Chaos Group V-Ray
V-Ray is a rendering engine that is used as an extension of certain 3D computer graphics software.
The core developers of V-Ray are Vladimir Koylazov and Peter Mitev of Chaos Software production studio established in 1997, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
It is a rendering engine that uses advanced techniques, for example global illumination algorithms such as path tracing, photon mapping, irradiance maps and directly computed global illumination. The use of these techniques often makes it preferable to conventional renderers which are provided as standard with 3d software, and generally renders using these technique can appear more photo-realistic to the human eye, as actual lighting effects are more realistically emulated. The use of this engine is been known to increase the necessary computational power and rendering times due to the complicated nature and volume of calculations required.