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Table Of Contents

Overview



Cinema 4D Advanced AOV Settings






Maya Advanced AOV Settings





3ds Max does not have an Advanced AOV tab as found in the other DCCs.

Instead, AOVs can be created in the "Render Elements" section of the Redshift Render Settings and settings that pertain to AOVs and OpenEXR files can be found at the bottom of the Globals tab as seen below.



3ds Max Render Elements & Global







Houdini Advanced AOV Settings






Katana Advanced AOV Settings




Please see the Intro to AOVs page for more information regarding the creation and management of AOVs.


AOV



Cinema 4D AOV





The settings covered below are found in the Maya's Common tab as opposed to the Advanced AOV tab.



Maya AOV related settings






The settings covered below are found in 3ds Max's Global tab under the "Render" section as opposed to in an Advanced AOV tab.



3ds Max Render section found in the Advanced mode Globals tab







Houdini AOV






Katana AOV




Mode

Sets the AOV rendering mode from the following options:

  • Enabled - Render AOVs for batch and non-batch rendering.
  • Batch Only - Only render AOVs for batch rendering.
  • Disabled - Do not render AOVs.

Filename

Specifies the naming scheme for the output render files.

Multi-Part EXR

Enables or disables the rendering of Multi-Part EXRs. Multi-Part EXRs (also known as Layered EXRs) are OpenEXR files that contain multiple AOV layers in one file.

Typically each AOV is written to its own individual image file, however, when working with animations this can create file management issues. For example: If each frame produces 5 AOV images and there are 1000 frames, then there will be 5000 separate image files saved to the disk. Multi-Part EXRs alleviate file management issues by allowing the combination of multiple AOV EXRs into one.

Auto-Crop

When enabled, it allows the Multi-Part EXR to designate a bounding box for the data window that pertains exclusively to non-black pixel data, for example: any completely blank (alpha and other channels) data is ignored.

This is helpful for compositing programs as it can tell them to focus all processing efforts to the area that contains actual render data, like in a scenario where you have a small CG object taking up only a small portion of the full resolution and the rest is completely blank.

Depth

Sets the bit depth for Multi-Part EXRs to either Half Float (16 bits) or full Float (32 bits).

Compression

Sets the compression method for Multi-Part EXRs.

OpenEXR compression methods:

DWA Compression

Set the level of compression for OpenEXR file format, default of 45 will yield a perceptibly lossless image but a drastic reduction in file size. Higher values mean more compression at smaller file sizes and vice versa. 

This setting only affects the DWAA and DWAB OpenEXR compression methods.

Storage

Sets the storage format to either scanline or tiled for Multi-Part EXRs.

By default Redshift AOVs use scanline.


Multi-Pass Compatibility

When enabled, it increases compatibility of Redshift AOVs with Cinema 4D's Multi-Pass output.

When disabled, Redshift AOVs are treated as generic RGB buffers with a custom name depending on what is specified in the AOV manager.



Processing



Cinema 4D AOV Processing






Maya AOV Processing





The settings covered below are found in 3ds Max's Global tab under the "AOV Processing" section as opposed to in an Advanced AOV tab.



3ds Max AOV Processing section found in the Advanced mode Globals tab







Houdini AOV Processing






Katana AOV Processing



Deep Output

Enables or disables Deep Output. 

For a more detailed look at Deep Output please see the EXR Topics page.


Deep Merge Mode

Sets the Deep Merge Mode to one of the following options:

Deep Merge Z Threshold

Controls how aggressive the sample merging is for Deep Output when "Deep Merge Mode" is set to "Z."

The smaller the "Deep Merge Z Threshold", the fewer samples will get merged together. In this case, each pixel will have to store lots of individual samples and the final EXR file will be large.


Clamping (Color and AO channels)

Specifies whether AOVs will have their color and AO channels clamped by the "Max Value" parameter covered below.

Redshift can perform sub-sample intensity clamping during unified sampling, which limits noise (grain) that can be produced when combining depth of field and motion blur with bright light sources. The AOV clamping offers the same type of sub-sample control for AOVs. Please refer to the AOV tutorial page for more information about how and when these should be used.

Even when disabled the main Beauty pass will still have its color clamped by the "Max Subsample Intensity" parameter found in the Sampling tab.

Max Value

Sets the maximum sub-sample intensity clamping value for AOVs when "Clamping (Color and AO Channels)" is enabled.

Importance-based Optimizations

When enabled, it allows Redshift to use importance-based optimizations that drop samples that are deemed too dim to impact the final appearance of the beauty render which improves performance.

 AOVs can suffer from this optimization. For example: If you had a dark reflections AOV that you wanted to brighten but samples had been dropped because they were deemed too dim, then you would reveal unexpected noise that would be difficult to clean up by hand.


Adjust Raw AOVs for Halo Artifacts

When enabled, it adjusts Raw AOV results based on the appropriate Filter AOV in order to ensure the resulting composite between the two will match the beauty. By default this option is enabled to ensure final composites match beauty.

Because of this adjustment, you may see unexpected colors around high-contrast edges in Raw AOVs – while this may look strange, mathematically it ensures the correct beauty results when multiplied with the appropriate albedo Filter AOV.

For more information, please see here.