Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 Posted by Jim Thacker

Siggraph 2011: Pixar unveils RenderMan for Maya 5.0

Pixar has announced RenderMan for Maya 5.0 at Siggraph 2011.

The update – for which a shipping date has not yet been announced – will add the new raytracing features and ‘physically plausible’ shading debuted in RenderMan Pro Server 16.0 earlier this year.

Pricing remains unchanged at $995, or $199 a year as part of Pixar’s new student licensing deal, which also provides access to RenderMan Pro Server and Studio.

Pixar Animation Studios today announced RenderMan for Maya 5.0, featuring the very latest technologies pioneered in RenderMan Pro Server 16.0, and scheduled for release in the fall of 2011. RenderMan for Maya 5.0 showcases fundamental advancements in RenderMan’s ray tracing technology, including a new ray tracing hider, a radiosity cache, and physically plausible shading. In combination these new features allow artists to take full advantage of today’s high performance multi-core architectures and create photorealistic images with minimal setup, all within the artist-friendly user interface of RenderMan for Maya. Additionally, the process of shading and lighting has been dramatically accelerated with new lighting tools, including the robust re-rendering technology used in Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, as well as progressive ray-traced re-rendering for real time look development. With additional innovations such as deep compositing, additions to Pixar’s award-winning point-based rendering, enhanced realistic motion blur, and many other advancements, RenderMan for Maya 5.0 delivers a whole new level of rendering performance and accessibility for only $995.

Pixar is also making the process of learning RenderMan easier than ever before by offering free access to RenderMan’s Certified Courseware. Continuously developed over 5-years and accessible to all RenderMan customers, Pixar’s RenderMan Courseware is the ideal training resource, delivering production-focused techniques and insights from the world’s most accomplished visual effects and feature animation experts.

To complement the free availability of the RenderMan Certified Courseware, Pixar also announced a new student package consisting of RenderMan Pro Server, RenderMan Studio, and RenderMan for Maya, all priced at only $199 for a renewable one-year subscription.

RenderMan for Maya 5.0 will be compatible with the current versions of Maya on 64-bit Microsoft Windows And Mac OS X. Additional platforms may become available according to demand. Upgrade pricing from earlier versions of RenderMan for Maya will be announced upon release.

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