Release Date

July 11 2014

This version uses the Arnold core.


  • Many rendering optimizations in Arnold 4.2 including faster ray accel build, subdivision, displacement, polymesh processing, rendering of many-light scenes, backlighting, SSS, image shader and deep output.
  • Improved quality in motion blur sampling and indirect specular sampling.
  • Smoother bump near shadow terminator and reduced edge darkening in Cook-Torrance BRDF.
  • The Standard shader can now output refraction opacity as an AOV. It is advised to write the complete RGBA set of channels, since the alpha component will constitute a mask that can be used to mix it in with the regular opacity, multiplying in refraction opacity to regular opacity based on the mask.
  • Support for Custom shutter shapes.
  • Support for Rolling shutter.
  • Add support for custom light filters. The light types a filter can be applied to are now defined in the light filter metadata, which will be read by MtoA.
  • Support for motion blur for fluids.
  • Initial support for Maya viewport 2.0.
  • Maya Luminance shader.
  • Make Pref usage an option for MayaProjection shader.


  • Motion blur support for XGen (now included as an extension).
  • Motion blur support for meshes with  changing topology.
  • It is now possible to use Pref in the MayaProjection shader.


  • There are still some limitations in the Maya viewport 2.0 support.
  • Added a global option to disable StandIn display.
  • skin_sss shader has been removed.
  • Bifrost is not officially supported yet.


  • Removed cubic projection map.
  • Removed specular_brdf from standard shader: since the Cook-Torrance is similar in performance to the Ward-Duer BRDF yet superior in quality due to its reduced edge darkening and higher energy conservation, the specular_brdf parameter has been removed from standard, leaving Cook-Torrance as the default (and only!) BRDF of the standard shader. Therefore, the look of existing standard shader-based materials that use the anisotropic Ward-Duer BRDF might change a little bit for the better.
  • Maya Displacement zero value no longer depends on the Scale attribute.
  • The conversion of SpotLight cone-angle and penumbra-angle from Maya to Arnold has changed to make it compatible with other renderers.
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