Getting Started

Welcome, new Coronauts!
This section will lead you through the absolute basics of Corona Renderer – installation and setup of your first scene.


Basic Facts

  • Corona is entirely CPU based
  • Offers unbiased and biased rendering
  • Commercially available plugin works with 3ds Max
  • Cinema 4D, Blender, and Standalone versions are in development or available as free alpha versions

Hardware Requirements

  • Installer contains two Corona versions: standard and legacy. It will automatically choose the correct version during installation.
    • The standard version uses the SSE4.1 instruction set to achieve maximum speed on modern CPUs (SSE4.1 has been available since Intel i3/i5/i7 and AMD Bulldozer architectures).
    • The legacy version should run on all CPUs of the last decade, but it is about 20% slower.
  • There are no further specific hardware requirements.

Software Requirements

3ds Max version
  • Autodesk 3ds Max x64 version 2012-2018
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10)
  • Installation requires administrator privileges
  • Distributed rendering also requires matching Backburner version
Cinema 4D version (alpha)
  • 64-bit Maxon Cinema 4D R14, R15, R16, R17 or R18
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10) or macOS (10.7 or newer)
  • Installation requires administrator privileges
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10)