Octane Render

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Octane Render
Octane Render logo.png
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Original author(s) Refractive Software (2009 - 2012)
Developer(s) Otoy Inc. (2012 - present)
Stable release v1.10 / February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
Written in C++[citation needed]
Operating system
Type Rendering system
License Trialware
Website render.otoy.com/index.php

Octane Render is a real-time 3D unbiased rendering application that was started by the New Zealand based company Refractive Software. OTOY has now taken over development, the program is currently in beta release.[2] It is the first commercially available unbiased renderer to work exclusively on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and has the ability to work in real time.[3][4] This allows users to modify materials, lighting and render settings “on the fly” because the rendering viewport updates immediately whenever a change is made. Octane Render runs exclusively on Nvidia's CUDA technology and is incompatible with video cards by other vendors.[5]


Octane Render is the first GPU based unbiased renderer to be released to the public.[6][7][8][9] It uses the graphics card to calculate all measures of light, reflection and refraction.[10]


  • Real-time interactive texturing and lighting
  • Node-based user interface allowing complex procedural materials
  • Sharing of materials between users via OctaneLive


  • Physically based / spectral light transport
  • Motion blur (for camera movement only)
  • Pause/resume render
  • Multiple GPU support


  • Render Passes:
    • Position
    • Z-Depth
    • Geometric Normals
    • Color ID
  • Direct Lighting:
    • 4 Levels of Global Illumination
  • Path Tracing
  • PMC



  • Loads 40 different image file formats
  • HDR, Canon RAW, and OpenEXR HDRI image textures


  • Spectrum or HDRI environment lighting
  • Sun-sky daylight with location / date control system
  • Emissive materials - emitter texture or blackbody spectrum




  • Portable Network Graphics [PNG] - 8bpc
  • Portable Network Graphics [PNG] - 16bpc
  • Open EXR Untonemapped
  • Open EXR Tonemapped

Integration with other software[edit]


Octane Render (commercial version) comes with free export scripts for the following software:


Refractive Software announced that they will offer plug-ins for several applications, which will give users full access to Octane Render without the need of exporting scenes into the Octane standalone software.Users must have a license of the standalone version in order to purchase any of the listed plugins.[11] The plugins will be available for:


On the 13th of March 2012, it was announced that Refractive Software® has been acquired by the company “OTOY®”. OTOY is a company that specializes in cloud based technology.Development on Octane Render will continue as planned.[12]


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