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HDR Light Studio for Maya

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

HDR Light Studio connected to Maya

“I used to manually add light sources and enhance the environment in Nuke, but then I discovered HDR Light Studio which allows you to craft lighting really quickly in a nice, intuitive way. It’s a great solution for our commercials team - especially when we are placing a CG character into plate photography as it extends the lighting beyond what is practically achievable on set. Many creatures are reflection-based and it's really nice to be able to place your highlights in specific places, make sure the eye highlights are working really nicely....get a rim on the top the's perfect for that.”

Andrew Rowan-Robinson
Creative Director & Head of CG, Integrated Advertising at Framestore NY

How does HDR Light Studio work with Maya?

HDR Light Studio tethered to Maya

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

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

HDR Light Studio plugin for Maya

Live link with HDR Light Studio

Paint Lights in Maya

Paint Light Positions

Make HDRI Maps in Maya

Live HDRI Creation

Edit HDRI Maps in Maya

Live HDRI Editing

HDR Area Lights in Maya

Live 3D HDR Area Lights

HDR Light Sources for Maya

Library of HDR Light Captures

Manage HDRI maps in Maya

Manage HDRIs / Save Light Rigs

HDR Light Studio project stored in Maya

Live Project Sync

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

Customer Stories

Paul Gawman using HDR Light Studio

Paul Gawman: Striving for Excellence

Luminous Creative Imaging using HDR Light Studio

Luminous Creative Imaging: Dope Not Broke

Marc Greyvenstein using HDR Light Studio

Marc Greyvenstein - McLaren 570S Project


Made with Maya and HDR Light Studio

Take HDR Light Studio for a spin with Maya



Workflow for using the Maya Connection with V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Redshift, RenderMan

Compatibility (Our Latest Connection Build: 2021.1115)

Maya 2019, 2020, 2022 (Windows, MacOS and Linux)
Renderers: V-Ray, Arnold, Octane, Redshift, RenderMan, Maxwell

Please note: Please use the hotfix 2 build of V-Ray 5 - Dec 9 2020, or later.


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

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