April 13, 2024

Autodesk ships Arnold 7.2.2

Thursday, June eighth, 2023 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Autodesk has launched Arnold 7.2.2, the newest model of the production renderer.

The replace makes edits to massive scenes “practically instantaneous”, makes renders generated on AMD, Apple and Intel CPUs perceptually equivalent, and extends USD and MaterialX help.

The plugins for 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini and Maya have all been up to date to help the brand new options.

Quicker rendering of scenes with massive numbers of situations or lights
Regardless of the small change in model quantity, Arnold 7.2.2 is a reasonably vital replace when it comes to render efficiency and high quality.

When modifying lights or shaders in advanced scenes – these with “thousands and thousands of situations” – the time to first pixel is “practically instantaneous, as a substitute of getting to attend a number of seconds”.

Autodesk means that the adjustments might be notably vital when engaged on scenes that use the USD Level Instancer.

International mild sampling efficiency – a spotlight of the earlier launch – has been additional improved, reducing render times on scenes with large numbers of lights.


Perceptually equivalent renders throughout supported CPUs
Arnold’s CPU renderer ought to now generate visually equivalent outcomes throughout supported {hardware}.

In line with Autodesk, whereas photos rendered on AMD, Apple and Intel CPUs have been beforehand typically “perceptually equal”, they need to now be “perceptually equivalent”.

The quantity of noise in volumes when utilizing a mesh mild with very small triangles has additionally been decreased, as proven within the picture above.

Expanded USD and MaterialX help
As well as, help for USD and MaterialX has been additional prolonged, with the replace making it potential to render MaterialX nodes outlined in third-party node definitions.

Supported by all the integration plugins
Arnold’s integration plugins have additionally been up to date to help the brand new options:

3ds Max: MAXtoA 5.6.3
Cinema 4D: C4DtoA 4.6.3
Houdini: HtoA
Katana: KtoA
Maya: MtoA 5.3.2

System necessities and availability
Arnold 7.2.2 is out there for Home windows 10+, RHEL/CentOS 7+ Linux and macOS 10.13+. Integrations can be found for 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Katana and Maya.

GPU rendering is supported on Home windows and Linux solely, and requires a compatible Nvidia GPU.

The software program is rental-only, with single-user subscriptions costing $50/month or $400/yr.

Read a full list of new features in Arnold 7.2.2 in the online documentation

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