Ray for Nuke can be added to a 3D pipeline to speed up basic shot preparation for 3D lighters when using an HDRI workflow.

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“This allows anyone with basic Nuke skills and a good eye for lighting to aid in scene setup before the crunch of compositing final shots hits,” said Mitchell, whose lighting portfolio includes Ted(2012), After Earth (2013) and SpongeBob Movie (2015). “V-Ray provides a broad range of tools that allow both photo-real and stylistic results to be produced quickly and a user-friendly interface designed to suit users across a range of levels.”

V-Ray is the flagship rendering software for Chaos Group and, since its creation over a decade ago, has set the bar in speed, quality and ease of use.

Balabanov joined Chaos in 2012 but had been using V-Ray for several years before that. When we asked why Chaos Group decided to develop this software, he simply answered: “because it was needed.”

The workshop will not only be an opportunity to learn how to use V-Ray but also a rare chance to receive an official accreditation from Chaos Group by taking part in an exam.

According to Balabanov, DIY tutorials online can often do more harm than good. The key is just diving in yourself. “Disregard any old tutorials you read on the internet. V-Ray is simpler than ever – go and experiment. With just 3 tools you can set up any given scene: V-Ray Quick Settings, V-Ray RT, and V-Ray Light Lister.”

Balabanov thinks that the workshop will not only be a great opportunity to learn more about V-Ray but also to network. “It is going to be a great place to meet, talk with us and get your questions answered. The topics covered will be suitable for various different situations and types of visualizations.”

And final tips from the CG specialist on becoming one yourself?

“Make sure you have good photography skills,” he said. “I think that if you aim for a photo – simulate how a photographer will take that photo. That is the best starting point.”

Workshop details:

10:30 AM – 01:30 PM: A workshop on Lighting and Shading with Simeon Balabanov, Chaos Group and Nathan Mitchell, CG Spectrum

01:30 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch Break (food will be provided)

02:00 PM – 03:30 PM: V-Ray Certified Professional exam. If passed successfully, attendees will become a V-Ray Certified Professional

Workshop details for Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane are at V-Ray’s website here.

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