HDR Light Studio

HDR Light Studio


HDR Light Studio offers a dedicated solution for your lighting workflow.

With HDR Light Studio you can light your shots faster, with more creativity and to a higher standard.

Using HDR Light Studio means you remove any guesswork and eliminate long and tedious set up times from your lighting process.

Your existing 3D software uses the light you create within HDR Light Studio to light your final render.

Key Features

HDR Light Studio Key Features

Real-time image based lighting HDRI map creation and control software with integrated rendered preview on 3D scenes and Live connection to other 3D software



  • HDR Canvas - instant rendering and spherical mapping of placed light sources.
  • Linear workspace.
  • Light brightness calibration - 100w = brightness value of 1.
  • Light position accuracy - Degrees.



  • Canvas Guide Lines - Cubic, Lat-long, Off.
  • Canvas Preview Exposure Slider.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Front view preview pane for selected light.
  • Light List shows all lights on the canvas.
  • Drag and drop lights within the list, rename lights, show/hide lights, solo, duplicate and delete.
  • Slider controls for light longitude, latitude, width, height and rotation.


Synthetic Lights

Round, Hex, Box

  • Properties: Watts, Bulb Length, Bulb Position, Falloff (including custom falloff gradient with cosine, bezier, flat and step interpolation - with optional log transform), falloff ends inside or outside the light extent, Opacity, Solid Color, Color Gradient, Inverse, Half, Blend modes - Add, Solid, Amplify, Color and Saturation.


Picture Lights

  • HDR image based light sources, with alpha channel.
  • Select lights in the Picture Light Browser.


Photographic Captures

  • Soft Box - 10
  • Soft Box containing reflection - 4
  • Spot Lights - 25
  • Light Tent sides - 4
  • Fluorescent Tube - 1
  • Photographic Window captures - 5


Synthetic Picture Lights

  • Soft lighting effects - 8
  • Perfect Soft Boxes, no creases - 6
  • Arrays of Spot, Tube, Grid lights - 23
  • Fast blur effects - 11
  • Window gobos - 6
  • Rounded box lights - 9
  • Automotive overhead panels - 6
  • Showroom glazing effect - 7
  • Zebra Pattern - 6
  • Guides Patterns - 5
  • Properties: Watts, Opacity, Blend modes Add and Solid, Color from source image, colorize, gradient colorize, half, inverse.
  • Users can change the Picture Light at any time to another from the Library.


SunShade node

  • Clamp the brightness of underlying canvas content.
  • Properties: Watts (max wattage it will let through), Opacity.
  • This node is not spherically distorted. Width and height are % of canvas space.


Background Settings

  • Custom HDR vertical gradient - independent luminosity and color ramps, peak wattage global brightness multiplier for brightness values.
  • HDRI background - supports HDR or EXR files with a ration of 2:1.
  • Properties: Longitude rotation, degree and minute accuracy. % brightness multiplier. Color from source or colorize. Longitude flip option.
  • Transparent background - EXR output only.



  • Hue Saturation color picking area.
  • Color tuning grid - 7x7 grid with choice of scale between swatch color steps.
  • Value slider to adjust brightness.
  • Drag and drop color into 20 buckets, these colors are saved with project.
  • Kelvin Color Temperature Picker and 20 color temp presets.
  • Numeric Color Input - sRGB, HSV, CIE-XYZ, CIE-LAB.
  • Match color of other solid lights on the canvas.
  • Select colors in HDR background - Point or average with Rect and Lasso. Hue Saturation displays only colors found in HDR image.
  • Display HDR images by HSV, Color mode (HS) show true colors of HDRI, Dominance mode reveals true color of brightest areas of HDRI, Coverage mode reveals most used colors in HDRI.
  • Select color in LDR and reference HDR images with the same tool set.


Render Output

  • Fast preview option - one sample per pixel for a faster render.
  • Show guides option - includes the Lat-Long guides within the final render output.
  • Production render output options: HDR or EXR file formats or Live, pushing hi-res data into LiveLight or Live plugin app.
  • Output transformation settings - Select a host and renderer, rotation/flip settings will be applied to the canvas design for correct alignment in 3rd party software.
  • With gradient background set - choose from render resolution presets from the drop down or by clicking on the preview pane, or set an unlimited custom resolution in the drop down specifying image width.
  • Output render resolution is locked to the HDRI background resolution when a HDR background is used.


HDR Light Studio File formats

  • HDR Light Studio project files are saved as .HDi files. HDi files are not backwards compatible with earlier releases of HDR Light Studio.
  • Picture Light packs are .hdp files



  • Loads Collada, Mental Images (up to Autodesk 2013 products) and OBJ files.
  • Zup/Yup direction set on the fly.
  • Background: the HDRI lighting, solid color, image (8 bit jpeg, tif and bmp files).
  • Floor shadow: Optional fake floor shadow generated on at lowest point on loaded model.
  • Choose from the cameras within the Collada or Mental Images file.
  • LightCam - creates a connected camera view looking from the location of a selected light.
  • Render modes: Reflections, Illumination and Combined.
  • Gloss, Satin or Metallic reflections.
  • Gamma setting


LightPaint in LiveLight

  • Position and select lights based on the Reflection or Illumination position.
  • Place lights directly on the HDR design seen in the background of LiveLight using Rim mode.
  • FilmBack navigation - pan and zoom the LiveLight view in LightPaint mode to light details.


Technical Details

Technical Details / System Requirements:

Referring specifically to HDR Light Studio as a plug-in to V-Ray for Rhino, we would suggest looking at the standard hardware advice for Rhino 5:

Rhino3d System Requirements

The sample build workstations built for rendering purposes here would apply:

Rhino3d & Rendering Workstations


Basic Specification Requirements:

Rhino 5 for Windows runs on ordinary Windows desktop and laptop computers, with:


  • 1 GB RAM. 8 GB or more is recommended
  • DVD drive or an Internet connection for installation
  • 600 MB disk space
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card recommended
  • Note: Apple hardware is supported only with Bootcamp


Operating systems:

  • Windows 7 or 8 - recommended
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (32-bit only) Service Pack 3
  • Note: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.


Not supported:

  • Linux
  • Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Mac OS X, but an OS X version is under development. Details...
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels


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