London, UK, 24 September, 2012: Lightmap launches HDR Light Studio 4 for Windows with OS X and Linux releases available for the first time b...
“HDR Light Studio 4 offers a unique lighting approach that benefits all 3D and visualization artists” said Mark Segasby, CEO of Lightmap “This major new release brings this technology to all 3D professionals and students with competitive new pricing and licensing options. Our single edition contains all the features and connectivity, including Live plug-ins, to make HDR Light Studio 4 part of your 3D workflow today on any platform.” He continued “Our latest release introduces a vast array of new features, led by LightPaint, providing the greatest creative lighting control possible for our customers.”
HDR Light Studio 4 LightPaint video
New LightPaint technology enables lighting artists to point in the rendered view directing the light to the exact location where it is needed on their models. Slashing the time taken to light a 3D scene and enabling the precise placement of lighting and reflections.
Artists put the light where they want it, thinking only about their artistic intent, creating a custom HDRI map on the fly to light the shot. HDR Light Studio 4 is more efficient, feels slicker and has a host of optimizations for faster HDRI map generation ensuring that nothing comes between the artist and their work. As a key component of any modern 3D pipeline, Python scripting has been added to enable ‘Live’ plug-in integration with leading 3D software, with Autodesk Maya and Side Effects Houdini plugins being the first to be take advantage of this.
New Features are:
-LightPaint Place and select lights directly on the rendered view
-LightCam Look through the lights on the HDR map and use the camera navigation to drive their location
-FilmBack Explore the shot with pan and zoom in LiveLight to light details using LightPaint
-SunShade Take control of the brightness of light sources in existing HDRI maps
-Improved Interface Smoother, faster and more space efficient
-Cross Platform Windows, Mac and Linux compatible
-Single Edition Includes plug-ins for KeyShot, Maxwell Studio, VRED, Patchwork 3D, SAP Visual Enterprise Author, Maya and Houdini.
-Direct Export Push scenes from Modo, Cinema4D, 3DS Max & Maya direct into LiveLight
-Output Presets Select your 3D software/ renderer combo for correctly mapped HDR output
-Python API Create and tailor HDR Light Studio 4 Live integrations for your pipeline
Introduction to HDR Light Studio 4
Pricing and AvailabilityLightmap HDR Light Studio 4 is available immediately for £299 / $499 / €399 (Educational 1 year seats £49 / $79 / €69) through the online Lightmap store or through any Lightmap Authorized Reseller. For commercial and educational facility floating seat pricing contact Lightmap or your reseller.
HDR Light Studio 4 is a free update for Pro version 3 customers and a full featured demo version is available online.
Find out more at www.hdrlightstudio.com
About HDR Light StudioLaunched in 2009, HDR Light Studio has become the de facto standard for interactive creation and control of image based lighting for computer graphics. The software provides a fast and efficient way to light a 3D scene with photo-real results, while fitting into all major 3D rendering pipelines on the market. It is used worldwide by 3D artists lighting CGI shots of cars, jewelry and all other rendered models and in animated TV commercials and movie VFX. HDR Light Studio creates a single HDRI map containing the entire lighting for a scene providing total realism with illumination and reflections working in harmony. This innovative, patents pending, approach to lighting has allowed manufacturing, visualization and entertainment companies to bring their creations to life with photo-real perfection.
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