I’m a long time admirer of Irinel Papuc’s renders, many of which are posted at the Octane Render Facebook Group. I like how each render is about solving a particular challenge, be it trying out a new special effect/process or perfecting a material. I can see how doing these experiments, out side of the day to day workload, will really increase the skills you have at your disposal.
So it was great news to hear that many of those images were also lit with HDR Light Studio. This was the excuse I needed to get in touch with Irinel and find out more. Continue reading
12th May 2016 – Today, Lightmap announces the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3.3. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to the 3ds Max and Cinema 4D Connections, allowing users to interactively create and control both a HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use that has made HDR Light Studio a favourite lighting tool with professional 3D artists.
Introduction to Area Lights in 3ds Max
The 3ds Max Connection supports Area Lights for these compatible renderers:
V-Ray, Maxwell, Octane, Thea and Corona.
HDR Light Studio is changing the way 3D artists light their shots in Cinema 4D.
Here are a range of shots and details from Michel Manfredi, a new user of HDR Light Studio. He is delighted with his new lighting workflow and the results he is getting using HDR Light Studio with Maxwell Render for Cinema 4D. It’s amazing to see how lighting has brought these shots and the materials to life.
Look at the lovely details in those reflections. Plus the metallic sparkles zing from the HDRI reflections.
In the case of this lipstick shot, the lighting is really simple, but perfect. HDR Light Studio allowed Michel to get the lights in the right place and control the appearance of the reflections with ease. The final results render fast using a single HDRI map for all lighting and reflections. We love the sub-surface catering on the top of the lipstick too.
Lightmap’s HDR Light Studio brings lighting simplicity to CINEMA 4D
Lightmap announces a new HDR Light Studio Live plug-in for Maxon CINEMA 4D bringing simplicity to HDRI lighting. The new plug-in works with all versions of CINEMA 4D R13 and higher and supports additional market leading renderers, V-Ray, Maxwell and Octane Render.
HDR Light Studio lets artists easily create and edit HDRI lighting in real-time. With the CINEMA 4D Live Connection artists quickly develop the custom HDRI map in HDR Light Studio and see its lighting effect evolve in the Interactive Render. Use the LightPaint feature to click on the 3D model in the CINEMA 4D viewport to position the lighting effects. This ‘click to light’ process will dramatically speed up the lighting process with precise and perfect final results.
“HDR Light Studio has completely changed the way I work and light my scenes in CINEMA 4D. Using the live plugin for C4D is a real timesaver and it speeds up my workflow a lot. I can now choose between Cinema 4D’s Advanced Render, V-Ray or Maxwell Render and get almost instant feedback on how different materials interact with different lighting setups. I also photograph HDR environments for CG lighting and I love the option to import my own HDRs and very quickly combine them with studio lights or enhance them using other available options inside HDR Light Studio to make the perfect lighting setup.” Frederik Tennholt, Owner/CG artist at Good Monday
Main HDR Light Studio features for CINEMA 4D users:
• Non-destructive, interactive HDRI map creation and editing app
• Live Connection between HDR Light Studio and CINEMA 4D
• Supports CINEMA 4D Renderer, V-Ray, Maxwell and Octane Render (1.23+)
• LightPaint – Point and click light source positioning and selection in CINEMA 4D
• Push scenes into HDR Light Studio’s 3D view for a fast LightPaint experience on large scenes
• Highly controllable procedural light sources
• Library of HDR lights, including HDR captures of studio light sources
• Layered lighting system with blend modes
• Enhance existing HDRI maps via localised adjustments to color, exposure, and saturation
• Augment existing HDRI maps with additional light sources
• HDR Light Studio lighting project embedded in the CINEMA 4D scene
Lightmap HDR Light Studio 4 Complete including the CINEMA 4D Live plug-in is available immediately for £299/€399/$499 through the online Lightmap store or through any Lightmap Authorized Reseller. The new plugin 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 CINEMA 4D page at our web site
If you work within the world of computer graphics, unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few months, you will have seen the big news coming from Maxon and Adobe – the launch of CINEWARE!
In an industry first, Maxon have built a live connection within After Effects so users can work with their 3D content inside their compositing workflow. You can import native CINEMA 4D scenes as assets in After Effects and utilize CINEMA 4D’s powerful multi-pass workflow as layers to achieve your vision. Update the CINEMA 4D scene at any time and you’ll instantly see the results inside After Effects. There’s no need to wait for long renders or manage intermediate files because the CINEMA 4D render engine is built right in After Effects. Your 3D workflow has never been easier.
Here at Lightmap we are very excited by this new solution that breaks down the barriers between 3D and compositing. Our excitement grew when we discovered HDR Light Studio had been used to light some of the content used for the big launch. One of our users lit the impressive Whiskey animation with fluid simulations using HDR Light Studio. It was perfect for such refractive and reflective materials to use HDR Light Studio to place the highlights perfectly. We helped our user meet a tight deadline and the job rendered fast using image based lighting. The results rendered with the native CINEMA4D renderer speak for themselves. The shot looks gorgeous.
weareflink have just shared with us an excellent new spot they produced for the VW CrossBlue Coupé, shown at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013. HDR Light Studio 4 played a significant role in lighting the car exterior and interior shots, and was used in conjunction with Cinema 4D and V-Ray. The results are excellent.
They also kindly shared with us some screen grabs of HDR Light Studio in action with their scene. So you can see how the HDR environments were augmented with additional lighting to craft the look of the car. The black and white views are from HDR Light Studio’s LiveLight view which provides feedback on reflections and illumination, allowing the artist to concentrate on controlling the light across the vehicle surfaces without the overhead and distraction of the final scene materials – which would be slow to render with a complex model.
A big thanks to Andreas Lampe and Torben Kliefoth for sending us your amazing content.
Here’s the final video – enjoy!
VW CrossBlue Coupé – Shanghai Motor Show 2013 from weareflink on Vimeo.