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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 ] Its release was postponed to early 2015. [4 ] As of March 23, 2015, RenderMan is available for non-commercial use. [5 ]
RenderMan has been used in creating digital
visual effects for Hollywood blockbuster movies such as , Toy Story , Jurassic Park (film) , Avatar (2009 film) , the Titanic prequels, and Star Wars . As part of the 73rd Scientific and Technical Academy Awards ceremony presentation on March 3, 2001, The The Lord of the Rings 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.
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