Hi All, this is my first post...
I love blender, however it the rendering engine is showing its age (we all agree?)
Yafray is promising, renderman is awesome, povray (mixed feelings), lightflow is dead etc...
Anyway the point I want to make is that there are a lot og good renderers around, And the blender community needs to adopt one.
Its no good having half baked support for every renderer around, better support one and support it well, either replace the current one, or support it through a plugin.
The blender community need to back the plugin- distribute it with the source, have tutoriols , include quality 3d art in the gallery, have a blender XYZ renderer fund and finance the writer(s)...
The result will be BLENDER = QUALITY RENDERER (better then lightwave, max mabe even maya and softimage)
At the small cost of writing a good plugin, that seemlesly intergrates with blenders current textrure/lighting/ camera setup.
Just think, the renderer is the only thing that seperates blender from other high end 3d apps.
Would like to here others opinions are. which renderer is best.
I would say RIB (proven, industry standard, range to choose from) Iand then Yafray (great new teach, open and high quality)
I would say that supporting Renderman renderers is a good solid goal. Support for Renderman would push Blender in the industry. Its also a project which has already been started. And thanks to Greens hard work its coming along!
More power to ya! Good luck with the internship!
You guys have to do pre-internships now?! Why IN MY DAY ONLY THE MOST MOTIVATED BROWNIE EVEN KNEW WHAT AN INTERNSHIP WAS!
Cool for you, though. That'll be a nice head start on everyone else.
RIB support. Native RIB support. Direct Blender material conversion/integrated shader construction. When you read how the big boys did something (Pixar, the Stuart Little 2 people, etc), they don't necessarily comment on the modeller they used (though a lot of them use Maya), but they always say that they render with a Renderman renderer.
Give Blender native RIB support and pros will begin to use it.