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HDR Light Studio plugin for 3D software

Here are the newest features added to HDR Light Studio. These are available to customers with an active subscription license or with up-to-date maintenance on a permanent license. The latest version is HDR Light Studio - Xenon Drop 4.2 (Build: 2022.0426).

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Cinema 4D 26 support released, including Apple Silicon support

Build: 2022.0414


HDR Light Studio is now compatible with Cinema 4D 26. In addition, the Cinema 4D 26 plug-in is compatible with Cinema 4D running on Apple Silicon. This new plug-in requires the latest build of HDR Light Studio (2022.0426).

Please note: The HDR Light Studio main application is still an Intel MacOS app and runs via Rosetta on Apple Silicon computers. However, this does not stop it from performing very well and communicating with our new plug-ins compiled for Apple Silicon apps.

Learn how to use Cinema 4D Connection in our training videos.

Blender Add-on updated to support Apple Silicon

Build: 2022.0426


The HDR Light Studio add-on for Blender has been updated to support Blender running on Apple Silicon. This new plug-in requires the latest build of HDR Light Studio (2022.0426).

Please note: The HDR Light Studio main application is still an Intel MacOS app and runs via Rosetta on Apple Silicon computers. However, this does not stop it from performing very well and communicating with our new plug-ins compiled for Apple Silicon apps.

Learn how to use Blender Connection in our training videos.

Support added for 3ds Max 2023
Support added for Maya 2023
Support added for MODO 16
Support added for Blender 3.1+
FStorm support added to 3ds Max
Support added for DeltaGen 2022

NVIDIA Omniverse™ Connection Update

Build: 2022.0414


The NVIDIA Omniverse™ Connection has been added to HDR Light Studio Indie and Pro licenses. Now all customers using Indie, Pro and Automotive licenses can enjoy using the NVIDIA Omniverse Connection.

'Sampled direct lighting' is now automatically enabled so that area lights can be seen in reflections using the RTX Real-time renderer.

Key features of HDR Light Studio plug-in connection for NVIDIA Omniverse™

Learn how to use NVIDIA Omniverse™ Connection in our training videos.

Diffusion Blur

Added in HDR Light Studio - Xenon Drop 2

Build date 2021.0121 or newer


Diffusion Blur mimics the diffusion of light through a material like tracing paper or cloth. Spreading and softening the light.

Diffusion key features

  • Real-time - change settings with instant feedback
  • Energy Conserving - preserving the amount of light in your HDRI map.
  • Spherical option for HDRI Maps
  • Planar option for Area Lights

Learn how to use the Diffusion filter in our training videos.

Motion Blur

Added in HDR Light Studio - Xenon Drop 3

Build date 2021.0520 or newer


The Motion Blur filter provides a fast and easy-to-use method for adding linear motion blur to HDRI lighting. Click on the HDR Canvas to pick the direction and set the length of the blur - it's that easy.

Learn how to use the Motion Blur filters in our training videos.

"With the motion blur tool I can quickly set the angle then get creative and crank the effect up for more stylized looks or dial it back for a subtle addition. This is without a doubt a feature that I will use often."

Testimonial by Jeff Patton

Jeff Patton

Motion Blur (Advanced)

Added in HDR Light Studio - Xenon Drop 4

Build date 2021.1103 or newer


Advanced motion blur adds options to curve and tilt the motion path, add a noise profile, and use a second input image to scale the speed of motion at each pixel on the HDRI map.

Learn how to use the Motion Blur filters in our training videos.

Light Looks

Added in HDR Light Studio - Xenon Drop 2

Build date 2021.0121 or newer


The lighting process is about creativity and experimentation. There are so many lighting decisions to make and so many different approaches you can try out. Light Looks allow you to easily store, compare, duplicate and edit multiple lighting designs in a single HDR Light Studio project - supporting your creative lighting process.

Learn how to use Light Looks in our training video.

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