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Lightmap releases HDR Light Studio Xenon Drop 2

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Lightmap has released HDR Light Studio Xenon Drop 2, the latest version of the lighting design tool, adding a new Diffusion filter mimicking the effect of light filtering through a real-world scrim.

Users can also save and compare Light Looks for lighting designs during look development.

Design your own HDRI-based studio lighting set-ups
Used in a range of industries, from automotive and design visualisation to visual effects, HDR Light Studio streamlines the process of designing HDRI-based lighting set-ups.

Users can create synthetic HDRIs by dragging 2D lights around on a rectangular canvas, or by clicking directly in the render view to position highlights in host apps that support the software’s LightPaint system.

The software can also be used to create supplementary area lights inside the host 3D app.

Lightmap also includes tools for editing HDRIs, with the option to add synthetic lights to existing photographic images, plus a procedural sky system for lighting exterior scenes.

The software integrates with a wide range of DCC and CAD applications, including 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya – and, as of HDR Light Studio Xenon Drop 1, the previous release, with Blender.

New in Xenon Drop 2: new Diffusion filter mimics the effect of real-world scrims
New features in the latest relesase include a Diffusion filter, which mimics the effect of light filtered through a translucent material like tracing paper or a gauze scrim.

It works like a standard blur effect, softening an HDRI map, but is energy-conserving.

As well as a Spherical option for HDRI maps, there is a Planar option for use on synthetic area lights, both available via the new Composites system added to the software last year.

New Light Looks system makes it possible to save and compare variant lighting set-ups
Drop 2 also introduces Light Looks: a new system for saving variant looks for a project, either for client approval or to make it easier to toggle between iterations during look development.

It’s possible to create Child looks – sub-variations of a particular base look – and to set up separate lighting designs for each camera in a scene.

Pricing and availability
HDR Light Studio Xenon Drop 2 is available for Windows 7+, macOS 10.13+ and various Linux distros.

Connection plugins are available for a range of common DCC and CAD tools: you can see a table of versions supported and HDR Light Studio features available here.

Node-locked perpetual licences cost $1,295, which includes access to 11 DCC and CAD applications, including 3ds Max, Blender, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya and Modo.

Subcriptions start at $140/year for artists with revenue under $100,000/year, with Automotive plans also providing access to plugins for VRED, DeltaGen and Patchwork 3D. Find full pricing details here.

Read more about the new features in HDR Light Studio Xenon Drop 2 on Lightmap’s blog

Read a full list of new features in HDR Light Studio Xenon Drop 2 in the online changelog

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