February 06, 2019
Score 8 out of 10
- Octane uses GPU rendering so it takes advantage of the video card.
- It gives you a good selection of options to tweak and refine your model rendering.
- It can use 3D instances so it doesn't overuse computer resources.
- There are plugins that can be incorporated into other 3D packages for rendering.
- Octane is particularly inexpensive compared to other 3D render packages.
- You are able to copy certain sections of nodes in order to create different iterations of the same environment or model. For example, changing the lighting or camera features.
- Its user interface could use some improvement.
- It is node-based so there is a slight learning curve when using it as a beginner.
- It doesn't import FBX files.
- It requires a 3D model to have UVs in order to import it into Octane.
- At times it may not be as stable.
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I have been able to import an environment and create realistic lighting rather quickly by using the power of GPU rendering. Paired with its ability to create instances of geometry, it makes it easy to render a megacity environment in half the time. One issue with this is the clutter that can be made with connecting nodes.