New Radeon™ ProRender plug-in updates

Read about the latest updates to our Blender® add-on, Autodesk® Maya® plug-in, and the SideFX® Houdini™ (USD) plug-in

Earlier this year, we released a new version of the AMD Radeon™ ProRender 2 SDK on GPUOpen. This exciting release added many new features such as Cryptomatte AOVs, Deformation Motion Blur, Subsurface Scattering, and more.

Now we are updating select Radeon ProRender plug-ins incorporating the latest Radeon ProRender SDK and more. We have included updates for our Blender® add-on, Autodesk® Maya® plug-in, and the SideFX® Houdini™ (USD) plug-in.

Here are a few highlights of the new features:

New version support

Support is included for the recently released Blender 2.93, Maya 2022, and USD version 21.05.

Deformation motion blur

Previous versions of Radeon ProRender could motion blur lights, camera, and objects that were rotating or moving. However, this could not capture complex shape changes in motion blur, such as a ball being squashed on the ground or a flag waving in the wind. With the addition of deformation motion blur, these effects are now possible.

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Viewport denoising and upscaling

Upscaling technologies like the recently announced AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), allow games to render at a lower resolution (for higher framerates) and then upscale to a higher resolution. This is the same idea behind Viewport rendering in content creation applications!  Using the “Upscaling” filter from the Radeon™ Image Filtering SDK, we can now render at half the resolution, denoise, and then upscale to obtain the original resolution in the final image. This can be enabled in the plug-ins in the Viewport settings.

Toon style shading

Radeon ProRender is a physically based path tracer, focused on rendering materials accurately. However, in some artistic instances, it is desirable to break from the real world and do stylized materials instead. One example of this is with toon shading. Artists can now use the “RPR Toon Shader” node to create interesting looks.

Subsurface scattering, refraction absorption, and volume shaders

Many complex materials allow light to enter them and scatter internally. Imagine a waxy candle, skin, or cloudy glass. With Radeon ProRender 2, we now support these features for creating organic or light-absorbing materials.

Updated plug-ins available now

The updated plug-ins for are available on our Radeon ProRender GitHub pages:

More information

Radeon™ ProRender Suite

AMD Radeon™ ProRender is our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine built on industry standards that enables accelerated rendering on virtually any GPU, any CPU, and any OS in over a dozen leading digital content creation and CAD applications.

Radeon™ Image Filtering Library

Harness the power of machine learning to enhance images with denoising, enabling your application to produce high quality images in a fraction of the time traditional denoising filters take.

Radeon ProRender

Radeon™ ProRender

AMD Radeon™ ProRender is a powerful physically-based path traced rendering engine that enables creative professionals to produce stunningly photorealistic images.

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Brian Savery

Brian Savery

Brian Savery is a Professional Graphics Software Development Manager for AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

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