At the back-end of any CG project is where you render all your lights, geometry, and effects. With Houdini, you can rely on a robust built-in rendering solution called Mantra or full support for a wide variety of third party rendering options. Whatever route you choose, Houdini is the ideal environment for bringing together your render layers and reliably feeding the farm. Production-ready Mantra. More and more studios are discovering the performance benefits of a Mantra render pipeline.
mental ray® is a high performance, photorealistic rendering software that produces images of unsurpassed realism from computer-aided design and digital content creation data, by relying on patented and proprietary ray tracing algorithms. mental ray combines full programmability for the creation of any imaginable visual phenomenon, with setup-free interactive photorealistic rendering (iray®) in one single solution. more information If you are familiar with previous editions of mental ray, you may want to see what's new in the most recently released version of mental ray 3.10 .