Renderman: Shading Lighting & Rendering That Pops – Free?

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RenderMan to be offered FREE!

This news has been bouncing around for a few days now. But I include it here because some of us may have been busy doing other things and not seen it.

So here it is again: RenderMan is to be offered free for non-commercial use, which includes evaluations, personal learning, experimentation, research, and the development of tools and plug-ins for RenderMan.

For the End User License Agreement here:

You can register for your free non-commercial RenderMan here: The release date is August 2014 at the Conference for SIGGRAPH, (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) in Vancouver.


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I am including the link to register online for the SIGGRAPH Conference here


RenderMan Requirements

From the Pixar website:

“RenderMan is advanced technology for shading, lighting and rendering. RenderMan is not an animation or modeling package.

RenderMan can be plugged into one of the following tools, Maya, Houdini, Katana, or Cinema4D. If you use one of those packages you can try RenderMan. You can also use RenderMan if you have your own custom tool(s) for generating renderable 3D assets (RIB) for purposes such as scientific visualization.

RenderMan by itself does not have a user interface or GUI.”

Future of RenderMan

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Here is the link to the video where Dr. Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios talks about the future of RenderMan:

Ratatouille and RenderMan

Finally, here is a link to a brilliant Pixar article on how the food was shaded using RendeMan in the film Ratatouille.


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