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disneyschumi
08-30-2010, 04:29 PM
Hi,

I am new here i am an Lighting Artist, i basically use Maya. I wanted to know little bit about Render Man, I never used it. i want to try and learn now..my question is..

Is Render Man just a rendering Plug-in or is it a completely separate software?
ANd Where can i get Render Man for Maya 2011?
And wht are the versions Available?

Thanks and Regards
Utsav sriram

ezdz
08-30-2010, 06:42 PM
Hi,

I am new here i am an Lighting Artist, i basically use Maya. I wanted to know little bit about Render Man, I never used it. i want to try and learn now..my question is..

Is Render Man just a rendering Plug-in or is it a completely separate software?
ANd Where can i get Render Man for Maya 2011?
And wht are the versions Available?

Thanks and Regards
Utsav sriram

It depends on which version of Renderman you're talking about. There is a plugin called 'Renderman for Maya' which requires Maya to run. There's also a more complete (and more expensive) version called 'Renderman Studio' which includes a maya plugin, but can also be used with other animation software.

If you're new to renderman I'd recommend downloading the personal learning edition of Renderman for Maya from Pixar's website.

https://renderman.pixar.com/

rendermaniac
08-31-2010, 02:35 PM
RenderMan is a specification, not a specific renderer. Saying that Pixar's Renderman ProServer is the leading one.

However you should also look at 3delight http://www.3delight.com . Their Maya plugin 3delight for Maya is a lot easier to get up and running than Renderman for Maya, and their support is extremely good. The first license is completely free - even for commercial use.

Other nice RenderMan renderers include AIR http://www.sitexgraphics.com and Pixie http://www.renderpixie.com - which is open source. AIR has some nice GUI tools. I don't think Pixie has any, but should work with the open source Maya exporter Liquid.

Simon

Bitter
08-31-2010, 07:54 PM
I believe the 3Delight license is thread limited to 2 threads. So it's free. . .with a catch.

Renderman for Maya has always been easy for me to use and relatively inexpensive for a lot of functionality.

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