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(Daily Mail)   Pixar to release free version of their animation software so you can make something at least as good as Cars 2   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-06-03 09:04:50 AM  
That's pretty cool.
 
2014-06-03 09:12:46 AM  
I hope it's better than Cars 2. At least Prosnorkulus.
 
2014-06-03 10:49:29 AM  
Sounds interesting.
 
2014-06-03 10:51:58 AM  
NeXT computers used to come bundled with a command-line version of renderman. One nice benefit of both companies being founded by Steve Jobs.

This current offer is for non-commercial purposes only, but still very, very cool.
 
2014-06-03 10:52:54 AM  
It sounds like this was already available for an unbelievably low $500? Is that true?
 
2014-06-03 10:55:34 AM  
First, I doubt this is the modeling, animating, or compositing piece of what pixar does (never mind the countless physics simulators for hair, water, particles, cloth, etc)

This is probably just a renderer that allows you to use the renderman shaders. There have been other renderers that can use the same shader language though.

That being said, be able to get an really great renderer that can do GI, caustics, shading, etc., for free is pretty cool.
 
2014-06-03 10:56:55 AM  
I used to have a copy of Renderman for some reason. This was back in the days when I would leave KPT Bryce running overnight to create a 640X480 landscape, so obviously I didn't do much with it.

/I think the math coprocessor brought renders down to a couple of hours.
 
2014-06-03 10:57:59 AM  
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2014-06-03 10:59:07 AM  
files.tested.com

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2014-06-03 11:04:25 AM  
you can make something at least as good as Cars 2

I already used that bathroom today.  Maybe tomorrow.
 
2014-06-03 11:49:31 AM  
"Renderman" is just a rendering plug-in for 3D software like Maya or Cinema 4D. Those programs cost thousands of buckaronis.
 
2014-06-03 12:03:00 PM  
Damn headline. I got excited thinking that Pixar was actually releasing their animation tool, Marionette I think it's called. Ah well. Renderman will be interesting to check out.
 
2014-06-03 01:29:37 PM  

ryarger: NeXT computers used to come bundled with a command-line version of renderman. One nice benefit of both companies being founded by Steve Jobs.


George Lucas founded Pixar. He later sold it to Steve Jobs since it was turning into a software company rather than an effects company, and Lucas didn't want any part of that.
 
2014-06-03 01:31:07 PM  

Parallax: "Renderman" is just a rendering plug-in for 3D software like Maya or Cinema 4D. Those programs cost thousands of buckaronis.


Student license of Maya are available for free. Autodesk has an ass ton of software available with free student licenses.
 
2014-06-03 01:36:58 PM  
As others have pointed out, Renderman is a renderer only.  You still need the modeling/animation software, which is not priced in the consumer-friendly zone.  However if you have access to a .edu email address, then the Autodesk software is virtually free.
 
2014-06-03 01:46:46 PM  

ikanreed: you can make something at least as good as Cars 2

I already used that bathroom today.  Maybe tomorrow.


As bad as "Cars 2" was, it was leaps and bounds better than "Planes."  Pixar needs to get off the talking transportation vehicles and get back to creating something novel.
 
2014-06-03 01:53:39 PM  

killdawabbitt: ikanreed: you can make something at least as good as Cars 2

I already used that bathroom today.  Maybe tomorrow.

As bad as "Cars 2" was, it was leaps and bounds better than "Planes."  Pixar needs to get off the talking transportation vehicles and get back to creating something novel.


To be fair, I believe Planes was released under the Disney banner and not Pixar.
 
2014-06-03 02:02:23 PM  

Inigo: [files.tested.com image 720x405]

*Not included.


i have to wonder if you could crowdsource that.  Like Kickstarter, but you dedicate some of your PC's processing power in its down time to the project you like.
 
2014-06-03 02:09:07 PM  

Dhusk: Inigo: [files.tested.com image 720x405]

*Not included.

i have to wonder if you could crowdsource that.  Like Kickstarter, but you dedicate some of your PC's processing power in its down time to the project you like.


Depending on how the render farm is set up, there are other items to deal with like render node licenses and such.
 
2014-06-03 02:38:44 PM  
If someone actually made a doc Hollywood film using Pixar's tools, that would be freaking epic.

/the lake scene had a sweet pair of boobs.
 
2014-06-03 03:10:31 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: killdawabbitt: ikanreed: you can make something at least as good as Cars 2

I already used that bathroom today.  Maybe tomorrow.

As bad as "Cars 2" was, it was leaps and bounds better than "Planes."  Pixar needs to get off the talking transportation vehicles and get back to creating something novel.

To be fair, I believe Planes was released under the Disney banner and not Pixar.


And it wasn't even the same Disney studio that did Frozen or Wreck It Ralph, which is  Walt Disney Animation Studios (when you think classic Disney animation, it was usually WDAS).  Planes was part of their DisneyToon Studios which does most of their direct to DVD material
 
2014-06-03 03:24:19 PM  
I'm laughing because I just resurrected our batch processing cluster at the office. 200 nodes for the win.
 
2014-06-03 03:26:23 PM  
Oh and folks, be prepared to brush up on Tcl.

I do offer classes...
 
2014-06-03 05:06:29 PM  

drumhellar: ryarger: NeXT computers used to come bundled with a command-line version of renderman. One nice benefit of both companies being founded by Steve Jobs.

George Lucas founded Pixar. He later sold it to Steve Jobs since it was turning into a software company rather than an effects company, and Lucas didn't want any part of that.


And that was probably for the best considering how Lucas Arts was run.
 
2014-06-03 05:29:57 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: killdawabbitt: ikanreed: you can make something at least as good as Cars 2

I already used that bathroom today.  Maybe tomorrow.

As bad as "Cars 2" was, it was leaps and bounds better than "Planes."  Pixar needs to get off the talking transportation vehicles and get back to creating something novel.

To be fair, I believe Planes was released under the Disney banner and not Pixar.


Oh great.  Now I'm picturing a Muppets/Cars crossover.

/wow Disney is whoring out the muppets for commercials big time these days.
 
2014-06-03 05:58:47 PM  
I pooped today and it while it was only on par with cars2 it did look better than planes.
 
2014-06-03 06:00:55 PM  

Burr: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: killdawabbitt: ikanreed: you can make something at least as good as Cars 2

I already used that bathroom today.  Maybe tomorrow.

As bad as "Cars 2" was, it was leaps and bounds better than "Planes."  Pixar needs to get off the talking transportation vehicles and get back to creating something novel.

To be fair, I believe Planes was released under the Disney banner and not Pixar.

And it wasn't even the same Disney studio that did Frozen or Wreck It Ralph, which is  Walt Disney Animation Studios (when you think classic Disney animation, it was usually WDAS).  Planes was part of their DisneyToon Studios which does most of their direct to DVD material


What's surprising about Planes was how dark it was (in parts). There's a joke about a favourite Plane Crash show, where probably some of the planes 'die', there was a war heavily implied to be that universe's version of World War 2, where a squadron of planes is ambushed, and there's a full on war/shooting scene, and a couple times the antagonist actively tries to kill one or two of the protagonists.

Also some crude humour involving the crop duster equivalent of a neutering, and an over-sexed French Canadian plane.

/Iceman and Goose make cameos as fighter planes - that was pretty cool.
 
2014-06-03 11:50:53 PM  

Dhusk: Inigo: [files.tested.com image 720x405]

*Not included.

i have to wonder if you could crowdsource that.  Like Kickstarter, but you dedicate some of your PC's processing power in its down time to the project you like.


Well someone could install a backburner server on the cloud and have people log in to that.

Of course you'd have to have all the right plugins for everyone
 
2014-06-03 11:53:21 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: I'm laughing because I just resurrected our batch processing cluster at the office. 200 nodes for the win.


I really need to turn my works training machines into a max render farm, 28 computers doing nothing at all every night.

Got the server started and two test boxes in my office
 
2014-06-04 03:39:05 AM  
next up, aardman animation releases a patch that prevents any character from closing the corners of their mouths
 
2014-06-04 11:24:42 AM  

evilmousse: next up, aardman animation releases a patch that prevents any character from closing the corners of their mouths



they'll be selling clay heads?
 
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