Getting Started

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

Installation and Activation

  1. Run the Universal Installer.
    Note: If you are using User Account Control (UAC), a security prompt will open – you will need to confirm that the installer can continue. The security window will also tell you if the file you have just run is a certified, genuine copy coming directly from Render Legion a.s. and does not contain any harmful code.
  2. Carefully read the EULA and select “I accept the terms and conditions”. Then click “next”.
  3. On the “Install Type” screen you can select:
    • Typical
      Install Corona plugins for all software versions detected (3ds Max or Cinema 4D), plus the Corona Image Editor (GUI and Command Line versions), the Corona DR server, and the Corona Material Library. 
      This is recommended for most users. It is the fastest, fully automated installation type.
    • Custom
      Manually choose features to install, and where to install them.
      This is an advanced installation method, allowing you to choose the specific items to be installed, and their locations. Useful, for example, when you have different 3ds Max or Cinema 4D versions and want to install Corona for only one of them, or if you only want to install certain components (such as the DR Server, Licensing Server, Corona Standalone, or the Corona Image Editor).
    • Unpack files
      This unpacks all the installer files into a specified directory. Useful for advanced users and debugging, for example when installing the plugins manually, or if there were some problems during the installation, e.g. if the installer could not find any host application, then you can unpack the files and copy them manually.
  4. The installer will then tell you if your hardware is capable of running Corona Renderer. 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. The Licensing Server may run on legacy CPUs that do not meet this requirement (however, the computer won’t be able to be used for rendering).
  5. After successful installation you should see the following message: “Corona Renderer was successfully installed on your computer”. Any errors will be marked with a red font.
  6. Before running your host application, make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet.
  7. Start your host application (3ds Max, Cinema 4D), change the renderer to Corona, and run a render in any scene (even empty). A window will pop up prompting for activation. Follow the directions on screen to activate Corona. Should you have any problem with the activation, do not hesitate to contact us.
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