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May 26, 2022
Chaos Acquires CGarchitect, Makes All Accounts Free
World’s Largest Architectural Visualization Community Gains Free Access to All Portfolio, Job and AI Tools

KARLSRUHE, Germany — May 26, 2022 — Today, Chaos announces it has acquired CGarchitect, home to the largest architectural visualization community online. To celebrate, Chaos is making all accounts free, opening up some of the site’s most prized features to help users advance their careers in a more effective way.

For over 20 years, CGarchitect has been the hub for professional architectural visualization, playing host to over 100,000 user-generated images, 400,000 forum posts, and the 3D Awards, collectively known as the “Oscars” of archviz. The site will remain an independent, product-agnostic platform dedicated to helping users share work, find jobs, and connect with others around the world.

To create a direct line to the community, CGarchitect’s day-to-day operations will be overseen by Lon Grohs, Director of Creative and Communications at Chaos and a former archviz artist, who previously worked as a Principal and Creative Director at famed architectural visualization studio, Neoscape. 

“Chaos and CGarchitect have been inextricably linked since the beginning, as friends, business partners, and supporters of this community,” said Grohs. “When we heard that Jeff needed to move on, we knew we had to step up so this powerful network he created could live on and keep serving the people that use it everyday.”

“Few companies care and know about our industry like Chaos, which makes them the perfect stewards for everything we’ve built,” said Jeff Mottle, founder of CGarchitect. “When I started this, all I wanted was to foster a community that remained connected and excited about the work. Now, I just want everyone to thrive. With Lon at the helm, I have no doubt the site will continue to give people what they need to stand out and be seen.”
With free accounts, all members can now access:

  • Advanced story builder – Create custom, magazine-like layouts for your projects, filled with high-resolution images and animations.
  • AI search tools – Look for images with AI searches optimized for visual similarity, color palettes, and more. 
  • Mood boards – Discover new points of inspiration or reference in over 105,000 images, all of which can be instantly assigned to a public or private mood board.
  • Advanced job CRM – Track applications across channels, sort and rank applicants, even search for candidates in real-time – all in one place.
  • Free job posts – Share open positions and attract top talent without constraints.

To learn more, check out our podcast with Lon Grohs and Jeff Mottle.

About Chaos 
Chaos develops visualization technologies that empower artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray®, has been honored with both an Academy Award® and an Engineering Emmy® for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. 

In 2022, Chaos merged with Enscape, a leading provider of real-time rendering and design workflow technology for the AEC industry. Enscape offers innovative solutions that connect directly into modeling software, integrating design and visualization workflows seamlessly into one. Together, the newly combined company is creating an end-to-end ecosystem of 3D visualization tools accessible to everyone. 

For more information, visit chaos.com and enscape3d.com.

 

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaos.com
www.chaos.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Apr 13, 2022
Chaos Corona 8 for 3ds Max and Cinema 4D Now Available
Update Adds Highly Requested Features and Deeper Integration with Chaos Ecosystem

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — April 13, 2022 — Today, Chaos launches Chaos Corona 8 for 3ds Max and Cinema 4D. In the first-ever joint update to both tools, Chaos Corona 8 brings a new name and more options to the artist-friendly render engine. Artists and designers can now access instant content, enhanced scattering and the other highly requested features behind the most substantive update in Corona history.

“By connecting Corona 8 into the Chaos ecosystem, designers never have to worry about how things move back and forth again. They can just pick the right tool for the job, and trust that it will integrate well with everything else they are doing,” said Ondřej Karlík, director of Chaos Czech Development at Chaos. “As Chaos continues to share technology, we bring more power to our users, helping them do more in their product of choice.”

For faster scene creation, designers can now use Chaos Cosmos, a new 3D content system packed with 1,300 free, highly curated models and HDRIs. With Chaos Cosmos, designers can stage interiors and environments in a few clicks, with instant access to commonly used assets like furniture, trees, cars and people. Each asset is directly searchable within 3ds Max and Cinema 4D, making the process of creating believable imagery even more fluid.

The update also welcomes the addition of Chaos Scatter (the next generation of Corona Scatter), allowing users to quickly place objects into a scene in a believably randomized or patterned way. Ideal for adding things like rocks and trees, or textile fibers, Chaos Scatter is designed to be flexible and useful across landscapes, interiors and more.

The release also includes: 

  • Corona Decal — Easily place things like splashes, scratches and craters. Multiple decals can be stacked and controlled in the viewport.
  • Corona Slicer — A material that allows any geometry of any shape to be used in creating a cutaway of a building or other object. Corona Slicer includes options to create caps, define their materials, and include/exclude objects.
  • Tone Mapping — Designers can now exert more control over the final look of a cinematic render, without resorting to external image editing software. 

A full set of features is available on the Chaos Corona website

Pricing and Availability
Chaos Corona 8 is available now for 3ds Max 2014-2022 (64 bit) on Windows, and for Cinema 4D R14-R25 (64 bit) on Windows and Mac. Pricing is subscription-based, with monthly rates set at $45 and yearly rates at $310. 

About Chaos Czech
Chaos Czech are the creators of Corona Renderer, a high-performance photorealistic rendering engine. Chaos Czech is a leader in architectural visualization software, where it offers a simple, yet powerful approach for professional artists. Chaos Czech continues to bring this approach to its development of new tools and technologies for architecture, advertising and motion graphics. Chaos Czech, a Chaos company, is headquartered in Prague.

About Chaos 
Chaos develops visualization technologies that empower artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray®, has been honored with both an Academy Award® and an Engineering Emmy® for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television.
In 2022, Chaos merged with Enscape, a leading provider of real-time rendering and design workflow technology for the AEC industry. Enscape offers innovative solutions that connect directly into modeling software, integrating design and visualization workflows seamlessly into one. Together, the newly-combined company is creating an end-to-end ecosystem of 3D visualization tools accessible to everyone.


For more information, visit chaos.com and enscape3d.com.

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Press Contacts:

Chaos Czech
Tom Grimes, grimes@corona-renderer.com
https://corona-renderer.com 

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com 

Apr 7, 2022
Cylindo Joins Chaos to Create an End-to-End Platform for Visualization, 3D Commerce and Beyond
Chaos, which recently merged with Enscape, has announced its acquisition of Cylindo, a 3D product visualization platform for commerce.

Karlsruhe, April 7, 2022 – Chaos, which recently merged with Enscape, has announced its acquisition of Cylindo, a 3D product visualization platform for commerce. Cylindo makes product visualization easy for brands and retailers by providing superior product visuals across the entire buyer journey. This acquisition enables the combined companies to further build on their vision of creating a leading end-to-end 3D visualization ecosystem. Together, Cylindo and Chaos will continue to democratize visualization, making 3D, AR and VR content more accessible to everyone. 


Incorporated in 2012, Cylindo makes it easy to visualize and sell products through its web-based service that powers four quintillion product variations and 18 million monthly users. Cylindo’s technology transforms simple product data into 3D photorealistic content that can be easily leveraged anywhere: product configurators and feeds, AR/VR experiences, interactive room scenes, and other marketing channels. The platform provides an end-to-end solution to create, manage, and distribute photorealistic product visuals with ease. Top furniture retailers and brands use Cylindo’s platform to deliver immersive 3D experiences and support their 2D product visualization needs. 


Cylindo will continue to operate as an independent brand collaborating closely with the Chaos team. All Cylindo services and solutions will continue to be developed and offered. Cylindo’s 164 employees will continue to operate from offices in Boston (USA), Copenhagen (Denmark), Bitola (North Macedonia), and Skopje (North Macedonia). The acquisition now brings the Chaos joint workforce to approximately 700 employees across the globe.


“We are excited to welcome Cylindo, a very fast-growing 3D product visualization platform, to the growing Chaos family. Our acquisition of Cylindo is the next stepping stone to becoming a world leader in 3D visualization. With Cylindo, we can meet increasing needs for easy-to-use, high-quality 3D visualization, augmented reality, and virtual reality technologies across numerous industries,” said Christian Lang and Peter Mitev, co-CEOs, Chaos.


“Cylindo and Chaos share a common mission of making visualization easy. We are thrilled to join Chaos to create an end-to-end platform for architectural visualization, 3D commerce, and beyond” said Janus Jagd, CEO, Cylindo.  

 


About Chaos
Chaos develops visualization technologies that empower artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray®, has been honored with both an Academy Award® and an Engineering Emmy® for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. 
In 2022, Chaos merged with Enscape, a leading provider of real-time rendering and design workflow technology for the AEC industry. Enscape offers innovative solutions that connect directly into modeling software, integrating design and visualization workflows seamlessly into one. Together, the newly-combined company is creating an end-to-end ecosystem of 3D visualization tools accessible to everyone. 


For more information, visit chaos.com and enscape3d.com

 

About Cylindo
Cylindo is a 3D product visualization platform for commerce. Powering four quintillion product variations and 18 million unique users per month, Cylindo is the catalyst that drives delightful shopping experiences, helping retailers and brands show more and sell more of their products.
Hundreds of furniture companies such as American Leather, Universal, Flexsteel, Montana, Room & Board, Loaf, Jerome's, Neptune, Interior Define, Sofacompany, and Plush partner with Cylindo to create unparalleled buyer journeys for customers. Cylindo strives to provide the ultimate customer experience, from great onboarding to an effective content creation process and setup selection on the platform to final delivery and distribution of beautiful product visuals.


For more information, visit cylindo.com.


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Media Contacts:


Darlene Batista Alvar
Chaos/Enscape 
d.alvar@enscape3d.com


David Tracy
Chaos
david.tracy@chaosgroup.com


Aleks Atanasov
Cylindo
aatanasov@cylindo.com
 

 

Apr 1, 2022
Chaos Adds Digital Replicas of Twinbru Textiles and Haworth Furniture to Chaos Cosmos’ 3D Library
Over 450 New Photorealistic Fabric and Furniture Assets Can Now Be Added Into Any Architecture or Interior Design Project

Over 450 New Photorealistic Fabric and Furniture Assets Can Now Be Added Into Any Architecture or Interior Design Project

LOS ANGELES — March 31, 2022 — Today, Chaos announces a new partnership that gives architects and interior designers access to 480 digital replicas of Twinbru textiles and Haworth furniture models, making it easier to create photorealistic stills and animations with real-world components. For the first time, Chaos Cosmos, a free library of ready-to-render content, now offers materials and models direct from manufacturers.

Twinbru and Haworth represent a growing trend that has seen manufacturers creating photorealistic copies of their designs to promote sustainability and enable customer-friendly sales tools like configurators. These strategies certainly help firms be more conscious, and digital assets have long lives, creating an opportunity for companies to support the growth of massive 3D worlds that require realistic content and environmental designers. 

“Bru Textiles and Haworth are known throughout the design world for their high-quality fabrics and office furniture, making them a constant reference for high-end visualizations,” said Kalina Maneva, product manager of Chaos Cosmos at Chaos. “By incorporating some of their top designs into Chaos Cosmos, designers can be confident that their visualizations are populated with exact replicas of the real thing.”

“Digital fabrics are the glue that hold 3D spaces together; as virtual environments become more prevalent, the need for high-quality, on-demand fabrics will only continue to grow,” says Jason Neiman, CEO of Bru Textiles. “By partnering with Chaos, we are making the transition even easier for designers and 3D artists, giving them instant access to the biggest digital fabric library on the planet.”

The new collection debuts with photorealistic fabrics and office staples (like chairs, armchairs and sofas) that designers can immediately drop into a 3D scene with the help of nearly every offline/real-time rendering tool in the Chaos ecosystem. 3ds Max, SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, Chaos Corona, Cinema 4D, Maya and Chaos Vantage are all supported.

Along with the new Twinbru/Haworth collection, Chaos is announcing the additional release of over 200 new assets, including:

  • CGAxis — kitchen appliances, musical instruments, toys, medical equipment and more 

  • Fisherman3D — sports cars, sedans, airplanes, watercraft, electric vehicles, etc. 

  • Globe Plants — plants, trees, bushes, etc.  

  • Chaos — 3D scanned rocks and food 

This brings the library to over 2,000 assets, comprising the most commonly used 3D model, HDRI and material types employed every day by professional designers. New features have also been added including a light/dark mode.

To browse the library, please visit the Chaos Cosmos website.

Pricing and Availability
Chaos Cosmos is free to any V-Ray or Chaos Corona user.

About Chaos 
Chaos develops visualization technologies that empower artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray®, has been honored with both an Academy Award® and an Engineering Emmy® for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. 

In 2022, Chaos merged with Enscape, a developer of real-time rendering software for the AEC industry. Together, the newly combined company is creating an end-to-end ecosystem of 3D visualization tools accessible to everyone. 

For more information, visit chaos.com

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaos.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Feb 2, 2022
Chaos Releases V-Ray 5 for Revit, update 2 
Photoreal Renderer Adds Linked Doc Replacements, Expanded Real-Time Support and New Scatter Tool

 

Photoreal Renderer Adds Linked Doc Replacements, Expanded Real-Time Support and New Scatter Tool

LOS ANGELES — February 2, 2022 — Today, Chaos releases V-Ray 5 for Revit, update 2, bringing new visualization powers to architects who want to see how their choices play out in real time and beyond. Now users can manage more complex models, make hassle-free updates to linked documents and scatter entourage for more realistic renderings without leaving Revit. 

New Capabilities

New features help users do more within Revit, so architects can visualize design decisions without distractions or technical delays.

  • Linked document replacements — For the first time, Revit users can render and replace objects and materials from linked documents with a higher-fidelity version. Whether it’s applying a photoreal V-Ray material or replacing a low-resolution model with a fully detailed one, replacement overrides bring more control to the creative process, without disrupting the original files.

  • Scatter — The new scattering tool makes it easy to distribute models of plants, trees, cars and other entourage items, including models from Chaos Cosmos. With full control over size, orientation and density, these models can be placed on any surface or terrain. This is a fast and memory-efficient way to create realistic scenes and detailed environments.

  • V-Ray Material improvements — With the updated V-Ray Material, users can quickly create transparent and translucent materials. Two new controls have been added: thin-walled for materials like single-sided glass and volumetric subsurface scattering for realistic marble, plastic and wax.

Chaos Cosmos Updates

In V-Ray 5 for Revit, Chaos introduced its first 3D content library, Chaos Cosmos, now filled with over 1,300 free render-ready models and HDRIs that reduce the process of populating environments to a few clicks. New updates include:

  • Materials — Designers can now take advantage of 200 new material assets, including terrain, tiles, wood floors, brick walls and more. 

  • Customizable assets — Users can now adjust the materials of any Cosmos model, helping them fine-tune key parameters like color, bump and gloss as they dial in a desired look.

  • Improved asset management — All Cosmos family items are now conveniently organized into a separate sub-tab of Revit’s Families tab, making it easier to find and manage them.

New Real-Time Advances

Designed to serve everything that comes before a final render, V-Ray Vision offers a real-time view of your Revit model that updates while you work. The latest update expands on its core feature set, bringing more options into its always-on viewport. New V-Ray Vision features include:

  • Shareable real-time projects — Users can package their V-Ray Vision work for others to experience in real-time 3D on their own machine — no license or additional software required. Just hit export and reviewers can experience your full Revit design with the full functionality of V-Ray Vision, including navigation controls, color correction parameters and more.

  • Sun animation support — Revit’s native solar studies can now be loaded into Vision for quick explorations, then exported as video to share with peers and clients.

  • Grass support — A grass preset can now be added to any surface to help build realistic terrains in an intuitive way.

  • IES lights support — Photometric IES light profiles can now be visualized within V-Ray Vision, adding real-world lighting into any interior.

  • Larger project support — Architects can now explore larger, more detailed models in real time. 

If designers need higher-fidelity real time, they can turn to Chaos Vantage, which can be now directly accessed through a new Live Link. With Vantage, even the most complex Revit model can be explored in fully ray-traced real time with no extra setup. Vantage is currently free for all users.

To learn more about the new features, please visit the V-Ray for Revit “What’s new” page.

Pricing and Availability
V-Ray 5 for Revit, update 2 is available now. Licensing is available at $350 (annually) and $60 (monthly). It is also included in V-Ray Collection, an annual plan that gives users full access to 15 Chaos products and services for $699/year.

 

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, has been honored with both an Academy Award and an Engineering Emmy for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos has offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.

 

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaos.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Jan 20, 2022
New Chaos Player Added to V-Ray Collection
Powerful Image Sequence Player Joins High-End Visualization Suite

Powerful Image Sequence Player Joins High-End Visualization Suite

LOS ANGELES — January 19, 2022 — Today, Chaos adds Chaos Player, its fast-loading image sequence player, to V-Ray Collection, giving artists and designers access to 15 high-end visualization products from a single license. To further elevate VFX and animation workflows, the feature set is also expanding to include floating-point compositing, A/B wipes, OpenColorIO (OCIO) v2 support and more, making a fast product even more attuned to the needs of high-end productions.

“When it's time to review animation, you don’t want to jump through a bunch of hoops to see it in action,” said Alexander Yolov, product manager at Chaos. “With Chaos Player, both animators and supervisors can playback high-resolution sequences almost instantaneously, so they can make decisions on the fly.”

Chaos Player (formerly Pdplayer) delivers smooth playback of ultra-high-definition image sequences, so 3D artists, animators and supervisors can review and rapidly approve animations. Today, Chaos Player supports all industry-standard image formats — including multichannel EXR renders — and brings live multilayer compositing, interactive color adjustments and collaborative markup tools into a single standalone application.

“Chaos Player is part of our daily workflow for nearly every project that comes through our door, as it’s always saving us time, whether we are working on feature films or streaming content from Netflix and HBO,“ said Dmitry Vinnik, technical director at Silhouette Images. “The ability to load multiple 4K multichannel EXR sequences at once and cycle through layers is absolutely crucial to our team. At every stage there seems to be another little feature that helps, whether it's switching aspect ratios or converting files. It all adds up.”

Chaos Player now includes:

  • Floating-point compositing — Supports layered compositing of 32-bit, high-dynamic range image sequences with real-time playback.

  • A/B wipes — Animators can now compare up to four versions of a shot in playback in real time.

  • MP4 video support — Edits, compositions and frame sequences can now be exported to MP4.

  • OCIO v2 support — The latest version of one of visual effects’ most commonly used color management solutions now has full support in Chaos Player. 

  • High-DPI interface — The UI is now fully compatible with high-density and high-resolution displays.

To learn more about the new features, please visit the Chaos Player product page.

Pricing and Availability
Chaos Player is available now for Linux, MacOS and Windows. It can be purchased through an annual subscription, priced at $99, or through V-Ray Collection, an annual plan that gives users full access to 15 Chaos products and services for $699/year.

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, has been honored with both an Academy Award and an Engineering Emmy for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaos.com.

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaos.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Jan 11, 2022
Chaos and Enscape to Merge, Backed by TA Associates and LEA Partners
Merger will create a global leader in 3D visualization and design workflow technology

KARLSRUHE, SOFIA & BOSTON, January 11, 2022 – TA Associates, a global growth private equity firm, and LEA Partners, a technology focused private equity firm, announced today an agreement to merge Enscape, a leading developer of real-time rendering and design workflow technology for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries, and Chaos, a world leader in photorealistic rendering technology. The merger will establish a global leader in the 3D visualization and design workflow software sectors, with a focus on the AEC, Visual Effects (VFX) and Product Design verticals. 

Founded in 2017, Enscape offers solutions that connect directly into modeling software for the AEC industry, integrating design and visualization workflows seamlessly into one. This allows the company to support its customers through the entire design process with unprecedented ease-of-use, enabling faster concept iteration, real-time collaboration and feedback. With its innovative solutions, Enscape has quickly grown since entering the market, establishing its position as a leading provider to the AEC industry. 

Chaos, founded in 1997, is widely known as a world leader in visualization and computer graphics, offering an ecosystem of 3D rendering, real-time visualization and simulation software. Chaos’ flagship rendering solution, V-Ray, is the go-to visualization tool across multiple industries, supporting everything from architecture, product designs and world-class advertising campaigns to visual effects in film and television. In addition to V-Ray, Chaos provides a broad suite of connected tools, including Phoenix, Cosmos, Vantage, Scans and Cloud, as well as the Corona Renderer. 

The newly-combined company, which will retain the Chaos name, aims to develop and strengthen its product portfolio to create a comprehensive end-to-end visualization ecosystem, designed to meet the evolving needs of its customers. All products from both company portfolios will continue to operate and be available under their respective name, including leading products, Enscape, V-Ray, and Corona.  

Peter Mitev, CEO and co-founder of Chaos, and Christian Lang, CEO of Enscape, will share the title of co-CEO for the new company. Vladimir Koylazov, co-founder of Chaos and current head of software operations, will also continue to drive R&D and innovation in a leadership position. The joint workforce will total more than 500 employees across the globe, with corporate headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany and additional offices in Sofia (Bulgaria), Prague (Czech Republic), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Los Angeles (USA) and New York (USA).

“Enscape has seen a period of extraordinary growth, outpacing an already fast-growing market. We are thrilled to join forces with Chaos as we seek to further our scale, recognizing that our companies are highly complementary and share an end-to-end product vision. With the support of LEA and TA, we will significantly increase our investment in growth, technology and people,” said Christian Lang.

"Visualization is critical to creating the future—both in the real world and the metaverse," said Peter Mitev. "We are excited to team up with Enscape, TA, and LEA Partners to bring forth the world’s best 3D visualization ecosystem." 

“Since our initial investment, we have worked closely with the Enscape management team to grow the company into a leading provider for the AEC industry, and this is only the beginning,” said Christian Roth, Managing Partner at LEA Partners. “We find that bringing together Enscape and Chaos offers a unique opportunity to build a tech powerhouse to lead the way in AEC and beyond.” 

“We have been impressed by the growth, high-quality product offerings and loyal customer base of both Chaos and Enscape. Together, we believe the company can build on its strong momentum to create a global leader in the 3D visualization and design workflow space. In partnership with LEA, we are excited to invest in the company’s future by deepening product capabilities and growing the breadth of offerings and geography,” said Stefan Dandl, Principal at TA. 

 

TA will join LEA, Enscape’s current majority shareholder, in the newly-combined company alongside the management of Chaos and Enscape, who will retain a significant minority stake. As part of the transaction, Sean Flaherty will also become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chaos. Flaherty, former CEO of Vectorworks and Chief Strategy Officer of Nemetschek Group, currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Enscape.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2022. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

About Chaos

Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, has been honored with both an Academy Award and an Engineering Emmy for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos operates with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit www.chaos.com.

About Enscape

Enscape develops high-quality real-time rendering and virtual reality software for the global AEC industry. Enscape integrates design and visualization workflows into one and gives designers the power to create realistic renderings based on their existing planning data and easily produce videos, panoramic images, and VR simulations. Enscape software is used by renowned architecture firms in over 150 countries, with more than 24,000 customers and 240,000 active monthly users worldwide. The company operates from offices in Karlsruhe (Germany) and New York (USA). Learn more at www.enscape3d.com.

About TA Associates 

TA is a leading global growth private equity firm. Focused on targeted sectors within five industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services – the firm invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth, and has invested in more than 550 companies around the world. Investing as either a majority or minority investor, TA employs a long-term approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in high quality growth companies. TA has raised $47.5 billion in capital since its founding in 1968. The firm’s more than 100 investment professionals are based in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. More information about TA can be found at www.ta.com

About LEA Partners 

LEA Partners is an entrepreneurial-minded multi-stage private equity firm investing in growth technology companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Operating out of Karlsruhe, one of Europe's largest technology clusters, its mission is to fund and support ambitious founders and executives by leveraging them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to achieve market leadership. Learn more at www.leapartners.de

 

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Media Contacts

Maggie Benoit 
TA Associates 
+ 1-617-598-6685
mbenoit@ta.com

 

Stephen Fishleigh
BackBay Communications 
+44-203-475-7552
stephen.fishleigh@backbaycommunications.com

 

Lon Grohs
Chaos 
Lon.grohs@chaosgroup.com 

 

Darlene Batista Alvar 
Enscape 
+49 1516 4678140
Email: d.alvar@enscape3d.com

 

LEA Partners 
+49-721-13-208-700
press@leapartners.de 

Nov 4, 2021
Chaos Adds New Real-Time Capabilities to V-Ray 5 for Rhino and SketchUp
Share Explorable 3D Scenes in a Click; Instant Access to Real-Time Ray Tracing Within SketchUp and Rhino

Share Explorable 3D Scenes in a Click; Instant Access to Real-Time Ray Tracing Within SketchUp and Rhino

LOS ANGELES — November 4, 2021 — Today, Chaos expands V-Ray 5 for Rhino and V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, helping designers get more done with real-time visualization. With dozens of improvements to V-Ray Vision and a new Live Link to Chaos Vantage, users can bring real-time rendering into more parts of their process, opening up faster workflows and feedback while working within Rhino or SketchUp.

“Whether it's real-time ray tracing with Chaos Vantage or game-quality graphics with V-Ray Vision, this new update makes it easier to apply real time to any stage of the design process,” said Konstantin Gaytandzhiev, V-Ray for Rhino and SketchUp product manager at Chaos. “And the best part is whatever tool you choose, the same lights, materials and scene setups will apply down the line, so designers never lose momentum.”

New Real-Time Advances

Designed to serve everything that comes before a final render, V-Ray Vision offers a real-time view of your scene that updates while you work. The latest update expands on its core feature set, bringing more options into its always-on viewport. New V-Ray Vision features include:

  • Shareable 3D scenes — Users can package their V-Ray Vision scenes for others to experience in real-time 3D on their own machine — no license or additional software required. Just hit export and reviewers can experience your full scene with the full functionality of V-Ray Vision, including navigation controls, color correction parameters and more.
     

  • Video recording — Users can now record their real-time experiences directly to video to easily share walkthroughs and presentations with others. 
     

  • Sun animation support — New support for SketchUp, Rhino and Grasshopper sun animations enables quick solar studies.
     

  • Grass support — A grass preset can now be added to any surface to help build realistic terrains in an intuitive way.
     

  • IES lights support — Photometric IES light profiles can now be visualized within V-Ray Vision, adding real-world lighting into any interior.
     

  • Highly efficient instancing — Scenes using multitudes of instances, such as forests, grass fields, packed parking lots and more, can now continue to operate at real-time speeds.

If designers need higher fidelity, they can turn to Chaos Vantage, which can be now directly accessed through a new Live Link. With Vantage, even the most complex scenes can be explored in fully ray-traced real time with no extra setup. Vantage is currently free for all users.

New Capabilities

In addition to general improvements, the new update helps simplify tasks that would otherwise take users hours without these tools. These include:

  • Scatter — The new scattering tool is perfect for building believable terrains and detailed scenes, as it can add hundreds to millions of objects and Chaos Cosmos models to any surface — all in an intuitive and memory-efficient way. Users can disperse multiple objects simultaneously while controlling their size, orientation and density for maximum realism.
     

  • Decals — With the new V-Ray Decal, it’s easy to project unique materials onto objects of any shape without any extra mapping work, which makes it perfect for applying graffiti to walls or logos on products. Decals can also be used across multiple materials at once, making it easy to add elements like stickers, dust, stains and scratches to several objects within a scene without disturbing any underlying materials. 
     

  • New Chaos Cosmos materials — Chaos’ curated collection of render-ready V-Ray content now includes 200 new high-quality materials that you can use on any project. While each material can be applied immediately, users can also customize them as needed.
     

  • V-Ray Material improvements — Complex realism for transparent and translucent materials is now possible with the updated V-Ray Material. Easily create glass materials for single-sided objects with the thin-walled option or set up translucent materials like plastic or wax with a few clicks through the SSS and Volumetric translucency modes.
     

  • Light Gen improvements — Users can now add their own HDRIs to the hundreds of HDR environments included in the Light Gen library for even more lighting possibilities.
     

New V-Ray for Grasshopper Features

Several top features are also available for Grasshopper in Rhino. These include:

  • V-Ray Scatter component for simplified scattering.

  • Chaos Cosmos for quick 3D assets.

  • Chaos Vantage Live Link for real-time ray tracing. 

  • IES, Spot and Omni Light components for more realistic lighting.

  • Camera component improvements for fast, automatic exposure setups and more control over depth of field.

To learn more about the new features, please visit the V-Ray for Rhino and V-Ray for SketchUp “What’s New?” pages.

Pricing and Availability

V-Ray 5 for Rhino, update 2 and V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, update 2 are available now. Licensing is available at $350 (annually) and $60 (monthly). Both products are also included in V-Ray Collection, an annual plan that gives users full access to 15 Chaos products and services for $699/year.

 

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. The firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, has been honored with both an Academy Award and an Engineering Emmy for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering in motion pictures and television. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.
 

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaos.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Oct 12, 2021
V-Ray Wins 2021 Engineering Emmy for Advanced Ray- Tracing Tech
Photorealistic Production Renderer to be Honored for Advancing the Use of Fully Ray-Traced Rendering in Episodic Television

Photorealistic Production Renderer to be Honored for Advancing the Use of Fully Ray-Traced Rendering in Episodic Television

LOS ANGELES – October 12, 2021 – Today, Chaos announces that V-Ray has won an Engineering Emmy for ushering in new levels of photorealistic visual effects in episodic productions. The award honors technical developments that are “so innovative in nature that they materially affect the production, recording, transmission, or reception of television.” The award will be presented by the Television Academy Engineering Committee live at their annual event on October 21. 

Used on hundreds of shows since 2003, including hits like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Star Trek: Discovery, V-Ray ensures a seamless blend of real and virtual elements on screen through the use of physically based rendering and adaptive ray tracing. Optimized to handle large production scenes, V-Ray is used to render digital environments, digidoubles, creatures, vehicles and more in a highly efficient way, helping it take hold at prestigious studios like Digital Domain, Zoic Studios, Scanline VFX, FuseFX, Mackevision and more.

“We are very honored by this award, and are happy to have played even a small part in helping artists achieve their visions. It feels like every year we see something new and exciting happening in episodics, which gives our team the inspiration we need to push the software even more,” said Vlado Koylazov, CTO and co-founder of Chaos. “I am thankful for all the studios that have made V-Ray a part of their pipeline, and all the developers who work hard behind the scenes to make it even better. There’s more to come.”

V-Ray Users Weigh In:

“We use V-Ray every day to achieve the highest quality render output and iterate quickly on a very compressed delivery schedule,” said Matt Smith, digital effects supervisor at Digital Domain. “As we continue to bring film-quality VFX to episodics, V-Ray has become especially important to shows like Wandavision, where it helped us create over 300 shots for the season finale’s Witch and Vision battle scenes. Congratulations to Chaos, this is well deserved!”

“V-Ray has been at the core of Zoic's CG render pipeline for the past 14 years, producing close to 75 million rendered frames for 1,893 episodes, for all the major studios including Disney, Netflix and Amazon,” said Saker Klippsten, CTO at Zoic Studios. “The support from Chaos is also first class. They’re always there to help implement new features and fixes to meet our needs, allowing us to focus on the creative and solve other pipeline issues.”

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaos.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Sep 3, 2021
Chaos Announces New ‘24 Hours of Chaos’ Livestream
Over 60 3D Experts Set to Cover Archviz, VFX, Animation and Gaming for 24 Hours

Over 60 3D Experts Set to Cover Archviz, VFX, Animation and Gaming for 24 Hours

LOS ANGELES – September 2, 2021 – Today, Chaos announced that ‘24 Hours of Chaos,’ its annual community livestream, is returning September 9-10 with over 60 new virtual talks from 3D artists and designers around the globe. Beginning at 18:00 (GMT+1) in Western Europe, every two hours viewers can connect with a different set of artists from nearly every continent. Twelve shows will be broadcast live, totaling 24 hours of presentations streamed for free on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook.

Created in partnership with SiNi and Autodesk, 24 Hours of Chaos will feature in-depth presentations, behind-the-scenes demonstrations, discussions, quizzes, and giveaways with CG innovators, giving audiences a chance to discover new talent, analyze global trends and learn techniques they can start putting into practice right away.

The speakers have been drawn widely from the architecture, design, visual effects and gaming worlds to show the full breadth of 3D visualization. While many talks have ties to Chaos workflows, the event also seeks to highlight other inspiring voices from around the 3D world, including Exceptional Minds, who run a non-profit academy and post-production studio for autistic artists.  

The current speaker list includes:

VFX/Animation: Weta Workshop, Framestore, FuseFX, a52, Realtime, Vetor Zero, Anymotion Studio, Miralumo, Chocolate Tribe, Triggerfish Animation, Made by Radio, Colorbleed, Hai Five Animasjon AS, Manhole VR, Goodbye Kansas Studios

Architecture: The Boundary, SHoP Architects, Okdraw, Beauty and the Bit, Edge Dimension, FQuattro, Renderinc, Lab Visualización, ArmyOne, 4pixos Academy, SHL Asia, Trace Image, ArchiRenders, Warren and Mahoney, Hoyne

Gaming: Playside Studios, Virtually Human, IO Interactive

Educators: Net-Info, Harbin Institute of Technology, CommonPoint., Watch Me Animate, School-ing

While the event is live, everything will be archived so viewers can easily catch up on any shows they missed. Live viewers, however, will also have the opportunity to win free licenses and swag. For more information or to see the full list of community partners, please visit: the 24 Hours of Chaos website.

Livestream Links:

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaosgroup.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

 

Aug 12, 2021
Chaos Launches V-Ray 5 for Unreal
Fully Customizable Light Baking for Enhanced Realism and Speed; Post Processing Now Available

Fully Customizable Light Baking for Enhanced Realism and Speed; Post Processing Now Available

LOS ANGELES – August 12, 2021 – Today, Chaos releases V-Ray 5 for Unreal, a new update to its production rendering plugin designed to import V-Ray scenes, bake lighting and render ray-traced images and animation in Unreal Engine. Now, the V-Ray 5 feature set is accessible to architects and designers, including the most flexible light baking toolset currently available for Unreal Engine 4.

“V-Ray for Unreal has become really popular with artists who need the highest quality light baking for their real-time virtual production and advanced visualization projects,” said Phillip Miller, vice president of product management at Chaos. “V-Ray 5 for Unreal makes that process even easier, opening up custom control over those bakes, while simultaneously cutting render times whenever they leverage network rendering or Chaos Cloud.”

Light Baking: More Speed, More Control

V-Ray 5 offers a new level of control over light baking, augmenting production presets with the ability to completely customize the rendering settings. Users can now fine tune global illumination, sampling and noise levels, so they're always optimized for the project at hand.  

Unreal artists can also render high-quality lightmaps much faster by distributing their rendering across multiple machines and/or utilizing all available CPUs and NVIDIA GPU hardware. A direct link to Chaos Cloud has also been established for easy on-demand rendering and the creation of up to 100 lightmaps at once.

Post Processing, Built In

With new access to V-Ray 5’s top features, artists can now take advantage of the redesigned Frame Buffer with post-processing controls built-in. Designers can now make color corrections, combine render elements and add finishing touches without the use of a third-party image editing application, making it even easier to get the perfect look straight from the renderer.

Other New Features Include:

  • Coat Layer – A new Coat layer has been added to the V-Ray Material for more realistic representations of reflective coatings like coated metal and lacquered wood.

  • Improved Pivot Points – When you import objects into V-Ray for Unreal, their pivot points will now remain unchanged.

  • Selective Export to V-Ray Scene – Artists can now select a group of objects in their UE scene and export them as a V-Ray scene file and transfer assets to other V-Ray applications.

  • Intel Open Image Denoise – For users without an NVIDIA graphics card, the Intel Open Image Denoise can use your CPU(s) to reduce noise during interactive rendering.

  • Blue Noise Sampling – Delivers cleaner images with the same amount of samples, which is especially useful when rendering motion blur and depth of field effects.

  • Initial Out-of-Core Support – V-Ray 5 adds initial support for the rendering of large scenes that exceed GPU memory. 

To see the full V-Ray 5 feature set, please visit the V-Ray 5 for Unreal product page.

Pricing and Availability
V-Ray 5 for Unreal is available now. Licensing is available at $219 (annually) or $80 (monthly). It can also be accessed as part of the V-Ray Collection, an annual plan that gives users full access to 15 Chaos products and services for $699/year. A student-based V-Ray Collection is also available for $149/year. 

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.

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Press Contacts:

Chaos
David Tracy, david.tracy@chaosgroup.com
www.chaosgroup.com

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

Jul 21, 2021
Chaos Czech Releases Corona Renderer 7 for 3ds Max
New Physical Material with 35 Presets, an Upgraded Sky Model and Average Performance Boosts of 15% Now Available for Artists and Designers

New Physical Material with 35 Presets, an Upgraded Sky Model and Average Performance Boosts of 15% Now Available for Artists and Designers

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – July 21, 2021 – Today, Chaos Czech releases Corona Renderer 7 for 3ds Max, an update designed to enhance the realism of 3D scenes and boost render speeds across the board. From photoreal fabrics to expansive sky effects, Corona Renderer 7 makes it easier for artists to stand out.

With 35 new presets for glass, metal and fabric, the new Physical Material makes it simple to set up hyper-realistic scenes in minutes. Though intuitive for beginners, the Physical Material also comes with multiple features for deeper control, including Sheen parameters for creating photoreal fabrics like velvet, and Clearcoat, which allows users to add lacquer to objects like cars without making them look plastic. To maintain compatibility with preexisting scenes, the previous Corona Material will still be available as a legacy option.

In Corona Renderer 7, the Sky Model sees its biggest expansion yet. Artists can now accurately depict a digital sun and weather from any cliff or skyscraper using the new Altitude Parameter, which leverages real-world data to calculate what the sky will look like from any height. Meanwhile, the new Volume Effect improves the look of large-scale scenes by blending distant objects like mountains more naturally with the atmosphere. This effect is not only easier to control than a Global Volume material, it renders faster too. 

Faster rendering isn’t just limited to the Volume Effect. Corona Renderer 7 users will also enjoy faster render times, which can be as fast as 50% on scenes heavily using newly optimized features like better transparency processing and faster denoising. This boost even extends to data/scene opening, as files will now open quicker due to the background loading of Corona Bitmaps and Proxies.

Other New Features Include: 

●  Glass Material Improvements – Create frosted glass that renders quickly with refractions on thin glass in the Physical Material.

●  Industry-Standard Defaults – Automatically apply Roughness and IOR as material defaults for greater compatibility with industry standards, or switch to Glossiness and Specular when desired.

●  More Control Over Metals – Control metals materials more intuitively using the default Edge Color parameter, or use Complex IOR for physically correct scenes.

To try Corona Renderer 7 for 3ds Max now, please visit the Chaos Czech website.

Pricing/Availability
Corona Renderer 7 is available now for 3ds Max 2014-2022 (64-bit). Pricing is subscription-based, with monthly rates set at $28.50 and yearly rates at $330. A free 45-day commercial trial is also available at: https://corona-renderer.com/download.

About Chaos Czech
Chaos Czech are the creators of Corona Renderer, a high-performance photorealistic rendering engine. Chaos Czech is a leader in architectural visualization software, where it offers a simple, yet powerful approach for professional artists. Chaos Czech continues to bring this approach to its development of new tools and technologies for architectural visualization, VFX and broadcast. Chaos Czech, a Chaos Group company, are headquartered in Prague.

About Chaos 
Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.

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Press Contacts:

Chaos Czech
Tom Grimes, grimes@corona-renderer.com
https://corona-renderer.com/

Liaison
Colin McLaughlin, (503) 796-9822, colin@liaisonpr.com
www.liaisonpr.com

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