Corona Renderer Overview
Corona Renderer is a modern high-performance (un)biased photorealistic renderer, available for Autodesk 3ds Max, MAXON Cinema 4D, and as a standalone application.
The development of Corona Renderer started back in 2009 as a solo student project of Ondřej Karlík at Czech Technical University in Prague. Corona has since evolved to a full-time commercial project, after Ondřej established a company together with the former CG artist Adam Hotový, and Jaroslav Křivánek, associate professor and researcher at Charles University in Prague. In August 2017, the company became part of Chaos Group, allowing for further expansion and growth.
Despite its young age, Corona Renderer has become a production-ready renderer capable of creating high–quality results. The latest versions for 3ds Max and Cinema 4D are currently available for sale via Corona Renderer online shop.
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.
The mission of Corona Renderer is to liberate users from technical and unnatural processes. They are constantly trying to simplify the creative process by removing or hiding any unnecessary technical settings, so that artists can focus on their vision. The era of studying manuals and tweaking sampling is over. Just press render and let Corona do its magic.
Corona Renderer is compatible with a huge range of third-party plugins, so you can continue to use any tools you already have integrated into your workflow - whether you are using Corona's Interactive Rendering or doing a final render, you can keep right on using iToo’s Forest Pack and RailClone, Siger Shaders, Quixel Megascans, Allegorithmic Substance, Phoenix FD, FumeFX, Ornatrix, Hair Farm, and many more.
Corona Renderer is also compatible with the core V–Ray Materials and V–Ray Lights, which allows you to render those using Corona even if V–Ray is not installed. This is ideal for downloading V–Ray assets from model stores, or if you already have a library of assets in V–Ray format, or if you are studio using both engines, and so on.
Corona Renderer has proven itself to be excellent for architectural 3D visualization in interiors and exteriors, because it allows you to achieve high-quality images with minimal effort on the part of the artist.
Another advantage of Corona Render is the active window (rendering in real time using a video card), where you can see the image in real time. For example, when staging a light, you can save a lot of time by not having to do test renders.
Corona Renderer installation comes with a dedicated Corona Material Library, which offers more than 300 high – quality materials. You can additionally download the following material sets, which were created for earlier versions of Corona Renderer.
Plugins and Scripts
List of plugins and scripts that are compatible with Corona Renderer is huge. Some of them on page bellow:
- Phoenix FD
- Forest Pack Lite/Pro
- RailClone Lite/Pro
- MultiTexture Map
And many more.
Corona Renderer System Requirements
For Corona Renderer 2 and newer, you will need a CPU that supports the SSE4.1 instruction set (SSE4.1 has been available since Intel i3/i5/i7 and AMD Bulldozer architectures – so, any processor from within the last 10 years). Here is a list of compatible CPUs - List
Intel or AMD, which is better for Corona?
Below is a table with tests for rendering speed. AMD Ryzen, Threadripper, Intel i5, i7, i9, XEON, Pentium, some with more cores and others with high core frequencies.
In the end, it all comes down to baseline CPU rendering performance, which we measured with Cinebench R15, the leading CPU rendering performance benchmarking software currently. The table also contains the number and power of cores, the approximate cost of each processor, as well as its performance/cost ratio.
To use 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). Corona 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.
Corona Renderer Software Requirements
- 3ds Max version: Autodesk 3ds Max x64 version 2014-2021 (Corona Renderer officially supports 3ds Max 2018-2021. Corona Renderer will also install and run under 3ds Max 2014-2017 and should work as expected; however, support for these versions is unofficial as we cannot test Corona Renderer under versions prior to 3ds Max 2018, due to Autodesk licensing restrictions.), Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10).
- Cinema 4D version: MAXON Cinema 4D R14-R23, Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10) or macOS (10.7 or newer).
- Standalone: Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10).
- Corona Distributed rendering: (available in 3ds Max only) requires Backburner on render nodes.
- 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
- Corona is x64-compatible only.
Supported operating systems:
- Microsoft Windows, versions 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (3ds Max and Cinema 4D).
- macOS, versions 10.7 and newer (Cinema 4D).
- Corona is x64-compatible only.
- A version for Linux is planned.
Corona Renderer or V-ray?
When Corona Renderer appeared, many artists and architects were attracted by its simplicity and usability. Even now that the differences between render systems have largely been eliminated, most users do not plan to return to V-Ray. However, for beginners, the popularity of the program should not be the only factor when choosing a render engine.
When choosing a rendering system for work, we advise you to pay attention to 2 points:
1, Choose a rendering engine for the modeling tool. If you are using SketchUp or Rhinoceros, V-Ray is your only option. If you know how to customize the export of a 3D model in 3ds Max or Cinema 4D, it will be more comfortable to start with Corona Renderer.
2. Find out in what programs and on what engines people work in architectural firms in which you want to get a job.
If you plan to do 3D rendering professionally, master both rendering engines, and the choice between Corona and V-Ray will depend on the specifics of the project and specific tasks. Teams of professional visualizers can work both in one engine and share responsibilities among themselves depending on the skills of the participants and their tools.
Link to Corona Renderer official website: https://corona-renderer.com/