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System Requirements

Bella supports running on 64-bit machines and operating systems only. It is recommended to have at least 8GB of memory, but generally preferable to have 16GB or more. Bella itself is very compact, but using it may involve large files, so you should have plenty of disk space (preferably SSD) available.

On Windows, we support running on version 7 and higher. Bella may work fine on earlier versions, but we do not officially support them.

On MacOS, we support running on MacOS Mojave, installed on a genuine Apple computer (i.e. we do not officially support running on a Hackintosh). Bella may work fine on earlier versions, or on a Hackintosh, but these are not officially supported.

Note that we do not officially support running in virtual machines, or otherwise-emulated environments. For example, we support running under Bootcamp on MacOS, but not under Parallels, VMware, VirtualBox, or similar. Bella may work fine in these environments, but we do not officially support them.


Dev Builds

Feeling frisky? Check out the builds page for the absolute latest code.


Bella for Maya

Bella for Maya supports Maya 2018 and 2019; it includes a local copy of the Bella GUI, so it is all you need if you are a content creator.

Installation:

  1. Unzip the download, double-click the installer, and follow its instructions.
  2. Start Maya and enable bella_maya.mll in the Maya Plug-in Manager.
  3. You will now have a new Bella shelf, and Bella as an available renderer.

Installation:

  1. Double-click the downloaded DMG, and follow the instructions it contains.
  2. Start Maya and enable bella_maya.bundle in the Maya Plug-in Manager.
  3. You will now have a new Bella shelf, and Bella as an available renderer.

The plugin loads very quickly, and it is recommended that you set it to auto-load.


Bella CLI

Bella CLI is a command-line program which can be used to implement your own render farm.


Bella GUI

Bella GUI is a user-friendly application which allows interactive rendering and editing of Bella scenes. Since a local copy is installed with plugins, it is usually unnecessary to install it standalone, but we still support that, in case it is required by your particular workflow.


Demo vs. Licensed

There does not exist a separate Bella demo build -- rather, the standard installation will function in "demo" mode, whenever it does not find a valid license file on the machine. In this mode, a few restrictions are in effect:

  • Output resolution is limited to 720p (1280x720, by area).
  • A small 'bella' watermark is rendered at lower-left on the image.
  • Resume-rendering and merging capabilities are deactivated.

To lift these restrictions, simply purchase a license and enter your license key using the Bella GUI's Help > License Info window (alternatively, it may be saved as a text file, at <home>/bella/bella.lic).