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HDR Light Studio launches LightWave3D plug-in

HDR Light Studio adds an exciting new way to light your shots in LightWave 3D.

HDR Light Studio - Lightwave3D

Newtek LightWave3D users can now enjoy live lighting sessions with HDR Light Studio – for the real-time creation and editing of HDRI maps with instant feedback in the VPR view.

HDR Light Studio adds an exciting new way to light your shots in LightWave 3D that’s: easy, fast, creative, and produces stunning final results. Simply click on the LightWave viewport, even in VPR mode or an Octane Live view, to position your lights where you want them directly on your shot, with instant visual feedback. This point and click lighting approach will revolutionize your rendering workflow – saving time and improving your renders.

“It’s exciting to see HDR Light Studio go to market with its new Live Connection plug-in for LightWave—the first designed to directly support LightWave’s VPR,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “By offering an interactive, real-time lighting tool that takes advantage of the power of the VPR in LightWave, artists are free to easily explore different image-based lighting scenarios.  Image based lighting was a first in LightWave; it creates very realistic and subtle lighting of a scene. HDR Light Studio’s ability to tap into the VPR to extend image-based editing makes it an essential tool for any LightWave artist.”

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V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino adds HDR Light Studio live connection

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is released today, and Lightmap are pleased to announce this latest version adds native support for a live connection with HDR Light Studio. Chaos Group and Lightmap have worked closely to develop a deep level of integration between our products, providing a great user experience – including our LightPaint ‘point and click’ light placement directly in the Rhino viewport. So now V-Ray for Rhino users can light their shots easier and faster than ever before with perfect final results. Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio – New Educational Pricing

HDR Light Studio - Educational

Lightmap Ltd is proud to announce new pricing on HDR Light Studio Educational Software.

Colleges & Universities can now get HDR Light Studio software for FREE! Email: sales@hdrlightstudio.com to apply for your software.

Students and teachers in higher education can now buy a 1 year educational license of HDR Light Studio Complete for just £15, see here for more details >

For some inspiration check out what student Oddur Sigurdsson got up to using his educational license of HDR Light Studio when studying at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Read the customer story here >

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Oddur Sigurdsson

 

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HDR Light Studio for MODO – Product Shot Lighting Tutorial

We have just released an in depth ‘product shot’ lighting tutorial for ‘HDR Light Studio for MODO’ by Mark Segasby, co-inventor of HDR Light Studio software.

See how easily you can light your product shots using HDR Light Studio in MODO rather than traditional 3D lights and bounce cards. This demo is over 30 minutes long and does go into a lot of detail about the lighting process and techniques possible using HDR Light Studio.

As the HDR Light Studio interface is the same whichever partner software it is used with, this tutorial is useful for any HDR Light Studio user, whichever 3D software they use. Happy Lighting!

We also produced a tutorial for lighting animated product shots also, where additional considerations need to be made about the lighting over time.

Here’s a few shots lit with that technique:

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MODO users are loving HDR Light Studio

MODO users love how HDR Light Studio has made their work easy, simple and creative.

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HDR Light Studio is first and foremost a lighting tool, the HDRI map is simply the carriers of your lighting intent. HDR Light Studio let’s 3D artists express their lighting vision with unparalleled ease and speed within MODO. Our users light their shots faster and achieve sophisticated lighting and reflections without worrying about managing an array of complex settings.

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The new HDR Light Studio for MODO integration is helping both beginners and the most advanced users to create better lit imagery. Let’s hear what some of our MODO users are saying about HDR Light Studio… Continue reading

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HDR Light Studio in action with MODO at SMUG 2013

SMUG 2013

Martin Öberg will be presenting his workflow with HDR Light Studio and MODO at the Sweden Modo User Group (SMUG) meeting on 1st November, 2013 in Gothenburg. Martin has lit some gorgeous car imagery using HDR Light Studio with many MODO users showing a great deal of interest in understanding his lighting approach. So this is a great opportunity to see how it was done!

Here is the thread about the SMUG event on the MODO forum: http://community.thefoundry.co.uk/discussion/topic.aspx?f=129&t=80993

 

Martin at SMUG

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New – HDR Light Studio Brochures

HDR Light Studio - Brochures

We are pleased to announce the release of the HDR Light Studio 4 PDF brochure in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.

If you are trying to convince your studio to buy HDR Light Studio, please do show this PDF to your boss, it’s a great place to learn about the advantages of using HDR Light Studio.

 

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To download the brochure, please click on your language flag in the header of the HDR Light Studio web site. (As above)

Thanks to our amazing customers for the use of their imagery and their support in putting this brochure together.

 

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HDR Light Studio – Animation Showreel

We are delighted to release the HDR Light Studio ‘Animation Showreel’, containing animation projects lit using HDR Light Studio. We put it together especially to show at BFX, an exciting new Visual Effects and Animation Festival in the UK.

A big thanks to our amazing customers who kindly shared their work and made this showreel possible. Enjoy!

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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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HDR Light Studio brings light to the CINEWARE launch

Cineware Launch

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.

 

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