How to use the Corona Standalone?

The Corona Standalone is intended mainly for use by power users and 3rd party plugin developers with special exporters. It does not come in a "studio" version with a graphic interface exposed. All Corona Renderer properties from the host application can be exported into it, and developers of exporters have access to all features.

If you want to create a scene in some 3D application that does not have a Corona Renderer plugin yet, and you want to render that scene using Corona Standalone, then the only option available for now is first to import the model to another supported application (e.g., 3ds Max or Cinema 4D), or to create an exporter script that saves the model, lights and materials as an OBJ file.

Note that currently, Corona Standalone does not support all host application features (e.g. some native C4D maps and/or procedural maps), or they may render slightly different in the standalone application than in the host application.,

Currently, some of the advantages of using Corona Standalone include:

  • Possibility to render 3D scenes without other 3D software (e.g., on a computer without C4D installed)
  • Lower RAM usage - Corona Standalone will use less RAM than Cinema 4D

For additional information on Corona Standalone, see:
Corona Standalone - Corona Renderer wiki

Simple Guide

Note: This example requires having C4D installed!

  1. Install the newest version of Corona Standalone, which is available in our universal installer

  2. By default, the Corona Standalone will be installed into:
    -Corona Renderer (windows): C:\Program Files\Corona Renderer for Cinema 4D\Standalone\ and the executable name is Corona.exe 
    NOTE: Currently, macOS is not supported.

  3. Start Cinema 4D and prepare your scene for rendering.

  4. Once you're ready to render your scene:
    • In Cinema 4D, go to Render Settings > Performance > Development / Experimental Stuff and press Export .cdo file, then select the location where the scene file should be exported.
      This will export the current scene into .scn format and start rendering it with Corona Standalone.

    • Next, launch the Corona Standalone application (you can also place a shortcut to the Standalone on the Desktop or in the Start menu to access the app easily)
    • When launched, the application will show a dialog asking for the scene to be rendered - select your .cdo file, and it will start rendering immediately.

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