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Real-time HDR lighting tools for Houdini – HDRI map authoring and HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Studio connected to Houdini

"HDR Light Studio has been a game changer from the start putting the artist back on the driving seat, the results speak volumes but it is the flexibility to design the lighting by painting and interactively work that made our work better... This is the kind of modern tools that change how you work for the better, where the director and creative team work in sync and where the final result is what counts. Just brilliant."

Jordi Barés
Creative Director, Framestore (London)

How does HDR Light Studio lighting work with Houdini?

HDR Light Studio tethered to Houdini

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

Start HDR Light Studio from the Houdini plug-in
Press Play - the Houdini scene is exported and rendered in HDR Light Studio
Paint your shot with lights in HDR Light Studio (Lights are automatically created in Houdini as you light)
Use interactive rendering in Houdini to see the lighting with your shaders
Finish - HDR Light Studio generates high-res HDRI images for your lights
The completed Houdini scene is now ready for rendering

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Houdini Lighting Plugin Features

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

HDR Light Studio plugin for Houdini

Live link with HDR Light Studio

Paint Lights in Houdini

Paint Light Positions

Make HDRI Maps in Houdini

Live HDRI Creation

Edit HDRI Maps in Houdini

Live HDRI Editing

HDR Area Lights in Houdini

Live 3D HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Sources for Houdini

Library of HDR Light Captures

Manage HDRI maps in Houdini

Manage HDRIs / Save Light Rigs

HDR Light Studio project stored in Houdini

Live Project Sync

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

Houdini Gallery

Houdini renders lit with HDR Light Studio lighting plugin

See more images lit with HDR Light Studio at our gallery.

Houdini Lighting Tutorial

Compatibility (Our Latest Connection Build: 2023.1115)

Renderers: Mantra, Arnold, Redshift, Octane, V-Ray and RenderMan

Houdini 19, 19.5, 20 - Windows, MacOS, and Linux

See the Current Features Compatibility Chart PDF here

Plug-in Updates News

5th March 2024 (Plug-in Build: 2023.1115)

Updated to be compatible with HDR Light Studio 8.2

8th August 2023 (Plug-in Build: 2023.0706)

Support added for Houdini 19.5+ running on Apple Silicon

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

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