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Chaos Group Doubling Down on Rendering Solutions for Maxon Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D users will gain two new renderers from Chaos Group—adding V-Ray and Corona Renderer.


There is something undeniably charming about these little-rendered robots (image below). And it has been undeniable that the market around Cinema 4D has been seeking out V-Ray’s rendering powers for the popular 3D software package.

Now Chaos Group is delivering not just V-Ray for Cinema 4D but also has plans for its recently acquired Corona Renderer.

Now One But Two New Renderers Coming to Cinema

It was earlier in the late fall at the Maxon Supermeet 2018 event that the news was announced—Chaos Group officially acquired the V-Ray for Cinema 4D product from LAUBlab. The Bulgarian software company will offer current LAUBlab customers a free migration to a new update, V-Ray for Cinema 4D. All new users will also acquire a new license from Chaos Group (not LAUBlab), and this license will be valid for all updates through 15 January 2020. Essentially, moving forward Chaos Group will take over all support, sales and develop the product in-house.

01 – Chaos Group is taking V-Ray and its newly acquired Corona Renderer to Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

Based on V-Ray’s Academy Award-winning ray-tracing technology, the development of V-Ray for Cinema 4D will be focused on powerful production rendering for high-end visual effects and motion graphics. Corona for Cinema 4D will focus on artist-friendly design visualization.

“The Cinema 4D community creates amazing work and deserves the best tools available, which makes it incredibly exciting to say that we are going to officially support them with two Chaos Group products,” said Peter Mitev, Chaos Group CEO. “We are looking forward to working closely with the Maxon team and users to address all of their rendering needs.”

“We are pleased that Chaos Group has fully embraced the Cinema 4D ecosystem. The latest version of their rendering technology will be a welcome addition to our community,” said Oliver Meiseburg, Chief Product Officer at Maxon.

Corona for Cinema 4D Beta 2

In addition to ongoing improvements to V-Ray for Cinema 4D, Chaos Group is also releasing the Corona for Cinema 4D beta 2 at Supermeet, with the final product to follow in January 2019. Corona for Cinema 4D has been gaining popularity among design visualization specialists looking to leverage fast and intuitive rendering. Beta users have been especially impressed with its thorough integration, ease of use, fluid interactive rendering and powerful material editing using its own node-editor.

For more information about Corona for Cinema 4D beta 2, please visit: Render Legion’s blog.

Architosh Analysis and Commentary

Both V-Ray for Cinema 4D and Corona for Cinema 4D are available for both Windows and macOS platforms, giving users of the popular Maxon product additional choices for a rendering engine. The comments above about Corona’s popularity for “design visualization” echo the continuing trend among AEC visualization market needs for faster and easier rendering solution that yield high-quality photo-realistic results. Chaos Group has already worked hard on simplifying its V-Ray user interface for many CAD and BIM tools, including SketchUp, but the Corona Renderer seems further destined for integration with design tools. The company currently has a new Corona Renderer for ARCHICAD Alpha 2 available for download as well. That tool is only for Windows but the hold-up seems to be a lack of macOS software developers to work on it. 

Originally, the BIM tools in AEC had their own rendering engines but these tools are opening up to include options for their users, as these users become deeply aware of more advanced renderers yielding higher results in dedicated visualization pipelines. 

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