Most studio's don't give their proprietary IP away for free, not least Disney - the owner of the Pixar CG studio that bought us 'Toy Story' and 'Finding Nemo' but the studio has moved to make the RenderMan 3D rendering software, which previously sold for $495 USD, free from today for non-commercial use, available to download in 64 bit versions for PC, Mac and Linux.
The RenderMan software was first developed in the 1980's, when Pixar was owned by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic company and used to create the studio's animated films and also utilised to create visual effects for blockbusters such as 'Titanic', 'The Phantom Menace' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The software package was honoured by the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and awarded the Academy Award of Merit "for significant advancements to the field of motion picture rendering" in 2001.
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