Rendering in pCon.planner 7.3: New interface, new strengths!

If you’re a fan of photorealistic renderings and engaging presentations, you’re sure to get your money’s worth with pCon.planner 7.3! The Media Maker has undergone a complete rework. The render process can now be used much more efficiently and purposefully, revitalizing and breathing life into your plans.

More variety with OSPRay

A highlight of the new planner features is the integration of the open source, scalable and portable ray tracing renderer, better known as OSPRay. For veterans of pCon.planner, the open source renderer may be nothing new, as it was available in the 7.2 version of the planner under the “Beta functions” tab. Having received positive feedback and references, however, the renderer is now a permanent member of the pCon functions.

As such, OSPRay can now show all of its strengths, offering inclined users more opportunities to customize renderings to their own ideas and needs. Since OSPRay is a ray-tracing based render engine, it lends itself well to complex light scenes and shadows, as well as transparent and indirect lighting. Plus, the renderer is completely CPU based, meaning it easily adapts to any device in which you utilize pCon.planner – regardless of whether it’s a single, dual or quad-core processor, a Tower PC, a laptop or a tablet. OSPRay is specifically designed for Intel CPUs, unleashing its full power.

And these are just a few of the reasons OSPRay is a valuable addition to the pCon.planner 7.3 renderer mix. So be sure to welcome it to the family and get to know it better!

New comfort through a manageable interface

If you’re looking to complete a rendering in version 7.3, you’ll also come across a few other features, such as the three rendering options View, YafaRay and OSPRay.

The good old Media Maker has retired and has now been replaced with a more up-to-date rendering interface. Static renderings and videos/animations have been logically separated, each having its own custom workspace. This creates a clear design, allowing for a more convenient drop-down list of renderers. Image type, such as multi-content picture or collage, is also displayed as such.

Profiles can also be chosen and edited more flexibly. They are no longer found in a drop-down menu, but rather in the toolbar above. This way you can create, edit and choose, as well as import and export user-defined profiles depending on the chosen image type and renderer. To do so, simply click on the menu button and the pencil icon shown.

And of course, choosing your renderer from the dropdown menu also has its advantages. The profiles for the renderers, in particular, show the strengths of the new rendering area. Each renderer is customized and adjusted according to its various aspects.

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8 replies on “Rendering in pCon.planner 7.3: New interface, new strengths!

  • Libor Stolc

    Hello, new OSPRay renderings are really very realistic, but I was informed by some Czech users, that the processing of renderings are very slow. I have the same feeling. I would like to know, why develepers of EGR are not using more quicker rendering engines or plugins from companies as Solid Iris Technologies or Lightworks Design.

    Thank you

    • Pauline


      Thanks for your feedback. In comparison to Yafaray, you are correct. The rendering process will take a bit longer with OSPRay, however that’s due to the lighting calculation algorithm used within the renderering process and not the renderer itself. This yields a much higher quality result. OSPRay uses PATH tracing to caculate the lighting as opposed to direct lighting. This process will calculate the light rays in more depth and will produce much more realistic shadowing.

      If you’re needing a quick result, you can always use Yafaray with the direct light setting, but keep in mind the rendering will be less realistic using this process. We recommend taking the extra time if you’re looking for an extremely high-quality result 🙂

      Also keep in mind that Intel is further developing OSPRay, and render speed is one element that will be improved in the near future. This will of course be implemented into future versions of the planner. In addition, we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have while your working on your plans!

      Best regards,

      • Libor Stolc


        Thank you very much for your answer. It is a good information from you, that Intel is still developing OSPRay.

        I recommend to users of pCon.planner, that they can do OSPRay renderings on any computer in free version of pCon.planner.

        Best regards,

  • JJ


    I am very impress with the OSPRAY rendered picture in the blog! Do you have any tutorial on OSPRAY and produce the picture like it?

    Thank you.


  • pep junyent

    Buenos días, en mi caso sigo sin poder probar el OsPray. no me funciona.

    sigue mostrando el mensaje “Failed to start OSPRay render process.”
    ” Object reference not set to an instance of an object”

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