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HDR Light Studio – Carbon Drop 2

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio – Carbon – Drop 2.

Drop 2 brings core new features for all HDR Light Studio users (whichever plug-in connection you use), allowing the creation of lights with more character and providing more creative lighting control. Additional enhancements make lighting even more productive. Plus updated compatibility for 3ds Max, MODO and DeltaGen.

“Lightmap completely understand what artists need to get great renders. This time around they have added ever greater controls to finesse individual lights with box gradients and value blends to craft any studio light imaginable. For product rendering, it will add to the beauty and natural look you get from high-end studios and from great photographers.”
Declan McGurry, Senior 3d Artist/Creative Retoucher, Schawk (London)

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HDR Light Studio – Carbon Release

HDR Light Studio - Carbon Release

Tighter integrations bring leading 3D Renderers
inside HDR Light Studio

Thursday 15th February 2018 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio – Carbon Release.

What’s the Carbon Release?

This new major release of HDR Light Studio is called Carbon – the element used in the filament of the first commercially available light bulbs. Version numbers have now been replaced with nick names.

Customer licenses will run any build of HDR Light Studio up to and including the version date as shown in the License Management dialog. All subscription customers can run the latest releases. Customers with permanent licenses get 1 year of updates from the date of purchase, then need to renew their maintenance to update the version dates in their license files.

 

What’s New in the Carbon Release?

New Render View

New Render View
Pressing the Play button on the new Render View will start an interactive rendering session in the connected 3D software and display the image in the HDR Light Studio interface. Use LightPaint to click on the render to position lights and see the external render update instantly inside HDR Light Studio. Drag and drop Preset lights too.

The benefits:

  • Ideal for users with a single display – everything needed to create perfect lighting is now available inside HDR Light Studio’s interface. No need to juggle two interfaces.
  • For many lighting tasks, HDR Light Studio’s own renderer is no longer needed and can be closed. Freeing resources for your main 3D renderer during your lighting session.
  • Working directly on the final render enables better lighting decisions – seeing the light interact directly with the final shaders inside HDR Light Studio.

This new Render View is compatible at launch with the following 3D software and renderers:
3ds Max – V-Ray, Corona, Arnold, Redshift
Maya – V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Redshift, RenderMan

We look forward to adding this feature to additional connections in the future.

“The best automotive and product design lighting tool just got updated and it’s impressive! Being able to see the V-Ray result inside HDR Light Studio, and work on top of it, allows the artist to produce high-quality images, faster and easier than ever! ”
Rusko Ruskov, VP 3D Production and Delivery, Chaos Group

Faster Area Lights
Area Lights performance has been significantly improved in HDR Light Studio’s own 3D renderer. Area Lights are now created, adjusted and soloed instantly – even when loading huge 3D scenes. This inbuilt renderer is the perfect pre-vis lighting tool when IPR updates are too slow in the connected 3D renderer.

3ds Max and Maya Connection Workflow Improvements
HDR Light Studio is now even easier to use with 3ds Max and Maya. The plug-in now creates the lighting setup for you – simply press Start and begin image based lighting. Bringing the 3D scene into HDR Light Studio is also a click away – press Play and the scene will be automatically imported.

Cinema 4D Connection Improvements
Redshift and VRAYforC4D 3 now fully supported
Press play in HDR Light Studio to import the Cinema 4D scene

Additional Improvements:

  • HiDPI display support
  • LightWave 2018 Connection support
  • Change the diffuse color in the Render View (HDR Light Studio)
  • Major speed boost to production renders containing Procedural Sky
  • Easier client setup with floating licenses
  • Now includes a selection of demo scenes
  • HDR Light Studio interface layout is stored on a ‘per connection’ basis. Ensuring a preferred interface layout is loaded when using HDR Light Studio with different 3D software.

Update: Carbon Drop 2 has been released – find out more

How do I get my hands on it?

Don’t forget, we’re here to help. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact sales@lightmap.co.uk

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CINEMA 4D R19 Support Released

Cinema 4D R19

An updated HDR Light Studio plug-in connection for CINEMA 4D R19 is now available for customers to download or for trials.

CINEMA 4D R19 is a fantastic new update from Maxon. The new viewport reflections for IBL and Area Lights work fantastic with HDR Light Studio, giving even more live feedback during the lighting process. Plus the new ProRender renderer is also working great with HDR Light Studio.

CINEMA 4D R19 and HDR Light Studio

This new 2017.1123 build of the Cinema 4D Connection also fixes several bugs:
Fixed: C4DtoA hook stopped working after Arnold 2.1.2 update
Fixed: C4DtoA Area light textures are not loading correctly
Fixed: Bug where selecting an object, then copy and paste it (either CTRL+C then CTRL +V, or CTRL+Drag) the HDR Light Studio Environment was being selected.

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2017 Survey Winners

At Lightmap, we enjoy doing customer surveys to understand what you love about HDR Light Studio and what you want us to improve. We are grateful to our customers who took time to complete the survey and share some amazing insights. It will definitely help us shape the software in future.

Through the survey, we found that 98% of customers would recommend HDR Light Studio to a friend or colleague. This is a big achievement for us! Thank you for loving and lighting with us.

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MODO 11 Compatible

MODO 11 Support

Lightmap announces the immediate availability of the HDR Light Studio Connection for MODO 11. Compatible with MODO, Octane and V-Ray renderers.

Please Note: LightPaint in the MODO viewport in MODO version 11.1 does not work.
We are working with Foundry to find a fix for this issue. LightPaint works fine in MODO 11.0 viewport.

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Ars Thanea – Customer Feature Video

Ars Thanea is an award-winning CGI Studio and home to very talented creatives, thinkers and makers who blend mixtures of ideas and craft around extremely engaging stories to deliver stunning, effective results for their clients.

Ars Thanea loosely translates from Greek as ‘the art of imagination’ and when we visited their Warsaw studio it quickly became apparent that they live up to their name.

The predominantly glass building is papered with drawings penned by their artists.  The space is broken up creatively by wood, rope and other structural features that retain a feeling of openness.  A variety of interesting lighting rigs add to the ambience of the different areas and there’s even a bed if the day becomes a bit much and you feel like a nap.

We were there to understand the role that HDR Light Studio plays in the creation of their beautiful work and spent time getting under the hood on some recent projects.  You can see the results in our video below.

A massive thanks to our amazing hosts at Ars Thanea for being so welcoming.

Lightmap and Ars ThaneaLeft to right: Marcin Molski (Ars Thanea), Mark Segasby (Lightmap), Lucy Cooper (Lightmap), Aleksandra Watras (Ars Thanea)

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