I don't know what type of rendering engine cycles is. is it path tracing ray tracing Raydiosidi ray casting photon maping? I would like to know

  • $\begingroup$ Cycles is a Monte Carlo path tracer $\endgroup$ Feb 24, 2015 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ @GiantCowFilms Shouldn't that be an answer, instead of a comment? $\endgroup$ Feb 24, 2015 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ @And jerryno got the answer! $\endgroup$ Feb 24, 2015 at 16:14

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Cycles is a ray tracing renderer. Can use different tracing strategies (under integrator option):

  • Path tracing: pure path tracer.
  • Branched path tracing: path tracer with branching on the first bounce.

It uses Monte-Carlo for sampling, that means repeated random sampling.

Soon Metropolis Light Transport should be also available which is a variant to Monte-Carlo, it uses Bidirectional path tracing and Metropolis sampling.


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