Blender to get the official RenderMan plugin
Thursday, September 3, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Blender users will soon have their own official RenderMan plugin, Pixar announced.
The integration, released with RenderMan 24, supports all of the latest features in the heavyweight VFX and animation renderer, including the new CPU / GPU rendering system, RenderMan XPU.
The new official Pixar plug-in replaces previous community-developed tools
Blender has had RenderMan integrations in the past: not least PRMan for Blender, a semi-official add-on developed by a group of Pixar engineers and published together with RenderMan 20.
It's still available on GitHub but hasn't been updated in a while and doesn't support the newer features of RenderMan or Blender themselves.
Supports all of the latest RenderMan features including RIS and RenderMan XPU
The new add-on puts the open source software on the same footing as the other DCC tools with the official integration plugins developed by Pixar: Maya, Houdini, Katana and Mari.
It will support the latest version of Blender – despite the wording in the picture above, Pixar says it will support Blender 2.90 and other versions of the 2.9 series.
In contrast to the previous add-on, the official RenderMan for Blender supports the current RIS architecture from RenderMan as well as RenderMan XPU, the upcoming hybrid CPU / GPU rendering system.
Blender artists can also take advantage of all of the other new features in version 24, including Stylized Looks, ILM's Llama Layering System, and new OSL Pattern Knots.
The plugin supports both viewport rendering and final quality output.
Availability and system requirements
RenderMan 24 is expected to be released in "Q1 2021" for Windows 10, CentOS / RHEL 7.x Linux and macOS 10.14+. RenderMan XPU and the RenderMan for Blender plug-in are shipped with version 24.
The current version, RenderMan 23.4, is available for 64-bit Windows 8.1+, CentOS / RHEL 7.2 Linux and MacOS 10.13+ with integrations for Maya 2018.3+, Houdini 17.0+, Katana 3.0+ and Mari 4.5+.
There is also a free, non-commercial version of RenderMan that can be used for tool development. New commercial node-locked or floating licenses cost $ 595.
Visit the RenderMan product website
(No additional info on the Blender plugin at the time of writing)
Download the free non-commercial version of RenderMan (registration required)
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