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HDR Light Studio for Cinema 4D

Real-time HDR lighting tools for Cinema 4D – HDRI map authoring and HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Studio connected to Cinema 4D

“HDR Light Studio has a huge image library which covers my needs for lighting - from interior studios to natural exterior shots. The ability to solo a light source and tweak parameters is hugely powerful - knowing exactly what effect each light is having on the scene. The recent addition of the composite function is fantastic - being able to build up light groups and mask them.”



Duncan Dix

Duncan Dix

Creative Director

New Release

On the 18th May 2021, we released HDR Light Studio - Xenon Drop 3. This includes a new updated Connection for Cinema 4D, including support for Cinema 4D 24 and V-Ray 5. Here are some of the new features.

How does HDR Light Studio work with Cinema 4D?

HDR Light Studio tethered to Cinema 4D

The model has materials assigned, the camera view is setup, you are now ready to light…

Start HDR Light Studio from the Cinema 4D plug-in
Press Play and the Cinema 4D interactive render shows in HDR Light Studio
Paint your shot with lights in HDR Light Studio (Lights are automatically created in Cinema 4D as you light)
Finish - HDR Light Studio generates high-res HDRI images for your lights
The completed Cinema 4D scene is now ready for rendering

Key Connection Features

Here you can see the key features of the live-link between HDR Light Studio and Cinema 4D

HDR Light Studio plugin for Cinema 4D

Live link with HDR Light Studio

Paint Lights in Cinema 4D

Paint Light Positions

Make HDRI Maps in Cinema 4D

Live HDRI Creation

Edit HDRI Maps in Cinema 4D

Live HDRI Editing

HDR Area Lights in Cinema 4D

Live 3D HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Sources for Cinema 4D

Library of HDR Light Captures

Manage HDRI maps in Cinema 4D

Manage HDRIs / Save Light Rigs

HDR Light Studio project stored in Cinema 4D

Live Project Sync

Find out more about HDR Light Studio lighting features - visit the main Features web page

Customer Stories

Marius Wilkens-Zimmermann

Marius Wilkens-Zimmermann

Duncan Dix - HDR Light Studio user

Duncan Dix: CGI Behind the Scenes

Declan McGurry - HDR Light Studio user

Declan McGurry: Destined to Create


Made with Cinema 4D and HDR Light Studio

Take HDR Light Studio for a spin with Cinema 4D


Quick Start Video

Before watching the video below, make sure you have watched the HDR Light Studio - Quick Start video to learn the key concepts of using HDR Light Studio.

You can follow along with this Quick Start Video by taking a trial of HDR Light Studio here and downloading the Cinema 4D projects linked here.

Free Training

We have free training videos to teach you how to light with HDR Light Studio and your renderer in Cinema 4D. Click on the image below to view the tutorials.

Compatibility (Our Latest Connection Build: 2021.0519)

Cinema 4D 21.1 and higher, 22, 23, 24, 25 (Windows & MacOS)
Renderers: Cinema 4D Physical Render, Redshift, Octane, Arnold, V-Ray 5, Corona

Please Note:
Our plug-in is not compatible with Cinema 4D running native Apple M1 Silicon mode.

See the Current Features Compatibility Chart for all Connections here


Software delivery via internet download
Internet connection required for license activation
HDR Light Studio software requires approx. 200MB disc space
Preset light content requires approx. 8GB disc space
CPU based, no special graphics card required

What to Buy?

This Cinema 4D plug-in connection is included with HDR Light Studio Indie, Pro and Automotive

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