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Fprime and Maxwell

I'm currently evaluating The Maxwell Renderer (v1.2 beta) and Worley's FPrime (v1.5) and both of these rendering technologies are truly amazing. I'm really not sure which one to buy. Maxwell has the most realistic lighting algorithms that I have ever seen and Fprime renders 20-50 times faster than any other rendering engine on the planet. So I'll either buy the v1.2 beta of Maxwell for half the price OR I'll wait for the next version of Fprime v2.0 to be released. Apparently that should be very soon.

I tested a lot of my old LightWave 3D scenes in Fprime yesterday and I cranked up the settings and quality on all of them, since they pretty much rendered in realtime with radiosity (jaw-dropping stuff, believe-you-me). In the below link you can see a scene that I did about 2.5 years ago in LightWave 3D but I never finished it; since it took too long to test-render it during the lighting setup of the scene. This JPEG is rendered in HD-DVD resolution at 1920 x 1080 with 63 passes from Fprime and my guess is that this rendering would take about 7-10 days for my (very fast) workstation to render with LightWave 3D's standard renderer. Fprime did it in around 8-9 hours. :) (Note: I'll post some Maxwell images here later too.)



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