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Arnold features

  • Speedy rendering

    Optimizations like 2D dithered sampling deliver high-performance results, helping you produce great images.

  • Streamlined controls

    Get great-looking results quickly, even on the most complex scenes.

  • Memory-efficient

    Render your most demanding shots with highly optimized data structures.

  • Scalable

    Arnold is carefully multithreaded and allows for optimal use of available CPU threads. Get even better performance with hyperthreading.

What's new

  • Adaptive sampling

    Access another means of tuning images, allowing you to reduce render times without jeopardizing final image quality.

  • Denoising

    Two denoising solutions give you the flexibility to use much lower-quality sampling settings.

  • Material assignments and overrides

    Operators enable flexible support for open standard frameworks with a new plug-in system API.

  • Toon shader

    Get an advanced Toon shader, part of a nonphotorealistic solution provided in combination with the Contour Filter.

Integrate Arnold into your pipeline

  • Free plug-ins provide a bridge to the Arnold renderer from within many popular 3D applications.
  • Arnold has supported plug-ins available for Maya, Houdini, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, and Katana.
  • Arnold is fully customizable, with a powerful API to create custom rendering solutions.

See Arnold in action

Framestore's CG supervisor and VFX producer break down how they pulled off their heroic work on Marvel blockbuster


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. heroics

Learn how Framestore used Arnold to meet the rendering challenges on this blockbuster feature film.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Vol. 2 © 2017 Marvel Studios. Image courtesy of Framestore.

Learn how the creative team developed complex characters and environments using Arnold


Rendering the world of Westworld

Arnold played a key role in Important Looking Pirates's work on the HBO series Westworld, including all the character work.

Image courtesy of Important Looking Pirates.

Canadian Production VFX Supe Louis Morin explains how Arrival is like coming full circle


Arnold brings Arrival to life

Louis Morin, freelance production VFX supervisor, discusses how he used Arnold to help create the visually striking film Arrival.