RenderMan (software)

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Developer(s) Pixar
Operating system
Platform x86-64
Type Rendering system
License Proprietary commercial software

RenderMan (formerly PhotoRealistic RenderMan),[2] RenderMan Studio and RenderMan Pro Server are proprietary photorealistic 3D rendering addons to Autodesk Maya based on their own RenderMan Interface Specification. It is produced by Pixar and is used to render all of their in-house 3D animated movie productions. It 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 non-commercial version of RenderMan that would be available to download sometime in August 2014.[3][4] Its release was postponed to early 2015.[5] As of March 23, 2015, Renderman is avaliable for Non-commercial use.


RenderMan has been used in creating digital visual effects for Hollywood blockbuster movies such as Titanic, the Star Wars prequels, and The Lord of the Rings. As part of the 73rd Scientific and Technical Academy Awards ceremony presentation on March 3, 2001, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors honored Ed Catmull, Loren Carpenter, and Rob Cook, with an Academy Award of Merit "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering as exemplified in Pixar’s RenderMan", the first Oscar awarded for a software package.


  1. ^ a b c "Installation and Licensing Guide". RenderMan Studio 19 Documentations. Pixar. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Ponting, Bob (February 27, 1989). "Renderman Imaging Gets Vendor Support". InfoWorld (InfoWorld Media Group). pp. 19, 21. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Casey (2 June 2014). "Pixar will soon release a free version of Renderman". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Thacker, Jim (30 May 2014). "Pixar to make RenderMan free for non-commercial use". CG Channel Inc. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Free Non-Commercial RenderMan FAQ". RenderMan home. Pixar. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 1. When will Non-Commercial RenderMan be released? We are now targeting early 2015 for final release. [...] 

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