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Published on : Jun 03, 2014

RenderMan, the 3D software which was used in production of films like Toy Story, Wall-E, and Harry Potter is soon going to be available for free.

RenderMan is 3D rendering software which is used to add a final appearance to 3D models and animations. Apart from 3D films, it is also used in simulators and video games.

In the past rendering programs such as Arnold and VRay have competed against RenderMan.

According to Lee Danskin, the technical director of Escape Technology, that sells RenderMan to visual effects houses in the UK, during the last 18 months many new players have entered the marketplace.

\"They got there quicker than Pixar, but this is Pixar\'s answer - and it\'s quite an answer.\" he said. He also said that this software should be more widely adopted.

This move on part of Pixar is also aimed to build a community with the users. They are also aiming to increase the use of 3D animation among students and first-time users.

The non-commercial, free version of RenderMan will be available for students, colleges, researchers, developers, and for home use. According to Pixar, this version will be available without any functional limitations or time restrictions. The videos or graphics created using this 3D rendering software will also be free from any watermark.

Soon, the commercial version of RenderMan will be available to users at a more affordable cost.

Pixar is expected to release the new version of RenderMan software ahead of the SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) conference in Vancouver, in August.