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Corona Renderer

Corona Renderer 8 is available for 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.

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Corona Renderer 8

Corona Renderer is a modern, high-performance photorealistic rendering engine, available for Autodesk 3ds Max, MAXON Cinema 4D, and as a standalone application.
Corona Renderer is designed to make all aspects of visualization easy and meet the needs of artists.

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 engine renderer capable of creating high–quality results.

The distinguishing feature of this rendering engine is indeed the simplicity of use. It was designed to be as user-friendly as possible. In the vast majority of cases, the software’s default values are already the optimal ones and you don’t need to change them.

After the quick installation Corona Renderer is immediately ready. Corona Renderer’s ease of use gives the user the ability to focus on the artistic and compositional aspects of scenes, and the creation of visually stunning images. , it is possible however for experienced usersfor experienced users to change the parameters and achieve extreme photo-realistic images. Corona Rendering is easy to use, fast and has performance that is more than adequate for most needs.

Corona Renderer delivers high quality, physically-based shading in production rendering. All its features are tightly integrated into Autodesk 3ds Max and Cinema 4D. Despite being quite new on thw market, Corona Renderer has become a production-ready renderer capable of creating high-quality results.

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Corona Renderer License Price

BrandSoftwareOSLicense typeCurrencyPrice
ChaosCorona Renderer for 3ds MaxWindows or MacannualCHF284
ChaosCorona Renderer for Cinema 4DWindows or MacannualCHF284

Corona Renderer Highlights

      • Ease to Use
        It is easy to learn Corona Renderer – and to fall in love with it. 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.
      • Rendering Quality
        Corona Renderer delivers predictable, reliable, and physically plausible results with no compromises in quality. Realistic lighting and materials are yours right out of the box.
      • Speed & Interactivity
        Speed is an important factor in any production environment, and a renderer must always deliver results as fast as possible. Corona Renderer uses Intel Embree Ray Tracing Kernels, making the CPU-only Corona as fast as many GPU renderers but without any of the limitations of GPU-based solutions.
      • Powerful Workflow Tools
        As former CG artists, the developers at Corona know that the output quality and speed are not the only things that make a great renderer. That is why Corona Renderer comes with many powerful tools to accelerate your workflow that will make you faster along with your renders!
      • Flexibility
        Corona Renderer is extremely flexible. To keep your artistry free, Corona supports numerous reality hacks which allow you to get exactly the effect you desire!
      • Lights
        The whole process of creating lights is designed to give artists complete control over their scene, while being fast and intuitive.
      • Materials
        The design goal for Corona materials is to make them physically based, yet intuitive, flexible, and easy to set up, without having to tweak unnecessary sampling values and other confusing parameters. You also won’t have to choose between 10 or 20 different material types, you can pretty much do it all using the single Corona Material.
      • Distributed Rendering
        Rendering with multiple computers is made simple by Corona Renderer. It has its own distributed rendering system, and is also compatible with 3ds Max’s native Backburner and Thinkbox’s Deadline render farm management systems. Corona is also supported on a number of commercial render farms.

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Corona Renderer

Corona Renderer by Chaos Group |
Corona Renderer for:

3dsmax, cinema-4d

Corona Render license


Render Node

none, single, 5-pack, 10-pack, 20-pack, 50-pack, 100-pack

Product Highlights

Corona Renderer Product Highlights

– GPU Denoising gives near instant denoising when using IR (and can also be used for non-interactive rendering)
– CoronaMultiMap and CoronaUvwRandomizer feature a new randomization by Mesh Element mode
– Improved IR performance keeps everything smooth and snappy
– Displacement improvements allow you to use lower Displacement settings with the same image quality, lowering memory usage by up to 50%
– Various memory optimizations let you save up to 2.5 GB for an 8K render (or more for larger resolutions)

Hardware Requirements

Corona Renderer Basic Facts

Corona Renderer is entirely CPU based (with optional GPU denoising which requires a compatible NVIDIA GPU)
Offers unbiased and biased rendering. The two commercially available plugins work with 3ds Max and Cinema 4D

Hardware Requirements
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.
To use our 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). We 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.
There are no further specific hardware requirements.

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

Supported Features

Supported 3ds Max features

  • Most texmaps
    • Including Bitmap, Camera Map Per Pixel, Cellular, Checker, ColorCorrection, Composite, Dent, Falloff, Gradient, Gradient Ramp, Marble, Mix, Noise, Output, Particle Age, Perlin Marble, RGB Multiply, RGB Tint, Smoke, Speckle, Splat, Stucco, Vertex Color, Waves, Wood
  • 3ds Max standard/photometric lights
    • Including soft shadows via CoronaShadows
  • 3ds Max render switches
    • Disabling displacement, Render Hidden Geometry, Renderable, Object Visibility, …
  • XRef geometry/scenes
  • 2D Pan Zoom Mode
  • Render to Texture (RTT) basic support: denoising RTT results is supported

Supported Cinema 4D features

  • Most native and 3rd party shaders
    • Evaluated directly from the Corona rendering pipeline
    • Including the Cinema 4D shaders Beat, Bitmap, Brick, Checkerboard, Cloud, Color, Color(MoGraph), Colorizer, Cyclone, Display Color, Distorter, Earth, Falloff, Filter, Fire, Flame, Formula, Fresnel, Fusion, Galaxy, Gradient, Layer, Lens Distortion, Marble, Metal, Multi, Noise, Normal Direction, Pavement, Pixel, Planet, Polygon Hair, Posterizer, Projector, Proximal, Ripple, Rust, Simple Noise, Simple Turbolence, Spline, Starfield, Stars, Substance Shader, Sunburst, Thin Film, Tiles, Variation, Venus, Vertex Map, Water, Weathering, Wood
  • Cinema 4D native material layering
  • Cinema 4D native lights
    • Including turning off shadows or non-physical falloff properties
  • Cinema 4D render options
    • Render region, viewport render region, interactive render region, render view
  • Native Team Render support
  • Render takes
  • XRef object in non-generator mode

Software Requirements

Corona Render for 3ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max x64 version 2013-2021
64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10)
Installation requires administrator privileges.
Distributed rendering also requires Autodesk Backburner, available for free from Autodesk

Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D

64-bit MAXON Cinema 4D R14-S22
64-bit Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10) or macOS (10.7 or newer)
Installation requires administrator privileges.


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