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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



Step 2 - Preferences System Paths


Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Rman->Pixar



Figure 2


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. For example, on Windows the paths might be:

   C:/Program Files/Pixar/RenderManProServer-22.0
   C:/Program Files/Pixar/RenderManForMaya-22.0


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



Step 3 - Preferences User Paths


Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Rman->User


Figure 3


On Windows the paths to the "Args dir" and "Plugins dir" might be,
   C:/Users/jdoe/Documents/maya/rfm_scripts/nodes/Args
   C:/Users/jdoe/Documents/maya/rfm_scripts/nodes


Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Languages->Osl


Figure 4


On Windows the paths to the Pixar "source" and "shaders" directories might be,
   C:/Users/jdoe/Documents/maya/rfm_scripts/nodes/src_osl
   C:/Users/jdoe/Documents/maya/rfm_scripts/nodes



Step 4 - Rendering Check


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



Figure 5


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. If a rendered image does not appear it will be caused by the paths to RPS and RfM (step 2) have not been set correctly. It may be necessary to restart Cutter.




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