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Radeon ProRender is a powerful physically-based rendering engine that enables creative professionals to produce stunningly photorealistic images.

Built on highly efficient, high-performance Radeon Rays technology, Radeon ProRender’s complete, scalable ray tracing engine uses open industry standards to harness GPU and CPU performance for swift, impressive results.

Radeon ProRender provides a simple-to-use, deeply integrated application experience, with an extensive beautiful material library, and all with no licensing costs from AMD.

Blender Plug-in Beta Available Now

Last December we announced that we were planning to release a Radeon ProRender plug-in for Blender™, and today we are excited to announce the release of the closed beta of this plug-in.

Like our other plug-ins, Radeon ProRender for Blender is designed to be a physically-accurate and easy to use renderer that’s integrated into Blender’s viewport so you can work with Radeon ProRender in real-time and see your changes as you make them.

It supports real-time changes to the scene and built-in rendering information, and supports Blender lights, materials, and textures, and renders your geometry accurately. Like our other Radeon ProRender plug-ins, it will come with an extensive material library which artists can use as is, easily adjust within Blender, or even quickly learn to make their own.

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Key Features

  • Fast and accurate – it’s designed to be physically accurate, lightning fast and easy to use.
  • Hardware agnostic – if your computer can run OpenCL™ 1.2, it can run Radeon ProRender.
  • Fully integrated – for use with Blender 2.78 and higher.
  • Viewport Integration means you can work with Radeon ProRender in real time, so you can see your changes as you make them.
  • Multiple camera views – Blender camera presets, depth of field, and object motion blur.
  • VR creation support with photosphere and stereoscopic VR camera views.
  • Emissive and Photometric Lighting, as well as lights from HDRI environments, let you blend a scene in with its surroundings.
  • Physically Correct materials and lighting allow you to make true design decisions with global illumination—including caustics, also displacement and volumetrics.
  • Comes with its own material library optimized for use with the Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in, providing an easy starting and reference point for your own shaders
  • Integrated materials are simple to use and editable in Blender.

Apply Now

If you’d like to participate in our Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in beta testing program and be part of making Radeon ProRender even better, please fill in the application form linked below to express your interest.1

Help shape the future of Radeon ProRender

UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that the Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in will support Linux. However, we will not be supporting this OS during the current beta testing period and there will be a Linux beta available at a later date.


Radeon ProRender Blender Plug-in Mini Tutorial

To get you started with the Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in beta, we’ve put together a short tutorial by Blender power-user Duncan Howdin. This tutorial is for users who already have experience using Blender.

To start, along with the Radeon ProRender beta plug-in, you’ll need to use our example scene that will be provided to beta testers.

Step 1. Setup & Environment

Radeon ProRender Blender Tutorial Step 1a

  • Once you have the Radeon ProRender plug-in installed you’ll need to open the example scene in Blender.
  • Firstly, you need to change the renderer to “Radeon ProRender” as shown.
  • You’ll then need to turn on the Radeon ProRender environment and load the “4DstudioLight_2014_1024.hdr” lighting map from the textures folder of the example scene.
  • Then adjust the intensity to 0.5, and hit f10.

Step 2. Assigning Materials 1

Radeon ProRender Blender Tutorial Step 2a

  • In the example scene, some of the materials have already been assigned, but we still need to assign the material to the body of the car.
  • Go to material properties and select the “carShell.”
  • You’ll need to open the material browser to select a paint for the body, so left-click on the material preview to open the browser.

Step 3. Assigning Materials 2

Radeon ProRender Blender Tutorial Step 3a

  • From the material browser, choose “Car Paints” from the categories menu and select the color you want to use, then hit the “RPR Import Selected Material” button.
  • You’ll then need to assign the rest of the materials that haven’t been assigned.

Step 4. Emissive Materials

Radeon ProRender Blender Tutorial Step 4a

  • Radeon ProRender for Blender has emissive materials, so you’ll need to select the lightbulbs of the car and apply an emissive material to create light for the headlights.
  • You also need to apply an emissive material to the “Plane” (the lightbox), so open its properties, select “Shader 2,” and turn the intensity to 10.

Step 5. Rendering

Radeon ProRender Blender Tutorial Step 5c

  • Now it’s time to render the scene. Under “Render Presets,” select the output resolution.
  • Under “RPR Completion Criteria,” change the iterations to 40.
  • Then hit render.

Step 6. The Finished Result
Radeon ProRender Blender Tutorial Step 6a

  • And your final rendering should look like the above, depending on the paint color you selected.

We hope this short tutorial has given you a basic understanding of how to use the Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in beta. Again, to apply to be a beta tester please fill in the form linked below1.

Help shape the future of Radeon ProRender

The final release of the Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in is planned for later in 2017, and we will provide more information closer to its release date.

To learn more about Radeon ProRender and download the currently available plug-ins for Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya® please visit our brand new Radeon ProRender website.


Radeon ProRender Blender Plug-in System Requirements

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Microsoft Windows® 7, 8.1, 10 64-bit (Radeon™ RX series, Pro Duo, and R9 series graphics)
Microsoft Windows® 7, 10 64-bit (Radeon™ Pro WX series and AMD FirePro™ W series graphics)
Microsoft Windows® 10 (non-AMD GPU)

Runs on both GPUs and CPUs. OpenCL 1.2 required for GPUs
AMD graphics cards are recommended
For non-AMD OpenCL 1.2 cards, Windows 10 is required

Compatible Hardware:
Radeon™ Pro WX series, Radeon Pro Duo, AMD FirePro™ W9100, W8100, W7100 and S series products

Radeon™ RX series, R9 Fury series, R9 Nano, R9 300 series, R9 290X, R9 290, R9 285, R9 280X, and R9 280 products

Duncan Howdin has been working in 3D since 1997, specializing in architectural visualization, and he recently finished study building design. Previously he worked in computer games and animated TV production. With Blender becoming a competitive alternative, he has spent the last year integrating it into his pipeline.

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.


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  • Jure Repinc

    When will it be available for GNU/Linux?

    • Radeon Pro

      Linux support during the current beta period will not be available, but there will be a Linux beta available at a later date. Stay tuned.

  • kevin deguisne

    count me in (there is no form)

    • Radeon Pro

      You can find the form to apply beneath “Apply Now” and click Help shape the future of Radeon ProRender

  • Marjana

    No love for us working on Linux workstations?

    • Radeon Pro

      We are not supporting Linux during the current beta period, but there will be a Linux beta available at a later date.

  • Michael Geraghty

    Count me in as well!.

  • Scott

    Is it possible to help the Linux development? I don’t see it mentioned under the requirements.

    • Radeon Pro

      The Radeon ProRender Blender plug-in will support Linux at a later date but not during this beta period.

  • Felix Brakel

    Does it support volumetric rendering on the GPU?

    • Radeon Pro

      Yes, we support Volumetrics in Radeon ProRender.

  • Thomas Cheng

    Pretty excited about this renderer. When can we start the beta?

    • Radeon Pro

      Beta invites to those we have selected will be going out starting this week, and we will be sending out more invitations in waves. Keep an eye out!

  • blender expert

    I can’t wait for this beta release I want to test if CPU and GPU rendering give us faster results in comparison with cycles render
    if yes then it will be my choice for blender

  • Pablo Daniel

    Is there any requirement to apply? I mean, I’d love to test it, but I’m a rookie and doubt that can help with the development.

    • Radeon Pro

      There are no requirements, so feel free to apply!

  • Mighty

    Hey how long can we wait
    Please put it on github

  • Rene Fosdal

    No Mac version? Since they’ve been using Radeon exclusively for the last many years that seems a bit odd. I have no love for Windows so I might wait for the Linux version to drop.

    • Radeon Pro

      At the moment there is no MacOS support, stay tuned for more information.

  • Strob

    Will it work for Houdini too?

  • Tomek S

    I can see you are very responsive here. Shall we want our developer work on the renderer (as it’s open source now). Is it better to contact you or just start work?
    At the moment we are still in the process of deciding which renderer shall we support in our efforts.

  • orhan alkan

    Detail info:
    Your system seems incompatible with Radeon ProRender for OpenCL.
    Only the CPU rendering mode may run correctly.

    what should I do ?

    • orhan alkan

      My graphics card Radeon HD 6790
      Driver :Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Beta

  • Mike

    I haven’t really seen any benchmarks or performance figures lately for this card… Based on what it can do I really am interested in purchasing one but I am hesitant. Can anyone direct me to a recent, active thread about this card and it’s performance? Have any more optimizations been made for gaming as of September? (I’ve seen everything from July 1st that people have posted). Did the card die? What’s going on???

  • Bill

    When using the Blender plugin with my Radeon HD 7970 materials don’t update and object disappears in the render.

    I enabled a GeForce GTX 960 (not certified) and disabled the AMD Radeon R9 200 / HD7900 Series and things worked as expected, like in this video:

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  1. Application does not automatically qualify one to be a Radeon ProRender plug-in beta tester due to a limited number of resources available. Those selected will be contacted directly by AMD for further qualification.