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Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max Release Candidate 1 ships

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Originally posted on 4 April 2018. Scroll down for updates.

Render Legion has begun posting preview videos of Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max, the next major update to its production renderer, on its YouTube channel.

Better compatibility with Phoenix FD and V-Ray, new advanced Bokeh effect
Videos posted so far cover compatibility with Phoenix FD, Chaos Group’s fluid simulation software (above), and a new advanced Bokeh effect for the Corona camera.

The update also improves compatibility with scenes created in V-Ray – now Corona’s sister software, following Chaos Group’s acquisition of Render Legion last year.

According to the notes posted with this demo video, Corona Renderer 2 can render a V-Ray scene without conversion, even without V-Ray installed.


Updated 8 May 2018: Render Legion has posted two more preview videos for Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max, both showing new volumetric rendering features.

The one above shows OpenVDB support – it’s an asteroid impact rendered via the new CoronaVolumeGrid – while this one shows the new Inside Volume mode for the existing CoronaVolume material.

Updated 7 June 2018: Render Legion has posted the first Release Candidate for Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max, available to anyone with an active subscription to the software.

As well as those listed above, new features include improved denoising of bump maps and “around 150” new materials in the library, including hair.

Other than that, it’s mainly workflow and performance improvements, including an across-the-board decrease of 5-15% in memory consumption.

Pricing and availability
Render Legion hasn’t announced pricing or a release date for Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max yet.

The current release, Corona Renderer 1.7 for 3ds Max, is available for 64-bit 3ds Max 2012+, running on Windows 7+, although Render Legion says that 3ds Max 2012 will no longer be supported in version 2.

Users have a choice between a perpetual ‘Box’ licence, which costs €449 (around $550), and a ‘Fair SaaS’ rental model, which costs between €24.99 and €44.99 a month ($30-55). You can find more details here.

See more videos of the new features due in Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max on YouTube

Read a list of features in Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max Release Candidate 1

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