Corona Renderer gets performance boost for interactive rendering

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New release of the photorealistic renderer boasts better IR performance, reduced memory usage and ‘instant’ GPU-based denoising

The latest release of Corona Renderer 3 for 3ds Max, which is popular with arch viz studios, features faster interactive rendering (IR) and an enhanced version of the Nvidia AI Denoiser.

The new IR system is said to offer quick impressions of scenes, helping artists assess key elements like lighting early on in the design process and iterate more quickly, cycling through objects, materials and compositions.

The enhanced AI denoiser uses deep learning to remove artifacts and grain, leaving a clear image. According to the Render Legion, the developer of the software, the unique integration of the AI denoiser in Corona Renderer can preserve more image details, including reflections and refractions, than any other implementation.

In addition, improved displacement tools are said to now create better quality imagery with no increase in memory usage or time. Render Legion estimates that memory savings are around 50 percent for artists, with no loss in quality or details.

Corona Renderer 3 is Render Legion’s second update of 2018, with the next update to hit studios early next year. Among the planned features: an implementation of lightweight, fully automatic caustics and a new Light Solver.

Corona Renderer 3 is available now for Autodesk 3ds Max x64, versions 2013-2019. Pricing is subscription-based, with monthly rates set at €24.99 and yearly rates at €289.99. Render Legion, who is owned by Chaos Group (the developer of V-Ray), also offers a free 45-day commercial trial.

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