Advice about render engine. Mantra or Redshift

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Maybe someone from SideFX could give me a hint, I love mantra, but I’m a indie user, living in Argentina, I need a faster engine. Should I wait to mantra gpu (I would love this, even if you need to pay more for it) or should I forget that dream and buy redshift or Octane or whatever I chose when I need that speed. The times of the real market is confronting all the time whit Mantra. Now clients want 4K and it is madness.
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I spent a year trying to get reasonable output out of Mantra. I finally bought Redshift and have not looked back. I doubt Mantra will ever be GPU based (perhaps accelerated maybe). Redshift recently extended their filesize output to include 4K with an Indie license so that is good news as well.
Edited by Enivob - Jan. 13, 2019 09:57:00
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I spent a year trying to get reasonable output out of Mantra. I finally bought Redshift and have not looked back. I doubt Mantra will ever be GPU based (perhaps accelerated maybe). Redshift recently extended their filesize output to include 4K with an Indie license so that is good news as well.

Do you know if there are any decent tutorials or training for Product renders for Redshift/Houdini? Maybe some basic animation too.
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if you need it now, definitely go Redshift, you can be productive immediately
Redshift is decently implemented in Houdini and the learning curve is not that steep, you can also try the trial first and see if it fits your needs

since there is no info on new Mantra and/or what that GPU everywhere hints from siggraph mean, I wouldn't just wait if you have projects and clients to satisfy now
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Has anyone tried Vray that just came out for Houdini?
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VRay for Houdini is still currently in beta. It mostly works well… if you're used to VRay in other engines there are still some strange bits to get used to like the way AOVs/Render Elements are constructed, but it otherwise feels familiar. It's not as fast as Redshift by a long shot, but it's plenty stable and it does benefit from GPU acceleration if you have the hardware.
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