I am just learning Maya, on the 2013 student version for Mac. I am trying to use mental ray, but I can’t find it. It doesn’t show up in the tab on the render settings window, and I have looked in the plug-in manager for mayatomr, but it doesn’t show up at all. As I understand it, the plug-in should be standard in 2013. Any idea why it isn’t appearing, or where I can get it?
scroll all the way to the bottom of the plug-in manager - mental ray now has its own section.
Just to be sure I wasn’t missing it because it was called something else, I clicked the load button on every plugin in the /Applications/Maya.app/contents/MacOS/plugins section of the plugin manager, but no luck. The other sections of the plugin manager are empty.
I can find the mentalray folder in the Maya2013 application folder, but when I try to connect to it using the browse button of the plugin manager, I get the following error message:
// Error: file: /Applications/Maya.app/Contents/scripts/others/pluginWin.mel line 665: initializePlugin function failed (Mayatomr)
I have uninstalled Maya, and reinstalled it to make sure it wasn’t corrupted, no good.
i just thought that autodesk/maya would have developed their own renderer beyond the “software” one.. i dont know , after working with mental ray for so many years you just want something different..!! and with artwork rendered with MR LOOKS similiar to other MR rendered artwork..
It is in the application folder, I just can’t get it to appear in the render manager. I’m starting to suspect that Mental Ray isn’t licensed in the educational version but I can’t find anything anywhere that would confirm this suspicion, and I haven’t encountered anyone else with this problem.