Today marks the beginning of a new era for Render Legion and Corona Renderer. We will be doubling our development team so that we can build more great software, and do so faster and smarter.
How? After a long 13 months of perfecting our plans, we have agreed to join forces with Chaos Group, which will make a massive long-term investment in Corona Renderer, paired with a vast amount of their technological IP which will help us to push Corona Renderer and other projects even further.
We firmly believe that by making this move we do the best possible thing for you, our users, to deliver the best tools in the shortest period of time while future-proofing the company.
We are happy that we were able to find a partner who is respectable, skilled and with a proven track record of creating great software, and who shares the same vision about the future of CG software.
Alpha 6 Release Candidate 1 of Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D is out!
User experience design, the port to macOS, lots of cool new features from the Corona core, and stability improvements: these are some of the major things we’ve been working on since the release of Corona for C4D Alpha 5. And here we are, Release Candidate of Corona for Cinema 4D A6 is now out!
After some thorough testing by you, our users “out in the field”, we’ll release a final version of Alpha 6 in around 2 to 3 weeks. We wish you lots of fun playing around with the new Alpha. But remember: if something doesn’t work quite right, we won’t be able to fix it unless you tell us about it.
Let’s take a closer look at just some of the new features in the A6 release. A full feature list and a complete list of changes will be published in a separate blog post which will accompany the official A6 release.
We’re pleased to unveil Corona Renderer 1.5 for Autodesk 3ds Max! This is the second update to Corona this year, and it focuses on significantly reducing the need for post-production software, increasing compatibility with materials from third party software, and of course increased stability and workflow improvements. This release was originally planned to be a small one, but it grew to be quite a game-changer!
Interactive LightMix is unique to Corona Renderer and lets you adjust intensity and color of your lights and light emitting materials during and after render – perfect for anything from subtle adjustments through to turning day into night.
Corona Materials have been updated to match evolving industry standards. This means they will work more like you expect if you are familiar with working in other engines, and gives increased compatibility when importing materials from third party software such as Allegorithmic’s Substance tools, Quixel’s Megascans, etc. Existing scenes will load with the new PBR mode disabled, and with Legacy mode enabled if necessary, to ensure they render without any changes to the materials. Also, textured Corona materials can now be previewed directly in the 3ds Max viewport.
VFB features such as bloom, glare, filmic tone mapping, vignette, and saturation give you much more creative control over the end result, reducing your need to rely on post-production software.
LUTs have been added to the VFB so that you can load .cube and .3dl LUT files to apply to your renders. The CoronaOutput map now also supports LUT processing, which can be used to apply LUTs to a bitmap or procedural map for use in your materials.
Corona Distance Map lets you create “smart” materials that know how far away they are from objects in the scene. Use this to add waves around a coastline, wear-and-tear where objects meet, dirt and noise under window sills, and more.
Corona Renderer 1.5 is freely available to all our customers on FairSaaS (monthly, yearly), Box with Subscription and Educational/Student license.
The Corona VR beta was launched back in July and has changed a lot since then! It’s now available on Android as well as the GearVR; creating VR tours is easier thanks to the updated Warp Editor; and image quality has been improved for the GearVR with correction for chromatic aberration.
In this article we hear from theConstruct about these latest changes, they share some behind-the-scenes info on how Warp points actually work, and take a look at where Corona and theConstruct are heading next. We’ve also opened up the walk-throughs and guides for Corona VR to everyone so you can see how easy it is to create and view your VR content!
Good news everyone! Render Legion is working with theConstruct.co to provide one-click, integrated solution for distributing virtual reality tours!
2016 is shaping up to be the year of Virtual Reality! It has been around for 15+ years, but only now is it finally looking usable and widely accessible. New mobile VR devices like Samsung Gear VR or Google’s upcoming DayDream will make it easier than ever to deliver a simple and quality VR experience to everyone.
We plan to stay ahead with this popular technology, so we’d like to introduce you to the “Corona VR” project, which is co-developed with the promising young startup theConstruct.co.
This represents an important milestone for us. What you see here is a fully working version of Corona, using the same technology and rendering core as the Windows platform. The only difference at the moment is that it has no hooks into an external modeling program.
We’d ask you all to run the benchmark as the more people that try it, the more it will help this proof-of-concept and identify if there are any remaining issues with the conversion. Do please post your results (it’s an easy one click from within the benchmark to send them) and those results will post to the same table as the Windows results but will be marked in the listing as “OS X” (no flame wars, please! ;))
It took a lot of work to convert Corona across to OS X – 4 months of dedicated work by a single developer focused on the task – but we did it!
As always when we release something new, we’re not taking any time to pause. Instead, we will be pressing on with our other plans, including a Linux version which should be simpler to complete now that the OS X version is done and could see a release later this year; a standalone version of Corona on the OS X; and of course the OS X version of Corona for Cinema4D. We’ll keep you updated!
Corona 1.4 features some huge changes that transform both render times and workflow, making it almost like a different product.
For that reason, we have refreshed the clock on the demo – if you tried an earlier version and your demo expired, you can now try the demo of 1.4 and see just how far Corona has come!
Please note that this ‘refresher’ trial period will be 15 days for those of you who had an expired demo (new demo users still get the full 45 days). Also, this re-activation can only be done once per computer, so make sure you do that when you have plenty of time as you will be hooked once you start using Corona 1.4!
You can see all the changes in this release over on our announcement page – and now you can try those features for yourself even if you’d tested Corona before. Simply install Corona, and you can activate the refreshed demo period right from within Max. Enjoy!