Pixar's RenderManProServer

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Step 1 - Preferences System Paths

Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Rman->Pixar

Figure 1

The paths to the installation directories for RenderManProServer and RenderManForMaya 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-23.2
   C:/Program Files/Pixar/RenderManForMaya-23.2

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

Step 2 - Preferences Rib Options

Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Rman->Rib Options

Figure 2

The paths to the "textures", "archives" and "frames" directories are ONLY relevant if the reader intends to experiment with writing and rendering RIB files. For example, see the tutorial,
    RIS: Introduction to Shading

Go to,

    Edit->Show Preferences->Languages->Osl

Figure 3

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

Step 3 - Rendering Check

Open the Tools->Show RenderMan Tool window. From it's Docs menu choose Docs->New Beauty Pass Rib. Save the Rib document.

Figure 4

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 1) have not been set correctly. It may be necessary to restart Cutter.

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