The story behind 5SRW


After more than 10 years of development, 5SRW is today the most important method to learn V-Ray following the photographic approach: clear like crystal!

Ciro Sannino trained hundreds of students live for many years, and just recently (3 years ago) he brought his course online, creating the most amazing community having in common the same method to work, speaking the same language, producing outstanding works, growing day by day:

This improessive gallery looks like the stunning galleries in Evermotion, Cgarchitect but the big difference is that here all the members are working with V-Ray and learning using the photographic logic, following the rigourous education with 5SRW.

Do you want to learn/improve?
In this moment taking the 5SRW Course is absolutely the best option you have, and there are a lot of things that say this:

  1. Ciro Sannino (the main trainer) is a V-Ray Licensed Instructor, certified by Chaos Group – and other trainers in the team are official instructors as well
  2. Many from the team like Ciro Sannino, Aldo Garcia, Martino Matrovito, Hartanto Gautama, are often invited for public speechs in GCI conferences
  3. is a V-Ray Authorized Center as well
  4. Many companies in the world know this method and the Certification
  5. According to Jeff Mottle words: “Ciro Sannino is easily one of the best presenters and writers our industry has seen in 20 years”

If you want to learn V-Ray in a photographic way, 5SRW Method has no competitors: these guys are leading the educational field and the results are clearly visible in their daily production: simply amazing! (check here)

I’m part of this amazing community and it worth every single penny!

Marco Dauges
TMS University / USA

Perfect lesson about Gamma & V-Ray


Try to study a lesson created by Ciro Sannino, V-Ray Licensed Instructor, and after tell me if something is not clear…


Ciro Sannino is very famous for creating simple and exhaustive lessons about V-Ray, photography and also technical tricks like in this demo!

Internet is literally invaded by tutorials about Gamma and V-Ray… each tutorial seems telling a different story. There’s nothing logical and finally the users just learn where poiting the mouse and click. Nothing more.

Ciro Sannino’s lessons go in the opposite way: very complex topics becomes simple in his hands, everything is clear and logical. This allow you to use your mind. Check this out:

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V-Ray 2.0 for Maya with Interactive rendering on CPU&GPU


Advantage of the interactive rendering engine running on both CPUs and GPUs in V-Ray for Maya. This will not only boost your speed but will allow making changes on a fly and immediately applying them to the scene.

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Maya – Vray Material basics

In this Quick Tutorial I want to show you the basics of setting up a Vray Material in Maya. It is a really straight forward renderer so its pretty easy to use.
This video will show you how to use reflection and refraction parameters inside the Vray Material and will show you what the important checkboxes like fresnel and ior are doing.

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max – EXR


Dynamic loading of tiled OpenEXR textures through the VRayHDRI texture.

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House in Forest – Dining Room


An interesting work on a house immersed in nature and taken in every aspect. For more pictures click here.

Daylight set up in an interior scene


How to create a simple day light setup using V-Ray and Maya. More info

Adding Fog Using VRayZDepth Render Pass


Here’s a quick and flexible way to emulate the look of fog in the background of an image. I recently used this technique in the visualization of the Agami House in Yaffo. It’s true it might not look real enough but for most cases this really looks good enough and you have the added bonus of fast render and flexible edit inside Photoshop if the client ask for tweaks.

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Car Paint Material


V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max – Car Paint Material

VRayCarPaintMtl – Material with accurate flakes simulation

V-Ray, ChaosGroup, tutorials, V-Ray tutorials, 3ds max

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The Official V-Ray Showreel 2013 – Feature Films.

Credits (in alphabetical order):

Atomic Fiction
Important Looking Pirates
Look Effects
Mr. X Inc
Screen Scene (,

Video editing by Chavdar Chernev at Studio Sokerov

Using the water level option to clip geometry


V-Ray for SketchUp – Using the water level option to clip geometry – V-Ray Tutorials

The water level option in V-Ray allows you to clip the surface geometry in places where the displacement map value is below the specified threshold. This is useful for clip mapping a displacement map value below which geometry will be clipped. Learn about the water level option in this video tutorial.

watch the video here

V-Ray 2.4 for Maya released


Free update to V-Ray for Maya adds CUDA support to V-Ray RT as well as other improvements and bug fixes.

A new service pack for V-Ray for Maya is now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page. This is a free update for all V-Ray 2.0 for Maya customers.

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V-Ray Interior… without gravity!


Amazing image from Ciro Sannino who created a vray interior, without gravity, totally inspired by the recent movie “Gravity”.
In this breakdown he explores various aspect of this work following the 5 steps of the 5SRW method to apply photography to V-Ray.

Check out this incredible work > vray interior

V-Ray workshop… in a real Cruise!!!!!

cruiseA group of amazing guys organized a V-Ray workshop on a wonderful mediterranean cruise!

Yes, I admit that the first time I heared about I tought it was a joke, but it wasn’t. Ciro Sannino – I must say – for the first time in the (recent) V-Ray workshop “history” had the idea to move his V-Ray Training Center on an MSC luxury boat!

The course was a certified Chaos Group and looking at the pics I think they spent amazing days togheter, studing, exploring, shooting and relaxing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :-O


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Three Useful V-Ray Tips


V-Ray tips that will make your renders more photorealistic.

Tips include:
1. The correct image sampler when you have reflection, refraction, DOF, glossiness, etc
2. The “Samples” option on the Irradiance Map
3. How to tint the reflection on a material

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V-Ray for SketchUp – Caustics – V-Ray Tutorials


How to create a photorealistic rendering of water inside of a swimming pool using caustic effects in V-Ray for SketchUp.

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V-Ray VFX and Game Cinematic Reel 2013

Here is the ChaosGroup Showreel on V-Ray for 2013.

Enjoy it!!!

V-Ray Distance Texture Map


VRayDistanceTex — Create a wide range of effects based on the distance between objects in the scene

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Chaos Group Interviews Atomic Fiction

Kevin Baillie on “Looper”, “Flight” and cloud rendering

Find out how Atomic Fiction created futuristic cityscapes and flying vehicles for the sci-fi film Looper and created the VES award-nominated effects for the film Flight. Learn how the combination of ZYNC cloud rendering and V-Ray helped the team create 400 shots in record time.

Minimal Vray Exterior: great training!

On another complete trainings has been published: it’s MINIMAL EXTERIOR. Studying this training you’ll improve your knowldges to get the 5SRW Certification with V-Ray… and just to know, all students of CgBlog can access this exam for free!

In this moment Cg Blog is the only place in the web where a “V-Ray Licensed Instructor” (approved by Chaosgroup) shares his trainings. This is a really new scenary in the confused-tutorial’s-world, a good reason to trust in this project.