[Sidefx-houdini-list] Houdini Mental Ray

Dragos Stefan ds_list at dsg.ro
Wed Aug 1 03:37:13 EDT 2007

It's true that Mantra is very cool and price effective, but: Mental Ray 
can still be good for some raytracing jobs and, more importantly, it 
comes bundled with all the competing Houdini packages: Max, Maya, XSI. 
That means there are many chances for a Houdini license to land in a 
studio which already has experienced MRay people and maybe internal 
shader libraries, adn maybe a renderfarm populated with Mental Ray 
standalones. It can make the Houdini integration easier if Houdini is 
nice to Mental Ray :)


Peter Bowmar wrote:
> I believe Liza Keith was involved in doing Mental Ray for Shadetree a
> few years ago, so it's possible for sure. Clearly, XSI has a shadetree
> UI for MR as well.  How easy it is, or how much demand there is, is a
> separate issue. Personally, I don't see the point in MR since Mantra
> kicks so much ass now, and is so much cheaper (i.e. free) than MR or
> PRman.
> Cheers,
> Peter B

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