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Pixar RenderMan Prototype Demonstrated at the PDC 2010

At PDC2010, Pixar Animation Studio’s Chris Ford demoed a cloud-hosted prototype of their Academy Award-winning Renderman solution.

Windows Azure-powered prototype website, albeit extremely polished, is an example of how the company could easily transform its industry-leading product limited in reach by its hunger for resources into a service that would allow anyone from small studios to even indie filmmakers could then take advantage of the powers of Renderman, even if they don’t have the resources to establish and support a rendering farm.

Although the idea of “outsourcing” rendering is neither exciting or new, where the demo really hit home Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing was a simple slider (shown above) where you could balance (in realtime) how much you were willing to pay against how long the rendering job would take.

More Info: RenderMan

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