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HDR Sets releases HDR Sets GUI 1.2 for free

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Jim Thacker


HDR Sets has released HDR Sets GUI 1.2, a new version of its free script for loading Smart IBL (sIBL) content in Maya and V-Ray, designed to speed up working with material that includes plates and matched 3D cameras.

The script helps users load HDRIs, 3D cameras and backplates into Maya, and automatically creates a lighting setup designed for rendering the scene in V-Ray.

New multi-shot setup system
New features in version 1.2 include a Shots tab, intended to enable users to set up specific render layers for each plate: for example, when placing a 3D asset into several camera perspectives within a single scene.

The lighting setup the script uses is now compatible with a wider range of scene dimensions; and there is now a new dome light for reflections, used to support the V-Ray Rectangular lights used for primary lighting.

The software has also been optimised for Maya 2015 and V-Ray 3.0.

Availability and free sIBL content
HDR Sets GUI 1.2 is available for Maya 2012 and higher and V-Ray for Maya 2.2 and higher, running on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The script is a free download.

Updated: Our original story referred readers to sample sIBL content available in HDR Labs’ archive. The content is still available, but please read Christian Bloch’s comment at the foot of this story before downloading.

Read more about HDR Sets GUI 1.2 on HDR Sets’ website (Includes download link)

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2 responses to “HDR Sets releases HDR Sets GUI 1.2 for free”

  1. Blochi said:

    Errr…. I would like to clarify the headline: HDR Labs has released nothing, this wonderful plugin is the work of HDR Sets. They are a separate company, good friends with a vision, building onto the open source Smart IBL standard established by the community on HDR Labs.

    Now, 2 things:
    – please have mercy with the free sIBL archive. Do not leech, I have to pay for overages… it’s there to stay so only download what you need.
    – note that all the extra functions in the HDR-Sets loader only work in the extended sIBL sets available for purchase from HDR Sets. Honestly, they are worth every penny, because they are wonderfully shot, stitched, and some even include scene geometry!

    Christian Bloch,

    2:34 am on Friday, January 23, 2015

  2. Jim Thacker said:

    Doh. The headline was a pure brain spasm on my part — fixed now.

    I’ll remove the link to the sIBL archive from the end of the story and refer readers to your comment here: I added it after I’d written the story because I realised some people might not be familiar with the sIBL format.

    3:32 am on Friday, January 23, 2015

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