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  02 February 2006
Renderman For MAYA

Hi, I will be working for a publicity company as a character modeler for the next 3 months and i noticed they just have Renderman for Maya.

I spend my break playing with it.... it seems quite common IMO (i still personally prefer maya's software render or mental ray.)

SO, i would like to trully test the renderer and see why everybody talks so highly of it. But i have no clue on what should i pull or settings to try so i can have a good understanding of the thing.

I found a couple of renderman tutorials, but it seems they are quite different from the maya version.
I played with the odd settings from the render menu but they dont give too much room on setting things, i also noticed there is a basic renderman shader but Coudnt find a way for my lights to cast shadows or an object to work as a light source...etc.

Anyone knows where i could find some tutorials about it?
'If you wait until everything is perfect before you take that first step, you will stand in place forever.'
  02 February 2006
renderman tutorial

for renderman tutorial go to this url dont worry it's a greman sit but it's in english
  02 February 2006
Awesome link, thanks!
  02 February 2006
O_O oh my GOD!!!, I was testing renderman again today, and the result is simply Amazing.
With only 3 quick simple lights and i got a WAY FAR better render than all the hassle i go trough setting up the lights to have a desent result.

First renderer i see that trully renders the materials as they where supposed to be and amazingly FAST.

The bad part will be when i finish my modeling work with the company T_T.

How am i going to live without it??? ^^. Ill definitively will save money to purchase this.
TOO amazing to pass it up. It just became a MUST for me.

BTW: thanks for the links... although not renderman tutorials, it shows what it can do.
'If you wait until everything is perfect before you take that first step, you will stand in place forever.'
  02 February 2006
Well it may not be Renderman for Maya, but Liquid comes in a very close second. I have never used Renderman for Maya, so I can't tell you how much it compares, but it's free.

Also since you need a renderer there are 3 good packages to choose from...
Aqsis -
Pixe -
3Delight -

They are free, 3Delight is free for single non-commercial license. Aqsis and Pixie are both Open Source. I use Aqsis and Pixie all the time, and even though I cannot say that any of these are better than PRMan - they come close (you just can't beat the best).

Also since you are probably used to creating shaders in a GUI, here is a tool that can help generate Renderman shaders.
Shaderman -

Plenty of help forums as well... just Google 'Renderman' and a whole world of info is out there.

This is the best option you have, and best of all you don't have to spend a dime to get it! Grant you it may be harder to use than Renderman for Maya though. Again I haven't used it.

Hope this helps you out.
  02 February 2006
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