Developed by Pixar for rendering
animation and visual effects.
"After the incredibly positive reception of MPC's first major movie release rendered in RIS: The Jungle Book, we are extremely excited about the many new features in RenderMan 21. With increased rendering performance, advanced materials & lights, and all around refinements, it continues to validate our choice as MPC's main renderer and it will be used on all our films going forward.”
Chief Technology Officer, MPC
"RenderMan's RIS is an amazingly powerful tool that enabled us to meet the technically challenging demands of Piper and achieve its distinctive show look. We discovered on several occasions that a technique we thought previously infeasible, such as instancing millions of modeled refractive sand grains, or putting a thin layer of rippling water over much of our set, was now in reach and gave us the look we were after. Live Re-rendering in particular saved us enormous amounts of time.”
Supervising Technical Director for Piper at Pixar
"What began as an interesting artistic exercise is now an indispensable tool. It's notable that twenty years after putting its first pixels on the screen RenderMan remains the benchmark for all rendering technology."
Chairman of Lucasfilm
RenderMan has been Pixar's core rendering technology for over 25 years, and has been developed to meet the ever-increasing challenges of 3D animation and visual effects. Today, RenderMan has been completely modernized, with a state-of-the-art ray tracing architecture. Used in the biggest blockbusters, such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Jungle Book, RenderMan is capable of delivering the highest quality visual effects with unparalleled creative flexibility and artistic control.
For artists, RenderMan is easier than ever to use with single pass workflows and interactive shading and lighting, while continuing its tradition of reliability and expandability.
RenderMan offers customers fully integrated plugins for seamless integration with Autodesk Maya, SideFX Houdini, Blender and The Foundry's Katana, and is also available as a stand alone renderer.
RenderMan's new RIS technology is a game-changing and highly-optimized pathtracing framework for rendering complex scenes with heavy geometry, hair and volumes, with world-class efficiency in a single pass.
With RenderMan 21, customers have access to Pixar's production shading and lighting toolset for the very first time, by including the very same shaders and lights used in pixar production, such as Pixar Surface shader, which was used in Finding Dory, giving artists and studios a production proven workflow to bring their ideas to the screen.
Pixar's RenderMan has been used in almost every Visual Effects Academy Award Winner and Nominee for over 15 years, including this year's winner The Jungle Book.
The Academy has also recognized the technological advancements of RenderMan's development team with numerous Sci-Tech awards, giving RenderMan users an amazing groundwork of production-proven development experience.