[ #HDRI ] Hyperfocal Design has released their first five time-lapse high-dynamic-range (HDRI) sky domes which are on sale from 26 May 2014...
>> See Also: Download Free HDRI from hdrmaps.comJay Weston, owner of Hyperfocal design says, “Our time-lapse skies can take otherwise completely static computer graphics (CG) shots and give them life; transforming the lighting from sunrise to sunset, or an afternoon to night.”
HDRI time-lapses can be used within CG environments both as backgrounds and for image based lighting with ever changing sky and lighting scenarios.
View them for yourself and check out the trailer that showcases some animated CG scenes featuring the skies. Hyperfocal has made free samples available for artists everywhere to try for themselves, not just a few frames but a staggering 863 EXRs that run from afternoon to moon-lit night.
These are the first commercially available time-lapse HDRI sky domes, and some of the first created since Paul Debevec’s original “Direct HDR Capture of the Sun and Sky” in 2004.
Jay Weston, says, “I’ve always wanted to recreate Paul Debevec’s time-lapse HDRI skies, but the technology and resolution hasn’t been there until now, with cameras like the D800. I pretty much jumped right into shooting as soon as that camera came out and everything ‘lined up’”.
Hyperfocal’s time-lapse HDRI sky domes are highly versatile, with no back or mid ground elements of any kind, your virtual camera is free to look in any direction and use any shutter speed. Choose from hyperspeed, full day length time-lapse skies, or slower more relaxing afternoons, sunsets and even nights.
Each and every frame in these time-lapses was shot to capture the full dynamic range of the sky, making them perfect for use in 1-step image based lighting solutions. No gamma adjustments are necessary, nor is adding your own virtual sun.
Time-Lapse skies are perfectly suited to epic, dramatic and highly cinematic animations, film and CG animation. Each sky contains up to 1200 individual EXR frames at 9500x4750 pixels, with some able to be time-stretched out to any number of frames.
Chris Townsend from Lucid Image says, "We used the Sunset2Dusk time-lapse - Shot looks great! My clients happy which means I'm happy."
These time-lapse HDRI sky domes feature:-9500x4750px lat/long
-True, unclamped HDRI, up to 16EV for bright midday skies
-Linear 1.0 Gamma
-Color Corrected with the Spydercheckr(™) Pro
-Up to 1200 frames per time-lapse, in EXR Piz Wavelet format
-Completely clean and clear horizon lines in all directions
Hyperfocal’s Time-Lapse HDRI Sky Domes are available on Hyperfocal's site either as a physical or downloadable product, and retails for $229-289 USD per sky.
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