NVIDIA mental ray for Maya is a plug-in rendering solution, seamlessly integrated into Autodesk Maya®.

The industry standard renderer one has counted upon for years is now available directly from those creating it. Maya artists now receive interactive viewport rendering and easy-to-use global illumination with substantial GPU-acceleration, in addition to all previous functionality and compatibility.


Main features:

  • Intuitive global illumination engine (GI-Next) requiring minimal setup or tuning
  • 2-4X faster than earlier GI methods of similar quality and up to 10-20x faster with a single GPU
  • Ideal for interactive lighting workflows within the Maya viewport
  • Fast and easy to use Image Based Lighting and procedural environments like Sun&Sky
  • Light Important Sampling enables a large number of lights without sacrificing performance
  • Multiple Importance Sampling speeds up physically-based setups with MDL materials
  • Much faster rendering of modern lighting setups with area lights and emissive materials

More info: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvidia-mental-ray-products.html