Octane Render: Fully GPU Unbiased render engine
It was made public yesterday the existence of a new renderer called Octane Render. This is new software that works with Unbiased render algorithms in a different way than we are used to interact. If you have already used LuxRender or Indigo Render, both using unbiased render methods, you know how realistic the rendered images can get. The downside of unbiased render engines is the amount of time we need to have a clean and noise free image, which in some cases could demand several hours or a network of computers to speed up the process.
How different Octane is from that? Well, first of all Octane is not CPU based and it uses the cores of the GPU. By using the modern GPU power, a render made with unbiased algorithms can be created at an incredible short time. Besides the fact that we can create realistic images with Octane using a GPU, another great thing about it is that by default we can manipulate and work with or scene interactively.
If you want to know a bit more about Octane, which is developed by a company called Refractive Software, watch the video bellow that shows a brief intro to Octane.
One of the persons behind Octane is a well know artist and developer of the Blender community called Radiance. You might remember him from the LuxRender project and back to the Indigo Render community, back in the days it was a Freeware.
As you might see with a visit to the company website, Octane will be a commercial renderer with probably a demo version for users to play around.
How about Blender 3D support? Well, in the demo video showed above the author uses a scene created in Blender 3D. The renderer can import 3d files saved in OBJ format, making it compatible with a lot of 3d packages without the need of an exporter script or another interface.
I haven`t played around for that long with Octane so far, but expect a detailed review of the renderer soon. Of course, I will test the renderer for architectural visualization projects and furniture visualization. I`m pretty exited about the earlier results and quick tests with the software. For now, I recommend a visit to the renderer web site to check out for more demos and a quick view in the image gallery.