HDR Light Studio News

Arion 2.5 by Random Control – adds HDR Light Studio integration

December 20th, 2013

Arion HDRI

This post is a little late…. but a quick note to let you know that Arion 2.5 Standalone now supports a live connection with HDR Light Studio 4 – providing real-time HDRI map creation and editing. We are really pleased that Random Control has added support for our lighting tool inside their amazing hybrid renderer. Do check out their web site to find out more about Arion.

Here’s a demo video produced by Random Control:

 

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V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino adds HDR Light Studio live connection

December 9th, 2013

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is released today, and Lightmap are pleased to announce this latest version adds native support for a live connection with HDR Light Studio. Chaos Group and Lightmap have worked closely to develop a deep level of integration between our products, providing a great user experience – including our LightPaint ‘point and click’ light placement directly in the Rhino viewport. So now V-Ray for Rhino users can light their shots easier and faster than ever before with perfect final results. Read more

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HDR Light Studio 4.3 released

December 9th, 2013

HDR Light Studio 4.3 has been released today and is available for immediate download from the Lightmap store.

This new version adds compatibility with Mac OSX Mavericks, adds new API functions required for future ‘live plug-ins’ and includes a new ‘online update’ feature to inform users when a new build of HDR Light Studio or it’s plug-ins are available to download.

A new license key is not required when updating. So users can simply install over the top of their existing installations. Remember to update any live plug-ins at the same time to ensure compatibility with 4.3.

Happy lighting from the Lightmap team!

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HDR Light Studio – New Educational Pricing

November 17th, 2013

HDR Light Studio - Educational

Lightmap Ltd is proud to announce new pricing on HDR Light Studio Educational Software.

Colleges & Universities can now get HDR Light Studio software for FREE! Email: sales@hdrlightstudio.com to apply for your software.

Students and teachers in higher education can now buy a 1 year educational license of HDR Light Studio Complete for just £15, see here for more details >

For some inspiration check out what student Oddur Sigurdsson got up to using his educational license of HDR Light Studio when studying at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Read the customer story here >

Oddur Example Image
Oddur Sigurdsson

 

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Black Friday Sale

November 15th, 2013

Black Friday Sale

Light up your Black Friday!

Put Friday 29th November in your calendar and don’t miss out on these big savings!

HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete – SALE PRICE – £199 (33% off)
HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete – Upgrade from any v1 or 2, and from HDRLS for MODO) – SALE PRICE – £99

HDR Light Studio 4 for MODO – SALE PRICE – £145 (25% off)

HDR Light Studio 4 for Bunkspeed - SALE PRICE – £199 (20% off)

HDR Light Studio 4 – Starter Pack (2 Floating Licenses + Server Software) – SALE PRICE – £765 (15% off)
HDR Light Studio 4 – Starter Pack – Upgrade from 1 x HDRLS4 – Complete – SALE PRICE – £595 (15% off)
HDR Light Studio 4 – Starter Pack – Upgrade from 2 x HDRLS4 – Complete – SALE PRICE – £510 (15% off)

HDR Light Studio 4 – Extra Floating Licenses – SALE PRICE – £382.50 per seat (15% off)

Real Suns – Picture Light Pack – SALE PRICE – £49 (50% off)

 THE SALE HAS NOW ENDED!

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New – HDR Light Studio Brochures

October 1st, 2013

HDR Light Studio - Brochures

We are pleased to announce the release of the HDR Light Studio 4 PDF brochure in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.

If you are trying to convince your studio to buy HDR Light Studio, please do show this PDF to your boss, it’s a great place to learn about the advantages of using HDR Light Studio.

 

Brochure Download
To download the brochure, please click on your language flag in the header of the HDR Light Studio web site. (As above)

Thanks to our amazing customers for the use of their imagery and their support in putting this brochure together.

 

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New – Clouds Pack

August 19th, 2013

Clouds Pack
Lightmap are pleased to announce the new Clouds Pack – a free update for HDR Light Studio 4 users.

The new light pack contains 43 different cloud formations that can be used to add additional clouds to existing HDRI maps or to make your own skies from scratch with a gradient background. The new pack is perfect for placing cloud reflections in the surfaces of car shots or architectural renders, with the benefit of being able to place them precisely. Read more

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HDR Light Studio brings light to the CINEWARE launch

August 12th, 2013

Cineware Launch

If you work within the world of computer graphics, unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few months, you will have seen the big news coming from Maxon and Adobe – the launch of CINEWARE!

In an industry first, Maxon have built a live connection within After Effects so users can work with their 3D content inside their compositing workflow. You can import native CINEMA 4D scenes as assets in After Effects and utilize CINEMA 4D’s powerful multi-pass workflow as layers to achieve your vision. Update the CINEMA 4D scene at any time and you’ll instantly see the results inside After Effects. There’s no need to wait for long renders or manage intermediate files because the CINEMA 4D render engine is built right in After Effects. Your 3D workflow has never been easier.

Here at Lightmap we are very excited by this new solution that breaks down the barriers between 3D and compositing. Our excitement grew when we discovered HDR Light Studio had been used to light some of the content used for the big launch. One of our users lit the impressive Whiskey animation with fluid simulations using HDR Light Studio. It was perfect for such refractive and reflective materials to use HDR Light Studio to place the highlights perfectly. We helped our user meet a tight deadline and the job rendered fast using image based lighting. The results rendered with the native CINEMA4D renderer speak for themselves. The shot looks gorgeous.

 

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Announcing: HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete

July 23rd, 2013

HDR Light Studio 4 - Complete

New Product Name

To coincide with the release of the dedicated MODO product and HDR Light Studio 4.2, Lightmap are also renaming the HDR Light Studio 4 product to HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete.

As you know, HDR Light Studio 4 provides much more than a standalone HDRI creation and editing app. It comes with a wide variety of Live plug-ins to market leading 3D software like 3ds Max, Maya, MODO and is also natively supported by leading software like Showcase Pro, VRED, KeyShot and Maxwell Studio. More and more connectivity is being added all the time and existing plug-ins are always being enhanced. When you buy a seat of HDR Light Studio it really is ‘the complete package‘. There’s no additional plug-ins to buy.


New
Single User License

The Single User License replaces our old node locked licensing policy. Now when you buy a single user license of HDR Light Studio, a 3D artist can now install and activate HDR Light Studio on up to 2 computers for non-concurrent use. i.e. One seat at work and one seat for home/laptop use. The Lightmap store has been updated to provide 2 user key uploads and the user will still receive a single license key that can be used for both computers.


New
Cross Platform

HDR Light Studio – Complete is a cross platform product and provides installers and connectivity for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms. Customers can choose to install and license their software on any platform. This replaces our old Windows, Mac and Linux specific node locked products.

 

Great News for Existing Customers!

Existing HDR Light Studio 4 node locked customers will be upgraded to a HDR Light Studio – Complete single user license and will be able to take advantage of the second seat and cross platform support!

 

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Novedge Webinar

November 20th, 2012

 

Mark Segasby, Lightmap Co-Founder, will be demonstrating HDR Light Studio in a Novedge Webinar.

Fast Perfect Lighting with HDR Light Studio 4
Live! Wednesday, November 21, 2012 — 11:00am PDT

For more details visit the Novedge web site: http://novedge.com/webinarseries/

Update Nov 22nd 2012: Watch the recorded webinar right here, learn all the basics of lighting in HDR Light Studio 4 with KeyShot, Maxwell Studio and Maya.

Novedge Webinar Series Episode 59: Fast Perfect Lighting with HDR Light Studio 4 from Novedge on Vimeo.

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