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Recent Spaces test out caustics in production scenes

Corona Renderer 4 introduced a whole new way of calculating caustics – but are they practical for use in actual production scenes? And what about in animations?

London-based architectural & design visualization studio Recent Spaces are always on the look-out for the ultimate in photo-realism, so their artist Tobias Grendelmeier did some testing to find out and shared their findings with us.

Recent Spaces – Caustics R&D from Recent Spaces

Read recent spaces’ results on testing caustics!

Corona Renderer 5 for Cinema 4D Released!

Corona Renderer 5 for Cinema 4D released!

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of Corona Renderer 5 for Cinema 4D! From the development of the Corona Core, this version brings a focus on optimizations, saving memory for displacement, and memory and render times for caustics – and from the Cinema 4D specific side, there are also a great many improvements, including multiple skies for use in LightMix, the addition of the Select Material, Select Shader and MultiShader, greatly improved handling of proxies, and more!

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

No time to read things in detail and want the quick overview? We’ve got you covered with the New Features video!

DOWNLOAD

Grab the latest version while you read! It’s available at:

https://corona-renderer.com/download/

Demo Refresh: If you have tried a previous version of Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D and your 45-day trial has expired, then you’ll be pleased to hear that we have automatically refreshed the demo period to give everyone an extra 14 days! Simply download and install Corona Renderer 5 for Cinema 4D from the link above, and activate the demo license right within Cinema 4D! Enjoy!

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Corona Renderer 5 for 3ds Max Released!

Corona Renderer 5 for 3ds Max released

We’re pleased to announce the release of Corona Renderer 5 for 3ds Max! This release focuses mostly on optimizations, saving both memory and render times for general rendering, and more specifically for displacement and caustics.

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

For those who prefer to watch than read, here’s the New Features video:

DOWNLOAD

Grab the latest version while you read! It’s available at:

https://corona-renderer.com/download/

Demo Refresh: If you have tried a previous version of Corona Renderer and your 45-day trial has expired, then you’ll be pleased to hear that we have automatically refreshed the demo period to give everyone an extra 14 days! Simply download and install Corona Renderer 5 from the link above, and activate the demo license right within 3ds Max. Enjoy!

Read ABOUT CORONA RENDERER 5!

Sergey Poltavskiy, the 2018 Ford Expedition reveal

We last spoke with artist Sergey Poltavskiy at the beginning of 2018 – now it’s time to catch up with him again, to hear about how he worked with David Westphal (photographer), Marc Rochon (CGI/Retouching artist), and Gary Book (retouching artist) on the Ford 2018 Expedition reveal!

Sergey Poltavskiy Ford 2018 Expedition reveal 01
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Great Talks About Photo Realism

You may already have heard about the upcoming book, Great Talks About Photo Realism – as you might expect from the title, Corona Renderer artists are well-represented between its covers! We found out more about how the book came to be.

Great Talks About Photo Realism book cover.
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Corona Renderer 4 for 3ds Max Released!

Corona Renderer 4 for 3ds Max Released!

As summer approaches, it’s nearly time to sit by the pool in the sun, sipping on a crystal clear drink, and that means you need one thing – caustics! Fortunately, Corona Renderer 4 for 3ds Max is here to save the day, featuring fast and easy caustics, as well as picking objects and setting the DOF focus point right inside the render window (viewport IR, or the VFB), fisheye mode for cameras, multiple suns and environments for LightMix, new image filtering, and more!

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

To get the super quick flythrough of the latest features, watch the New Features video below:

DOWNLOAD

Install while you read the detailed breakdown! You’ll find the latest version at:

https://corona-renderer.com/download/

Demo Refresh: If you have tried a previous version of Corona Renderer and your 45-day trial has expired, then you’ll be pleased to hear that we have automatically refreshed the demo period to give everyone an extra 14 days! Simply download and install Corona Renderer 4 from the link above, and activate the demo license right within Max, and then you’ll be creating caustics in no time! Enjoy!

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Corona Renderer 3 for 3ds Max Released!

It’s only been a few months since the last release, but already it’s time to announce the release of Corona Renderer 3 for 3ds Max! It’s a smaller release this time, with the focus being on IR performance and reducing memory usage, adding instant GPU-based denoising mode,  randomization by Mesh Element (e.g. for different colored leaves on the same tree, or different colored planks in a single floor object), and many bug fixes.

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

Short attention span? Hate reading? Then watch the New Features video below for the quick guide to what’s new in this release!

Read more for full details on the update and the download link!

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Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 released!

Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 released

We are pleased to announce that Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 is released!

We’ve been developing this version of Corona Renderer for a while; Alpha 1 was just for internal testing, but Alpha 2 is now ready for you to test!

Since this is an Alpha version, it is far from feature complete, and there are very likely some bugs in the software, so please keep that in mind (especially if considering using it for any commercial projects! You are welcome to do so, but be aware that there may be crashes, instability, missing features, etc.)

Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD, test renders
Some test renders from Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD

We need your testing and feedback to make Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD into everything you want it to be, and we appreciate any testing that you can do for us!

The plugin is already quite advanced and supports:

  • Interactive Rendering takes the guesswork out of setting up materials, lighting and scene composition, and removes the need for test renders.
  • The Corona VFB offers a wide range of post-processing effects without needing to use external software, with tone mapping, bloom and glare, vignetting, and more.
  • Denoising, which can reduce render times by up to 70%.
  • Corona Materials and Textures with a custom texture editor.
  • Support for native ARCHICAD geometry, lights, and materials.

Note: The current Alpha is for ARCHICAD for Windows; in the future, we may develop a version for  macOS (if you know any macOS developers, point ’em to our jobs page!)

 

HOW TO GET STARTED

If you want a quick introduction to getting started with Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD, we’ve created a tutorial for you to walk you through everything you’ll need to get up and running:

 

DOWNLOAD

If you want to get straight to the download, you will find the latest version at:

STATUS AND DOWNLOADS THREAD

Read about the first public release of Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD!
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Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D, Beta 2 Released!

Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Beta 2 released!

We are pleased to announce that Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Beta 2 is released!

It has taken longer than we anticipated to move from Beta 1 to Beta 2, but it has been worth the wait! That largest part of the work on Beta 2 was the implementation of the Corona Material Node Editor, which adds a whole new way of working with materials (any materials, not just Corona Materials) and will revolutionize material editing in Cinema 4D.

But that’s not all! Some quick highlights are adding the Skin and Hair materials, a scene converter, the UVW Randomizer shader, the Corona Triplanar shader, advanced Bokeh effects, support for the native Layered shader, support for Cinema 4D R20, and more.

And of course there have been a huge number of bug fixes too.

NEW FEATURES VIDEO

Life is busy! If you don’t have time to read the blog, this video will give you a quick overview of the main new features in this release!

Read full details of what’s new in Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D Beta 2!
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