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Computer graphics geeks, this one’s for you: Pixar will release its animation software for free

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Pixar, the animated movie company behind movies such as Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, and many more, is releasing a magical gift of software to the masses.

This August, the company will release a free version of its in-house software, RenderMan, for free to hobbyists and students for non-commercial use — yes, it’s just trusting you to not use it to make money. Companies, however, will still have to pay for a commercial license.

RenderMan is the software that Pixar used to make movies such as Cars, Wall-E, The Incredibles, among others. It has also been used by other studios in movies such as the Harry Potter series, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight.

Pixar usually licenses the software for about $500, but it will be making it available for free when RenderMan V.19 launches at SIGGRAPH, an annual conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, in August.

Pixar created its RenderMan software back in the ’80s, and even created its own computer hardware for it in 1987.

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16 comments
chercolvin
chercolvin

@dogeatdoug I'm not a big 3D maker, but I'd just like to see how it compares to Blender.

Wil Manning
Wil Manning

This article is about as misleading and badly thought out as is possible to be. Firstly it's a non-commercial license full stop, doesn't matter who you are - if you every want to make money with Renderman you'll need to buy it. Secondly it's only one small piece in a massive set of tools used to create Pixar's films. It is absolutely useless in and of itself and must be driven by other software. It's literally impossible to make a movie with just Renderman. It doesn't *do* anything unless you parse it 3D animation from other software.

Learn to Research.


Enoch Ihde
Enoch Ihde

renderman is pixar's render software... not their animation software. your story is a bit misleading.  presto is pixars in-house animation software.

diggersworld
diggersworld

@thetalloneweb no worries, I used to do a bit of 3D animation as a hobby. That kind of stuff always catches my attention.

chehab
chehab

@w9ahmed yah, but it has been years since I last done any 3D.