The Foundry and Pixar Animation Studios have announced a strategic collaboration around KATANA and Pixar’s RenderMan in order to create the best toolset for high-end lighting and rendering.
A full license of RenderMan will now be a standard included in KATANA, along with a free KATANA batch render licenses. It’s meant to help get the most out of any RenderMan pipeline, creating a compelling out-of-the box solution.
KATANA is the premier lighting tool from The Foundry, while Pixar’s RenderMan has already been regonized as a standard in visual effects and animation rendering. Both were recently used on Disney and Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella, now playing in theatres with Monsters University. The collaboration and effort put into development of the tools are meant to better support RenderMan workflows and build new features into KATANA itself.
Every KATANA customer will receive one RenderMan Pro Server license incorporated into the first ten KATANA interactive desktop licenses as part of the base package. Each of these KATANA interactive licenses will also come with ten free KATANA batch licenses to support any additional RenderMan renderers on the render-farm.