What is Iray for Maya?

Iray for Maya is a plugin for Autodesk Maya®. The plugin is developed by [0x1] Software und Consulting GmbH

What is NVIDIA Iray®?

Iray is the first GPU-accelerated solution for physics-based, photo-realistic rendering world-wide. Combined with the parallel processing power of the latest NVIDIA® video processors, Iray achieves interactivity with extremely fast reactions and significantly accelerates the iterations required to create perfect scenes. For a detailed description of Iray please visit NVIDIA ARC's website.

Isn't Iray automatically included in Maya after I install mental ray®?

The basic technology of iray is included in mental ray, but it does not have the full functionality. [0x1] integrates Iray as an independently available renderer in Maya.

Does Iray for Maya support NVIDIA's Material Definition Language (MDL)?

Materials defined using MDL are supported. For a description of NVIDIA's Material Definition Language please visit NVIDIA ARC's website.

What are the advantages of an independent Iray integration for Maya?
The seamless integration in Maya places Iray at your disposal as a renderer suitable for production with all its advantages and features in Maya. The interactivity and scalable architecture are surely interesting to users with regard to using different CPUs and GPUs.

Which operating systems will Iray for Maya be available for?

[0x1] IrayForMaya is available for 64-bit-Windows and 64-bit Linux.

What hardware do I need in order to use Iray for Maya?

Basically, Iray for Maya functions on all computers that can be used to run Maya. Utilizing the advantage of GPU support locally requires an NVIDIA® video card with at least 2 GB of video memory.

What is a Iray for Maya local workstation license?

A local workstation license will run on one single workstation. All Nvidia graphics cards and CPUs built in the workstation can be used for rendering.

What is a Iray for Maya floating workstation license?

A floating workstation license supports the use of Iray for Maya up to a maximum number of users or “seats”, who are connected to a server network. The products can be installed on as many computers as desired; however, at any one time, can only run on the maximum number of computers for which licenses have been purchased.  Because you can install the products on more systems than the number of licenses purchased, you get true floating licenses across your entire network.

Will there be a standalone render license of Iray for Maya?

There is no standalone version of Iray available. The Iray for Maya plugin can be used to run a render farm.

Is a trial version for Iray for Maya available?

A free trial version of Iray for Maya is for a 30 day period available. The trial version covers the full feature set of the software and needs Maya 2017, Maya 2018, Maya 2019 or Maya 2020. Currently the trial version is only available for Windows operating system. The usage of the trial version for commercial production is not allowed.

You can download the trial version here.