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Lightmap - HDR Light Studio for Houdini

Lightmap - HDR Light Studio for Houdini


Create, enhance and edit HDRI environment maps in real-timewith HDR Light Studio for Houdini. HDR Light Studio transforms your Houdini lighting workflow:

  • Studio Lighting
  • Lighting to match a back-plate image
  • Adding lights/adjustments to existing HDRI maps

HDR Light Studio – product videos

Key Benefits

Improve Image Quality

  • Create perfect ‘custom’ HDRI lighting for your shots
  • Photographic studio light sources bring realism to your images

Fast Lighting Workflow

  • LightPaint – click on the 3D model to position lights on the HDRI map
  • Light directly on the camera view without navigating in 3D to position lights
  • HDRI map containing all lights will render faster than individual 3D lights

Key Features

  • LightPaint – click/drag on the 3D render to position lights
  • Create and edit HDRI maps in real-time
  • Procedural lights, image based lights and procedural sky
  • Includes a large library of HDRI light source captures
  • Ideal lighting solution for Physically Based Rendering
  • OpenColorIO Color Management
  • HDR Light Studio project is stored in the Houdini scene file
  • Can be used Standalone: Loads Alembic and Collada scenes

How does HDR Light Studio work with Houdini?

The model has materials assigned, the camera view is setup, you are now ready to light…
  1. Start HDR Light Studio using the HDR Light Studio node attached to an Environment light in Houdini
  2. Export the Houdini scene into HDR Light Studio’s live 3D view 
  3. Paint your shot with lights in HDR Light Studio (The HDRI map updates in Houdini as you light)
  4. (Optional) Start interactive rendering in Houdini and see the results as you light
  5. To finish, HDR Light Studio generates a high-res HDR file for your environment light
  6. The completed Houdini scene is now ready for rendering locally, or on a farm

Renderer compatibility

HDR Light Studio for Houdini is compatible with:


  • Software delivery via internet download
  • Internet connection required for license activation
  • HDR Light Studio software requires approx. 200 MB disc space
  • Preset light content requires approx. 7 GB disc space
  • CPU based, no special graphics card required
  • Compatible with Windows, MacOS, and Linux
  • Compatible with Houdini 15.5, 16, 16.5, and 17

    Trial version

    Take your free 15 day trial of HDR Light Studio for Houdini here:

    Licensing options

    HDR Light Studio Carbon (Drop 1) was launched in February 2018 as a new upgrade terminology replacing older software version numbers (like 5.4). HDR Light Studio is available in two license options – annual subscription license or perpetual license:

    Annual subscription

    Get access to the software and all its updates during one year. When the subscription period expires you no longer have access to the software, unless you want to renew the subscription for another year. Available as  node locked or floating, see below.

    Perpetual license

    A perpetual license does not expire. It gives you access to the latest software version by the time of purchase. You get access to updates released up to 90 days after time of purchase. Perpetual licenses can not be upgraded when newer software versions are released. If you want to benefit from future updates annual subscription is the better option. Available as node locked or floating:

    • Node locked license: the license is locked to one computer
    • Floating license: every license can be used by a user on all computers on the same local network

    Activating a license is easy with HDR Light Studio: at purchase an activation code is entered when the software runs. The code obtains a license key and quickly installs it. This apply to both floating and node locked. If there are no license key, HDR Light Studio runs in demo mode, whichs means a watermark, limited environment map resolution and that projects can not be saved.

    Software Specifications
    Plugin / Add-On for Houdini
    Software type Rendering
    Edition Commercial
    License Type New license
    • Product Code: houdini-connection
    • Availability: Choose option...
    • From 4,595 SEK
    • Ex Tax: 3,676 SEK

    Available Options

    Please note that the right to return an item does not apply to digital deliveries or computer software where the serial number is delivered digitally. Even digital deliveries have a processing time as serial numbers and such must be verified.

    Tags: Lightmap, SideFX, Houdini, Connection, HDR Light Studio, Lighting, HDR image, HDRI, Mantra, Arnold

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