NewTek announced that developer HDR Light Studio has launched a new plugin for LightWave 3D called HDR Light Studio Live Connection, which offers real-time lighting sessions for the creation of HDRI maps with instant feedback in the LightWave Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR).
From the LightWave 3D viewport, including VPR mode, artists can position lights directly in a shot for instant visual feedback. The point-and-click lighting approach is designed save time and streamline rendering workflow.
“It’s exciting to see HDR Light Studio go to market with its new Live Connection plug-in for LightWave – the first designed to directly support LightWave’s VPR,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “By offering an interactive, real-time lighting tool that takes advantage of the power of the VPR in LightWave, artists are free to easily explore different image-based lighting scenarios. Image-based lighting was a first in LightWave. It creates very realistic and subtle lighting of a scene. HDR Light Studio’s ability to tap into the VPR to extend image-based editing makes it an essential tool for any LightWave artist.”
Other features in HDR Light Studio Live Connection include the ability to enhance existing HDRI maps via localized adjustments to color, exposure and saturation as well as the ability to augment existing HDRI maps with additional light sources. Users can also store and manage preset HDR Light Studio environment designs in LightWave 3D.