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Pixar giving away RenderMan CGI software for free

Oscar winning software now free for non-commercial use.

Published Mon, Mar 23 2015 11:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

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.

Pixar giving away RenderMan CGI software for free |

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.

Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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