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Getting started with V-Ray for Rhino.

The prime web resource to start creating your best Rhino renders.

Ready to learn how to render in Rhino?
V-Ray’s got your back.

Make the most of your Rhino rendering experience with these essential educational resources. Master V-Ray with a collection of video tutorials, free scenes, and useful articles — and start creating amazing photorealistic renders and animations in no time.
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Installing V-Ray for Rhino

To get started you'll need to download and install the V-Ray plugin for Rhino. It's important to confirm that your system meets the recommended system requirements before proceeding with the installation.

New to V-Ray for Rhino?

Start with this beginner-level video tutorial series to get familiar with the software and master the fundamentals of creating photorealistic Rhino renders.

Getting started

Get familiar with the V-Ray for Rhino UI and main functionalities, and learn the best render settings to start visualizing your project.

Working with materials

Learn the two ways to apply V-Ray materials to your Rhino project. Build any desired material from scratch or save time by adding ready-to-render materials from Chaos Cosmos.

Lighting your scene

Learn how to set environment lighting, add artificial lights and fine-tune your scene in post with V-Ray for Rhino.

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V-Ray for Rhino Courseware

Learn how to work faster, get beautiful looking images with less effort, enhance the materials and textures with greater realism, and go further than ever in post-production, all using the powerful rendering capabilities of V-Ray for Rhino.


VFB Overview


Light Mix and Composite


V-Ray Vision


Randomization Options


Line Rendering


Improved Sun and Sky


Light Gen


Coat and Sheen Layers


Make the most of  V-Ray for Rhino. See the latest and greatest features in this short video tutorial series, and learn how to unlock their powerful capabilities.

Bring Enscape scenes inside V-Ray

Learn how to transfer Enscape projects to V-Ray 6. Bring Enscape materials, lights, and compatible 3D models inside V-Ray and take them to photorealism.

Real-time rendering with V-Ray Vision

Find out how to use V-Ray’s lightweight viewer to explore scenes, create quick previews, export animations, and more. Learn about the different ways in which you can optimize your scene for maximum responsiveness when modelling. And discover how you can achieve maximum visual fidelity when exporting images and animations for presentations.

Real-time rendering inside Grasshopper

V-Ray Vision can also aid parametric modeling with Rhino’s powerful Grasshopper tool. See how you can set up the Vision Live Link and adjust camera, lights, and materials to experiment and make better design decisions. Deep-dive into setting up animations from Grasshopper’s node system and more.

Getting started with Chaos Vantage

Take your projects to the next level with Chaos Vantage. Navigate your most complicated scenes in pure ray-traced real-time without any setup. Simply select the Live Link and start exploring your model’s true materials and lighting, and easily output animations and images.

Procedural effect placement using Distance texture

Learn how to improve the realism of material and procedural effect placement using the Distance Texture. Pick reference objects in your composition and control the texture distribution based on their proximity.

How to work with V-Ray Decal

Use V-Ray Decal to project unique materials onto an object or groups of objects in your scene. Control their size, orientation, and projection limit. Stack decals upon one another without ever disrupting the underlying object material.

Automatically create environmental lighting with Light Gen

Learn how to generate multiple lighting variations for your project’s environment with just a few clicks. Employ V-Ray’s Sun & Sky system to find your model’s best lighting. Alternatively, employ HDRIs for image-based lighting from the Cosmos library or your personal collection.

Use custom HDRI libraries in Light Gen

Now you can use your personal HDR skies to create environment lighting with Light Gen. Load your collection, pick your desired number of variations, and you’re set. Plus, learn a neat little trick how to keep your artificial lights on.

Build realistic terrain with Scatter

Quickly create realistic terrain in your scenes with the new scattering tool. Easily add hundreds, thousands, or even millions of Chaos Cosmos models and objects to any surface without worrying about memory resources. Customize their density, size, and orientation for maximum realism.

Create complex patterns with V-Ray Enmesh

Learn how to simplify the creation process for objects with repeating patterns. Perfect for things like fences, panels, or fabrics, with V-Ray Enmesh you can intuitively tile and customize geometric shapes at no additional memory cost.

V-Ray for Grasshopper Onboarding

New to V-Ray for Grasshopper? Learn how you can render your parametric design straight from Grasshopper in this beginner-friendly onboarding series. In these video tutorials, we will cover the basics of setting up lighting, materials, cameras, and animations. 

Getting started

Get an overview of the V-Ray for Grasshopper UI and the main components you’ll need to start rendering. We’ll demonstrate how to configure the render settings, set up a camera, visualize your definition in real-time, and more.

Dynamic geometry

In this video, we will explore the V-Ray’s Geometry panel. Learn how to set up an infinite plane, create memory-efficient copies of repeating objects, and import proxy objects from other projects.

Chaos Cosmos & Scatter

Learn how to populate your definition with 3D models from Chaos Cosmos, V-Ray’s render-ready 3D content library. You’ll also see how to scatter objects with the help of V-Ray Scatter.

Lighting your definition

Learn how to use the different lighting systems V-Ray offers — V-Ray Sun and Sky’s procedural lighting, and image-based lighting. Plus, we place artificial lights, multiply them using instances, and vary their color.

Working with materials

Learn the different ways to apply materials to your definition. We will demonstrate how to build material from scratch, how to make use of your existing shaders, and how to import materials from Chaos Cosmos.

Setting up the camera

Learn how to set up V-Ray’s Physical Camera. We will also demonstrate how to bring extra realism to your render with a depth-of-field effect.

Rendering animations

Delve into the topic of animation and see how to animate the camera. Learn how to utilize the Timeline component, preview your animation with V-Ray Vision, and render animation sequences with V-Ray for Rhino.


This series of webinars presents the features and updates in V-Ray for Rhino's major versions.
V-Ray 6 for Rhino — Render everything

Join Boyan from the Chaos 3D team as he showcases some of the powerful new features and demonstrates how they can help you streamline your workflow and create faster than ever before. You will learn how you can save time and assure seamless end-to-end design process with the Enscape to V-Ray compatibility, how to create beautiful skies with less effort and how to build complex geometric patterns for materials with ease and much more.

Tips for a quick and easy architectural workflow

Join Chaos' V-Ray for Rhino product manager, Konstantin Gaytandziev, to see how the powerful and time-saving features in V-Ray 5 can accelerate your daily workflow. Watch as he explores and populates a state-of-the-art sports center, experiment with lighting and create multiple renders in just a few minutes.


Free scenes

These free architectural and product scenes are perfect to start rendering with V-Ray for Rhino. Each scene includes assets and renders and is perfect for you to apply the skills learned in video tutorials.

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Help docs

The Chaos documentation site is the best place to find in-depth technical descriptions of V-Ray features and their parameters, as well as useful visual demonstrations of the settings in action.

See help docs

Need more inspiration?

The official Chaos blog is the go-to source for V-Ray for Rhino news, success stories, written tutorials, and much more.
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