This page gives an overview of V-Ray's UI integration into Houdini.



In order to use V-Ray in Houdini, the batch file included in the download must be run to set the required environment variables.

Adding the V-Ray Shelf

To add the V-Ray tab into your Houdini UI after the first time you run the batch file/installer, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the + button at the far right of the Houdini Shelf Dock.
  2. Go to the Shelves sub-menu and choose V-Ray to add a check to that shelf option.


For more details on the tools available from the shelf, please see the V-Ray Shelf page.





V-Ray adds a number of items to the Houdini menus. This includes a V-Ray menu in the main toolbar, as well as a V-Ray section in the TAB menu, where all V-Ray nodes are stored.

V-Ray Shelf

V-Ray includes a shelf that houses many quick shortcuts to some of the most commonly used V-Ray components. This shelf looks and functions like other shelves in Houdini, so if you would like to add more tools you use while rendering with V-Ray, you can. For more information, see V-Ray Shelf.

V-Ray Frame Buffer

Rendering Tools and Utilities

A number of standalone rendering tools and utilities come packaged with V-Ray for Houdini. For a full list of tools and utilities that come with V-Ray, see the Additional V-Ray Tools page.

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