BBC News is reporting that Pixar is set to give away it’s award winning software RenderMan free beginning with v19 this summer!
In a statement, the firm said it would release a free version of RenderMan “without any functional limitations, watermarking, or time restrictions”.
From the site:
The 3D rendering software behind films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Harry Potter is to be given away free for non-commercial use.
RenderMan, which is developed by Pixar, has faced increased competition from rival animation rendering programs such as VRay and Arnold.
Although Pixar, which is owned by Disney, produces its own films, it licenses RenderMan to rival studios.
The company has also cut the price of its software for commercial use.