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Pixar Releases RenderMan Pro Server 13.5

Visual Effects, News — Dom @ 10:57 am


Pixar Animation Studios today announced the release of its Academy Award® winning RenderMan Pro Server version 13.5 software, together with a new licensing policy greatly increasing throughput on multi-processor computers.

Described by beta testers as one of the most significant RenderMan releases ever, RenderMan Pro Server 13.5 is optimized for batch rendering at the highest levels of performance, memory, and systems efficiency. Among the many new features are stereo rendering from a multitude of camera viewpoints in far less time than it takes to render frames in multiple-passes, new shader authoring techniques including shader objects, co-shaders, resizable arrays, and enhancements to point cloud controlled photon emission and scattering that facilitate photon mapping for a wide variety of light sources and surfaces.

Additional new features include major multi-threading performance improvements, optimized depth of field, and support for ray-traced Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) including render-time Booleans and ray-traced ambient occlusion. RenderMan Pro Server 13.5 also incorporates Pixar’s new licensing scheme permitting up to 4 threads or 4 parallel renders per host machine, substantially boosting systems performance and overall efficiency.

RenderMan Pro Server 13.5 is now available on Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Linux. Upgrade pricing from RenderMan Pro Server 13.0 is also available. In addition, Pixar’s maintenance program benefits customers with access to ongoing support and upgrades for an annual fee. For more information visit or contact [email protected].

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