HDR Light Studio for MODO

HDR Light Studio revolutionizes the lighting workflow in MODO. It provides a fast, fun and creative approach to lighting. Spend less time with tedious setup or trial and error - gain more time to experiment and polish the shot.

To use HDR Light Studio live within MODO, purchase HDR Light Studio and the MODO Connection. The Connection creates the bridge between the two apps.

Stay on this page to read more about the MODO Connection features
or find out more about the main HDR Light Studio app here.

What do Modo artists think?

I’m a graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor and HDR changed definitely our approach with light on our 3D projects. It’s simple, speed and user-friendly. It is not necessary to know how manage the light with photographic experience, you have to simply move and livelight make a magic. This software help to us to increase our productivity with Modo and Maxwell Render. Must have!   

Cristian Molon
Owner, Say Design

HDR Light Studio is the natural evolution of image based lighting… simple interface, interactive feedback and easy integration. If you're tired of hunting through the same old libraries of HDR images looking for one that you can 'make work' (you know who you are) then you really need this program. These guys 'get it'...they do actual production work and it shows in their product.

Greg Leuenberger
CEO, Sabertooth Productions

Connection Features

Shared Map

HDR Light Studio's environment map (canvas) is shared with MODO. During the lighting process a lower resolution map is used for interactive speed. For the final production rendering in MODO - a full resolution, high dynamic range image is generated and passed through the connection.

Area Lights

Area Lights are created and controlled for your renderer by HDR Light Studio through the connection. As lights are adjusted in HDR Light Studio, they are instantly updated in MODO. Area Lights are positioned using LightPaint and Smart Dolly, controlling both the distance and scale of the light in one convenient slider.

Click to Light

Purchasing a connection allows artists to click on the model within MODO viewports to position lights on the map.

Render Support

Supported renderers are MODO, Octane and V-Ray

Embedded Projects

The HDR Light Studio lighting project is embedded within the MODO scene file. So the scene lighting can be reloaded and edited in the future.

Scene Sync

Send the MODO scene directly into the HDR Light Studio as a Collada or Alembic file.

MODO and HDR Light Studio in action

Made with Modo and HDR Light Studio


MODO 11, 10, 902, 901
Renderers: MODO, Octane and V-Ray

Please note: MODO 10.2 on Linux is not currently supported.


MODO Connection - Useful Links

Installation Guide
VIDEO: Getting Started - HDR Light Studio
VIDEO: Getting Started - MODO Connection
MODO Connection User Guide

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