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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
Lightmap are pleased to announce we have been working closely with Luxology to bring MODO 701 users a new dedicated HDR light Studio product. HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO includes the HDR Light Studio 4 main app and a Live Connection Kit to MODO 701 (Requires SP2 and above). It supports LightPaint ‘point and click’ lighting in the MODO viewport providing users will a fast and precise new way to light their shots with ease.
HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO is available now at the Lightmap online store and costs just £195. Even better, for the first 2 weeks we are running introductory pricing of just £169 (from July 23rd to Midnight GMT August 6th).
You can find our more at our MODO web page
Try HDR Light Studio in a live connection with MODO now by downloading our DEMO EDITION
The new MODO Live connection kit will also be included in the main ‘HDR Light Studio – Complete’ product, and is a free update for existing HDR Light Studio 4 customers. HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO is a single user license – for 1 user on 2 computers.
Lightmap will be attending this years RTT Excite event in Munich, Germany on the 25th and 26th April 2013.
The Lightmap team are really ‘excited’ about meeting up with our DeltaGen users and showing them the new features available in the new HDR Light Studio 4 Live connection with DeltaGen 11.0.3+. We will also be speaking about our experience with the DeltaGen SDK at the event.
If you intend to visit this event and would like to meet with the HDR Light Studio team, please email Mark Segasby our CEO using this email address, email@example.com, with your name, company and a mobile phone number. We can then make sure we meet up at some time during the show.
For full details about this event visit the RTT web site: http://www.rtt.ag/en/events/rtt-excite-2013/overview/
Nigel from www.aircgi.com sent us this awesome shot that the team there recently put together, a Formula 1 car tearing down a Chicago backstreet in the rain. Superb stuff. Created in 3DS Max and V-Ray. Lit with HDR Light Studio of course! Click on the images and soak in the pixel perfection in hi-res.
An amazing new set of features is coming to the next update of HDR Light Studio, version 3.5. We call it LightPaint. New tools to allow the user to place and select lights directly on the 3D rendered view. Objects can be lit with lightning speed and a level of precision simply not possible before – it’s a fun and fast way to light a scene. Of course at all times everything it totally adjustable, that’s the great thing about HDR Light Studio… it’s non-destructive and resolution independent. At all times the user is not painting pixels, rather designing a complex lighting rig built in a system designed for that sole purpose. So lighting colors, size, and brightness can all be adjust easily on the fly with instant feedback on the 3D model.
But it doesn’t stop there… remember HDR Light Studio is a powerful system for adjusting existing HDRI maps. So you can place adjustments to exposure, color and saturation just as easily – with fine control over the fall-off of the effect. So if a part of the model looks a little dark, click on that area to make it brighter, cool! It’s so simple, even your granny can use it, or your 5 year old! But the quality of results is simply outstanding – perfect illumination and reflections. Once you have used LivePaint, there’s no going back and it’s coming to Windows, Mac and Linux real soon! HDR Light Studio 3.5 is a free update for version 3 customers!
Here’s a quick demo!