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!
Don’t get caught out by subtle changes between KeyShot 2 and KeyShot 3 when using the HDR Light Studio plug-in, or in fact any HDRI map.
You’ll notice that the Environment settings tab now has a ‘Contrast’ setting which has replaced the old Gamma slider found in KeyShot v2. If you create a new scene in KeyShot 3 this Contrast setting is set to 2.5. I changed this back to 1 straight away to ensure the HDRI lighting information was going to be used accurately, without any contrast adjustments being made which would alter the relative brightness of each light. But I quickly found out that my lighting was just not working as expected and looked terrible. It turns out the setting of 2.5 was in fact correct and is the equivalent to the old environment gamma setting of 1. Continue reading
Just got back from an amazing event in Berlin – IMPRESS3D by PI-VR
It was a great opportunity to meet our VRED plug-in users all in one place. Because HDR Light Studio is very easy and intuitive to use… we don’t hear too much from our customers. But meeting face to face we could hear how our lighting tool had fitted so well into their rendering workflow. Continue reading
We are proud to announce Lumiscaphe’s Patchwork 3D version 5.0 now supports HDR Light Studio directly via the new Patchwork3D Live plug-in, available now from the Lightmap store. Continue reading
HDR Light Studio version 2.0
LONDON – Nov. 2, 2010 – Lighting design can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the visualization process, particularly for those professionals seeking photorealistic results suitable for design, advertising and marketing imagery. Lightmap Ltd., makers of HDR Light Studio, are excited to announce an important advance in the area of lighting, visualization and HDRI rendering: HDR Light Studio 2.0. The newest version of Lightmap’s flagship product for interactive image-based lighting, HDR Light Studio 2.0 provides 3D computer graphics (CG) artists with an interactive tool for designing image-based lighting environments for their 3D models, and an accelerated way to light a 3D scene with photo-real results.
“Our clients have been steadily moving toward a CG workflow as it oftentimes reflects a significant cost savings over traditional photography,” said Greg Peruski, digital artist at Midcoast Studio. “Advertising imagery constantly dances the line between reality and idealism, and HDR Light Studio 2.0 allows me the flexibility to achieve the right look quickly and easily.” Continue reading
HDR Light Studio™ is a dedicated tool for creating lighting. It connects to your 3D software providing a fast and easy way to light your 3D images. Real-time and interactive – simply ‘drag and drop’ lights onto your 3D model.
Lighting designs can easily and quickly be adjusted within this resolution independent tool. HDRI maps can be output as fast low-res previews through to high quality production output- in either .HDR or .EXR file formats.