Area Light support is coming very soon to this Connection - Watch this space!
HDR Light Studio provides a fast and precise way to light a 3D model. The lighting design is saved as a high dynamic range, high resolution environment map. If you purchase the connection, you can see the lighting evolve in your final render windows in Houdini as you shape the lighting in HDR Light Studio.
HDR Light Studio's environment map (canvas) is shared with Houdini. During the lighting process a lower resolution map is used for interactive speed. For the final production rendering in Houdini - a full resolution, high dynamic range image is generated and passed through the connection.
The HDR Light Studio lighting project is embedded within the Houdini scene file. So the scene lighting can be reloaded and edited in the future.
The connection also enables artists to push 3D models directly to HDR Light Studio via the Alembic file format.
Bringing HDR Light Studio directly into your Houdini lighting workflow can save time to light, increase image quality, improve creative control and reduce final render times.