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V-Ray for MODO

V-Ray is a complete interactive lighting, shading and rendering toolkit, giving you full control over the entire creative process, from real-time look development to the final frame. V-Ray for MODO® seamlessly integrates production-proven rendering capabilities into MODO’s native workflow.

Choose between multicore CPU and GPU-accelerated rendering for complete creative control and fast results. Built to handle the toughest projects and biggest scenes, V-Ray for MODO is designed to fit into any production pipeline.

V-Ray for MODO is built upon the latest core technology that has made V-Ray an industry standard in visual effects, broadcast and architectural design projects for nearly 20 years.

See why top artists and designers rely on V-Ray every day to create award-winning designs and visual effects.

Full feature list for V-Ray for MODO

  • Powerful CPU rendering - Render photoreal images and animations with V-Ray's highly-optimized, adaptive ray tracing technology.
  • Incredibly fast GPU rendering - Get an added speed boost with GPU-accelerated look development and final frame rendering.
  • Distributed rendering - Leverage the full power of multiple computers working together to render a single frame.
  • V-Ray Denoiser - Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.

  • Global Illumination - Choose from ray traced or hybrid GI methods for the right balance of quality and speed.
  • Accurate lights - Render accurate and artistic lighting with a wide range of light types, shapes and controls.

  • Physical materials - Create node-based physical materials with multiple layers, and add GTR/ GGX highlights for great looking reflections.
  • Unique shaders - For specialized materials, choose from a selection of purpose-built shaders for car paint, subsurface scattering, hair, skin and more.
  • Ray-traced rounded corners - Generate perfectly smooth edges at render time with no extra modeling.
  • Triplanar mapping - Quickly apply seamless textures without UVs.

  • Photoreal cameras - Simulate any camera and lens with controls for exposure, depth of field and motion blur.
  • Virtual Reality - Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.

  • Proxy objects - Fit massive scenes in memory and cut render times using load-on-demand proxy objects.
  • V-Ray scene exchange - Import ready-to-render V-Ray scene files exported from V-Ray for 3ds Max.
  • Hair & fur - Import Alembic hair and fur as proxy geometry and render using V-Ray's optimized hair shader.
  • V-Ray Clipper - Create complex cutaways and sections by subtracting any mesh object.
  • Volume rendering - Render optimized volumetric effects and import OpenVDB files from Realflow and Houdini.

  • Render elements - Output a complete set of beauty, utility and matte passes for total control in compositing – including deep compositing.
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer - Track render history, adjust colors and control final image output using advanced color management.

Purchase information

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System Requirements:

Processor Intel® Pentium® 4 (64bit) or equivalent AMD® 64 processor with SSE2 technology or newer
RAM 4 GB RAM (8 GB or higher recommended)
Operating system Windows XP (SP3 or higher), Windows Vista (SP2 or higher), Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 (64 bit versions only)
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11
MODO 701 (SP5), 801 (SP2 or higher), 901, 902, 10.0, and 10.1 
USB port Required for hardware lock, preferably USB 2.0
TCP/IP Only IPv4 is supported. IPv6 is currently not supported. 


Licensing Info:

A workstation license includes the V-Ray for MODO plugin and one render node. For additional render node interest, please contact

Licensing and plug-in distribution are handled directly by Chaos Group, the developers of V-Ray. After purchase, you’ll receive an email with information on setting up an account at, together with download instructions.

Note: Order delivery time is generally within 24 hours during the week, and 24-48 hours over weekends.

With online licensing there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed. Online licensing is fast and secure, and customers will be able to access their new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files.

Online licensing requires a stable, uninterrupted internet connection. For offline use, customers may borrow licenses for up to 15 days at a time.

Currently, online licensing is only available for V-Ray for MODO and cannot be used for any other Chaos Group products.

Dongles will continue to be an option for V-Ray for MODO customers who prefer hardware-based licenses. Dongle licensing remains unchanged.

The V-Ray for MODO Plugin is a workstation license including one render node. V-Ray for MODO is compatible with V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max®, Maya®, and NUKE® render nodes. For additional render nodes, please contact