Create Your Own Monsters University: Pixar Is Giving Away Its 3D Software

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Using custom-built software, Pixar has developed box-office hits such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and Brave. Soon, this 3D rendering software will be available for everyone.

Free Software

In August, amateur animators can get hold of the non-commercial version of the RenderMan software for free.

RenderMan is a visual effects program, which is used to create 3D animations and graphics.

“Non-commercial RenderMan will be freely available for students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use,” the company said in a statement. The free version will have no “functional limitations, watermarking, or time restrictions.”

Even though Disney-owned Pixar creates its own movies, it licenses RenderMan to rival studios.

Staying Competitive

Ian Dean, from 3D World magazine, says Pixar’s decision “could be seen as a reaction to the rise of alternatives such as Arnold.”

RenderMan has faced increased competition recently from rival animation programs.

Industry experts, however, considered it as great news for people who have an interest in computer graphics.