Item description for Programming Mental Ray (Mental Ray Handbooks) (mental ray® Handbooks) by Thomas Driemeyer...
'This book is the definitive reference manual for mental ray version 3.4. It starts with a brief overview of the features of mental ray and continues with the specification of the mental ray scene description language, the mental ray shader interface, and the integration interface for third-party applications. All material is presented in reference form, organized by grammar elements and C function call, rather than by feature set. The book is intended for translator writers, shader writers, and integrators, who are familiar with the C and C++ programming languages. This third, completely revised edition was extended to cover the new generation of mental ray, version 3.4, throughout the book, and also includes the mental ray integration manual. The enclosed CD contains a full-featured demo version of the mental ray stand alone and the mental ray library, as well as example shaders with source code and demo scenes, for a variety of computer platforms.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.87" Width: 8.35" Height: 1.42" Weight: 5.16 lbs.
Release Date Dec 20, 2005
ISBN 3211244840 ISBN13 9783211244845
Reviews - What do customers think about Programming Mental Ray (Mental Ray Handbooks) (mental ray® Handbooks)?
Like it or leave it -- these are the docs Aug 24, 2006
there's not really anything to love or hate about this book. it's merely the documentation for the renderer. in reference to the previous review, this book IS available in html form if you purchase mental ray standalone, and it is also bundled with the docs of most 3d applications that include mental ray as a built-in renderer, such as Maya or XSI. buy it if you like to have a hard-copy of your docs around.
the book includes a cd with all the example shaders as well as some additional resources that mental ray programmers might find useful. overall, it is a very thorough, no-nonsense, documentation of the mental ray renderer.
This book has too much code reprinted. Jan 27, 2006
This book should've been a free html file. There is too many structs and sample codes reprinted in the book itself. I was interested in extracting lightmaps from mental ray, but the sdk that comes with it has this feature disabled.
page58,59 May 26, 2004
I had readed the book by PDF,but some pages be lost!above 16+. I want buy it from you.
Rendering With Mental Ray (Mental Ray Handbooks Volume 1) May 11, 2002
This is old. The new revised edition is available. This one doesn't contain information on V 3.0 (only up to 2.1) and it's the Same basic book. Shouldn't they have at least changed the color of the cover or something. Why this site is still passing this off as current?? anyway. The new one is the same price, and it comes with a CD... go find the Vol 1:Second Revised edition.
A must have for professionals using Mental Ray!!! Oct 24, 2001
This and volume two are absolute must haves for any CGI professionals using Mental Ray. Very thorough in their explanations and examples these books go to the very heart of the Mental Ray render structure. Both volumes, especially volume two, can be a little bit daunting to the uninitiated at first, but if you really are looking to dig into Mental Ray to get the best quality out of it you can, you must have these books.