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Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software 147

nairnr sends this news from the BBC: 'The 3D rendering software behind films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Harry Potter is to be given away free for non-commercial use. RenderMan, which is developed by Pixar, has faced increased competition from rival animation rendering programmes such as VRay and Arnold. Although Pixar, which is owned by Disney, produces its own films, it licenses RenderMan to rival studios. In a statement, the firm said it would release a free version of RenderMan "without any functional limitations, watermarking, or time restrictions." "Non-commercial RenderMan will be freely available for students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use," it added.'
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Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

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  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:22PM (#47158677)

    it's disney
    the same company that makes me pay for ESPN even though i never watch it

  • by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:36PM (#47158827)

    Pretty sure you reading it wrong. You can get a copy of it for free as a developer; presumably to play with it, maybe develop free plugins for it etc.

    I certainly don't read it as being free for you to make animation for commerial apps. (regular paid apps, freemium, or ad supported)

  • Recruiting Tool (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rodrigoandrade ( 713371 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:39PM (#47158855)
    This is Disney we're talking about here.


    They'll obviously use it as a recruiting tool.

    1. Release tool
    2. Watch amateur animations spring up online
    3. Hire amateurs who create awesome animations
    4. Save on training costs
    5. Profit
  • by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:41PM (#47158889)

    It's just good talent retention. If your software is free to learn on... people will learn on it. Which increases your talent pool. Most of the Apple fanboys out there now are such because, when they were in highschool, apple was the only computer in the school... and therefor the only computer they had access to. You use what you know. It worked for Apple, it will work for Pixar... but kind of in reverse.

  • by Registered Coward v2 ( 447531 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:47PM (#47158949)

    "Non-commercial RenderMan will be freely available for ... developers...," it added.'

    Forget the others; they're basically saying anyone not making commercial feature films can use it for free -- which means small software developers can now create excellent animation sequences for free, as long as they can actually do decent animation. This could usher in Pixar-level animation in App-style games, which would be significantly better than the current options.

    Here we come, Bendy Luxo apps!

    If I read their pricing schedule correctly a commercial license is only $495; so someone could create some animation and later buy a license at a reasonable price if they decide to do a commercial release.

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:50PM (#47158981)

    disney says you have to put ESPN into the basic cable tier along with the three dozen other channels on it. i watch sports, but ESPN is crap. it's either talk shows or niche sports like drag racing

  • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @04:52PM (#47159609) Journal

    yes Disney MAKES you pay for cable.

    I think his point is this: Try getting cable or sat television without a Disney-owned channel on it.

    Sure, you can cut the cable and all, but it's kind of funny that Disney has insinuated themselves that damned deeply into the entertainment industry, no?

    Think of it as not being able to get municipal water without being forced to have Brawndo pumped into the pipes at regular intervals throughout the day. I mean, sure you can drill a well and get your own water and all, but...

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