I am looking for a tool/platform that will let me 3D-render single frames. Unlike the person posting in http://hub.jmonkeyengine.org/forum/topic/rendering-a-single-frame/, I will never have a need for animation, sound, or user input aside from a stream of models/geometries and appropriate lighting/camera setup. The rendered image is my goal, preferably in PNG or JPEG form.
My question is two-fold, plus a meta-question:
- Is there a one-shot entry that would let me set up a scene, render it, and then "reset"? It is likely that each scene rendered will have little, if anything, to do with prior or subsequent scenes.
- Can the JME3 environment be tailored so that a build doesn't drag in audio, UI, and other packages/classes that I don't need?
The meta-question is, “Is there a better tool than JME3 for my purposes?”
Unfortunately RenderMan is too heavy, both in processing and licensing. POV-Ray is a little too standalone, and doesn’t have any (obvious) Java API. Java 3D is moribund/obsolete, and JavaFX has too much webby crap on it.