NVIDIA offers professional software rendering plug-ins for popular 3D content creation software products and distributed rendering solutions for render farms.
Each rendering product is licensed per machine, regardless of the number or type of processors within the machine. Each license is an annual subscription, with no cost for new features or updates while your subscription is active.
The Iray plug-in products are 1-year subscriptions at $295 that come as a Local license that runs on one particular machine, or as a Network license for enterprises wanting to manage their licenses using an IT infrastructure they maintain.
Iray Local License
This 1-year license enables one machine of your choice. You are granted a second authorization for repairing an installation or enabling a second machine that isn’t used concurrently with the first. The Local license requires limited technical skill to set up.
Iray Network License
This 1-year license is enabled by the FlexNet Publisher service and can be used to authorize Iray products on any machine that connects to the server. This license requires advanced networking knowledge to set up and FlexNet Publisher (license server application), must be installed and maintained for the licenses to function. License borrowing is not currently supported, meaning machines must be connected to obtain a license.
The mental ray for Maya plug-in is free for creative use when working within Maya, while production sequence rendering requires a mental ray license. Production rendering includes sequence rendering within Maya, the use of Maya headless, Maya Batch, mental ray Satellite mode, or mental ray Standalone mode.
mental ray comes as a 1-year subscription, providing you with the latest updates, features and compatibility throughout the year.
mental ray License
This 1-year Network License is $295 per machine or $995 for 5 machines that runs on any supported hardware. This license requires advanced networking knowledge to set up and FlexNet Publisher (license server application), must be installed and maintained for the licenses to function. License borrowing is not currently supported, meaning machines must be connected to obtain a license.
mental ray Pro GPU License
This 1-year Local License is $95 per machine or $325 for 5 machines having a professional NVIDIA GPU. This license requires either an NVIDIA Quadro or Tesla GPU to be present in the machine.