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  08 August 2008
Any one subscribed to Escape Studios?


I am thinking about subscribing to RenderMan´s Official Courseware from Escape Studios,
but I would like to get some input from existing subscribers first. I am a little confused
about the quality, contents, etc.

I already subscribed to BinaryDivinity´s course, which starts this upcoming friday and
it costs a lot less. Why is Escape Studios' training so expensive? is it worth the money?
  08 August 2008
I had very brief access to it while it was still in beta. It has some great material in it and covers a pretty wide range of topics(from just the basic "getting a good looking render" stuff to the nuts and bolts with some RSL and TCL and RIB). Sadly it's almost been a year since I've had access to it so I can't recall that much, but given the price, I'd say its really reserved for people in the industry who need to learn Renderman. Oh, and in case it's not clear the Escape Courseware is for Renderman Studio, not Renderman For Maya, which have some pretty significant differences.
  08 August 2008
Yeah, my school has a subscription, and although I'm pretty new to Renderman Studio, it's been great to follow the tutorials and examples. Between the Escape Courseware and the RMS Documentation, I've answered most of my questions. There are also articles from Stupid RAT Tricks and SIGGRAPH Papers/Talks included. The tutorials start from the basics of writing phong and blinn shaders, the move on to things like displacement, animated shaders, SSS, etc....

I think the price has to do with the fact that it is a living courseware, kind of like a wiki, except it is only updated by those people at Escape who are their Renderman Guru's. Pixar also contributes, apparently. I haven't spent enough time in the courseware to notice any examples of adding new content; anyone know about this?

From what I understand, it is kind of pricey for an individual, so perhaps the studio or school where you work/study might consider subscribing. I believe there is a way to check out some of the articles, on an evaluation basis, if you want to take a look at some of it first hand.

Last edited by crydalch : 08 August 2008 at 10:29 PM.
  08 August 2008
sorry, a brief OT:
hi Rhs_CG, could you please tell me how your school has organized the access to the courseware? Does every student/teacher get individual logins or what? Thanks and cheers
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  08 August 2008
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Last edited by Als : 08 August 2008 at 10:46 PM.
  08 August 2008
Originally Posted by Buexe: sorry, a brief OT:
hi Rhs_CG, could you please tell me how your school has organized the access to the courseware? Does every student/teacher get individual logins or what? Thanks and cheers

I don't know how the license was setup, I just know we have an address that is only accessable on our network that opens up the coursware, so anyone who has an account for one of the workstations in the animation lab can open a browser and access the courseware. Beyond that, I have no idea what went into setting it up.
  08 August 2008
Most RenderMan articles from Siggraph are already available for free eg. (under Pubs) and directly from Pixar

I don't have a subscription so I can only go by the brief examples I have seen. It looks OK, but I don't know if it's worth all the money.

  08 August 2008
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