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Mastering mental ray®: Rendering Techniques for 3D & CAD Professionals by Jennifer O'Connor

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Chapter 1. mental ray Essentials

mental ray by mental images is an advanced, Academy Award-winning rendering engine included with Autodesk's 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design applications. This industry-standard renderer is used in a multitude of productions ranging from the latest sci-fi and action movies to visually rich game cinematics to stunning renderings of vehicles, architecture, and products yet only imagined. mental ray is integrated in 3D applications from a variety of developers, most notably by Autodesk, and is the leading rendering application in the world.

In this chapter, I introduce you to a number of important topics for both Autodesk's 3ds Max/Design product and the mental ray rendering engine. This chapter ensures that you have a number ...

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