Open Source Rendering Engines For Blender

by vitalbodies on July 4th, 2008

Open Source Rendering Engines For Blender

VitalBodies is getting ready to expand our offerings in the Art realm to include 3D graphics. We will be using Open Source solutions that can work well with Blender. We have collected a nice list of open source rendering engines and wanted to share our list. Have you used any of these solutions? Your comments are welcome.

Open Source Rendering Engine Pixie:
http://www.renderpixie.com/
Renderman compliant Rendering Engine…

Pixie is an open source RenderMan renderer for generating photorealistic images. You can compile Pixie on Windows (using Visual Studio 2005), Linux and on OSX (using XCode or unix style configure script).

Pixie is an open source project licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Open Source Rendering Engine AQSIS: Open Source Renderman software that can render from RIB files
http://www.aqsis.org/
Aqsis is a high quality, photorealistic, 3D rendering solution.

Aqsis is a high quality, photorealistic, 3D rendering solution. It complies with the RenderMan® interface standard defined by Pixar.

The RenderMan® standard has been used in film and television visual effects since it’s introduction in 1989. Pixar has used their own implementation for all of their award winning CG features, and provided their implementation for use in the visual effects of most major blockbuster films over the last 2 decades. The Aqsis project offers a way for individuals and organistaions alike to gain experience with the RenderMan® interface without the cost of commercial software licenses.

Aqsis comprises a command line rendering tool, a tool for compiling shaders in the RSL language, a tool for preparing textures for optimal use, and various developer libraries to enable integration with third party tools.

Aqsis is licensed under the GPL license, with some parts under the LGPL.

Open Source Rendering Engine Yafray:
http://www.yafray.org/
Free Raytracing for the masses – Y A F R A Y . O R G

YafRay is a powerful raytracer, under the LGPL license. It enables you to create fantastic images and animations of a photorealistic quality.

Open Source Rendering Engine Sunflow:
http://sunflow.sourceforge.net/index.php?pg=feat
Sunflow is an open source rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis. It is written in Java and built around a flexible ray tracing core and an extensible object-oriented design. It was created as a framework for experimenting with global illumination algorithms and new surface shading models.

Additionally these rendering Engines are said to RenderMan Compliant and are worth a look also.

RenderMan Compliant Rendering Engines:

  • 3Delight
  • AIR
  • Angel
  • Aqsis
  • Blue Moon Rendering Tools
  • jrMan
  • Pixie
  • PhotoRealistic RenderMan

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