updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed May 31, 2006
RenderMan Pro Server 13.0
Pixar Animation Studios has released RenderMan Pro Server 13.0, the latest iteration of its CG feature animation and visual effects rendering software. RenderMan is central to today's CG film making process, according to Pixar, and was used in each of the last 30 movies nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. RenderMan Pro Server 13.0 offers a three-fold speed-up in ray tracing shading calculations; higher quality fur and particles for less computation; improved statistics for shader profiling; and brick maps as geometry. RenderMan Pro Server 13.0 is priced at $3,500 per license, with upgrades available to RenderMan Pro Server 12.5 users for $1,050. Users of RenderMan Pro Server 12.0 or earlier can upgrade to the latest version for $1,750.
The application also offers approximate occlusion and color bleeding; multi-threading that allows the software to process more sophisticated scenes by maximizing CPU and memory availability; a revamped plug-in interface; and an entire range of general system optimizations that reduce memory usage while increasing Langrangian filtered texture performance by up to four times.
"RenderMan has the added benefit of constant development and refinement through use in our films," said Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. "Not only does RenderMan 13.0 embody the latest studio experience and rendering methodologies, but just as importantly, it delivers to deadline an astounding new level of visual sophistication and quality."
RenderMan Pro Server 13.0 is completely customizable to create a wide range of looks and effects. Though its REYES architecture, RenderMan Shading Language, and cinematic camera effects, artists can create completely stylized rendered worlds, or seamlessly integrate synthetic effects with live-action footage.