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Blue bench render by Marco Podrini.
Blue bench render by Marco Podrini.

The entry point to the Arion stand-alone is a scene file. The stand-alone accepts scenes in two file formats:


File formatCase of use
Wavefront .objUniversal file format, usually coming from a modeling platform.
RandomControl .rcsGenerated from one of the LIVE plug-ins. Note that all LIVE plug-ins provide two .rcs buttons: one to export the current scene to .rcs format, and one to export-and-open the scene with the Arion stand-alone.


Once a file is loaded, an interactive session starts. The application then allows you to edit the scene while the LIVE viewport displays a final quality view of your render all the way. When you're happy with your changes, you can simply let Arion compute until you're satisfied with the level of noise, and then save the framebuffer to an image file.

This is a list of the type of actions that you can do with Arion Stand-alone:

  • Open, edit and render a still frame from an existing .obj or .rcs scene file.
  • Modify materials, emitters, environment lighting, render settings, ...
  • Add and edit new materials and cameras (view-points).
  • Navigate through the scene.

Note that all of the actions listed above happen with real-time feedback.

This is a list of the type of actions which require a LIVE plug-in and hence can't be done with the Arion stand-alone:

  • Render an animation.
  • Add, delete or modify geometry.

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