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Corona Renderer

Corona Renderer delivers high quality, physically-based shading in production rendering. All its features are tightly integrated into Autodesk 3ds Max.

Corona Renderer 6 for Cinema 4D

Corona Renderer 6 for Cinema 4D
Some of the highlights:
  • The New Sky Model has better overall tint to the lighting in daytime, and supports the sun being below the horizon for dawn/twilight effects
  • New Lens Effects give you vastly more control over bloom & glare
  • The Corona Distance Shader for a vast range of effects thanks to “smart” materials that know how far away they are from objects in the scene
  • Avoid texture repetitions with updates to the UvwRandomizer
  • New Adaptive Environment Sampler removes the need for Portals, saving you the time (and pain!) of setting those up, while giving more accurate results
  • Improvements to the Corona Node Editor
  • And more!

Corona Renderer 5 for 3ds Max (Hotfix 2)

Corona Renderer 6 for 3ds Max
Some of the highlights:
  • Updates to the Corona Material Library (now in this RC)
  • The New Sky Model, with greater realism, dawn/twilight, and multiple suns and skies for LightMix
  • New Lens Effects
  • Avoid texture repetitions with updates to the UvwRandomizer
  • Support for foam in Phoenix FD
  • The New Adaptive Environment Sampler
  • And more!

Features

Corona Renderer - Ease Of Use

Ease Of Use

No–one calls themselves a “3D Technician” – everyone rightly calls themselves a 3D artist, and that means your tools should be as close to invisible as possible so they don’t get in the way of your creativity.

Corona Renderer is one of the easiest to learn render engines. Its setup really is as simple as pressing “Render”! Most new users will learn Corona Renderer in just one day, and fall in love with it over the next few.

Corona Renderer - Quality

Rendering Quality

Corona Renderer delivers predictable, reliable, and physically plausible results with no compromises in quality. Realistic lighting and materials are yours right out of the box.

Our Forum and Gallery section provide great examples of the quality that Corona Renderer can produce. If you want to know more about the technology behind it, read on!

Corona Renderer - Speed Interactivity

Speed & Interactivity

Speed is an important factor in any production environment, and a renderer must always deliver results as fast as possible.

As a result, we are obsessed with speed! We like to hunt for milliseconds in our own code, and are always looking for ways to cut down parsing and rendering times without forcing users to buy expensive hardware, by focusing on creating smart algorithms under the hood. In every version we release, we look to boost the speed of rendering as much as possible as well as adding new features.

Corona Affordability

Affordability

We had the luxury of being able to do things differently right from the start, and we took advantage of that not only in development but also when creating our licensing plans.

 

Corona Renderer - Powerful Workflow Tools

Powerful Workflow Tools

The output quality and speed are not the only things that make a great renderer. That is why Corona comes with many “little” workflow tweaks that will make your life much easier…

Corona Renderer - Flexibility

Flexibility

Corona Renderer is extremely flexible. While we aim for realism, we also understand how important it is to “bend” physical laws to deliver the results your clients expect. To keep your artistry free, Corona supports numerous reality hacks which allow you to get exactly the effect you desire!

Corona Renderer - Lights

Lights

It’s time to explore the individual aspects of Corona, and we’ll start where it all begins, with lights. The whole process of creating lights is designed to give artists complete control over their scene, while being fast and intuitive.

Corona Renderer - Materials

Materials

Our design goal for Corona materials is to make them physically based, yet intuitive, flexible, and easy to set up…

Corona Renderer - Speed Interactivity

Distributed Rendering

Rendering with multiple computers is made simple by Corona Renderer. It has its own distributed rendering system, and is also compatible with 3ds Max’s native Backburner and Thinkbox’s Deadline render farm management systems. Any purchased Corona Renderer license (other than a Student License) includes a minimum of three additional render nodes, so you can leverage multiple computers that you own to reduce render times.

Corona Affordability

Proudly CPU Based

Corona Renderer does not need any special hardware to run. It uses the CPU and you can run it on any processor from Intel or AMD released in the past decade.

Requirements

Basic Facts

  • Corona Renderer is entirely CPU based (with optional GPU denoising which requires a compatible NVIDIA GPU)
  • Offers unbiased and biased rendering
  • The two commercially available plugins work with 3ds Max and Cinema 4D

Hardware Requirements

  • For Corona Renderer 2 and newer, you will need a CPU that supports the SSE4.1 instruction set (any processor from within the last 10 years). Here is a list of compatible CPUs.
  • To use our optional Fast Preview Denoiser (NVIDIA OptiX), you need an NVIDIA GPU with Maxwell or newer architecture and the newest GPU driver. Not all mobile GPUs are supported.
    Note: this  denoiser type is optional, and Corona Renderer will work fine even if it’s not installed (for example if you are using an AMD or integrated GPU). We also offer a High Quality denoiser, which utilizes purely the CPU, and this denoiser can be used on any computer which can run Corona Renderer.
  • There are no further specific hardware requirements.

Software Requirements

3DS MAX VERSION
  • Autodesk 3ds Max x64 version 2013-2021[note]
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10)
  • Installation requires administrator privileges
  • Distributed rendering also requires Autodesk Backburner, available for free from Autodesk
CINEMA 4D VERSION
  • 64-bit MAXON Cinema 4D R14-S22
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10) or macOS (10.7 or newer)
  • Installation requires administrator privileges
STANDALONE
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10)
GPU DENOISER
  • To ensure smooth operation and best performance of our Fast Preview Denoiser (NVIDIA OptiX), please make sure you are using the newest driver available for your graphics card. The drivers can be downloaded from nvidia.com.
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