Dot C Software's flagship product, RenderDotC, is a world class photorealistic
renderer* designed to meet the demands of special effects for film. The
primary reason people give for choosing RenderDotC is its favorable price per
performance ratio. Moreover, RenderDotC scores high marks on everything that
matters for a production renderer:
Images produced with RenderDotC possess that indescribable yet beautiful
quality that some people refer to as "the RenderMan look". All phenomena
that are prone to aliasing artifacts are effectively anti-aliased and
noise is kept to a minimum.
RenderDotC was designed in the 1990's to take advantage of the current
hardware and software technologies. Its CPU and memory performance is
unsurpassed by all renderers in its class.
There are hundreds of details to get right when developing a renderer
and that only comes with maturity. RenderDotC has been shipping since
1996 and has proven itself on complex scenes from feature films from
The Matrix to Orange County.
The RenderMan standard prescribes a rich set of geometric primitives and
features. RenderDotC provides all of these plus some exclusive features
such as NURB curves, DSO shadeops that can call built-in functions, and
complete support for extended headroom rendering.
Being RenderMan-compliant, RenderDotC supports user-programmable shading.
It also has other plug-in interfaces including DSO shadeops, procedural
primitives, and display drivers. Since shading is decoupled from hiding,
one can easily tune the speed/quality tradeoffs of each.
RenderDotC is priced competitively for both the film and broadcast
markets. When considering price, it's important to take into account
speed. A faster renderer means that the same number of frames can be
produced per hour with a smaller render farm. Fewer computers to
purchase and maintain further reduces the bottom line.
As a company, Dot C Software has been around since 1992. Our customers'
needs come first and we have the agility to respond to requests quickly.
The people who wrote RenderDotC are the same ones that provide customer
support. At Dot C we make software, period. We do not compete with our
customers in the arena of computer graphics production.
RenderDotC adheres to the RenderMan standard. To our customers this means:
Dozens of modelers, animation systems and plug-ins also adhere to the RenderMan
standard and produce output in the RIB format. RenderDotC is immediately
usable with any of these third party products.
Several other renderers also implement the RenderMan Interface. All of them
are interchangeable, to a certain extent, with RenderDotC. Users can select
the most appropriate renderer for the job on a shot-by-shot basis without
having to deal with a non-standard interface.
Several books and a wealth of online documentation exists that describe the
RenderMan Interface and Shading Language, from beginner tutorials all the
way up to advanced techniques. User support groups are available on the
internet to answer questions and help solve problems as they arise. All
of these resources apply to RenderDotC as much as they do to other compliant
The RenderMan standard prescribes an ambitious list of geometric primitives
and advanced features required by any compliant implementation. Since
RenderDotC adheres to the standard, users can concentrate on creating
their digital content and be assured that the renderer will have all of
the features necessary to finish the job.
Documentation for RenderDotC is available online.
Download RenderDotC v3.4 (crippled by resolution). To request a license for a full
version, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>
RenderDotC v3.4 for Windows (Pentium)
RenderDotC v3.4 for Windows (IA-64)
RenderDotC v3.4 for Linux (Pentium)
RenderDotC v3.4 for Linux (PowerPC)
RenderDotC v3.4 for Linux (IA-64)
RenderDotC v3.4 for Irix (Mips 3)
RenderDotC v3.4 for Irix (Mips 4)
Older versions for unsupported platforms:
RenderDotC v3.3.5 for HP-UX (IA-64)
RenderDotC v3.3.5 for HP-UX (PA-RISC)
Installation instructions for Windows
Installation instructions for Irix
Installation instructions for Linux
Installation instructions for HP-UX
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RenderDotC is: Copyright © 1996-2006 by Dot C Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The RenderMan® Interface Procedures and RIB Protocol are:
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is a registered trademark of Pixar.