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An Overview of the Redshift Render Engine

by | Last updated Mar 21, 2023

Until recently, most renderers have been unbiased, which made rendering incredibly time-consuming. GPU-based renderers like Redshift were designed to make 3D art creation faster compared to CPU-based renderers. The program, which is the world’s first fully GPU-accelerated renderer, is winning over artists all over the world because of its power-packed features, versatility, and seamless usability.

The Redshift renderer was developed by software and video game veterans, Nicolas Burtnyk, Panagiotis (Panos Zompolas) and Rob Slater of Redshift Rendering Technologies Inc. The California-based tech company was founded in 2012.

What is Redshift Render Engine?

This render engine is the world’s fastest final-frame GPU biased renderer. The software promises to “meet the demands of contemporary high-end production rendering,” by providing production-quality rendering and support. This 3D software offers the speed of GPU acceleration and the flexibility of existing CPU-based render solutions.

Redshift render engine comes with a full suite of powerful features that integrate seamlessly with industry standard CG applications including Autodesk MAYA, Houdini 3D animation tools, and Katana. The 3D software also supports Render proxies with ease and a full set of render pass outputs are also available.

How does the Redshift Render Engine Work?

Rendering is a process used to create a detailed, accurate final image using three-dimensional data. The process is incredibly detail-oriented and the process requires an excellent renderer. Redshift render engine works by calculating the important image elements – shadow, reflection, light, texture, materials, etc. – to create a final, photo-realistic product.

In addition, Redshift offers different ways of calculating the final rendered images to speed up the workflow without compromising the quality of the final product. The software utilizes the same methodology traditional CPU based render engines use, like V-Ray.

It comes packed with advanced output features, which makes the 3D software the perfect tool for developing complex shots. The software presents a variety of dedicated shaders and is compatible with the workflows of Allegorithmic Substance and Unreal Engine.

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To provide light for the entire scenes, the program comes with image-based environment textures as well as volumetric lighting to add drama and realism to the image. There are also options for physical lens effects such as ISO, color balanced, and shutter to add to the realism of the final product. Redshift is also versatile, able to support projects of any size.

With its IPR options, Redshift offers bucket or progressive rendering, both of which get better with every software update.

Unlike other GPU renderers that only use the memory stored on the GPU, Redshift utilizses all the resources of the computer to add realism to images. On top of that, the software has the ability to use all the memory stored on all the GPUs of a PC, regardless of the RAM amounts.

5 Reasons Why We Recommend the Redshift Render Engine

Why should you use this program? Here are the 5 most important reasons. 

Ease of Use

Compared to other renderers, Redshift is easy to use, making rendering easier, faster, and more efficient. The controls are organized and the features are logically placed so you don’t waste a lot of time looking for 3D effects that are buried in the settings.

Lightning Speed Rendering

Redshift’s main selling point is its fast rendering speed. Compared to CPU-based renderers, Redshift is fast, fast, fast! Traditional CPU-based renderers take several minutes to render a single frame. GPU-based render engines like Redshift are able to render several frames within seconds.

Versatility and Photo-Realistic Results

Redshift is not just about speed, it also provides versatile features and accurate, photo-realistic images that are comparable to images rendered by unbiased engines. Sure, most unbiased renderers produce more accurate results but rendering takes forever to finish.

With Redshift, you can produce photo-realistic images in half the time it takes for unbiased renderers to get the job done. On top of that, you can get a preview of the rendered scene in real time. Redshift’s real-time update viewer allows you to adjust the settings as you work on the scenes with zero downtime. This is a fantastic feature if you have deadlines to meet.

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Seamless Integration

Redshift plays well with other applications. Apart from Cinema4D, Redshift integrates seamlessly with industry standard animation applications with more in the works. No need to worry about additional charges for more plugins. With Redshift, you can jump between 3D applications without spending a dime on the licenses.

Render Farm Support

Most GPU-based renderers do not provide render farm support. Apart from providing top speed rendering, Redshift is allowing render farm support to get the job done even faster. Working with big scenes? You never have to buy new hardware to get the job done. Just use a render farm to work on the important scenes without delay or additional charges.

Wrap Up

Redshift is best known for its fast rendering speed but the software brings more to the table. It is a reliable application that delivers photo-accurate results. It comes with amazing features that allow for speedy turnaround time. It’s the perfect render engine for busy creatives or studios alike! Check out the demo here.

You can also master Redshift quickly with our Redshift workshop.


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About Jasmine Katatikarn

Jasmine Katatikarn is the founder of Academy of Animated Art. She has 20+ years of experience in Feature Animation and VFX. Jasmine’s lighting credits include movies like Ice Age, Ferdinand, Peanuts, and Rio. Read more here.

Jasmine Katatikarn Headshot

About Jasmine Katatikarn

Jasmine Katatikarn is the founder of Academy of Animated Art. She has 20+ years of experience in Feature Animation and VFX. Jasmine’s lighting credits include movies like Ice Age, Ferdinand, Peanuts, and Rio. Read more here.

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