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-21.5
   C:/Program Files/Pixar/RenderManForMaya-21.5-maya2017

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 might be,



The paths shown above outlined in blue and red assume the user has the following directory structure.

             |_ 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
                           |_ RfM_ini       <<-- Optional
                           |_ RfM_ris       <<-- Optional
                           |_ RfM_ris/Args  <<-- Optional

The paths shown in blue and red are required ONLY if the user intends to write their own Open Shading Language shaders - refer to the tutorial "Cutter: Open Shading Language" or their own C++ plugins - refer to the tutorial "RixPattern Plugins".

Step 4 - Rendering Check

From the Docs menu choose Beauty Pass->New 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 2) have not been set correctly. It may be necessary to restart Cutter.

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