AMD Radeon ProRender

AMD Radeon™ ProRender is AMD’s powerful physically-based rendering engine that lets creative professionals use open industry standards to leverage GPU and CPU performance to produce stunningly photorealistic images in Autodesk® Maya®.

Fast, easy, and incredible, Radeon™ ProRender is available as a plug-in for Maya® and can be used to render anything – product designs, architectural visualizations, visuals effects, and more.

Radeon™ ProRender is fully integrated into Maya® 2017, 2018, and 2019 for Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®, meaning you can use its existing lights, materials, and textures, and it renders your geometry accurately. Radeon™ ProRender also comes with a library of materials to get you started.

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Get the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in and user guide for Maya® 

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Physically Accurate

It’s physically accurate and lightning fast. It has viewport integration, so you can see your changes as you go

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Hardware Agnostic

Radeon™ ProRender is hardware agnostic. If your computer can run OpenCL™ 1.2 or Apple® Metal® 2, it can run Radeon™ ProRender on your CPU or GPU

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Fully Integrated

Whatever your chosen workflow, Radeon™ ProRender is fully integrated into Autodesk® Maya® 2017 and higher for Microsoft Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®

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AI-Accelerated Denoising

Radeon™ ProRender harnesses the power of machine learning to produce high-quality final and interactive renders in a fraction of the time traditional denoising takes (Windows® only)

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Environment and Sky

Radeon™ ProRender has its own environment setup, letting you work in IBL or Sky mode, together with emissive light setups and lights from HDRI environments

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Material Library

Radeon™ ProRender comes with its own optimized material library, providing an easy starting point and reference point for creating your own shaders

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Adaptive Sampling

Radeon™ ProRender lets you set a threshold for noise in your render, accelerating render times while enabling higher-quality renders


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Now for macOS®

Radeon™ ProRender for Maya® supports Windows®, macOS®, and CentOS® Linux®

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Detailed Features

Current features of the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® 2.6 for Windows® and macOS®, and the plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® 2.1 for Linux®


  • *NEW* AI-Accelerated Denoising for both final and interactive rendering.**
  • *NEW* Adaptive Sampling accelerates render times while enabling higher-quality renders.*
  • *NEW* Support for Maya® XGen Interactive Grooming tools for hair and fur creation.*
  • *NEW* Support for Maya® Fluid Volumes allows artists to render advanced effects like smoke, fog, and clouds to create even more realistic images.*
  • Improved subdivision of surfaces with Adaptive Subdivision can speed up workflows.*
  • Metal® Performance Shaders accelerated ray tracing support on macOS®.
  • Simplified sampling – all rendering samples are used for anti-aliasing.
  • Native tone mapping and exposure controls.
  • Depth map rendering capability, allowing the processing of depth of field manually.
  • Viewport integration means you can work with Radeon™ ProRender in real-time and see your changes as you make them.
  • Built on OpenCL™ or Metal® 2, it’s hardware agnostic, so it runs on virtually any hardware, including virtually any combination of GPUs and CPUs.
  • Near linear rendering performance scaling when adding additional GPUs.
  • Render modes support global illumination, direct illumination (with/without shadow), wireframe, diffuse albedo, position, normal, texture coordinates, ambient occlusion.
  • AOVs for post processing including support for opacity, world coordinates, UVs, material index, geometric normals, shading normal, reflections, diffuse lighting, and albedo.*
  • Control over frame completion and rendering – pause, set render pass limits and duration.
  • Added “Out-of-Core” texture cache setting for viewport and material renders.*
  • Animations of frames can be exported in the .rpr format.
  • Batch/background and region rendering support.
  • Displacement and Renderstamp support.

(*Available in Windows® and macOS® versions only. **Available in Windows® version only)



  • *NEW* Convert Arnold Renderer and Redshift materials (in addition to already supported V-Ray material conversion) to Radeon™ ProRender materials.*
  • Updated separately-installed Material Library with 300+ materials that use the Radeon™ ProRender Uber Shader so they’re easy to use as starting points for your own materials.*
  • Updated Uber Shader with more realistic defaults, enhanced subsurface scattering, diffuse backscattering, a simplified caustics option, an improved clearcoat appearance, and refraction and reflection normal maps.*
  • Ambient Occlusion node for enhanced procedural texture workflows.*
  • Texture color space controls – set the color space to either sRGB or linear.*
  • Shadow Catcher material for compositing objects to IBL (Image-Based Lighting) environments or backplate images.
  • Supports X-Rite’s Appearance Exchange Format (AxF™). Learn more at**
  • Physically correct materials and lighting allow you to make true design decisions with global illumination – including caustics.
  • Import/export Radeon™ ProRender Materials, including those from Autodesk® 3ds Max®.
  • Materials are simple to use via the Maya® material Hypershade editor.
  • UV generation and basic transform info for maps, which include scaling, offset, and rotations.
  • Change textures and apply tiling/scaling while rendering in a Maya® viewport.

(*Available in Windows® and macOS® versions only. **Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied)



  • Light Shader that creates realistic lighting, including area light shapes, color temperature, and texture maps.*
  • IES lights support lets you use the exact scattering and fall-offs of real-world lighting.
  • Includes photometric lighting – supports IBL environments and a sun/sky system with time of day and location setting, control of sun/sky atmospherics, soft shadows, sky albedo and turbidity.
  • Emissive materials and textured emission to allow any geometry emit light.
  • Supports V-Ray light conversion and translation.
  • Real world unit support (lumen/lux/candela/kelvin).
  • Supports HDRI environment mapping and lighting.
  • Supports Maya® lights and tone mapping.
  • Portal light and backplate image support.
  • Ground plane shadows and reflections.

(*Available in Windows® and macOS® versions only)



  • Manage/select different cameras which are rendered in interactive mode via viewports.
  • Depth of field (DOF) and motion blur support.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) camera support.
  • Supports Maya® camera presets.



  • *NEW* Supports Autodesk® Maya® 2017, Maya® 2018, and Maya® 2019 on Microsoft Windows® and macOS®.
  • Supports Autodesk® Maya® 2016 and Maya® 2017 on CentOS Linux®.
  • glTF (GL Transmission Format) support for easy export of assets to other applications while preserving materials.*
  • Reorganized render settings allow for clearer user control, helping improve workflows.*
  • Custom shelf buttons for easy access to Radeon™ ProRender features.
  • Viewport update including undo/redo tracking and smart caching.
  • Large scene export optimization and .rpr export format.*
  • Integrates into existing Maya® workflows.
  • Batch/background rendering.
  • MELscript support.

(*Available in Windows® and macOS® versions only)

System Requirements


  • Autodesk® Maya® 2017, Autodesk® Maya® 2018, and Autodesk® Maya® 2019 on Windows® and macOS®
  • Autodesk® Maya® 2016 and Autodesk® Maya® 2017 on Linux®
  • Microsoft Windows® 7, 10 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 64-bit (non-AMD GPU)
  • macOS® High Sierra 10.13.3  and up (10.13.4 required for external GPU support)
  • Linux® distributions: CentOS® 6.5 (official Maya® 2016/2017 supported version), CentOS® 7.2 (official Maya® 2017 supported version)


  • Runs on both GPUs and CPUs. OpenCL™ 1.2 support required for GPUs on Windows® and Linux®. Metal® 2 support required for GPUs on macOS®
  • AMD graphics cards are recommended for Windows® and Linux®, required for macOS®
  • For non-AMD OpenCL™ 1.2 cards, Windows® 10 64-bit is required
  • Recommended Windows® and Linux® Graphics Hardware:
    • AMD Radeon™ Pro WX series cards, Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics, Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”) graphics, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition cards, Radeon™ VII graphics card, AMD FirePro™ W9100, W8100, W7100, and S series cards
  • Compatible Windows® and Linux® Graphics Hardware:
    • AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Fiji”) graphics, Radeon™ RX series cards, Radeon™ R9 Fury series cards, Radeon™ R9 Nano graphics, Radeon™ R9 300 series cards, Radeon™ R9 290X graphics, Radeon™ R9 290 graphics, Radeon™ R9 285 graphics, Radeon™ R9 280X graphics, Radeon™ R9 280 graphics
  • Compatible Apple® Mac® Hardware:
    • MacBook® (Early 2015 or newer), MacBook Pro® (Mid 2012 or newer), MacBook Air® (Mid 2012 or newer), Mac mini® (Late 2012 or newer), iMac® (Late 2012 or newer), iMac Pro™ (Late 2017 or newer), Mac Pro® (Late 2013) (Models without discrete AMD Radeon™, Radeon™ Pro, or AMD FirePro™ graphics will be limited to CPU rendering with Radeon™ ProRender)
  • Compatible Apple® Mac® External Graphics (eGPU) Hardware:
    • AMD Radeon™ RX 470, RX 480, RX 560, RX 570, and RX 580 graphics, Radeon™ RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition (Air-Cooled) graphics, and Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, WX 8200, WX 9100 graphics (Requires macOS® High Sierra 10.13.4 and compatible all-in-one eGPU product or eGPU Thunderbolt™ 3 chassis)


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