my name is Jan Walter. I currently work (again) for The Mill in London. I did work in film (MPC, Mill Film, Digital Domain) and commercials (The Mill). I do know a lot about rendering (5 years @ mental images, but I also know the RenderMan world, work on MtoA [Maya to Arnold], and tested many other renderers [for fun]). It started as a hobby and later became more serious. I once worked with NaN (probably 12 years ago) at a time when Blender wasn't open source, but free to use. I still use Blender in my spare time to do render comparisons, but I obviously have access to all the commercial packages (Houdini [my favourite], Maya, XSI, even 3DS Max).
Anyway, I give workshops at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg and tech talks at FMX, and recently I showed a lot of different renderers (including Luxrender) in action. I have a lot of stuff in repositories on Bitbucket and I'm happy to share scenes, experience etc. with you. Unfortunately I can't grant public access to most of the stuff right now because Arnold isn't out for the public and some content is Arnold related (API and ASS files). But if you contact me directly and ask for Luxrender (or other renderer related files - except the Arnold ones) I'm happy to give you access to whatever you'd like to experiment with. Email is jan at janwalter dot com ...
Here from the README file of https://bitbucket.org/wahn/radiance_vs_ ... /wiki/Home
A global illumination (GI) renderer comparison
The materials collected here was used for a workshop given at the
Filmakademie Ludwigsburg in Germany (on Januray 31st, 2012):http://www.filmakademie.de/
In the meantime I updated and added more files to automate the rendering of
test files for a tech talk I gave at FMX 2012 (http://www.fmx.de
Here is a link to a summary of the tech talk (which was given on May 10th):http://www.fmx.de/program/event-details ... Event.html
The slides for the presentation are available for download fromhttp://www.janwalter.com/Download/index.html
and as soon as Arnold
will be publicly available I will grant public access to this
repository and my Blender importers/exporters (currently RAD import,
RIB and ASS export) which are on Bitbucket as well:https://bitbucket.org/wahn/blender-add-ons
The tech talk covered following renderers:
- Radiance (http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance
- Arnold (http://www.solidangle.com
- V-Ray (http://www.chaosgroup.com
- Maxwell (http://maxwellrender.com
- Indigo (http://www.indigorenderer.com
- iray (http://www.irayrender.com
- Luxrender (http://www.luxrender.net
- Octane Render (http://www.refractivesoftware.com
- and others
I will announce if those other repositories go public on http://janwalter.blogspot.co.uk/
The (work in progress) images are here:http://www.janwalter.com/RadianceVsYouN ... ameit.html
Slides can be downloaded from http://www.janwalter.com/Download/index.html
(as mentioned above).
Let me know if you have other scenes (which could be used e.g. with the creative commons license) you'd like to contribute for more render tests, if you have ideas e.g. to create a forum for these tests where people can share experience independent of any particular renderer ...
As I said, if you want access to the scenes, would like to help with future tests etc. ... my email is mentioned above. Don't get angry if I don't answer immediately. I do all of this in my spare time
(therefore NO production scenes from my side) and I'm sometimes quiet busy with some commercial work