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,

Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Languages->Osl

Figure 4

On Windows the paths to the Pixar "source" and "shaders" directories might be,

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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