Geometric Primitives
Geometric Primitives
The RenderMan Interface supports surface and soliddefining geometric primitives, as well as the volume primitive introduced in PRMan 15 . Solid primitives are created from surfaces and combined using set operations. The geometric primitives include:
 planar convex polygons, as well as general planar concave polygons with holes
 collections of planar convex or general planar concave polygons with holes that share vertices (polyhedra)
 bilinear patches and patch meshes
 bicubic patches and patch meshes with an arbitrary basis
 nonuniform rational Bspline surfaces of arbitrary degree (NURBS)
 quadric surfaces, torii, and disks
 subdivision surface meshes
 implicit surfaces
 1D points and 2D curves or ribbons
 brick maps
 volumes
Control vertex points are used to construct polygons, patches, NURBS, subdivision meshes, point clouds, and curves. Point positions can be either an (x,y,z) triplet ("P") or an (x,y,z,w) 4vector ("Pw"). If the vertex is part of a patch mesh, the position may be used to define a height field. In this case the vertex point contains only a (z) coordinate ("Pz"), and the (x,y)s of points of the height field are set equal to the parametric surface parameters of the mesh.
All primitives have welldefined geometric surface normals, so normals need not be provided with any primitive. The surface normal for a polygon is the perpendicular to the plane containing the polygon. The surface normal for a parametric curved surface is computed by taking the cross product of the surface's parametric derivatives: (dPdu) x (dPdv). As mentioned in the Orientation and Sides section of the Attributes documentation, if the current orientation does not match the orientation of the current coordinate system, normals will be flipped. It is also possible to provide additional shading normals ("N") at polygon and bilinear patch vertices to help make the surface appear smooth.
Quadrics, patches and patch meshes, and NURBS primitives have welldefined global twodimensional surface parameters. All the points on the surface of each primitive are functions of these parameters (u,v). Except for NURBS and polygons, the domain of the surface parameters is the unit square from 0 to 1. Texture coordinates may be attached to primitives by assigning four sets of texture coordinates, one set to each corner of this unit square. This is done by setting the current set of texture coordinates or by defining texture coordinates with the geometric primitives as described below.
Subdivision surfaces and implicit surfaces have locally defined parameterizations, but no globally consistent parameterization across an arbitrary surface of that type. All geometric primitives normally inherit their color and opacity from the graphics state. However, explicit colors and opacities can be provided when defining the primitive ("Cs" and Os").
Associated with each geometric primitive definition are additional primitive variables that are passed to their shaders. These variables may define quantities that are constant over the surface (class constant), piecewiseconstant but with separate values per subprimitive (class uniform), bilinearly interpolated (class varying and facevarying), or fully interpolated (class vertex). If the primitive variable is uniform, there is one value per surface facet. If the primitive variable is varying, there are four values per surface facet, one for each corner of the unit square in parameter space (except polygons, which are a special case). On parametric primitives (quadrics and patches), varying primitive variables are bilinearly interpolated across the surface of the primitive. Colors, opacities, and shading normals are all examples of varying primitive variables. If a primitive variable is facevarying it will be linearly interpolated. For the RiPointsPolygons, RiPointsGeneralPolygons, RiSubdivisionMesh, and RiHierarchicalSubdivisionMesh primitives it is expected that the the number of values supplied for a facevarying variable is equal to the sum of all entries in the `` vertices`` array. Compare this to varying, where the number of values expected is equal to nverts, the number of distinct vertices in the mesh. For primitives other than RiPointsPolygons, RiPointsGeneralPolygons, RiSubdivisionMesh and RiHierarchicalSubdivisionMesh, facevarying is equivalent to varying.
The standard predefined primitive variables are defined in the table below. Other primitive variables may be predefined by specific implementations or defined by the user with the RiDeclare function, or may be declared inline" as part of the parameter name itself (see Relationship to RSL). Primitive variables that are declared to be of type point (including the three predefined position variables), vector, normal, or matrix are specified in object space, and will be transformed by the current transformation matrix. Any vector or normal variables will be transformed by the equivalent transformation matrix for vectors or normals. Primitive variables that are declared to be of type color must contain the correct number of floating point values as defined in RiColorSamples. More information about how to use primitive variables is contained in the RenderMan Shading Language section.
Information  Name  Type  Class  Floats 

Position  "P"
"Pz"
"Pw"

point
point
hpoint

vertex
vertex
vertex

3
1
4

Normal  "N"
"Np"

normal
normal

varying
uniform

3
3

Color  "Cs"  color  varying  (3)

Opacity  "Os"  color  varying  (3)

Texture Coordinates  "s"
"t"
"st"

float
float
2 float

varying
varying
varying

1
1
2

Polygons
The RenderMan Interface supports two basic types of polygons: a convex polygon and a general concave polygon with holes. In both cases the polygon must be planar. Collections of polygons can be passed by giving a list of points and an array that indexes these points.
The geometric normal of the polygon is computed by computing the normal of the plane containing the polygon (unless it is explicitly specified). If the current orientation is lefthanded, then a polygon whose vertices were specified in clockwise order (from the point of view of the camera) will be a frontfacing polygon (that is, will have a normal vector that points toward the camera). If the current orientation is righthanded, then polygons whose vertices were specified in counterclockwise order will be frontfacing. The shading normal is set to the geometric normal unless it is explicitly specified at the vertices.
The surface parameters of a polygon are its (x,y) coordinates. This is because the height z of a plane is naturally parameterized by its (x,y) coordinates, unless it is vertical. Texture coordinates are set equal to the surface parameters unless texture coordinates are given explicitly, one set per vertex. Polygons do not inherit texture coordinates from the graphics state.
The rules for primitive variable interpolation and texture coordinates are different for polygons than for all other geometric primitives. Constant primitive variables are supplied as a single value for the entire aggregate primitive. Uniform primitive variables are supplied for each polygon. Both varying and vertex primitive variables are supplied for each polygon vertex, and are interpolated across the interior without regard to the artificial surface parameters defined above. Note that interpolating values across polygons is inherently illdefined. However, linearly interpolating values across a triangle is always well defined. Thus, for the purposes of interpolation, polygons are always decomposed into triangles. However, the details of how this decomposition is done is implementationdependent and may depend on the view.
RiPolygon ( RtInt nvertices, ...parameterlist... )
nvertices is the number of vertices in a single closed planar convex polygon. parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information. If a primitive variable is varying, the array contains nvertices elements of the type corresponding to the token. If the variable is uniform, the array contains a single element. The number of floats associated with each type is given in the table above.
No checking is done by the RenderMan Interface to ensure that polygons are planar, convex and nondegenerate. The rendering program will attempt to render invalid polygons but the results are unpredictable.
RIB BINDING
Polygon ...parameterlist...
The number of vertices in the polygon is determined implicitly by the number of elements in the required position array.
EXAMPLE
RtPoint points[4] = ( 0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0); RiPolygon (4, RI_P, (RtPointer)points, RI_NULL);
SEE ALSO
Tip
An example of the definition of a "Gouraudshaded" polygon is:
RtPoint points[4]; RtColor colors[4]; RiPolygon ( 4, "P", (RtPointer)points, "Cs", (RtPointer)colors, RI_NULL );
A "Phongshaded" polygon is given by:
RtPoint points[4]; RtPoint normals[4]; RiPolygon ( 4, "P", (RtPointer)points, "N", (RtPointer)normals, RI_NULL );
A "Phongshaded" polygon with a precomputed plane normal is:
RtPoint points[4]; RtPoint normals[4]; RiPolygon ( 4, "P", (RtPointer)points, "N", (RtPointer)normals, RI_NULL );
RiGeneralPolygon ( RtInt nloops, RtInt nvertices, ...parameterlist... )
Define a general planar concave polygon with holes. This polygon is specified by giving nloops lists of vertices. The first loop is the outer boundary of the polygon; all additional loops are holes. The array nvertices contains the number of vertices in each loop, and has length nloops. The vertices in all the loops are concatenated into a single vertex array. The length of this array, n, is equal to the sum of all the values in the array nvertices.
parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information. If a primitive variable is varying, the array contains n elements of the type corresponding to the token. If the variable is uniform, there is a single element of that type. The number of floats associated with each type is given in the table above. The interpretation of these variables is the same as for a convex polygon.
No checking is done by the RenderMan Interface to ensure that polygons are planar and nondegenerate. The rendering program will attempt to render invalid polygons but the results are unpredictable.
RIB BINDING
GeneralPolygon nvertices parameterlist
The number of loops in the general polygon is determined implicitly by the length of the nvertices array.
EXAMPLE
GeneralPolygon [4 3] "P" [ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.25 0.5 0 0.75 0.75 0 0.75 0.25 ]
SEE ALSO
RiPointsPolygons ( RtInt npolys, RtInt nvertices[], RtInt vertices[], ...parameterlist...)
Define npolys planar convex polygons that share vertices. The array nvertices contains the number of vertices in each polygon and has length npolys. The array vertices contains, for each polygon vertex, an index into the varying primitive variable arrays. The varying arrays are 0based. vertices has length equal to the sum of all of the values in the nvertices array. Individual vertices in the parameterlist are thus accessed indirectly through the indices in the array vertices.
parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information. If a primitive variable is of class vertex or varying, the array contains n elements of the type corresponding to the token, where the number n is equal to the maximum value in the array vertices plus one. If the variable is uniform, the array contains npolys elements of the associated type. If the variable is constant, the array contains exactly one element of the associated type. The number of floats associated with each type is provided in the table above. The interpretation of these variables is the same as for a convex polygon.
No checking is done by the RenderMan Interface to ensure that polygons are planar, convex and nondegenerate. The rendering program will attempt to render invalid polygons but the results are unpredictable.
RIB BINDING
PointsPolygons nvertices vertices parameterlist
The number of polygons is determined implicitly by the length of the nvertices array.
EXAMPLE
PointsPolygons [3 3 3] [0 3 2 0 1 3 1 4 3] "P" [0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0] "Cs" [0 .3 .4 0 .3 .9 .2 .2 .2 .5 .2 0 .9 .8 0]
SEE ALSO
RiPointsGeneralPolygons ( RtInt npolys, RtInt nloops[], RtInt nvertices[], RtInt vertices[], ...parameterlist... )
Define npolys general planar concave polygons, with holes, that share vertices. The array nloops indicates the number of loops comprising each polygon and has a length npolys. The array nvertices contains the number of vertices in each loop and has a length equal to the sum of all the values in the array nloops. The array vertices contains, for each loop vertex, an index into the varying primitive variable arrays. All of the arrays are 0based. vertices has a length equal to the sum of all the values in the array nvertices. Individual vertices in the parameterlist are thus accessed indirectly through the indices in the array vertices.
parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information. If a primitive variable is varying, the array contains n elements of the type corresponding to the token. The number n is equal to the maximum value in the array vertices plus one. If the variable is uniform, the array contains npolys elements of the associated type. The number of floats associated with each type is given in the table above. The interpretation of these variables is the same as for a convex polygon.
No checking is done by the RenderMan Interface to ensure that polygons are planar and nondegenerate. The rendering program will attempt to render invalid polygons but the results are unpredictable.
RIB BINDING
PointsGeneralPolygons nloops nvertices vertices ...parameterlist...
The number of polygons is determined implicitly by the length of the nloops array.
EXAMPLE
PointsGeneralPolygons [2 2] [4 3 4 3] [0 1 4 3 6 7 8 1 2 5 4 9 10 11] "P" [0 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.25 0.5 0 .75 .75 0 .75 .25 0 1.25 0.5 0 1.75 .75 0 1.75 .25]
SEE ALSO
Patches
Patches can be either uniform or nonuniform (contain different knot values). Patches can also be nonrational or rational depending on whether the control points are (x,y,z) or (x,y,z,w). Patches may also be bilinear or bicubic. The graphics state maintains two 4x4 matrices that define the bicubic patch basis matrices. One of these is the current ubasis and the other is the current vbasis. Basis matrices are used to transform from the power basis to the preferred basis.
RiBasis ( RtBasis ubasis, RtInt ustep, RtBasis vbasis, RtInt vstep )
Set the current ubasis to ubasis and the current vbasis to vbasis. Predefined basis matrices exist for the common types:
RtBasis RiBezierBasis; RtBasis RiBSplineBasis; RtBasis RiCatmullRomBasis; RtBasis RiHermiteBasis; RtBasis RiPowerBasis;
The variables ustep and vstep specify the number of control points that should be skipped in the u and v directions, respectively, to get to the next patch in a bicubic patch mesh. The appropriate step values for the predefined cubic basis matrices are:
Basis  Step 

RiBezierBasis  3 
RiBSplineBasis  1 
RiCatmullRomBasis  1 
RiHermiteBasis  2 
RiPowerBasis  4 
The default basis matrix is RiBezierBasis in both directions.
RIB BINDING
Basis uname ustep vname vstep Basis uname ustep vbasis vstep Basis ubasis ustep vname vstep Basis ubasis ustep vbasis vstep
For each basis, either the name of a predefined basis (as a string) or a matrix may be supplied. If a basis name specified, it must be one of: "bezier", "bspline", "catmullrom", "hermite", or "power."
EXAMPLE
Basis "bspline" 1 [1 3 3 1 3 6 3 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0] 1
SEE ALSO
Note
The geometry vector used with the RiHermiteBasis basis matrix must be (point0, vector0, point1, vector1), which is a permutation of the Hermite geometry vector often found in mathematics texts. Using this formulation permits a step value of 2 to correctly increment over data in Hermite patch meshes.
The required RenderMan Interface basis matrices (used for bicubic patches) are enumerated below.
RtBasis RiBezierBasis = { 1, 3, 3, 1, 3, 6, 3, 0, 3, 3, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0 };
RtBasis RiBSplineBasis = { 1/6., 3/6., 3/6., 1/6., 3/6., 6/6., 3/6., 0, 3/6., 0, 3/6., 0, 1/6., 4/6., 1/6., 0 };
RtBasis RiCatmullRomBasis = { 1/2., 3/2., 3/2., 1/2., 2/2., 5/2., 4/2., 1/2., 1/2., 0, 1/2., 0, 0, 2/2., 0, 0 };
RtBasis RiHermiteBasis = { 2, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 3, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0 };
RtBasis RiPowerBasis = { 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1 }
RiPatch ( RtToken type, ...parameterlist... )
Define a single patch. type can be either "bilinear" or "bicubic". parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P", "Pw" or "Pz") information. Patch arrays are specified such that u varies faster than v.
Four points define a bilinear patch, and 16 define a bicubic patch. The order of vertices for a bilinear patch is (0,0),(1,0),(0,1),(1,1). Note that the order of points defining a quadrilateral is different depending on whether it is a bilinear patch or a polygon. The vertices of a polygon would normally be in clockwise (0,0),(0,1),(1,1),(1,0) order.
Patch primitive variables that are constant or uniform should supply one value, which is constant over the patch. Primitive variables that are varying should supply four values, one for each parametric corner of the patch (the data will be interpolated bilinearly). Primitive variables that are vertex should supply four values for a bilinear patch, or 16 values for a bicubic patch  that is, the same number of values as control vertices "P". A vertex primitive variable will be interpolated across the surface in the same manner as the surface position "P". In all cases, the actual size of each array is this number of values times the size of the type associated with the variable.
RIB BINDING
Patch type parameterlist
EXAMPLE
Patch "bilinear" "P" [ 0.08 0.04 0.05 0 0.04 0.05 0.08 0.03 0.05 0 0.03 0.05]
SEE ALSO
RiPatchMesh ( RtToken type, RtInt nu, RtToken uwrap, RtInt nv, RtToken vwrap, ...parameterlist... )
This primitive is a compact way of specifying a quadrilateral mesh of patches. Each individual patch behaves as if it had been specified with RiPatch. type can be either "bilinear" or "bicubic." parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P", "Pw" or "Pz") information. Patch mesh vertex data is supplied in first u and then v order just as for patches. The number of control points in a patch mesh is (nu) * (nv).
Meshes can wrap around in the u or v direction, or in both directions. If meshes wrap, they close upon themselves at the ends and the first control points will be automatically repeated. As many as three control points may be repeated, depending on the basis matrix of the mesh. The way in which meshes wrap is indicated by giving a wrap mode value of either "periodic" or "nonperiodic."
The actual number of patches produced by this request depends on the type of the patch and the wrap modes specified. For bilinear patches, the number of patches in the u direction, nupatches, is given by
while for bicubic patches,
The same rules hold in the v direction. The total number of patches produced is equal to the product of the number of patches in each direction.
A PatchMesh primitive variable of class vertex has the same number of entries as the position "P" (i.e., nu x nv) and is interpolated using the same order and basis matrices. Any varying primitive variables are interpolated piecewisebilinearly across the patch mesh and contain n values, one for each patch corner, where n is defined by:
(with nupatches and nvpatches defined as given above). If a variable is uniform, it contains nupatches x nvpatches elements of its type, one for each patch (see the illustration below. Primitive variables of class constant have exactly one data element of the appropriate type.
A patch mesh is parameterized by a (u,v) that goes from 0 to 1 for the entire mesh. Texture maps that are assigned to meshes that wrap should also wrap so that filtering at the seams can be done correctly (see the section on Texture Map Utilities). If texture coordinates are inherited from the graphics state, they correspond to the corners of the mesh.
Height fields can be specified by giving just a z coordinate at each vertex (using "Pz"); the x and y coordinates are set equal to the parametric surface parameters. Height fields cannot be periodic.
RIB BINDING
PatchMesh type nu uwrap nv vwrap ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
RtPoint pts[28] RtFloat foos[2]; RtFloat bars[6]; RiBasis (RiBezierBasis, 3, RiBezierBasis, 3); RiDeclare ("foo", "uniform float"); RiDeclare ("bar", "varying float"); RiPatchMesh ("bicubic", 7, "nonperiodic", 4, "nonperiodic", "P", (RtPointer)pts, "foo", (RtPointer)foos, "bar", (RtPointer)bars, RI_NULL);
SEE ALSO
Nonuniform Bspline patches are also supported by the RenderMan Interface. Rational quadratic Bsplines provide exact representations of many different surfaces including general quadrics, torii, surfaces of revolution, tabulated cylinders, and ruled surfaces. NURBS may contain trim regions and holes that are specified by giving curves in parameter space.
RiNuPatch ( RtInt nu, RtInt uorder, RtFloat uknot[], RtFloat umin, RtFloat umax, RtInt nv, RtInt vorder, RtFloat vknot[], RtFloat vmin, RtFloat vmax, ...parameterlist... )
This procedure creates a tensor product rational or polynomial nonuniform Bspline surface patch mesh. parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. The parameter list must include at least position ("P" or "Pw") information.
The surface specified is rational if the positions of the vertices are 4vectors (x,y,z,w), and polynomial if the positions are 3vectors (x,y,z). The number of control points in the u direction equals nu and the number in the v direction equals nv. The total number of vertices is thus equal to (nu) * (nv). The order must be positive and is equal to the degree of the polynomial basis plus 1. There may be different orders in each parametric direction. The number of control points should be at least as large as the order of the polynomial basis. If not, a spline of order equal to the number of control points is computed. The knot vectors associated with each control point (uknot[], vknot[]) must also be specified. Each value in these arrays must be greater than or equal to the previous value. The number of knots is equal to the number of control points plus the order of the spline. The surface is defined in the range umin to umax and vmin to vmax. This is different from other geometric primitives where the parameter values are always assumed to lie between 0 and 1. Each min must be less than its max. min must also be greater than or equal to the corresponding (order1)th knot value. max must be less than or equal to the nth knot value.
A NuPatch may be thought of as a nonperiodic uniform Bspline mesh with (1+nu  uorder) segments in the u parametric direction, and (1+nv  vorder) segments in the v parametric direction. RiNuPatch primitive variables are therefore defined to have one uniform value per segment and one varying value per segment corner. The number of uniform primitive variables is therefore nusegments x nvsegments, and the number of varying variables is (nusegments+1) x (nvsegments+1). Note that this results in redundant parameter values corresponding to repeated knot values, for instance when the knot vector indicates the RiNuPatch is in Bezier form. Primitive variables of class vertex contain nu x nv values of the appropriate type, and are interpolated using the same methods as the surface position "P". Primitive variables that are of class constant will have a single value for the entire mesh. If texture coordinates primitive variables are not present, the current texture coordinates are assigned to corners defined by the rectangle (umin,umax) and (vmin,vmax) in parameter space.
RIB BINDING
NuPatch nu uorder uknot umin umax nv vorder vknot vmin vmax ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
NuPatch 9 3 [ 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 ] 0 4 2 2 [ 0 0 1 1 ] 0 1 "Pw" [ 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 1 3 1 0 2 6 2 1 1 3 1 1 0 3 1 1 1 3 1 0 2 6 2 1 1 3 1 1 0 3 1 ]
SEE ALSO
RiTrimCurve ( RtInt nloops, RtInt ncurves[], RtInt order[], RtFloat knot[], RtFloat min[], RtFloat max[], RtInt n[], RtFloat u[], RtFloat v[], RtFloat w[] )
Set the current trim curve. The trim curve contains nloops loops, and each of these loops contains ncurves curves. The total number of curves is equal to the sum of all the values in ncurves. Each of the trimming curves is a nonuniform rational Bspline curve in homogeneous parameter space (u,v,w). The curves of a loop connect in headtotail fashion and must be explicitly closed. The arrays order, knot, min, max, n, u, v, w contain the parameters describing each trim curve. All the trim curve parameters are concatenated together into single large arrays. The meanings of these parameters are the same as the corresponding meanings for a nonuniform Bspline surface. Trim curves exclude certain areas from the nonuniform Bspline surface definition. The inside must be specified consistently using two rules: an odd winding rule that states that the inside consists of all regions for which an infinite ray from any point in the region will intersect the trim curve an odd number of times, and a curve orientation rule that states that the inside consists of the regions to the "left" as the curve is traced.
Trim curves are typically used to specify boundary representations of solid models. Since trim curves are approximations and not exact, some artifacts may occur at the boundaries between intersecting output primitives. A more accurate method is to specify solids using spatial set operators or constructive solid geometry (CSG). This is described in the section on Solids and Spatial Set Operations. The list of Trim Curves is part of the attribute state, and may be saved and restored using RiAttributeBegin and RiAttributeEnd.
RIB BINDING
TrimCurve ncurves order knot min max n u v w
The number of loops is determined implicitly by the length of the ncurves array.
EXAMPLE
RtInt nloops = 1; RtInt ncurves[1] = { 1 }; RtInt order[1] = { 3 }; RtFloat knot[12] = { 0,0,0,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,4 }; RtFloat min[1] = { 0 }; RtFloat max[1] = { 4 }; RtInt n[1] = { 9 }; RtFloat u[9] = { 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0 }; RtFloat v[9] = { 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 1.0, 0.5, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.5 }; RtFloat w[9] = { 1.0, 1.0, 2.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 2.0, 1.0, 1.0 }; RiTrimCurve (nloops, ncurves, order, knot, min, max, n, u, v, w);
SEE ALSO
Subdivision Surfaces
The RenderMan Interface includes support for subdivision surfaces. Ordinary cubic Bspline surfaces are rectangular grids of tensorproduct patches. Subdivision surfaces generalize these to control grids with arbitrary connectivity. The API for subdivision surfaces looks a lot like RiPointsPolygons, with additional parameters to permit the specification of schemespecific and implementationspecific enhancements.
A subdivision surface, like a parametric surface, is described by its control mesh of points. The surface itself can approximate or interpolate this control mesh while being piecewise smooth. Furthermore, its control mesh is not confined to be rectangular, which is a major limitation of NURBs and uniform Bsplines. In this respect, the control mesh is analogous to a polygonal description. But where polygonal surfaces require large numbers of data points to approximate being smooth, a subdivision surface is smooth  meaning that polygonal artifacts are never present, no matter how the surface animates or how closely it is viewed.
RiSubdivisionMesh ( RtToken scheme, RtInt nfaces, RtInt nvertices[], RtInt vertices[], RtInt ntags, RtToken tags[], RtInt nargs[], RtInt intargs[], RtFloat floatargs[], ...parameterlist...)
RiSubdivisionMesh defines a subdivision mesh or surface obeying the subdivision scheme specified by scheme. Although the RenderMan Interface Specification indicates that CatmullClark is the only "standard" scheme, PRMan supports CatmullClark ("catmullclark"), Loop ("loop"), and Bilinear ("bilinear").
The subdivision mesh is made up of nfaces faces. The array nvertices, of length nfaces, contains the number of vertices in each face. The array vertices contains, for each face vertex, an index into the vertex primitive variable arrays. The array vertices has a length equal to the sum of all the values in the array nvertices. All the arrays are 0based. parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables, a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare, or is given as an inline declaration. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information. The array of values for a primitive variable contains n elements of the type corresponding to the token. If the variable is vertex or varying, n is equal to the maximum value in the array vertices plus one; if the variable is facevarying, then n is equal the sum of all entries in the vertices array. Primitive variables that are vertex will be interpolated according to the subdivision rules (just as "P" is), whereas varying and facevarying data will be interpolated linearly across faces (as is done for a RiPointsPolygons). If the variable is uniform, the array contains nfaces elements of the associated type. If the variable is constant, a single element of the associated type should be provided.
A component is either a face, a vertex, or a chain of edges. Components of the subdivision mesh may be tagged by the user to have various implementationspecific properties. The token array tags, of length ntags, identifies these tags. Each tag has zero or more integer arguments, and zero or more floatingpoint arguments. The number of arguments provided with each tag is specified by the array nargs, which has a length of ntags * 2. For each tag, nargs contains an integer specifying the number of integer operands found in the array intargs, followed by an integer specifying the number of floatingpoint operands found in the array floatargs. Thus, the length of intargs is equal to the sum of all the evennumbered elements of the array nargs. The length of floatargs is equal to the sum of all the oddnumbered elements of the array nargs.
The valid tags are "hole", "crease", "creasemethod", "corner", "interpolateboundary", "facevaryinginterpolateboundary", and "stitch".
The "hole" tag specifies that certain faces are holes. This tag has n integer arguments, one for each face that is a hole, and zero floatingpoint arguments. Each face is specified by its index in the nvertices array.
The "crease" tag specifies that a certain chain of edges should be a sharp crease. This tag has n integer arguments specifying a chain of vertices that make up the crease, and either one or n floatingpoint arguments that are expected to be RI_INFINITY. Each sequential pair of vertices in a crease must be the endpoints of an edge of the subdivision mesh. A mesh may have any number of independent "crease" tags. Individual renderer implementations may choose to expand the functionality of the "crease" tag by making use of tag values other than RI_INFINITY.
PRMan 12.5.1 added support for Chaikin's curve subdivision algorithm, which improves the appearance of multiedge creases with varying weights. This method is off by default, and is enabled via the "creasemethod" tag. "creasemethod" accepts the value "normal" (the default) or "chaikin". The tag accepts a string argument, and consequently is available only to HierarchicalSubdivisionMesh.
The "corner" tag may be used to mark certain vertices as sharp corners. This tag has n integer arguments containing the vertex numbers of the corners and either one or n floatingpoint arguments that are expected to be RI_INFINITY. Individual renderer implementations may choose to expand the functionality of the "crease" tag by making use of tag values other than RI_INFINITY.
The "interpolateboundary" tag controls how interpolation boundary face edges are interpolated. This tag has one optional integer argument and zero floatingpoint arguments. If the integer argument is not specified it is assumed to have a value of 1. A value of 0 specifies that no boundary interpolation behavior should occur (the default behavior when this tag is not specified). A value of 1 indicates that all the boundary edgechains are sharp creases and that boundary vertices with exactly two incident edges are sharp corners. A value of 2 indicates that all the boundary edgechains are sharp creases; boundary vertices are not affected.
PRMan 11.5 introduced a new interpolation method for facevarying data attached to subdivision surfaces. This new scheme preserves part of the old behavior (caused by linear interpolation): it maintains discontinuities in facevarying data on adjacent faces, as well as preserving the interpolation of such data right up to the edge of these discontinuities. However, at the same time, when using the new scheme, continuous facevarying data is now smoothly subdivided across adjacent faces. In other words, this method avoids the linear "kinks" often seen in the old facevarying method, even where the facevarying data was continuous.
This method is enabled by default. Use the "facevaryinginterpolateboundary" tag to revert to the original method. This tag accepts one integer argument. A value of 0 selects the oldstyle method, while a value of 1 selects the smoother method. Additionally, the default behavior for subdivision meshes that do not have this tag can be controlled through the rendermn.ini setting /prman/catmark/facevaryinginterpolateboundary; setting this to 0 or 1 will set the same behavior by default as described above.
In subsequent releases, two additional modes have been added. A value of 2 selects a mode that is similar to mode 1, except that it does not infer the presence of corners where two facevarying edges meet at a single face. PRMan 15 added support for mode 3, which smooths facevarying values only near vertices that are not at a discontinuous boundary; all vertices on a discontinuous boundary are subdivided with a sharp rule (interpolated through). This mode is designed to be compatible with ZBrush and Maya's "smooth internal only" interpolation.
PRMan 11.0 introduced the ability for two subdivision surfaces to be joined together seamlessly along a shared boundary curve. This is accomplished via a "stitch" subdivision surface tag. The "stitch" tag has n+1 integer parameters, and no floating point parameters. The first parameter is an integer identifier, while the remaining n arguments specify a sequence of vertices that form an "edge chain". For example, if you wanted to define a stitch with a 2vertex edge chain, you could specify the stitch using:
[ "stitch" ] [ 3 0 ] [ 66 5 8 ]
where 66 is the stitch curve ID, and the edge being stitched is defined as that from vertex 5 to vertex 8.
This edge chain must have a limit curve that lies on the boundary of the subdivision surface. Note that the edge chain itself may be interior to the control mesh; for example, this can happen when the "interpolateboundary" tag is not used.
The effect of the "stitch" tag is that if the same edge chain occurs as the argument to a "stitch" tag elsewhere in the input stream, then the two sides will be joined together seamlessly. Both stitch tags must have the same integer identifier, the same number of vertices, and the same limit curve. (The intent of this tag is not to join together curves at different locations, but simply to prevent cracking due to differing dicing rates or displacement.)
Each curve identifier must occur at most twice within the input stream. To help with this, a "stitch" "newgroup" attribute, which allows grouping of these curve identifiers, has been added.
RIB BINDING
SubdivisionMesh scheme nvertices vertices tags nargs intargs floatargs ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
SubdivisionMesh "catmullclark" [4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4] [ 0 4 5 1 1 5 6 2 2 6 7 3 4 8 9 5 5 9 10 6 6 10 11 7 8 12 13 9 9 13 14 10 10 14 15 11 ] ["interpolateboundary"] [0 0] [] [] "P" [60 60 0 60 20 0 60 20 0 60 60 0 20 60 0 20 20 45 20 20 45 20 60 0 20 60 0 20 20 45 20 20 45 20 60 0 60 60 0 60 20 0 60 20 0 60 60 0]
SEE ALSO
RiHierarchicalSubdivisionMesh ( RtToken scheme, RtInt nfaces, RtInt nvertices[], RtInt vertices[], RtInt ntags, RtToken tags[], RtInt nargs[], RtInt intargs[], RtFloat floatargs[], RtString stringargs[], ...parameterlist... )
RiHierarchicalSubdivisionMesh is an extension of RiSubdivisionMesh . It is similar to that call in that it defines a subdivision mesh or surface obeying the subdivision scheme specified by scheme (with the only standard scheme being "catmullclark", specifying the CatmullClark subdivision method). The subdivision mesh is made up of nfaces faces. The array nvertices, of length nfaces, contains the number of vertices in each face. The array vertices contains, for each face vertex, an index into the vertex primitive variable arrays. The array vertices has a length equal to the sum of all the values in the array nvertices. All the arrays are 0based. parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables, a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare, or is given as an inline declaration. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information. The array of values for a primitive variable contains n elements of the type corresponding to the token. If the variable is vertex or varying, n is equal to the maximum value in the array vertices plus one; if the variable is facevarying, then n is equal the sum of all entries in the vertices array. Primitive variables that are vertex will be interpolated according to the subdivision rules (just as "P" is), whereas varying and facevarying data will be interpolated linearly across faces (as is done for a RiPointsPolygons). If the variable is uniform, the array contains nfaces elements of the associated type. If the variable is constant, a single element of the associated type should be provided.
Like the RiSubdivisionMesh call, components of the subdivision mesh may be tagged by the user to have specific properties. Unlike the RiSubdivisionMesh call, each tag can have zero or more string arguments, as well as zero or more integer arguments and zero or more floatingpoint arguments. Hence, the number of arguments provided with each tag is specified by the array nargs, which has a length of ntags * 3 (unlike RiSubdivisionMesh, where the length is ntags * 2). For each tag, nargs contains an integer specifying the number of integer operands found in the array intargs, followed by an integer specifying the number of floatingpoint operands found in the array floatargs, followed by an integer specifying the number of string operands found in the array stringargs. Thus, given m in [0, ntags  1], the length of intargs is equal to the sum of all the 3m numbered elements of the array nargs; the length of floatargs is equal to the sum of all the 3m+1 numbered elements of the array nargs; and the length of stringargs is equal to the sum of all 3m+2 numbered elements of the array nargs.
Hierarchical subdivision surfaces are required to support the same tags as standard subdivision surfaces, which are all specified in the same fashion save that the number of string arguments are set to zero. In addition, they are required to support hierarchical edit tags, all of which accept and require string arguments. A hierarchical edit is an edit made to any one of the faces, edges, or vertices that arise anywhere during subdivision. Normally these subdivision components inherit values from their parents based on a set of subdivision rules that depend on the subdivision scheme. A hierarchical edit overrides these values. This allows for a compact specification of localized detail on a subdivision surface, without having to express information about the rest of the subdivision surface at the same level of detail. In order to perform a hierarchical edit, we need to be able to name the subdivision component we are interested in, no matter where it may occur in the subdivision hierarchy. This leads us to a hierarchical path specification for faces, since once we have a face we can navigate to an incident edge or vertex by association. In a subdivision mesh, a face always has incident vertices, which are labeled (in relation to the face) with an integer index starting at zero and in consecutive order according to the usual winding rules for subdivision surfaces. Faces also have incident edges, and these are labeled according to the origin vertex of the edge.
A subdivided face is specified by a series of integers that indicate a path of traversal, starting at a base face and proceeding down the subdivision hierarchy. The first integer is the index of a base face in the mesh  it is the same number used to index into the nvertices array passed to the HierarchicalSubdivisionMesh call. Subsequent integers in the path are a zerobased index to one of the children of the previous face in the path. Note that in the CatmullClark subdivision scheme, the first subdivision splits all nonquad faces into quads, resulting in a mesh consisting solely of quadrilateral faces. This means that the second integer (the child of the base face) can be an integer greater than 3 (depending on the number of vertices in the base face), but every integer after that must be less than 4.
To properly specify a face, we need to know how child faces are indexed with respect to their parent. In turn, this ordering depends on how the vertices of the parent face are indexed. The indexing of subfaces and vertices ultimately depends on whether or not the first face in the path is extraordinary (has a number of vertices not equal to four in the CatmullClark scheme). In particular, the immediate child subfaces of an extraordinary face have different vertex ordering than the immediate child subfaces of a regular face. The following diagram illustrates the ordering. Note that subface vertices are overlaid on top of the parent vertices for simplicity, but obviously during subdivision they may not have the same position.
In this diagram, the indices of the vertices of the base face are marked in red; so on the left we have an extraordinary CatmullClark face with five vertices (labeled 04) and on the right we have a regular CatmullClark face with four vertices (labeled 03). The indices of the child faces are blue; note that in both the extraordinary and regular cases, the child faces are indexed the same way, i.e. the subface labeled n has one incident vertex that is the result of the subdivision of the parent vertex also labeled n in the parent face. Specifically, we note that the subface 1 (blue) in both the regular and extraordinary face is nearest to the vertex labeled 1 (red) in the parent.
The indices of the vertices of the child faces are labeled green, and this is where the difference lies between the extraordinary and regular case; in the extraordinary case, vertex to vertex subdivision always results in a vertex labeled 0 (green), while in the regular case, vertex to vertex subdivision assigns the same index to the child vertex. Again, specifically, we note that the parent vertex indexed 1 (red)in the extraordinary case has a child vertex 0 (green), while in the regular case the parent vertex indexed 1 (red) actually has a child vertex that is indexed 1 (green).
Note that this indexing scheme was chosen to maintain the property that the vertex labeled 0 always has the lowest u/v parametric value on the face.
By appending a vertex index to a face specification, we can create a vertex path specification. Similarly, we can create a edge path specification by assuming a winding order, and using a vertex path specification to specify the origin vertex of the edge component. For example, a vertex patch specification of (656 4 1 2 3) specifies the 3rd vertex of the 2nd child face of the 1st child face of the 4th child face of the 656th face of the subdivision mesh. (Since the second integer is four, the 656th face of the mesh must have at least five vertices for this to be a valid path.)
The hierarchical edit tags that are required to be supported are "vertexedit", "edgeedit", and "faceedit".
A "vertexedit" tag has the following structure:
["vertexedit"] [< Σ (vertex path lengths)> <(amount of float data per vertex) x nvertices> <3 x noperators>] [<vertex paths>] [<edit values>] [<"set""add"> <variable name> <"value""sharpness"> ... ]
This tag specifies a vertex edit, which overrides the value or the sharpness of a set of primitive variables on the subdivision mesh, at a set of vertices anywhere in the subdivision hierarchy. It is easiest to interpret this tag as a set of operators specified in the string list, each applied to a set of vertices specified in the integer list, with the arguments to the operators specified in the float list.
The operators accepted by the vertexedit tag are described by triplets of strings. The size and interpretation of the float arguments are determined by these operators, as described below.
 The first string can be one of the values "set" or "add". "set" indicates the primitive variable value or sharpness is to be set directly to the values specified in the floating point list. "add" adds a value to the normal result computed via standard subdivision rules. In other words, this operation allows value offsets to be applied to the mesh at any level of the hierarchy.
 The second string is the name of a variable to edit. This variable must exist in the parameter list of the subdivision surface, and must be of storage class varying, vertex, or facevarying (since it is nonsensical to apply a vertex edit to a variable of uniform or constant storage).
 The third string can be either "value" or "sharpness". "value" causes the value of the primitive variable to be overridden, while "sharpness" overrides the subdivision mask of the primitive variable at that vertex. If "value" is specified, the type of the variable as declared in the parameter list determines the number of floating point arguments that will be required for each vertex. For variables that are of type point, vector, normal, or matrix, it is assumed that the float data will be presented in object space. An appropriate transformation will be applied during the render. Note that in the special case of a "add" operation applied to data of type point the three floats will be subject to a vector transformation, not a simple point transformation. When "sharpness" is specified, only one floating point argument will be required.
The integer arguments will be interpreted as a series of vertex path specifications, as defined above. Each vertex path must be prefaced with a path length, with the end result being a "packed" encoding of vertices. The number of vertices being edited is implicit and computed by unpacking these integers into individual paths.
The floating point arguments supplied are values to the operators, one set per vertex, specified in a vertex interleaved fashion, with the contents of each set determined by the string operators as described above. For example, if the vertexedit tag specifies the three operators "set" "P" "sharpness", "add" "P" "value", and "set" "s" "value", for each vertex we expect a set of 5 float values in order: 1 for the sharpness edit on "P", 3 for the value edit on "P", and 1 for the value edit on "s". These five float values are expected to be packed together and specified for each vertex indicated in the vertex paths.
Unlike all other tags, vertexedit tags can be deformation motion blurred with different values. In other words, multiple HierarchicalSubdivisionMesh calls within the same MotionBegin/MotionEnd blocks can have changing vertexedit tags that will be motion blurred.
An "edgeedit" tag has the following structure:
["edgeedit"] [< Σ (edge path lengths)> <nedges> <3 x nedges>] [<edge paths>] [<sharpness values>] [<"set""add"> <variable name> "sharpness" ... ]
This tag specifies an edge edit, which modifies a property of any edge in the subdivision hierarchy. Implementations may allow for modification of any edge property; the only required property is the ability to modify the sharpness of a primitive variable (the crease strength); in this case, only one float argument needs to be specified per vertex in all cases. In all other respects an edge edit is specified in the same way as a vertex edit, except that the paths will be interpreted to point at the origin vertex of the edge; the destination vertex is implied to be the next vertex in order.
A "faceedit" tag has the following structure:
["faceedit"] [< Σ (face path lengths)> <(amount of float data per face) x nfaces> <size of string values>] [<face paths>] [<edit values>] [<"hole"> or < <"set""add"> <variable name> "value" > ]
A face edit is analogous to a vertex edit: it modifies a property of a group of faces each of which can be anywhere in the subdivision hierarchy. The standard properties that can be modified include marking faces as holes and editing the values of uniform or constant primitive variables associated with those faces.
Like vertex edits, operators are described in the string argument list. Unlike the vertex edit tags, some of the arguments to the operators can themselves be strings and can be found in the same string argument list. Hence the format of the string argument list is somewhat more free form.
 The "hole" operation introduces holes (missing faces) into the subdivision mesh at any level in the subdivision hierarchy. The faces will be deleted, and none of their children will appear (you cannot "unhole" a face if any ancestor is a "hole"). This operation takes no float or string arguments.
 The "set" or "add" operators modify the value of primitive variables associated with faces. The string argument immediately following either of these must be the name of the primitive variable. This variable must exist in the parameter list of the subdivision surface, and can only be of uniform or constant storage. Like vertex value edits, variables that are of type point, vector, normal, or matrix are assumed to be in object space and will be appropriately transformed by the renderer; and in the special case of a "add" operation applied to data of type point, the three floats will be subject to a vector transformation, not a simple point transformation. Unlike vertex value edits, only one primitive variable value is supplied for the entire operator, and not one per face; this value will be copied to all faces. (This means that editing the value of the same variable on another set of faces requires a completely separate "faceedit" tag.) Also, the variable is allowed to be of type "string", in which case no float data is expected, and the string value is supplied immediately following the variable name.
RIB BINDING
HierarchicalSubdivisionMesh scheme nvertices vertices tags nargs intargs floatargs stringargs ...parameterlist...
SEE ALSO
Quadrics
Many common shapes can be modeled with quadrics. Although it is possible to convert quadrics to patches, they are defined as primitives because specialpurpose rendering programs render them directly and because their surface parameters are not necessarily preserved if they are converted to patches. Quadric primitives are particularly useful in solid and molecular modeling applications.
All the following quadrics are rotationally symmetric about the z axis (see the image below). In all the quadrics u and v are assumed to run from 0 to 1. These primitives all define a bounded region on a quadric surface. It is not possible to define infinite quadrics. Note that each quadric is defined relative to the origin of the object coordinate system. To position them at another point or with their symmetry axis in another direction requires the use of a transformation. The geometric normal to the surface points "outward" from the zaxis, if the current orientation matches the orientation of the current transformation and "inward" if they don't match. The sense of a quadric can be reversed by giving negative parameters. For example, giving a negative thetamax parameter in any of the following definitions will turn the quadric insideout.
Each quadric has a parameterlist. This is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables or a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare. For all quadrics, primitive variables of class constant and uniform must supply a single data element of the appropriate type. Primitive variables that are varying or vertex must supply 4 data values, which will be interpolated bilinearly across the quadric surface.
Position variables should not be given with quadrics. All angular arguments to these functions are given in degrees. The trigonometric functions used in their definitions are assumed to also accept angles in degrees.
Strictly speaking, torii are not quadrics, but we include them in this section because they fit nicely here.
RiSphere ( RtFloat radius, RtFloat zmin, RtFloat zmax, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a sphere defined by the following equations:
Note that if zmin > radius or zmax < radius, the bottom or top of the sphere is open, and that if thetamax is not equal to 360 degrees, the sides are also open.
RIB BINDING
Sphere radius zmin zmax thetamax ...parameterlist... Sphere [radius zmin zmax thetamax] ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
RiSphere (0.5, 0.0, 0.5, 360.0, RI_NULL);
SEE ALSO
RiCone ( RtFloat height, RtFloat radius, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a cone defined by the following equations:
Note that the bottom of the cone is open, and if thetamax is not equal to 360 degrees, the sides are open.
RIB BINDING
Cone height radius thetamax ...parameterlist... Cone [height radius thetamax] ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
RtColor four_colors[4]; RiCone (0.5, 0.5, 270.0, "Cs", (RtPointer)four_colors, RI_NULL);
SEE ALSO
RiCylinder ( RtFloat radius, RtFloat zmin, RtFloat zmax, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a cylinder defined by the following equations:
Note that the cylinder is open at the top and bottom, and if thetamax is not equal to 360 degrees, the sides also are open.
RIB BINDING
Cylinder radius zmin zmax thetamax parameterlist Cylinder [radius zmin zmax thetamax] parameterlist
EXAMPLE
Cylinder .5 .2 1 360
SEE ALSO
RiHyperboloid ( RtPoint point1, RtPoint point2, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a hyperboloid defined by the following equations:
assuming that point1 = (x1,y1, z1) and point2 = (x2, y2, z2).
The cone, disk and cylinder are special cases of this surface. Note that the top and bottom of the hyperboloid are open when point1 and point2, respectively, are not on the zaxis. Also, if thetamax is not equal to 360 degrees, the sides are open.
RIB BINDING
Hyperboloid x1 y1 z1 x2 y2 z2 thetamax parameterlist Hyperboloid [x1 y1 z1 x2 y2 z2 thetamax] parameterlist
EXAMPLE
Hyperboloid 0 0 0 .5 0 0 270 "Cs" [1 1 1 .5 .9 1 .2 .9 0 .5 .2 0]
SEE ALSO
RiParaboloid ( RtFloat rmax, RtFloat zmin, RtFloat max, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a paraboloid defined by the following equations:
Note that the top of the paraboloid is open, and if thetamax is not equal to 360 degrees, the sides are also open.
RIB BINDING
Paraboloid rmax zmin zmax thetamax ...parameterlist... Paraboloid [rmax zmin zmax thetamax] ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
Paraboloid .5 .2 .7 270
SEE ALSO
RiDisk ( RtFloat height, RtFloat radius, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a disk defined by the following equations:
Note that the surface normal of the disk points in the positive z direction when thetamax is positive.
RIB BINDING
Disk height radius thetamax parameterlist Disk [height radius thetamax] parameterlist
EXAMPLE
RiDisk (1.0, 0.5, 270.0, RI_NULL);
SEE ALSO
RiTorus ( RtFloat majorradius, RtFloat minorradius, RtFloat phimin, RtFloat phimax, RtFloat thetamax, ...parameterlist... )
Requests a torus defined by the following equations:
Note that if phimaxphimin or thetamax is not equal to 360 degrees, the torus is open.
RIB BINDING
Torus rmajor rminor phimin phimax thetamax parameterlist Torus [rmajor rminor phimin phimax thetamax] parameterlist
EXAMPLE
Torus 1 .3 60 90 360
SEE ALSO
Point and Curve Primitives
The RenderMan Interface includes lightweight primitives for specifying point clouds, lines, curves, or ribbons. These primitives are especially useful for representing many particles, hairs, etc.
RiPoints ( RtInt npoints, ...parameterlist... )
Draws npoints number of pointlike particles. parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables, a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare, or is given as an inline declaration. The parameter list must include at least position ("P") information, one value for each particle. If a primitive variable is of class varying or vertex, the array contains npoints data values of the appropriate type, i.e., one per particle. If the variable is uniform or constant, the array contains a single element.
The size, in object space, of each particle can be specified in the parameter list by using the primitive variable "width", which provides a varying float. If "width" is not specified in the parameter list then it will default to 1.0, meaning that all particles should have an apparent diameter 1.0 units in object space. If all the points are of the same size, the user may specify the variable "constantwidth", which is defined as type constant float to supply a single width value for all points.
Each particle is treated independently. This means a particle is shaded only once and does not have access to derivative information.
RIB BINDING
Points ...parameterlist...
The number of points is determined implicitly by the length of the "P" array.
EXAMPLE
Points "P" [.5 .5 0 .5 5 0 .5 .5 0 .5 .5 0] "width" [.1 .12 .05 .02]
RiCurves ( RtToken type, RtInt ncurves, RtInt nvertices[], RtToken wrap, ...parameterlist...)
Draws ncurves number of lines, curves, or ribbonlike particles of specified width through a set of control vertices. Multiple disconnected individual curves may be specified using one call to RiCurves. The parameter ncurves is the number of individual curves specified by this command, and nvertices is an array of length ncurves integers specifying the number of vertices in each of the respective curves.
The interpolation method given by type can be either "linear" or "cubic". Cubic curves interpolate using the v basis matrix and step size set by RiBasis. The u parameter changes across the width of the curve (if it has any discernible width), whereas the v parameter changes across the length of the curve (i.e., the direction specified by the control vertices). Curves may wrap around in the v direction, depending on whether wrap is "periodic" or "nonperiodic". Curves that wrap close upon themselves at the ends and the first control points will be automatically repeated. As many as three control points may be repeated, depending on the basis matrix of the curve.
parameterlist is a list of tokenarray pairs where each token is one of the standard geometric primitive variables, a variable that has been defined with RiDeclare, or is given as an inline declaration. The parameter list must include at least position ("P" or "Pw") information. The width along the curve may be specified with either a special "width" parameter that is a varying or vertex float argument, or a "constantwidth" parameter that is a constant float (one value for the entire RiCurves). Widths are specified in object space units of the curve. If no "width" vector or "constantwidth" value is given, the default width is 1.0 units in object space. RiCurves supports a trimrange parameter, a uniform float[2] that specifies a starting and ending v clip value, as well as __vbasisname (RI_VBASISNAME), which, if found in parameterlist, will override the v basis from any prior RiBasis calls.
Primitive variables of class constant should supply a single value of the appropriate type for the entire RiCurves. Primitive variables of class uniform should supply a total of ncurves values of the appropriate type. Primitive variables of class varying should supply Σ (nsegs i + 1) values for nonperiodic curves, and Σ nsegs i values for periodic curves, where nsegs i is the number of segments of the ith curve (see below). Primitive variables of class vertex should supply Σ nvertices i values of the appropriate type, that is, one value for every control vertex "P".
The number of piecewiselinear or piecewisecubic segments of each individual curve is given by:
Since the control vertices only specify the direction of the "spine" of the curves, by default the curves are assumed to always project a crosssection of the specified width (as if it were a hair or a strand of spaghetti). However, if "N" values are supplied, the curves will be interpreted as "flat" ribbons oriented perpendicularly to the supplied normals, thus allowing usercontrolled rotation of the ribbon.
RIB BINDING
Curves type [nvertices] wrap ...parameterlist...
The number of curves is determined implicitly by the length of the nvertices array.
EXAMPLE
Curves "cubic" [4] "nonperiodic" "P" [0 0 0 1 .5 1 2 .5 1 1 0 1 ] "width" [.1 .04] Curves "linear" [5] "nonperiodic" "P" [0 0 0 3 4 5 1 .5 1 2 .5 1 1 0 1 ] "constantwidth" [0.075]
SEE ALSO
Blobby Implicit Surfaces
The RenderMan Interface allows the use of freeform, selfblending, implicitfunction surfaces in the style of Jim Blinn's blobby molecules, Nishimura et al.'s metaballs, and Wyvill, McPheeters, and Wyvill's soft objects. Blobby surfaces may be composed of spherical and sausagelike linesegment primitives with extremely flexible control over blending. The surface type also provides for repulsion to avoid intersection with irregular ground planes, represented by depth maps. This gprim also supports volume rendering capabilities.
RiBlobby ( RtInt nleaf, RtInt ncode, RtInt code[], RtInt nfloats, RtFloat floats[], RtInt nstrings, RtString strings[], ...parameterlist... )
The code array is a sequence of machine languagelike instructions describing the object's primitive blob fields and the operations that combine them. Floating point parameters of the primitive fields are stored in the floats array. File names of the depth files of repellers are in the strings array. The integer nleaf is the number of primitive blobs in object, also the number of items in each varying or vertex parameter. Parameters with storage class constant or uniform have exactly one data value for the entire RiBlobby primitive. The primitive variable "__threshold" (RI_THRESHOLD) can be used to control the threshold of the limit function. It is passed as a constant float via the parameter list (i.e. specified only once per RiBlobby call) and its value is added directly to the default threshold value used by RiBlobby. Alternately, the primitive variable "constant float levelset" (RI_LEVELSET) in the parameter list can be used to set the threshold of the limit function directly; this is very useful when using custom implicit field plugins.
Each instruction has a numeric opcode followed by a number of operands. Instructions specifying primitive fields start at 1000 and are listed in the table below.
Opcode  Operands  Operation 

1000  float  constant 
1001  float  ellipsoid 
1002  float  segment blob 
1003  string, float  repelling plane 
1004  name, count, floats, count, strings  field plugin 
1005  float  sphere 
10061099  reserved 
For all of these operators, the operands are indices into the appropriate arrays. For opcode 1000 (constant) the operand indexes a single floatingpoint number in the floats array. The index of the first item in the array is zero.
For opcode 1001 (ellipsoid) the operand indexes the first of 16 floats describing a 4x4 matrix that transforms the unit sphere into the ellipsoidal bump in object space.
The operand of opcode 1002 (segment blob) indexes 23 floats that give the endpoints and radius of the segment and a 4x4 matrix that transforms the segment into object space.
Opcode 1003 (repelling ground plane) takes two indices. The first gives the index of the name of a depth map in the strings array. The second indexes the first of 4 float parameters of the repeller's repulsion contour. The value of the field generated by a repeller is a function of the vertical distance from the evaluation point to the zfile, in the view direction in which the zfile was generated. The four float parameters control the shape of the repelling field. Let's call the four parameters A, B, C and D. A controls the overall height of the repeller. The field value is zero whenever the height above the ground plane is larger than A. B controls the sharpness of the repeller. The field looks a lot like B=z (except that it fades to zero at z = A, and remains at a large negative value when z < 0), so smaller values of B place the knee in the curve closer to z = 0. Added to this negativegoing barrier field is a bump that has its peak at z = C, and whose maximum value is D. The bump component is exactly zero outside the range 0 <= z <= 2C.
Opcode 1004 (field plugin) takes five integer numbers.
 The index in the strings array of the filename of the plugin.
 The number of floating point arguments to pass to the plugin.
 The index in the floats array of the start of the block of floating point arguments.
 The number of string arguments to pass to the plugin.
 The index in the strings array of the start of the block of string arguments.
(See the Implicit Field Plugins application note for details of the plugin interface.)
Opcode 1005 (sphere) indexes the first of four floats describing a scale and a translate; it's a more compact/efficient form of the ellipsoid opcode if all you're dealing with is a sphere.
There are several more opcodes that compute composite fields by combining the results of previous instructions in various ways. Every instruction in the code array has a number, starting with zero for the first instruction, that when used as an operand refers to its result. The combining opcodes are listed below.
Opcode  Operands  Operation 

0  count, ...  add 
1  count, ...  multiply 
2  count, ...  maximum 
3  count, ...  minimum 
4  subtrahend, minuend  subtract 
5  dividend, divisor  divide 
6  negand  negate 
7  idempotentate  identity 
8  n/a  volume 
999  reserved 
The add, multiply, maximum, and minimum operations all take variable numbers of arguments. The first argument is the number of operands, and the rest are indices of results computed by previous instructions. The identity operator (7) does nothing useful, and is only included for the convenience of programs that automatically generate RenderMan input. The volume operator (8) takes no arguments; its appearance anywhere in the list of opcodes indicates that the interior of the RiBlobby  defined to be anywhere in space where the field function of the RiBlobby is greater than 0  is to be rendered as a volumetric region. Volume pixel samples can be controlled with RiVolumePixelSamples.
RiBlobby primitives may be shaded much like ordinary parametric primitives, with the caveat that, just like subdivision surfaces, they have no global u and v parameters. Nevertheless, they may be given vertex values by attaching scalar values or reference coordinate fields to primitive subobjects.
RIB BINDING
Blobby nleaf [ code ] [ floats ] [ strings ] ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
Blobby 2 [ 1001 0 1003 0 16 0 2 0 1 ] [1.5 0 0 0 0 1.5 0 0 0 0 1.5 0 0 0 .1 1 .4 .01 .3 .08] ["flat.zfile"]
The Volume Primitive
PRMan 15.2 introduced a new method for incorporating volumes into your scene: the RiVolume geometric primitive. Additional information about its usage and the implementation can be found in the Volume Rendering application note.
RiVolume ( RtPointer type, RtBound bounds[], RtInt nvertices[] )
The RiVolume primitive specifies a shaped volumetric region of space, centered within userspecified bounds in object space. The shape of the region is specified by the "type" parameter, which can take the string value: "box", "ellipsoid", "cone", or "cylinder". As of PRMan 16.0, it can also take the special value of blobbydso by using a URI for the "type" parameter, where the URI scheme is the word "blobbydso" and the remainder of the URI specifies the path to the plugin. (The plugin path will be resolved against Option "searchpath" "procedural".) Note that, unlike RiBlobby, RiVolume does not allow for the building of complex shapes using arithmetic operators.
The nvertices values (nx, ny, and nz) are used to specify the number of vertex and varying storage class primitive variables, as well as the number of coarse voxels used in the specification of dPdtimebased motion blur. The number of vertex and varying storage class variables expected is nx * ny * nz, specified in an order where X varies fastest (from low to high) and Z varies slowest. Vertex variables are interpolated using a tricubic basis; varying variables are interpolated using a trilinear basis. For uniform/constant storage a single value is expected. It is important to note that vertex variables are interpolated using a CatmullRom spline. Due to the negative support present in this spline, some vertex variables may fall outside of the expected range.
RiVolume supports several motion blur configurations. Transformation motion blur is supported. Deformation blur can also be specified by shifting the bounds of the RiVolume or by specifying the special primitive variables "float time" and "vector dPdtime" directly on the RiVolume, provided that the RiVolume is not within a RiMotionBegin/RiMotionEnd block.
Volume pixel samples can be controlled with RiVolumePixelSamples.
RIB BINDING
Volume "type" [ bounds] [ nvertices ]
EXAMPLE
Volume "ellipsoid" [0 2 0 2 0 2] [2 2 2]
SEE ALSO
Procedural Primitives
Procedural primitives can be specified using RiProcedural or RiProcedural2. Both entrypoints have the same underlying rendering characteristics, so developers should choose the interface that best suits their needs. They both accept callback parameters that are invoked at a later point in the rendering process. The primary distinction between the calls relates to the means by which opaque, pluginspecific data is represented and delivered. RiProcedural characterizes custom data with an opaque pointer (a string for RIB) and as a consequence must request cleanup services from the plugin. RiProcedural2 uses standard RI parameterlists to convey the custom data and thereby needs no additional cleanup support from the plugin. Starting in PRMan 18 we support the notion of metaparameters  parameters that are checked by the renderer to control the evaluation of a procedural, rather than only being passed through to the procedural for its own purposes. Metaparameters are distinguishable by the leading underscores (__) in their token name. Procedural plugin developers must be aware of metaparameters and deal with them accordingly, whether that means ignoring them or otherwise.
RIB BINDING
Procedural procname [args] [bound]
Procedural2 "procname" [args] [bound]
The procedural name procname must be a builtin procedural, either one of the standard ones described below or an implementationspecific procedural. The args parameter is an array of strings supplying arguments to the builtin procedural. The expected arguments for each type of procedural are explained in the following sections on those primitives.
EXAMPLES
C
RtString args[] = { "sodacan.rib" } ; RtBound mybound = { 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 6 } ; RiProcedural ((RtPointer)args, mybound, RiProcDelayedReadArchive, RI_NULL);
RtBound { 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 6 }; RtString filename[1]; filename[0] = "sodacan.rib"; RiProcedural2 ( RiProc2DelayedReadArchive, RiSimpleBound, "string filename", filename, "float[6] __bound", bbox, RI_NULL);
RIB
Procedural DelayedReadArchive [ "sodacan.rib" ] [ 1 1 1 1 0 6 ]
Procedural2 "DelayedReadArchive" "SimpleBound" "string filename" "sodacan.rib" "float[6] __bound" [ 1 1 1 1 0 6 ]
For additional information on usage, consult the Procedural Primitives application note.
RiProcedural
RiProcedural ( RtPointer data, RtBound bound, RtProcSubdivFunc subdividefunc, RtProcFreeFunc freefunc )
This defines a procedural primitive.
For RiProcedural, the data parameter is a pointer to an opaque data structure that defines the primitive. (PRMan does not "look inside" data, it simply saves it for later use by the procedural primitive.) bound is an array of floats that define the bounding box of the primitive in object space. subdividefunc is the routine that the renderer should call (when necessary) to have the primitive subdivided. A bucketbased rendering scheme can potentially save memory space by delaying this call until the bounding box overlaps a bucket that must be rendered.
The RiProcedural calling sequence for subdividefunc is:
(*subdividefunc)( RtPointer data, RtFloat detail )
(*freefunc)( RtPointer data )
freefunc is a procedure that the rendering program calls to free the primitive when the data is no longer needed. It is only used by RiProcedural.
Note that the rendering program may call back multiple times with the same procedural primitive, so the data area should not be overwritten or freed until the freefunc is called.
Builtin RiProcedural Primitives
RtVoid RiProcDelayedReadArchive (RtPointer data, RtFloat detail); RtVoid RiProcRunProgram (RtPointer data, RtFloat detail); RtVoid RiProcDynamicLoad (RtPointer data, RtFloat detail);
RiProcedural2
RiProcedural2 ( RtProc2SubdivFunc subdivide2func, RtProc2BoundFunc boundfunc, RtInt n, RtToken toks[], RtPointer vals[] )
The RiProcedural2 calling sequence for subdivide2func is:
(*subdivide2func)( RtContextHandle, RtFloat detail, RtInt n, RtToken toks[], RtPointer vals[]);
(*boundfunc)( RtContextHandle, RtFloat detail, RtInt n, RtToken toks[], RtPointer vals[]);
MetaParameters
PRMan 18 introduced important changes to metaparameters  parameters that are inspected by the renderer to control the evaluation of a procedural, in addition to being passed through to the procedural like regular parameters. Starting in PRMan 18, metaparameters are distinguishable by the leading underscores (__) in their token name and are only available to RiProcedural2.
Name  RIB Representation  Description 

RI_DSONAME  __dsoname  Supersedes the deprecated "dsoname". Gives the name of the procedural runprogram or DSO file. 
RI_BOUND  __bound  Supersedes the deprecated "bound". Provides a pointer to six floats, which contain the bounding box. 
RI_BOUND0
RI_BOUND1

__bound0
__bound1

In lieu of RI_BOUND, two pointers can be provided via RI_BOUND0 and RI_BOUND1, describing the bounding box at the beginning and end of a motion block. 
RI_IMMEDIATESUBDIVIDE  __immediatesubdivide  Compels a procedural primitive to subdivide immediately. Procedural primitives that are emissive will include an RI_IMMEDIATESUBDIVIDE token in the Procedural2only parameterlist. A value of 0 (the default) disables, 1 enables, and 2 forces all child procedurals to crack immediately. 
RI_SAVEDATTRIBUTES  __savedattributes  Serves the same purpose as Attribute "procedural" "string attributes", but is preferred. 
Builtin RiProcedural2 Primitives
void RiProc2DelayedReadArchive (RtContextHandle c, RtFloat detail, RtInt n, RtToken toks[], RtPointer vals[]); void RiProc2DynamicLoad (RtContextHandle c, RtFloat detail, RtInt n, RtToken toks[], RtPointer vals[]);
RiProcDelayedReadArchive ( RtPointer data, RtFloat detail )
The builtin procedural RiProcDelayedReadArchive operates exactly like RiReadArchiv, except that the reading is delayed until the procedural primitive bounding box is reached (unlike RiReadArchive, which reads RIB files immediately during parsing). The advantage of this procedural primitive is that because the reading is delayed, memory for the read primitives is not used unless (or until) the contents of the bounding box are actually needed.
The data parameter consists of a pointer to an RtString array. The first element of the array (that is, ((RtString*)data)[0]) is the name of a RIB file to read. The file can contain any amount of valid RIB, although it is suggested that it either be "flat" (have no hierarchy) or have some balanced hierarchy (matching BeginEnd calls). As with all RIB parameters that are bounding boxes, the boundingbox is an array of six floatingpoint numbers, which are xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax, zmin, zmax in the current object space.
RIB BINDING
Procedural "DelayedReadArchive" [filename] [boundingbox]
The argument string list contains a single string giving the filename the file to read when the contents of the boundingbox are needed.
EXAMPLE
RtString args[] = { "sodacan.rib" } ; RtBound mybound = { 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 6 } ; RiProcedural ((RtPointer)args, mybound, RiProcDelayedReadArchive, NULL); Procedural "DelayedReadArchive" [ "sodacan.rib" ] [ 1 1 1 1 0 6 ]
SEE ALSO
RiProcRunProgram ( RtPointer data, RtFloat detail )
The builtin procedural RiProcRunProgram will run an external helper program, capturing its output and interpreting it as RIB input. The data parameter consists of a pointer to an RtString array. The first element of the array is the name of the program to run (including any command line arguments), and the second element is an argument string to be written to the standard input stream of the helper program.
The helper program generates geometry onthefly in response to procedural primitive requests in the RIB stream. Each generated procedural primitive is described by a request to the helper program, in the form of an ASCII datablock that describes the primitive to be generated. This datablock can be anything that is meaningful and adequate to the helper program, such as a sequence of a few floatingpoint numbers, a filename, or a snippet of code in an interpreted modeling language. In addition, the renderer supplies the detail size of the primitive's bounding box, so that the generating program can decide what to generate based on how large the object will appear onscreen.
The generation program reads the request datablocks on its standard input stream and emits RIB commands on its standard output stream. These RIB streams are read into the renderer as though they were read from a file (as with ReadArchive) and may include any standard RenderMan attributes and primitives (including procedural primitive calls to itself or other helper programs). As long as any procedural primitives exist in the rendering database that require the same helper program for processing, the socket connection to the program will remain open. This means that the program should be written with a loop that accepts any number of requests and generates a RIB "snippet" for each one.
RIB BINDING
Procedural "RunProgram" [programname datablock] [boundingbox]
The argument list is an array of two strings. The first element is the name of the helper program to execute and may include command line options. The second element is the generationrequest data block. It is an ASCII printable string that is meaningful to the helper program and describes the children to be generated. Notice that the data block is a quoted ASCII string in the RIB file, so if it is a complex description that contains quotation marks or other special characters, these must be escaped in the standard way. (Similar to C, using backslash metacharacters like n) The boundingbox is an array of six floatingpoint numbers, which is xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax, zmin, zmax in the current object space.
EXAMPLE
RtString args[] = { "perl gencan.pl", "" } ; RtBound mybound = { 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 6 } ; RiProcedural ((RtPointer)args, mybound, RiProcRunProgram, NULL); Procedural "RunProgram" [ "perl gencan.pl" "" ] [ 1 1 1 1 0 6 ]
The example above presumes that you have a Perl script called gencan.pl that will generate RIB for a model and write that RIB to its standard output stream.
SEE ALSO
RiProcDynamicLoad ( RtPointer data, RtFloat detail )
A more efficient method for accessing subdivision routines is to write them as dynamic shared objects, DSOs (on some systems called dynamically linked libraries, or DLLs), and dynamically load them into the renderer executable at runtime. In this case, you write your subdivision and free routines in C, exactly as you would if you were writing them to be linked into the renderer using the C RiProcedural interface. DSOs are compiled with special compiler options to make them runtime loadable and are specified in the RIB file by the name of the shared object file. The renderer will load the DSO the first time that the subdivision routine must be called, and from then on, it is called as if (and executes as fast as if) it were statically linked. DSOs are more efficient than external programs because they avoid the overhead of interprocess communication.
When writing a procedural primitive DSO, you must create three specific public subroutine entry points, named Subdivide, Free, and ConvertParameters. Subdivide is a standard RiProcedural() primitive subdivision routine, taking a blind data pointer to be subdivided and a floatingpoint detail to estimate screen size. Free is a standard RiProcedural primitive free routine, taking a blind data pointer to be released. ConvertParameters is a special routine that takes a string and returns a blind data pointer. It will be called exactly once for each DynamicLoad procedural primitive in the RIB file, and its job is to convert a printable string version of the progenitor's blind data into something that the Subdivide routine will accept. When using the RIB binding of RiProcedural, the string data must be in ASCII in the RIB file; when using the C binding, it must be a dynamically allocated string buffer (since the plugin is allowed to modify the buffer's contents).
The C prototypes for these functions are as follows:
RtPointer ConvertParameters(char * initialdata ); void Subdivide (RtPointer blinddata, RtFloat detailsize ); void Free ( RtPointer blinddata );
Note that if the DSO Subdivide routine wants to recursively create child procedural primitives of the same type as itself, it should specify a direct recursive call to itself, with RiProcedural (newdata,newbound,Subdivide,Free), not call itself as a DynamicLoad procedural. The latter would eventually just call the former after wasting time checking for and reloading the DSO.
The conventions for how dynamic objects are compiled are implementationdependent (and also very likely OSdependent).
RIB BINDING
Procedural "DynamicLoad" [dsoname paramdata] [boundingbox]
The argument list is an array of two strings. The first element is the name of the shared object file that contains the three required entry points and has been compiled and prelinked as described earlier. The second element is the ASCII printable string that represents the initial data to be sent to the ConvertParameters routine. The boundingbox is an array of six floatingpoint numbers, which is xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax, zmin, zmax in the current object space.
EXAMPLE
RtString args[] = { "mydso.so", "" } ; RtBound mybound = { 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 6 } ; RiProcedural ((RtPointer)args, mybound, RiProcDynamicLoad, NULL); Procedural "DynamicLoad" [ "mydso.so" "" ] [ 1 1 1 1 0 6 ]
SEE ALSO
Implementationspecific Geometric Primitives
Additional geometric primitives can be specified using the following procedure.
RiGeometry ( RtToken type, ...parameterlist... )
This procedure provides a standard way of defining an implementationspecific geometric primitive. The values supplied in the parameter list for each primitive is implementation specific.
"Implementationspecific geometric primitives" include: teapot, cube, brickmap, envsphere, and distantlight. teapot and cube do not support any additional parameters. brickmap accepts string filename.
The envsphere and distantlight types were implemented with the introduction of Geometric Area Lights. envsphere can take two optional parameters: const float radius (defaults to infinity) and const float[2] resolution. resolution is, by default, computed programmatically. It can be specified explicitly via this parameter, unless an environment map is specified in the emit() function, in which case the resolution is the environment map's resolution.
RIB BINDING
Geometry name ...parameterlist...
EXAMPLE
RiGeometry ("teapot," RI_NULL);
Solids and Spatial Set Operations
All of the previously described geometric primitives can be used to define a solid by bracketing a collection of surfaces with RiSolidBegin and RiSolidEnd. This is often referred to as the boundary representation of a solid. When specifying a volume it is important that boundary surfaces completely enclose the interior. Normally it will take several surfaces to completely enclose a volume since, except for the sphere, the torus, and potentially a periodic patch or patch mesh, none of the geometric primitives used by the rendering interface completely enclose a volume. A set of surfaces that are closed and nonselfintersecting unambiguously defines a volume. However, the RenderMan Interface performs no explicit checking to ensure that these conditions are met. The inside of the volume is the region or set of regions that have finite volume; the region with infinite volume is considered outside the solid. For consistency the normals of a solid should always point outwards.
RiSolidBegin ( RtToken operation ) RiSolidEnd ()
RiSolidBegin is the definition of a solid. operation may be one of the following tokens:
 "primitive"
 "intersection"
 "union"
 "difference".
intersection and union operations form the set intersection and union of the specified solids. Difference operations require at least 2 parameter solids and subtract the last n1 solids from the first (where n is the number of parameter solids).
When the innermost solid block is a "primitive" block, no other RiSolidBegin calls are legal. When the innermost solid block uses any other operation, no geometric primitives are legal.
RiSolidEnd terminates the definition of the solid.
RIB BINDING
SolidBegin operation SolidEnd 
EXAMPLE
SolidBegin "union"
SEE ALSO
A single solid sphere can be created using:
RiSolidBegin( "primitive" ); RiSphere( 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiSolidEnd();
Note that if the same sphere is defined outside of a RiSolidBeginRiSolidEnd block, it is not treated as a volumecontaining solid. A solid hemisphere can be created with:
RiSolidBegin( "primitive" ); RiSphere( 1.0, 0.0, 1.0, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiDisk( 0.0, 1.0, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiSolidEnd();
(Note that the 360 causes the surface normal of the disk to point towards negative z.)
A composite solid is one formed using spatial set operations. The allowed set operations are "intersection," "union," and "difference." A spatial set operation has n operands, each of which is either a primitive solid defined using RiSolidBegin("primitive")RiSolidEnd, or a composite solid that is the result of another set operation. For example, a closed cylinder would be subtracted from a sphere as follows:
RiSolidBegin( "difference" ); RiSolidBegin( "primitive" ); RiSphere( 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiSolidEnd(); RiSolidBegin( "primitive" ); RiDisk( 2.0, 0.5, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiCylinder( 0.5, 2.0, 2.0, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiDisk( 2.0, 0.5, 360.0, RI_NULL ); RiSolidEnd(); RiSolidEnd();
When performing a difference the sense of the orientation of the surfaces being subtracted is automatically reversed.
Attributes may be changed freely inside solids. Each section of a solid's surface can have a different surface shader and color. For consistency a single solid should have a single interior and exterior volume shader.
If the Solid Modeling optional capability is not supported by a particular implementation, all primitives are rendered as a collection of surfaces, and the spatial set operators are ignored.
Retained Geometry
A single geometric primitive or a list of geometric primitives may be retained by enclosing them with RiObjectBegin and RiObjectEnd. The RenderMan Interface allocates and returns an RtObjectHandle for each retained object defined in this way. This handle can subsequently be used to reference the object when creating instances with RiObjectInstance. Objects are not rendered when they are defined within an RiObjectBeginRiObjectEnd block; only an internal definition is created.
Transformations, and even Motion blocks, may be used inside an Object block, though they obviously imply a relative transformation to the coordinate system active when the Object is instanced. All of an object's attributes are inherited at the time it is instanced, not at the time at which it is created. So, for example, shader assignments or other attributes are not allowed within an Object block. The only exception is RiBasis, which may set the interpolation basis matrix used for RiPatch, RiPatchMesh, or RiCurves primitives that are within the Object block.
RtObjectHandle RiObjectBegin () RiObjectEnd ()
RiObjectBegin starts the definition of an object and return a handle for later use with RiObjectInstance. If the handle returned is NULL, an object could not be created. RiObjectEnd ends the definition of the current object.
RIB BINDING
ObjectBegin handle ObjectEnd 
The handle is a unique object identification number or string that is provided by the RIB client to the RIB server. Both client and server maintain independent mappings between the handle and their corresponding RtObjectHandles. If handle has been used to define a previous object, that object is replaced with the new definition. When specified as a number, the handle must be in the range 0 to 65535. One can override the string handle selected with the special string __handleid parameter, which may be passed in via the parameter list. The value of this parameter will be used to override the handleid that appears in the RIB binding.
EXAMPLE
ObjectBegin 2 Sphere 1 1 1 360 ObjectEnd
SEE ALSO
RiObjectInstance ( RtObjectHandle handle );
Create an instance of a previously defined object. The object inherits the current set of attributes defined in the graphics state.
RIB BINDING
ObjectInstance handle
The object must have been defined to have a handle with a previous RiObjectBegin.
EXAMPLE
ObjectInstance 2
SEE ALSO