New Pricing for RenderMan, Free for Non-commercial Use

New Pricing for RenderMan, Free for Non-commercial Use

© Disney/Pixar

© Disney/Pixar

Effective immediately, Pixar is announcing that the price of the current version of RenderMan is $495 per license for commercial use. A free non-commercial RenderMan will be available with the upcoming release of RenderMan scheduled in the timeframe of SIGGRAPH 2014. Pixar’s RenderMan® has been used for such classics as The Abyss, Terminator II, Jurassic Park, and Toy Story.

RenderMan products will also be combined, providing access to both the artist interface and the batch renderer for all users.

“Given the continually falling price of computing, trends point to studios and individual artists needing more and more rendering capacity. Reducing the cost of RenderMan makes it more cost effective to expand capacity and generate higher quality pixels. Pixar has established a new price point to specifically encourage accessibility and remove barriers to growth.”

With the upcoming release RenderMan will be free for non-commercial usage that does not involve direct use to generate profits. Renders may be published as long the images are not sold for profit. Examples of non-commercial use-cases include evaluations, personal learning, experimentation, research, and the development of tools and plug-ins for RenderMan.

The new RenderMan is being released in the timeframe of SIGGRAPH 2014 and will be compatible with the following 64-bit operating systems, Mac OS 10.8 and 10.7, Windows 8, 7, and Vista, and Linux.

Border Rendering Tool for Carrara *FIXED*


Woods Creation has created a morphing area-mask tool that parents to the Carrara camera to block out all but a small window of your image. The tool is used to speed up re-rendering when only one small part of a render has changed – especially useful for very large renders and complex scenes with GI calculations. The masked render is then combined with your original full render in a layered photo editing tool like Photoshop. A professional studio time saver!

You can download the free file here.

/Updated by 3drendero 20170221
Link is dead, but Conrad3DC has posted a similar tool at ShareCG, called Spot Render for Carrara. Get it here.

Update 20170312 (We hope, that´s okay) Since the link is dead, you can find the download now here:



Carrara Challenge IX – “The Joke is on Me” Render Contest

Artists may submit up to two images and must use Carrara to render a PUNCH LINE to a joke!

Dates to Remember:
– WIP Thread Opens: 9:00 PM ET May 12, 2014
– Submissions Open: 9:00 PM ET May 19, 2014
– Submissions Close: 9:00 PM ET June 2, 2014
– Voting Starts: 9:00 PM ET May June 2, 2014
– Voting Ends: 9:00 PM ET June 9, 2014

With Prizes Brought to You by Daz 3D and Sadot

Instance Randomizer Shader plugin by Sparrowhawke3D

Instance Randomizer Shader plugin by Sparrowhawke3D

Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 8.56.40 AMSparrowhawke3D has announced a new plugin for Carrara, the Instance Randomizer a shader which generates a random value between 0 and 100. With many instances of the shader in a scene, the results for each will be different. The shader can be used to drive a color gradient as shown in the documentation. With Boolean enabled the shader returns 0 or 100 – making either/or decisions possible.

The plugin will not drive instances in Carrara’s Replicator, only real instances.

Instance Randomizer is free at Sparrowhawke’s website, and is for Carrara 5 to 8.5 on Windows, and Carrara 8 to 8.5 on Mac.

C3DE Issue 11 call for participation

C3DE Issue 11 call for participation


Ladies and gentlemen,

You are welcome to show your artwork via C3DE magazine.

All you need to do is make a selection of what you think is best of your artwork made with Carrara software application.

Zip it and name the archive like so: C3DE-11-Your-Name

Send this zip archive to

giving the subject for email C3DE-11-submission

Inspire thousands of artists around the globe with your art!

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