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VRED Artists: 3rd Floor Company CGI



3rd floor company CGI works mainly in the area of visualizing transportation/cars.  It was founded by the German car photographer Steffen Schrägle. He has been working for all big car brands and mostly over the last 6 years was able to work with CGI processes in car photography. That was the main reason he has set up 3rd floor company CGI in order to provide quick turnaround of CGI imagery yet still maintaining the high standards that clients are looking for. Continue reading


Transforming the lighting process in Cinema 4D

HDR Light Studio is changing the way 3D artists light their shots in Cinema 4D.

Michel Manfredi

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.

Michel Manfredi - Bottle Detail 2

Look at the lovely details in those reflections. Plus the metallic sparkles zing from the HDRI reflections.

Michel Manfredi - Bottle Detail

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.

Michel Manfredi - Lipstick


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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Arion 2.5 by Random Control – adds HDR Light Studio integration

Arion HDRI

Arion 2.5 Standalone now supports a live connection with HDR Light Studio 4 – providing real-time HDRI map creation and editing. We are really pleased that Random Control has added support for our lighting tool inside their amazing hybrid renderer. Do check out their website to find out more about Arion.

Here’s a demo video produced by Random Control:



MODO users are loving HDR Light Studio

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


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.

MODO Customer Images

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


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.



Announcing: HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO

HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO

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.


HDR Light Studio lights up Shanghai Motor Show

weareflink hdr light studio

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.

HDR Light Studio Exterior Lighting


HDR Light Studio Interior Lighting

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.