Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Render Legion ships Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max

Originally posted on 4 April 2018. Scroll down for details of the final release.

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 26 June 2018: Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max is now shipping. As well as those listed above, new features include improved denoising of bump maps and over 110 new materials in the library, including hair.

Other than that, it’s mainly workflow and performance improvements, including a decrease of 5-15% in memory consumption, and a new Corona Toolbar, providing one-click access to commonly used tools.

You can find a full changelog in Render Legion’s blog post via the link below.

Pricing and availability
Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max is available for 64-bit 3ds Max 2013+, running on Windows 7+.

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 in Corona Renderer 2 for 3ds Max on YouTube

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