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Old 12-30-2012, 05:59 PM   #1
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HDR Light Studio equivalent ?

Hi Guys !

i was looking at the HDR Light Studio plugin it looks really cool :
http://www.hdrlightstudio.com/

i thought at the begining that it include a realtime previz tool, but i realise that they use sprayTrace and not their own solution.

so at the end HDRlight studio is only an editor that simplify the creation of your HDR maps + a library of HDR images (well ... if i get it correctly ? ) So when i see they ask 1000 bucks for this i definitly think that i will go with an other path ...

So do you guys know another good enough path ?
there is the great sIBL-GUI from Thomas Mansencal which is really cool
www.hdrlabs.com/sibl/framework.html

there is also sIBL-edit
http://www.hdrlabs.com/sibl/sibl-edit.html
But it looks quit simple at the moment ...

Do you guys know other or best workflow to edit you HDR in an efficient way ?

for the moment i would go for a
- sIBL-GUI solution for HDR managment
- Nuke custom tools for editing the map

what would be your choice ? do you guys know other alternative or tools ?
thanks for your lights guys !

cheers

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Old 12-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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I played with it a bit quite some time ago. At the end I think placing area light with Vray RT was easier... I suppose you can render out your Vray lights into an HDR map too by doing a Vray spherical camera.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 12:34 AM   #3
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The $495 license for HDR Light Studio 4 is worth it IMO. they will transfer the license if you have to move it to a newer machine so "node locked" is a bit misleading. I wrote a review of it here:

http://polygonspixelsandpaint.tumbl...ost/33317534743

I used to think this type of software was overrated but it's actually pretty great. Especially considering you can match lighting between Maya and Houdini with no extra work.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 10:32 AM   #4
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Well thanks for your answers guys !

495$ is quite expensive but its definitly a realistic price i agree with you Dave . The tool looks really cool ! but if you want to buy it in your company you need floating license, and the things is that they ask for a minimum of 5 license. You have to pay 5000$ to be able to edit your HDR with HDR Light. For a print / archviz / cad company i'm sure its definitly useful, but at this price i prefer to buy 5 Maxwells licence ...

Thats why i was searching for alternatives ... But it looks to be a unique product at this time ... (thus the price )

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Old 12-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #5
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I think they have patents so I doubt you'll see a cheaper commercial alternative come around.
 
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