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Sneak peek: Corona 1.6 for 3ds Max

Friday, January 6th, 2017 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Render Legion has posted a preview video showing some of the new features coming up in Corona 1.6, the upcoming release of its 3ds Max production renderer.

Changes include improved sampling of HDR images, support for triplanar texture mapping and rendering stereo images in side-by-side format, and new interactive rendering functionality.

Improved sampling of HDR images and support for triplanar texture mapping
New features due in Corona 1.6 include improved sampling of HDR images with high contrast ratios: for example, those in which the sun is visible.

The functionality results in significantly less noise when rendering images with HDRI-based lighting, as you can see at the start of the video above.

Corona also now supports triplanar texture mapping. The technique – also supported in V-Ray – enables artists to texture objects without suitable UV coordinates by projecting separate texture maps along each object-space axis and blending between them to avoid visible seams.

The renderer can also now render stereoscopic images in side-by-side format as well as 360-degree panoramas, as you can see at 09:35 in the video.

Pan and zoom or perform curve adjustments in the VFB
Other changes include the addition of channel adjustment curves to the Virtual Frame Buffer, along with the option to pan and zoom in the VFB – during interactive rendering, at least.

In addition, render regions can now have soft edges, as you can see at 04:10 in the video.

Pricing and availability
Render Legion hasn’t announced a release date for Corona 1.6 for 3ds Max. However, the new functionality is already available in daily builds of the renderer to anyone with a valid subscription.

Some of the features are also available in the current alpha release of the Cinema 4D edition.

The current stable release, Corona 1.5 for 3ds Max, is available for 64-bit 3ds Max 2012+, running on Windows Vista and above.

Users have a choice between a perpetual ‘Box’ licence, which costs €449 (around $499), and a ‘Fair SaaS’ rental model, which costs between €24.99 and €44.99 a month ($28-50). You can find more details here.

Read more about Corona for 3ds Max on Render Legion’s website

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