Rendercore Lab Now Supports Corona 3 for Cinema 4D!

January 07, 2019 06:10 PM
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Rendercore Lab Now Supports Corona 3 for Cinema 4D!

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FEATURE LIST

Interactive Rendering

Say goodbye to test renders thanks to Interactive Rendering (IR). Now you can get near-instant feedback on how your image will look, while you adjust lighting, materials, objects, and in fact anything in the scene.

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Denoising

Save up to 70% on your render times by using Denoising! This removes the need to wait for the render engine to clean up noise by calculating extra passes, and instead denoising intelligently detects and cleans up remaining noise. The example below shows the difference between a fully denoised image and one with no denoising, both rendered for 30 passes:

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Denoising comes in two flavors. The first is High Quality denoising, which runs on the CPU, gives reliable and high quality results, but can take longer to run and can only be used on final renders.

LightMix

The Interactive LightMix lets you adjust color and intensity of light sources during or after rendering. This is ideal for making subtle adjustments to the warmth, color or brightness of Corona Lights or light emitting materials, and can also be used for more extreme changes like turning day into night, all without re-rendering!

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As well as handling Corona Lights and materials that emit light, it also works with the Corona Sun and with environment lighting from Corona Sky or HDRI images, so that you can control all aspects of lighting without having to re-render.

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Denoising can be applied to each LightSelect pass individually, and by enabling it for all LightSelect passes, your final LightMix pass will be denoised in full as shown in the example above.

Corona Node Material Editor

Cinema 4D R20 introduced its own node materials, but these serve a different purpose than the Corona Node Material Editor (or Node Editor for short). While the native C4D node materials are a unique type of material, the Corona Node Editor is a global or world view of all your materials, letting you work with almost any materials whether they are Corona materials or not (note that the Cinema 4D node materials introduced in R20 do not work with the Corona Node Material Editor at this time, as there is no API for those in Cinema 4D yet).

Integration

Corona Renderer is an external render engine, but we’ve made sure it’s so closely integrated with Cinema 4D that you’ll soon forget that and view it just the same as the internal render engines.

You can render to the viewport, render to the native Picture Viewer, render to the Corona VFB – it’s all the same to Corona. The native Picture Viewer also has access to all the post-processing options found in the Corona VFB, and the PV and VFB stay in sync whichever one you use to adjust a setting.

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Lights

Sun and Sky

The Corona Sun and Corona Sky work together to give an easy to use realistic lighting system. How high the sun is in the sky will automatically adjust the color of the sun and the sky, and the sun will always generate soft shadows since it is physically realistic (though you can adjust the size of the sun to sharpen or soften the shadows further if you prefer).

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HDRI

You can use an HDRI to illuminate your scene by using the Corona Light material applied to a Cinema 4D sky.

Corona Lights

An all-purpose, flexible light that lets you create any light source in your scene. It can be set to be an area light using a circle or rectangle, or an object such as a sphere, cube or cylinder, or a sector from sphere.

Directionality lets you control how focused the light is, or alternatively you can load an IES profile to determine the shape of the light distribution. Some examples of the Corona Light settings are shown below:

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Corona Light Material

You can apply this material to any object to turn it into a light emitter. Add a touch of bloom and glare and the standard Cinema 4D character becomes a visitor from beyond!

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Cinema 4D Native Lights

Corona Renderer works with most Cinema 4D native lights, including spotlights, without any need for conversion. Corona Renderer even supports some of the non-physical parameters in the native Cinema 4D lights, such as Shadow Color. We have a helpdesk article that explores more about support for native Cinema 4D lights.

Materials

Corona Material

The Corona Material is a universal material with which you can easily create almost any material.

Some specific parameters in the material are called out below as examples:

Dispersion

Dispersion is where light of different wavelengths is refracted by different amounts through a material. It is ideal for creating realistic glass or gemstones:

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Subsurface Scattering

You can use a standard Corona Material to create materials where light penetrates the surface and bounces around inside the material before exiting again – called Subsurface Scattering, this effect is needed for realistic milk, wax, marble, orange juice, fruit, and more.

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Corona Volume Material

The Corona Volume Material is ideal for fog, mist, and other materials that have no actual surface properties (the regular Corona Material has volumetric parameters for materials that have both volumetric properties and surface properties).

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UVW Randomizer

This allows applying a random offset / rotation / scale to textures and maps applied to different objects. You can use this to vary the look of one wood texture applied to many planks, for example, so that there is no obvious repetition in the scene.

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Triplanar

The Triplanar map is useful for applying textures to objects without having to explicitly unwrap their UVs. It prevents visible seams by introducing blending between the applied maps, and it does not produce stretching, which is characteristic to standard planar mapping.

In the image below, this free model by Rigsters was downloaded from Sketchfab. On import, as expected it has no UV mapping, and applying a bitmap gives a solid color. Applying a simple default UV tag does not help, as it gives a distorted texture. Rather than come up with a good UV unwrap for the object, all we need to do is apply the Corona Triplanar map (without ever needing to apply a UV Tag at all):

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Hair and Skin

Both hair and skin are complex materials to render, with many unique properties that can’t be covered adequately in an all-purpose shader, which is why Corona has dedicated shaders for them. Both the Hair and Skin shaders give great results, render quickly, and are easy to use even if you have never tackled these materials before.

Color Correct

This map lets you adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation etc. for any input map.

Tonemap Control

This is used to remove a map from being processed by tone mapping, for example when you have a backplate that you don’t want to be affected by Exposure, LUTs, and other post-processing adjustments.

Native Cinema 4D Shaders

Corona Renderer will implicitly convert most native Cinema 4D shaders, and render them as expected in most cases.

Because of this, some Corona shaders have not been ported from 3ds Max because Cinema 4D already has native shaders that perform the same role and Corona Renderer works with these shaders. For example, there is Variation shader for randomizing textures by object or material ID (so there is no need for the Corona MultiMap shader), and the Layer shader (so there is no need for the Corona Layered shader).

Scene Converter

Note that native Cinema 4D shaders are not PBR-based, so some aspects of the materials may not render exactly as they do in a native Cinema 4D render engine – e.g. chrome materials may have too much Diffuse and not a high enough Reflective Fresnel. When implicit conversion is not enough, you can use the Corona scene Converter to convert the scene to Corona Materials, which lets you adjust the Corona materials to give the expected results.

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Corona Camera

The Corona Camera works intuitively and just like a real camera. Below is a look at some of the features:

Motion Blur

Motion Blur is fully supported from the Corona Camera, with realistic controls and results.

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Depth of Field

The Corona Camera’s depth of field offers advanced Bokeh controls for Center Bias, Vignetting and Anisotropy.

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Positive values of Center Bias expand the bokeh into rings, while negative values compress the bokeh highlights.

Positive values of Vignetting give a harder edge to the Bokeh toward the outside of the image, while negative values create a harder edge to the Bokeh highlights toward the center of the image.

Anisotropy affects the aspect ratio of the bokeh effect, with values above 0 stretching it horizontally, and below 0 stretching it vertically.

VR

The Corona Camera also has all the controls you need to render your panoramic images and VR content, with just the click of a few checkboxes.

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Shadowcatcher

The Corona Shadow Catcher material allows you to seamlessly and realistically combine your 3D scene with an HDRI map or backplate image. This allows your objects to interact with the existing image by occluding lights and casting shadows as if they were in the scene when the image was captured.

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Render Selected

This allows you to render only the selected object from the viewport (unselected objects will not be shown in the rendered image); or users can specify what to render/not render in an include/exclude list. The feature works both in a final render, and in Interactive Rendering.

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Resume Render

If you were forced to stop rendering before an image was complete, you can now save this “half-rendered” image and resume the rendering later. This feature works for the VFB and the Picture Viewer.

You can also use this feature to add additional passes on top of an already rendered image, if you later decide those would have been useful. You can choose to resume the last render if it is still loaded in the VFB, or simply save the render to Corona EXR (.CXR) format to be able to use this feature at a later time or date.

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Multipass Rendering

If you want to work with your image or animation in post, Corona Renderer has a comprehensive range of Multipass Channels including Velocity, ID, ZDepth and many more. You can also use the “Render only masks” option to quickly render the Mutipass Channels without having to render a Beauty pass.

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Corona Proxy

Proxies are useful for keeping smooth viewport performance while handling large amounts of high-poly objects in the scene, by letting you decide how the proxies will be represented in the real-time viewports in Cinema 4D. They also make your scene files smaller, as the proxy objects are stored separately (and can be re-used in other scenes).

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And the rendered image from the scene above:

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Portals

Portals are geometry (usually planes) with the Corona Portal material applied that help direct Corona Renderer on where to focus its sampling so that an image cleans up faster. Corona Renderer does not care about the direction of the normals of the portal geometry.

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Using portals to reduce noise is easy

View our Cinema 4D Job Submission Tutorial to get started.

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial

For more information go to visit Corona Website.