Lighting design can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the visualization process, particularly for those professionals seeking photorealistic results suitable for design, advertising and marketing imagery. Lightmap Ltd., makers of HDR Light Studio, announced an advance in the area of lighting, visualization, and HDRI rendering: HDR Light Studio 2.0. The newest version of Lightmap’s flagship product for interactive image-based lighting provides 3D computer graphics artists with an interactive tool for designing image-based lighting environments for their 3D models, and an accelerated way to light a 3D scene with photo-real results.
Updates to HDR Light Studio 2.0 include:
• LiveLight: a real-time lighting preview that lets users see their image-based lighting design evolve around a 3D model; allows users to light 3D models in minutes instead of hours.
• LiveLight Supports: HDR Light Studio 2.0 now supports .OBJ and .MI files allowing the software to fit into almost any existing rendering pipeline. .MI files contain the camera viewpoint, providing much more useful integration with Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage, so users of these applications can design their lighting knowing that the results will be a pixel perfect match within their 3D package.
• HDRI Backgrounds: Photographic HDRI environments provide a wide range of detail and add realism to 3D renders. HDR Light Studio 2.0 enables users to add various lighting and effects over the top of existing HDRI environments, allowing the user to craft a custom lighting environment to bring out the best in the subject matter. .EXR and .HDR files are supported.
Additional enhancements include significantly faster render times for final high-resolution HDRI output; larger and brighter lights; the ability to focus on each individual light source in a model; and additional picture light packs, providing an even larger choice of subtle lighting effects.
HDR Light Studio 2.0 is available immediately in two versions: The Standard Edition, which features the new LiveLight preview renderer. The Pro Edition, which includes Live Light and HDRI background support is available. The product can be purchased by visiting the website at www.hdrlightstudio.com.
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