Chaos Group Introduces New V-Ray Education Plan and Pricing
Chaos Group has made some great changes to their V-Ray Education program.
V-Ray is one of the best ray tracing render engines on the market right now and it’s no surprise that more and more people are starting to notice. V-Ray has been used in such works as Deadpool, Archer, and even Game of Thrones. Universities have picked up on the success and potential of V-Ray and have been purchasing V-Ray Educational Licenses for the school. Chaos Group has had a pretty decent education program for a while but with their recent changes, they have made V-Ray and other Chaos Group products more accessible to students and teachers.
Over the past few years, they have been changing their education prices and terms. Recently, they have decreased the price of the Student and Teacher licences. Those licenses are now $99, a small decrease from the previous price of $103; a couple years ago it was over $200 so the new price is looking pretty good. For that $99 you get full support from Chaos Group for the duration of your license as well as any update that comes out during that time frame. These are both great! The support if helping because V-Ray can be a bit tricky to install unless you know exactly what you’re doing, and when there are multiple computers to set, it might be handy to have that support as a fallback. V-Ray has a tendency of having very efficient updates with justified claims of high render time improvements. Each update Chaos Group puts out for V-Ray excites me. They usually focus on improving the render engine but they always seem to add a feature that, after using it, you couldn’t live without. Such feature recently is the Cryptomatte feature that I wrote about in my last blog post, which you can find here.
Chaos Group’s new V-Ray Education program also includes the addition of Courseware for Educators. The Courseware is basically a way for, “educators to easily set-up a class of architectural visualization, product design, animation, VFX, and media design” for 3ds Max, Maya, and SketchUp. This helps streamline education for students with some guidance from Chaos Group themselves.
One big change Chaos Group made to the V-Ray Education program is the way you can purchase educational licenses. Previously, the minimum amount of licenses you could buy for a university was 15, and I believe they all had to be a V-Ray Education license for the same program (IE: 3ds Max). Now the minimum is 6 and you can mix and match which V-Ray Educational license you want. So you could get 3 V-Ray Education Licenses for 3ds Max and 3 for SketchUp. Also, the license terms have been changed as well. Now you can purchase licenses for 1, 2, or 3 years.
With this new push for V-Ray Education licenses by Chaos Group, I believe we will see V-Ray become more of the standard render engine for these major 3d software applications. There will be a bigger market for V-Ray users in the industry and V-Ray will only continue to get better. I am excited to see what Chaos Group has in store for the future.
If you are interested in a V-Ray Education license, you can visit our store and get yourself a license. Click here for the link.
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