May 08, 2019
May 08, 2019
Featuring advancements in interactivity and industry collaborations
EMERYVILLE, CA - May 8th 2019 - Today Pixar released RenderMan version 22.5, featuring a completely rewritten RenderMan for Houdini plugin along with important new features and performance gains.
Pixar's brand new RenderMan for Houdini plugin has been completely rewritten to support the latest interactive workflows in RenderMan 22. RenderMan's greatly improved integration with Houdini includes interactive modeling, shading, and lighting.
“The new plugin is excellent. The integration is tight, it makes it easier than ever for our Houdini artists to work in Renderman! We're all very excited to see the Houdini/RenderMan workflow get better and better!”
- Chris Rydalch, Production Technology Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios
Universal Scene Description (USD) is Pixar’s open source file format & API for describing CG scenes & data in a ‘composed’ manner to facilitate concurrent workflows across multiple applications & artists. RenderMan and USD are the backbone of Pixar’s production pipeline and RenderMan Development is working closely with Pixar’s USD team to make USD a first class citizen within RenderMan.
RenderMan USD Support - Near Term (June):
RenderMan USD Support - Long Term (Targeting late 2019):
Pixar and Intel collaborated to bring hardware acceleration of OSL to RenderMan version 22.5. RenderMan now provides fully enabled SIMD hardware acceleration of CPU intensive OSL operations. Previous experimental work on this capability has been significantly updated for production use at Pixar and is now enabled by default.
“We are excited to launch RenderMan 22.5 with a new feature: SIMD hardware acceleration of OSL. With this new capability, we’ve seen up to 2x faster full renders, and 15% average speedups on a wide range of Pixar scenes using Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel Advanced Vector Extensions. Our joint development work with Intel and Sony Pictures Imageworks will be integrated into the open source OSL project to benefit all of its users.”
-David Laur, RenderMan Business Director
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. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, Toy Story 3, Brave, Inside Out, and Coco. Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $11 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Incredibles 2, Pixar’s 20th feature, opened in theaters on June 15, 2018.
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