Not at all. Pixar uses the same RenderMan as everyone else. To some this is a surprise, but there is not a "better" version used inside Pixar. In fact, Pixar's renderfarm has thousands of processors all rendering with our server-side package RenderMan Pro Server, the same package available off our website today. Pixar also uses the program, Slim, for making 99% of the surface shaders used on our movies. Slim is included in RenderMan Studio. Because Pixar has its own proprietary pipeline for shading and lighting, the packages RenderMan for Maya and RenderMan Studio are not used extensively in house, but these packages integrate the same core renderer used at Pixar.
It has to be! Pixar's RenderMan has been engineered to render the most complex data possible, so it rarely crashes or drops frames. Pixar's RenderMan is unique because it's developed by a movie studio, and because Pixar depends on it to render all its movies ... it can handle anything you can throw at it.
RenderMan Support is some of the best in the business. Through our dedicated support forums, you can get answers directly from Pixar's Support team, and even from the developers who author the software. If you purchase maintenance, you'll also have access to support directly over the telephone and email.
If you're familiar with programs like Autodesk's Maya, you can begin using RenderMan right away with RenderMan for Maya or RenderMan Studio. It's simple to get started and begin taking advantage of RenderMan's unique features. Although it is easy to get started, Pixar's RenderMan can take a lifetime to master, because RenderMan offers so many means for technical customization. In fact, highly trained RenderMan TDs are sought after in the industry, so gaining knowledge of RenderMan can be a good investment in your career.
When you look at RenderMan in the context of production, RenderMan really can pay for itself. You'll not only enjoy the peace of mind of having a stable and reliable renderer, but you will also be confident that the features and technology the RenderMan brings to the table are the best solution available.
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