Thursday, April 18, 2013

Render Buddy

Download RenderBuddy. 

Since the Maya swatch viewer can be painfully slow, inaccurate and limited in what it actually shows, I wrote my own swatch viewer, RenderBuddy.

Calling it a swatch viewer is a bit of a misnomer as it is really a render with a specific render layer.  The UI lets you connect shaders and textures to specific RenderBuddy geometry plus a few extras that I'll discuss below.

The idea is that you turn off the Maya swatch thumbnails, assign a shader or texture of choice to a piece of geometry and do an isolated render.  Since the scope is narrowed, the render times are very fast.  If you have a plugin like SprayTrace, then the feedback is realtime.