RenderMan 20 Now Available!
Highlights of version 20 include a game-changing noise reduction technology that accelerate render times from 2x to 10x. RenderMan 20 also expands the creative choices available to artists and studios through numerous advances in usability including a physical camera, a Visualizer for navigating and inspecting large scenes interactively, expanded shader libraries and presets, and new volume rendering features.
RenderMan is now free for all non-commercial purposes, including evaluations, education, research, and personal projects. The non-commercial version of RenderMan is fully functional without watermark or limitation. For further details please refer to Pixar's Non-Commercial RenderMan FAQ.
If you're ready to get started with Free Non-Commercial RenderMan ... then you may proceed to Download & Installation.
Pick Your Plug-in
RenderMan ships with artist-friendly plugins for Autodesk's Maya and The Foundry's Katana. Here is a example showing the workflow in RenderMan For Maya:
Here is a complete list of artist plugins which are currently supported or in development:
Stand Alone with RenderMan
Call RenderMan as a simple executable from the command-line, and render 3D data in RenderMan's native RIB file format. These RIB files are the backbone of any RenderMan pipeline and are highly customizable, offer Python bindings, and allow many types of data to be converted to RIB and rendered with RenderMan.
Download & Install
Become a Non-Commercial RenderMan user today. Download and install RenderMan, and you'll be ready to start creating your own CGI.
Download the Autodesk Maya Free Trial
If you don't already have Maya, here is an option ... get the Free Maya Trial! Why not try both RenderMan and Maya? After installing the Free Maya Trial you can install RenderMan.
To get up and rendering with RenderMan, check out the wealth of information in the RenderMan Documentation. Here's a few good places to start:
Have a question? There's a whole community of other RenderMan users with answers ... post your questions in the RenderMan Forums.
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