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mental ray For Maya to Ship in December

Optional fully integrated plug-in renderer By DMN Staff Writer
Alias|Wavefront today announced that its recently unveiled mental ray for Maya technology will be available as an optional plug-in renderer for Maya before the end of the year.

mental ray for Maya, a tightly integrated rendering solution, is currently in the beta stage of its development. In addition to this new integrated rendering option, Alias|Wavefront will also offer mental ray Stand Alone rendering licenses for increased interactive rendering speed within Maya as well as for use in batch rendering.

mental ray for Maya mental ray for Maya is an optional and fully integrated plug-in renderer for Maya that offers all the features and tools available in mental images' renowned mental ray renderer version 3.0. It will be available to customers in either node locked or floating license configurations.

The integration of mental ray for Maya means it does not require scenes to be exported to a separate standalone renderer -- thus avoiding very expensive double translation and huge intermediate scene files, according to Thomas Driemeyer, Director of Engineering at mental images. It hooks into various parts of Maya and adds all the necessary buttons, menus, options, etc. to the Maya GUI. Plus, it is also fully integrated with Maya's shader networks by way of mental ray's Phenomenon Graph Facility, he says.

mental ray for Maya and the mental ray Stand Alone renderer will be available in December 2001. The products, which may be purchased through all authorized Alias|Wavefront sales offices and resellers, can be purchased in the following configurations (prices in US funds):

-- mental ray for Maya node locked (dual CPU) - $3995 per license
-- mental ray for Maya floating (dual CPU) - $4795 per license
-- mental ray Stand Alone floating (1-7 CPUs) - $1950 per CPU
-- mental ray Stand Alone floating (8 - 47 CPUs) - $1250 per CPU
-- mental ray Stand Alone floating (over 47 CPUs) - $1000 per CPU

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