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RenderMan for Maya can substitute a number of predefined tokens in string parameters. They can be used for animated texture sequences, referencing specific storage locations, etc.


<scene>Scene name
<layer>Maya Render Layer name
<camera>Render camera name
<aov>AOV or LPE name
<aovdir>This will write AOVs to named sub-directories
<f4>Frame padding, 4 in this case, can be omitted for no padding or use lower numbers
<ext>File type extension
<ws>Maya's current workspace, the file path in your project
<version>Inserts the version number specified above
<take>Inserts the take number specified above
<date>Current date
<assetlib>Path to the standard RenderMan Asset Library
<file>Scene file name
<frame>Decimal frame number
<jobid>Unique job identifier
<shape>Short shape name (all instances have the same shape name)
<shapepath>Long shape name (all instances have unique shapepath names)
<time>Current time
<udim>UDIM identifier (only substituted at render time)
<imagedir>This contains the full image output directory
_MAPID_Generic texture atlas identifier (only substituted at render time)

Environment Variables

Environment variables must start with the $ sign and only use capitals, numbers and "_" characters:

  • $RMANTREE/bin/txmake: returns the path to the txmake utility.
  • Curly braces can also be used for composition: 
    • ${SHOW}_assets/<shape.assetName>/<shape.assetVersion>/tex/<shape>_diff.<udim>.tex

Retrieving attribute values

RfM does not support TCL expression anymore but allows for attribute evaluation:

  • <shape.time> returns the value of the 'time' attribute on the shape node ('shape' as opposed to the 'transform' node).
  • It is also possible to format numerical attribute values by specifying a formatting string: