Cutter
Pixar's RenderManProServer


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Step 1 - Configure the Rman Tool


Open the Rman Tool floating palette,
    Tools->Show RenderMan Tool
and select the Options->Env panel. Make sure the Vendor name is pixar.



Figure 1


Select the Shading panel and make sure the Mode is set to RIS.



Figure 2



Step 2 - Preferences System Paths


Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Rman->Pixar



Figure 3


The paths to the installation directories for RenderManProServer and RenderMan for Maya (aka. RenderMan Studio) must be specified. The browse button (marked with a question mark) will enable you to search for the appropriate paths.


Figure 4


Set the index for the home page of the RenderMan documentation.

    https://renderman.pixar.com/resources/current/RenderMan/home.html

Click the "Save Pixar" button to save the edits.



Step 3 - Preferences User Paths


Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Rman->User


Figure 5


The default paths shown above assume the user has the following directory structure.

YOUR_HOME_DIR/
             |_archives/
             |         |_ geo/
             |         |_ lights/
             |         |_ materials/
             |
             |_cutter/
             |       |_cutter.jar
             |       |_run (OSX and Linux) or,
             |       |_run.bat (Windoes)
             |
             |_frames
             |_ribs
             |_textures
             |
             |_maya/projects/          
                           |_ RfM_osl/src   <<-- Optional
                           |_ RfM_osl       <<-- Optional

The paths to osl source and osl shaders are required ONLY if the user intends to write their own Open Shading Language shaders - refer to the tutorial "Cutter: Open Shading Language".



Step 4 - RIS Rendering Check


From the Docs menu choose Beauty Pass->New Rib....
Save the Rib document.



Figure 6


Click "prman" button at the bottom of the Rman Tool palette. If everything is working properly the Process Monitor will report an image has rendered successfully.




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