Hi all 🙂
Recently Radiance from Luxrender (http://www.luxrender.net/) have contacted me in order to join efforts to bring Luxrender into blender. Since all the core developers have different goals (are more focused on animation suited engines) or have very little time to work on the integration of Luxrender with Blender I think I will do my best to join to the project to bring Luxrender inside Blender.
I especially liked the elegance of Monte Carlo methods and unbiased renderings with its unmatched simplicity and realism (that we have to pay in render times 🙂 but I think that if Blender along with an animation suited render have also a reference,physically based,unbiased render engine the final software simply will be amazing since it will suit many users needs.
I started the path tracer project in Blender mainly as a learning framework and the main goal was not the official integration since I know that such a project typically will require lots of man/years to end up with something at blender integration level but rather I continue with it in order to ease the pain on future implementations that will be a matter of time before one of the excellent renderers floating in the web land up in Blender, I just don´t thought it will happen so fast 🙂
Once Radiance offer me to join efforts it simply will save me a lot of years and integrating Luxrender into Blender will bring them the necessary critical mass to stand in time. I think is a symbiosis where everyone will win 🙂
Now that thanks to the comunity I have the PBRT book that is the roots of Luxrender and many renderers, I will enter in a learning phase in order to be useful as soon as I can and instead of reinvent the wheel with my first path tracer I will then strive in the integration of Luxrender into Blender
I´m very interested in rendering technologies and this is an excelent oportunity to me 🙂 Luxrender team is very experienced/talented on that and are making things with an incredible quality level so join them with Blender family is simply amazing!
Off course, I will continue my projects in Blender and have plans for even more if God and life allows me that, I´m just making public my next move after I return from a little vacation that I´m having with Blendiac and his Whife, two excelent Blender friends that came to Cuba and has bring me support from the community 🙂
I could not make promess yet and I´m not saying that this will be a piece of cake, because a lot of things could happen along the road but as I always said what I do could sure you is my interest I put on that 🙂
Hope those are good news for you, check the impressive gallery of Luxrender 🙂