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  • Added a control for "thickness" for Physical Clear Coats in PxrSurface.

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  • Added new ground selections to the PxrEnvDaylight simulation: 
    • Legacy: Old behavior
    • Clamped Hemisphere: "Smear" horizon values on the virtual ground plane
    • Diffuse Ground: A fake infinite ground plane with diffuse color
  •  The /prman/deepcomp/flagvolumes and Option "deep" "int flagvolumes" controls now interpret the value 1 as an "auto" mode. This is on by default, but off if generating any deep images in DTEX format. Use 2 to force it always on.

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Significant performance increase for UDIM textures when many textures are in one directory

  • The Alembic procedural now respects the visibility attribute.
  • Path Traced Sub-Surface Scattering control Zero Scatter Attenuation has been replaced by an IOR parameter causing total internal reflection.
  • We now warns if a deep image has a pixel filter on alpha that is a poor match for the pixel filter on the other channels. This can lead to grainy noise across the deep image.

  • GetBuiltinVar queries of k_lpeState or k_wavelength no longer set the result pointer to null during displacement, cached presence or opacity, and baking.

  • Added intensityNearDist parameter to PxrMeshLight.
  • Improved live-render edit speed in cases where several LPE based AOV's were being used.

  • For user-debugging purposes the RLFInjector can now be made to print out the exact Attribute Identifier path at each binding site by adding "-printaip 1" to the rif arguments. Rif arguments are set up in RfM via RenderMan_for_Maya.ini (see existing doc re -filtergeom). The path that is printed out is precisely the one that Xpath is matching against in a Dynamic Rule and can also be used (in the case of the new alembic-file-specific rlf's) in the Static Binding table.

  • RenderMan will now abort when attempting to recover non-incremental renders when bucket order is set to anything other than "vertical" or "horizontal".

  • In OSL, gettattribute() of the "context" object can be used to access the members of the RixShadingContext scTraits structure "eyePath", "lightPath", "primaryHit", "missContext", "reyesGrid" and "shadingMode".

  • Extended widget types for OSL nodes loaded at startup: 'fileInput', 'assetIdInput', 'filename' (non-standard), 'text', 'popup' and 'boolean'.
  • Fixed a crash when parsing OSL shaders with int parameters using 'min' or 'max' metadata.
  • Improved quality of deep output compression when a deep id channel is present.

  • Increased the upper range for RixKtoRGB, below we show new values above 10000

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Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where scalar displacement was backwards when dicing an instanced master and the orientation is either "lh" or "rh".

  • Fixed bug causing potential crash when using aggregate volumes.

  • Fixed a bug where using alembic archives (AlembicProcPrim) with motion blur would crash on Windows.

  • Fixed a potential issue with infinite lights in very large scenes.
  • Fixed bug that could cause a crash when using a gprim with very many vertices and/or primvars.

  • Fixed bug causing reduced thread efficiency and potential hangs when rendering many things with different grouping membership, enabled lights, or enabled lightfilters state.

  • Fixed a potential crash when a hierarchical subdivision mesh specified an invalid face index in a face edit.

  • Fixed bug causing a very small chance of crashing when rendering a scene containing both infinite and local lights.

  • Some fixes for subsurface scattering with the PxrVCM (and PxrUPBP) integrator(s) that may have cause them to render black or with artifacts.
  • Fixed potential for crash or extra memory usage when rendering a large polygon mesh having non-quad faces and __faceindex values for per-face textures.

  • Fixed tile-shaped artifacts on materials with both subsurface and diffuse transmission.

  • Added the correct attribute for importanceMultiplier to the PxrMeshLight
  • Fix of incorrect normals of instanced NURBS patches with non-homogeneous control points. Speedup of ray tracing of some NURBS.

  • In OSL, trace() and getmessage("trace") now work when hit objects are not shaded.

  • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect interpolation of primitive variables in some cases of coarsely tessellated displaced surfaces.

  • Fixed a possible issue with alpha values on matte objects and volumes.
  • Fixed a bilinear interpolation bug in the EvaluateAtLimitMultiple() call of the SubdivEval API
  • Fixed a bug where OSL texture() shadeop would return random values on missing textures instead of the "missingcolor" and "missingalpha" or "fill" values.

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