YafaRay (was YafRay) is a powerful raytracer.
It enables users to create fantastic images and animations of a photorealistic quality.
It is an advanced raytracing rendering system with many modern features including full radiosity and High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) for scene lighting. It reads a simple XML-based scene definition file, and can be used as a renderer for Blender.
- Full Global Illumination – uses global illumination to produce realistically lit renderings of 3D scenes, using Monte carlo-derived approximations.
- Skydome Illumination – based mainly on light coming from an emitting sky, taking into account the soft shadows calculations also involved.
- HDRI Illumination.
- Caustics – uses photon mapping that allows for caustic (light distortion produced by reflection or transmission such as through a burning-glass).
- Real Depth of Field.
- Glossy/Blurry reflections.
- Modular framework.
- Integration in 3D suites via plugin.
- Distributed and multi-thread rendering.
Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Voluntary contributions made by many individuals on behalf of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
License: Radiance Software License
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