Pixar Releases RenderMan Studio 2.0 and RenderMan for Maya 3.0
Showcasing major increases in speed and productivity
EMERYVILLE, CA - (May 8th 2009) Pixar Animation Studios today released
version 2.0 of RenderMan Studio and version 3.0 of RenderMan for Maya.
Built on the common foundation of Pixar's core rendering technology,
both releases feature substantial performance enhancements for
production rendering, including faster multi-threading, optimized ray
tracing, and other enhancements that will dramatically impact most
scenes. New levels of customization will allow studios the ability to
develop their own unique pipelines, and both releases provide full
Maya 2009 compatibility. In addition, RenderMan Studio 2.0 offers
premium features such as a new version of Pixar's shading program,
Slim, with many significant enhancements for creating sophisticated and
high quality visual looks.
Both RenderMan Studio and RenderMan for Maya are designed to provide
fast and easy access to Pixar's photo-realistic technology used to
create the stunning visual effects in most contemporary feature films.
Both products offer the Autodesk Maya user a seamlessly integrated
interface that provides an unparalleled combination of ease of use,
creativity, performance, and cinematic image quality. A free no
time-limit evaluation version of RenderMan for Maya 3.0 is available
for all Maya 2009 users to try out at
"The improved integration of RenderMan Studio 2.0 into Maya has been
great for our artists and we are seeing incredibly fast renders with
its new performance features." said Jamie Macdougall, Senior 3D artist
at Artifex Studios. "In particular being able to render directly to
OpenEXR and hand the compositors all the passes that they require is a
huge time saver."
"The new Renderman Studio is a full featured product that has just about everything you'll need on a production. The new asset management tools made it an effortless transition into our pipeline and, with all of the hooks exposed we were able to write our own tools and configure it however we wanted, " said Eric Wachtman, Technical Director in the Digital Design Group at Laika,Inc.
RenderMan For Maya 3.0 and RenderMan Studio 2.0 are compatible with Mac
OS X 10.5.5 and above, Windows XP, and Windows Vista 64-bit. In
addition, RenderMan Studio 2.0 is also compatible with both Linux
32-bit and 64-bit.
The upgrade price from RenderMan for Maya 2.0 to RenderMan for Maya 3.0
is $295 and can be purchased from the Pixar e-store at
The upgrade price from RenderMan
Studio 1.0 to RenderMan Studio 2.0 is $400 and the upgrade price for
the RenderMan Embedded Renderer is $300. In addition, Pixar's
maintenance program benefits RenderMan Studio customers with access to
ongoing support and version upgrades for an annual fee. For more
information please visit www.pixar.com
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney
Company, is an Academy Award-winning film studio with world-renowned
technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer
animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated
films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles,
Cars, Ratatouille, and most recently, WALLoE. The Northern California
studio has won 21 Academy Awards and its nine films have grossed more
than $4.8 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film
release from DisneyoPixar is UP (May 29, 2009).