To perform command-line rendering in Cinema 4D with Chaos Corona, you can use the Command Prompt through Windows or the Terminal through macOS. This method allows you to render your scenes without opening the Cinema 4D application interface.
NOTE: You must first have your scene saved and ready to render, just like you would if you were to render it through the main Cinema 4D UI.
Here's how to do it:
- If you are running the command line for the first time, you will be asked to choose an activation method for Cinema 4D. This should consist of four options, and it is recommended to choose either option 1 (Maxon App) or 2 (Maxon Account).
- Locate the command-line software on Windows or macOS. Generally, it will be located in the same directory to where Cinema 4D has been installed. ie: ''C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D 2024''
- Open the Command Prompt or Terminal and go to the location of the command-line software. ie:
cd C:\Program Files\Maxon Cinema 4D 2024
- Run the prompt:
Commandline.exe -render D:\Corona_tests\my_test.c4d -oimage test2.png -oformnat png
- Hit enter, and the rendering process will begin.
It's simply that easy to use and can be fine-tuned using more ''advanced'' commands found on the Cineversity guide here: Command Line Parameters