Render Setup Dialog - Cycles Tab

Misc Rollout

Miscelaneous render parameters

Render Device - Controls whether the render will be done with the CPU or GPU.

With CPU - If this box is checked the CPU will be used in addition to the GPU for CUDA renders.

Render Device Text Box - Selects which GPU(s) will perform the render (CUDA only). The "CUDA Devices..." button will display a list of available devices to choose from.

Preview Samples - The number of samples to render for material previews. Previews are the spheres that appear in the material editor.

Sampling Rollout

Sampling render parameters

Samples - The number of samples per pixel to render. A higher value will produce an image with less noise, but will take longer to render. This option is the primary way you will control the speed/quality trade-off for your render.

Example demonstrating different sample counts

Clamp Direct - Direct sample clamp. This sets a maximum intensity that may be sampled for the first bounce of a ray.

Clamp Indirect - Indirect sample clamp. This sets a maximum intensity that may be sampled for bounces of a ray after the first bounce.

Random Seed - Sets the seed used to randomize noise patterns.

Animate Random Seed - When this option is selected, the random seed will automatically change every frame. Enabling this helps to avoid having very similar noise patterns in consecutive frames of an animation.

Volume

Step Size - Distance between sampled points in a volume shader. Lower values will be more accurate and take longer to render.

Max Steps - Maximum number of steps to sample in a volume before terminating.

Translation Rollout

Translation render parameters

Environment Options

Intensity Multiplier - Brightness multiplier for the environment map.

MIS Map Size - Sets the size of the MIS map to be used for the environment. Larger values will cause the scene to render with less noise from environment light at the expense of memory usage and speed.

Light Options

Point Light Size - Point lights will be translated as spherical lights with this diameter.

Texmap Options

Bitmap Width - Sets the default width of baked texmaps.

Bitmap Height - Sets the default height of baked texmaps.

Other Options

Motion Blur Samples - Sets the number of samples to be used for deform-based motion blur. Note that the option does not affect object-transform-based blur or camera-transform-based blur.

Film Rollout

Film render parameters

Transparent Sky - When this option is enabled the alpha channel will be used to store transparency information for the render. By default the sky is considered transparent and all geometry is opaque.

Exposure - Exposure multiplier. This can be used to linearly brighten/darken the final render output. This exposure multiplier will be applied before the exposure control.

Performance Rollout

Performance render parameters

General

Progressive Refine - When this option is enabled the renderer will sample each pixel once before moving on to the next sample. When it is disabled, the renderer will sample each tile to completion before moving to the next tile.

Enabling this option is good for previews as it will let you see a noisy but complete image very quickly after starting a render. Disabling this option will result in slightly faster renders.

CPU Render Threads - Sets the number of threads to use for CPU renders. A value of 0 will automatically use one thread per logical core.

Tile Size

Width - Tile width for all renders.

Height - Tile height for all renders.