Category Archives: HDR Light Studio News

New – Clouds Pack

Clouds Pack
Lightmap are pleased to announce the new Clouds Pack – a free update for HDR Light Studio 4 users.

The new light pack contains 43 different cloud formations that can be used to add additional clouds to existing HDRI maps or to make your own skies from scratch with a gradient background. The new pack is perfect for placing cloud reflections in the surfaces of car shots or architectural renders, with the benefit of being able to place them precisely. Continue reading

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MARI / MODO / HDR Light Studio – Sneak Peek

MOMA MARI HDRLS

We couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peek of some cool stuff we have been assisting develop.

Jacobo Barreiro has been working on a project called MOMA (Jacobo is both an amazing 3D artist and is highly technical too, he is too talented/clever and it’s just not fair!). The MOMA code creates a connection to the MODO renderer for either MARI or MAYA. For this article we are concentrating on the MARI connection and some HDR Light Studio goodness that’s been added in there too. Continue reading

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Announcing: HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete

HDR Light Studio 4 - Complete

New Product Name

To coincide with the release of the dedicated MODO product and HDR Light Studio 4.2, Lightmap are also renaming the HDR Light Studio 4 product to HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete.

As you know, HDR Light Studio 4 provides much more than a standalone HDRI creation and editing app. It comes with a wide variety of Live plug-ins to market leading 3D software like 3ds Max, Maya, MODO and is also natively supported by leading software like Showcase Pro, VRED, KeyShot and Maxwell Studio. More and more connectivity is being added all the time and existing plug-ins are always being enhanced. When you buy a seat of HDR Light Studio it really is ‘the complete package‘. There’s no additional plug-ins to buy.


New
Single User License

The Single User License replaces our old node locked licensing policy. Now when you buy a single user license of HDR Light Studio, a 3D artist can now install and activate HDR Light Studio on up to 2 computers for non-concurrent use. i.e. One seat at work and one seat for home/laptop use. The Lightmap store has been updated to provide 2 user key uploads and the user will still receive a single license key that can be used for both computers.


New
Cross Platform

HDR Light Studio – Complete is a cross platform product and provides installers and connectivity for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms. Customers can choose to install and license their software on any platform. This replaces our old Windows, Mac and Linux specific node locked products.

 

Great News for Existing Customers!

Existing HDR Light Studio 4 node locked customers will be upgraded to a HDR Light Studio – Complete single user license and will be able to take advantage of the second seat and cross platform support!

 

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DEVELOP3D Review

Develop3D Review

HDR Light Studio just received a fantastic review in this month’s Develop3D mag. Paul McCrorey took the software through its paces and the comprehensive review includes a Studio Lighting Workflow example with MODO, plus a walkthrough of how to use the Color Matching Tools to create a HDRI map to match a backplate image (Worth a read for all HDR Light Studio users!).

Develop3D Workflow Examples

The review concludes:

“The intuitiveness and flexibility of the software cause the technical aspects of the tools to simply fade away, freeing you to focus on the shot. So instead of worrying where a light will be located in space, you simply click on a location you’d like the reflection to be.”

Hop over to Develop3D to read the full review: http://develop3d.com/reviews/hdr-lightstudio-4.0

 

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Lightmap Opens New UK Head Office

Lightmap Head Office - Hexgreave Hall

PRESS RELEASE

Lightmap Ltd, a developer of computer graphics lighting software for the advertising and visual effects industries, today announces that it has completed its move to a new head office at The Hexgreave Estate, Nottinghamshire, England.

Lightmap’s new office facilities provide much needed room for the expanding team that support and develop ‘HDR Light Studio’ software, used by 3D artists around the globe to light their design, advertising and VFX imagery. The software has been adopted widely by the automotive industry for the creation of marketing imagery of new vehicles. In fact all top 10 global car manufacturers use Lightmap’s software, plus a host of photographers, retouching artists and CGI houses that work in this sector.

Mark Segasby, Lightmap CEO says “We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the facilities here at Hexgreave. We look forward to hosting marketing events and customer training days here in the near future. Our new location provides the right environment to support our next stage of growth. We are really looking forward to working with our customers and partners here in the exciting years to come. ”

The new offices are centrally located in England, in the beautiful surroundings of the Nottinghamshire countryside, with excellent travel links to London and East Midlands Airport.

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HDR Light Studio 4 Live Connection Arrives for RTT DeltaGen

Lightmap’s HDR Light Studio 4 Live Connection Arrives for RTT DeltaGen 11.0.3

Lightmap announces the HDR Light Studio 4 Live connection for RTT DeltaGen 11.0.3. The connection brings full support for HDR Light Studio including the revolutionary interactive LightPaint feature allowing DeltaGen users to click directly within their rendered viewport to place and select lights on HDR Light Studio’s canvas. Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio Live arrives for 3ds Max

Real-time image based lighting for the market leading visualization solution. The new HDR Light Studio 4 Live connection for Autodesk 3ds Max with Chaos Group V-Ray launches today.

The new HDR Light Studio 4 Live connection for Autodesk 3ds Max with Chaos Group V-Ray launches today. Artists can now light their scenes with real-time feedback using V-Ray RT as the ActiveShade renderer and HDR Light Studio’s innovative interactive HDR canvas. Sophisticated lighting environments can be created in moments to perfectly light and reflect in your shot. It’s an amazing new approach to light V-Ray scenes, seeing the lighting interact with your materials in your final shot.

Mark Segasby, Lightmap CEO, says “We are very pleased to launch this highly anticipated Live connection for our 3ds Max customers. The first renderer to benefit is V-Ray. Many customers have been waiting for this exciting update. The V-Ray dome light provides amazing results from HDRI maps, it’s a perfect match for our real-time image based lighting tool”

This latest Live connection is a free update for existing HDR Light Studio 4 customers who already benefit from the wide range of connectivity including an Autodesk Maya connection which also supports V-Ray.

Rusko Ruskov, 3D Artist and Master V-Ray Trainer at Chaos Group commented “I’ve always considered HDR Light Studio to be a very powerful tool when creating studio light setups. The new version has added even more ease of use and features. Lightmap and Chaos Group teams have worked to make our new editions integrate seamlessly resulting in a streamlined, fast workflow allowing greater creativity and freedom for experimentation. With the ability of V-Ray RT to display changes made to the light setup in HDR Light Studio and the latter being able to reflect back any change made to geometries or materials, you no longer have time consuming test renders and tedious tweaks. HDR Light Studio now works great together with V-Ray RT in 3ds Max and Maya, thus helping you preview scenes whilst creating custom HDRIs. I strongly recommended this must have tool.”

Brett Simms, Founder, Heavy Artillery added “The new HDR Light Studio Live connection to 3ds Max with V-Ray is an unbelievable time saver for me. Being able to create image based lighting on the fly with instant feedback in V-Ray RT is amazing. My lighting process is now significantly faster and with all the lighting coming from IBL, the renders are often much faster too. If you haven’t tried it, you should!”

Pricing and Availability
Lightmap HDR Light Studio 4.1 including the new Autodesk 3ds Max and V-Ray connection is available immediately for £299 / $499 / €399 through the online Lightmap store or through any Lightmap Authorized Reseller. HDR Light Studio 4.1 is a free update to existing HDR Light Studio 4 customers – download the new version today from your Lightmap store account.

For more information visit the 3ds Max workflow page on the HDR Light Studio web site

About HDR Light Studio
Launched in 2009, HDR Light Studio has become the de facto standard for interactive creation and control of image based lighting for computer graphics. The software provides a fast and efficient way to light a 3D scene with photo-real results, while fitting into all major 3D rendering pipelines on the market. It is used worldwide by 3D artists lighting CGI shots of cars, jewelry and all other rendered models and in animated TV commercials and movie VFX. HDR Light Studio creates a single HDRI map containing the entire lighting for a scene providing total realism with illumination and reflections working in harmony. This innovative, patents pending, approach to lighting has allowed manufacturing, visualization and entertainment companies to bring their creations to life with photo-real perfection.

About Lightmap
Lightmap Limited is a leader in photo realistic lighting design tools for CGI and VFX professionals. Lightmap software enables artists and designers to create perfection and control reality when lighting their vision.

HDR Light Studio is a trademark of Lightmap Limited. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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HDR Light Studio support comes to Autodesk Showcase Professional 2013

Autodesk Showcase Professional 2013 (R1) users can now use HDR Light Studio 4 to create and edit HDRI maps, lighting their scenes with tailored reflections and enjoying maximum realism and creative control. The HDR Live connection enables instant updates in the Showcase Professional viewport, providing a virtual lighting studio. Design presentations and marketing imagery quickly and easily reach new levels of visual perfection.

Mark Segasby, Lightmap CEO says “We’ve worked closely with Autodesk to integrate HDR Light Studio and Autodesk Showcase Professional to give a great result. Lighting plays a key role in helping to communicate new designs, really making the materials and form come alive. Designers can now craft lighting set-ups with ease for each Showcase project, seeing the results in real-time on their models. Users have a wide range of lighting effects at their fingertips to ensure their designs look their best. It’s a very powerful combination.

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3D World Reviews HDR Light Studio 4

The latest edition of 3D World (164) includes an excellent review of HDR Light Studio 4 – scoring 4/5.

Here’s a small snippet:
“With its comprehensive toolset and new LightPaint feature, HDR Light Studio 4 makes the task of HDR lighting sublimely easy. Certainly for jobs where the client wants a very specific look, they can now point precisely to where they want a highlight to fall and the result is a mere mouse click away. It’s hard to see the counter argument for studios creating product shots against dropping a few hundred pounds on an application that will both save time and improve the quality of their final renders….. A near-perfect solution for bespoke HDRI lighting.

Also many thanks to Ars Thanea for providing example images lit with HDR Light Studio for the review.

To see the full review as a PDF document click here

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