Mitsuba: Open source physically based renderer
It is always good to have a wide range of options to choose when we have to start an architectural visualization project, and today our options to render projects with Blender are increasing in quantity and quality. I just found another open source renderer that is compatible with Blender, which uses unbiased methods to simulate light, which means that it uses physically based methods to simulate lights. This new option is called Mitsuba Renderer developed by Wenzel Jackob, and can be downloaded for free at the Mitsuba official web site. There are versions of the renderer in various flavors like Windows, Mac os x and Linux versions.
If you want to know how Mitsuba works, there is a reaaly nice video tutorial available:
For those of you used to work with LuxRender, the workflow of the rendering will be quite familiar. First we have to load up a scene, and start the rendering. When the rendering starts, we can change the parameters of the image using a bunch of controls.
Is it compatible with Blender? Sure! In fact, all we need is a software capable of exporting scenes in COLLADA format, and we will be able to render it with Mitsuba.