Pixar Releases Free Non Commercial RenderMan


Pixar Releases Free Non-Commercial RenderMan for all purposes, including evaluations, education, research, and personal projects. The non-commercial version of RenderMan is fully functional without watermark or limitation. For further details please refer to Pixar’s Non-Commercial RenderMan FAQ.

Pixar Releases Free Non Commercial RenderMan

Pixar Releases Free Non-Commercial RenderMan

If you’re ready to get started with Commercial RenderMan.
then you may proceed to Download & Installation.

Pick Your Plug-in
RenderMan ships with artist-friendly plugins for Autodesk’s Maya and The Foundry’s Katana. Here is an example showing the workflow in RenderMan For Maya:


Here is a complete list of artist plugins which are currently supported or in development:

RenderMan Plug-in Support 
Maya Supported
KATANA Supported
Cinema4D Underway
Houdini Underway
3DS Max Potential
Modo Potential
Rhino Potential
Lightwave Potential
Blender Potential
NukeSupported via AOVs, LPEs & Deep Textures

Stand Alone with RenderMan
Call Render-Man as a simple executable from the command-line, and render 3D data in Render-Man’s native RIB file format. These RIB files are the backbone of any RenderMan pipeline and are highly customization, offer Python bindings, and allow many types of data to be converted to RIB and rendered with Render Man.

RenderMan (formerly Photo Realistic RenderMan), RenderMan Studio, and RenderMan Pro Server are proprietary photo-realistic 3D rendering addons to Auto desk Maya based on their own RenderMan Interface Specification. The plugin produced by Pixar and is used to render all of their in-house 3D animated movie productions. The plugin is also available as a commercial product licensed to third parties. It primarily uses the Reyes algorithm but is also fully capable of doing ray tracing and global illumination.

On May 30, 2014, it was announced that Pixar would be offering a free version of RenderMan that would be available to download sometime in August 2014. Its release was postponed to early 2015. As of March 23, 2015, RenderMan is available for non-commercial use.

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