October 25, 2021 Elena

HDR Light Studio plugin for Cinema 4D: Lighting made fun

Developed by Lightmap, HDR Light Studio is a dedicated lighting application that is used tethered, via a plug-in, to 3D software and renderer. It easily and quickly lights your 3D models to a very high standard, help thousands of 3D artists to enjoy a more creative and flexible lighting process, and produce higher value images. HDR Light Studio has become an industry standard over the last 12 years and created plug-in connections to: 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO, Houdini and many more.

In this article, let’s find out HDR Light Studio and its plug-in connection for Cinema 4D.

How it works

HDR Light Studio provides a dedicated, easy to use lighting centric user interface. Simply drag and drop lights onto the interactive render where you want the effect – to either reflect, illuminate or rim light that location on the 3D model. This patented approach is called ‘LightPaint‘. Just click/drag on the render to reposition the light. See the lighting update beneath your cursor as you move the light. Working directly on the interactive render to position lights with instant visual feedback lets you quickly explore and develop the lighting look.

A huge choice of Preset lighting content is included with HDR Light Studio – including HDR light images and highly controllable procedural lighting effects.

The result of a lighting session in HDR Light Studio is a Cinema 4D scene that’s ready to render – with lighting created for your renderer that’s mapped with a perfect custom HDRI map and HDR area light textures.

HDR Light Studio is an amazing solution for lighting product, packaging, jewellery and automotive imagery. Shiny objects are the hardest to light and it is all about the reflections. Metals, plastics, glass etc, benefit most from the HDR reflections and lighting provided by HDR Light Studio.

HDR Light Studio ships with plug-in connections for all leading 3D software, not just Cinema 4D. So once you know how to use it, you can light your shots everywhere using HDR Light Studio and also move lighting between 3D software and renderers.

Key Features


The Latest Connection Build – 2021.0519 is compatible with:

  • Cinema 4D 21.1 and higher, 22, 23, 24.
  • Renderers: Cinema 4D Physical Render, Redshift, Octane, Arnold, V-Ray 5, Corona.
  • OS: Windows and MacOS.

System Requirements

  • Software delivery via internet download.
  • Internet connection required for license activation.
  • HDR Light Studio software requires approximately 200MB disc space.
  • Preset light content requires approximately 8GB disc space.
  • CPU based, no special graphics card required.

Best Cloud Rendering Service For C4D and HDR Light Studio

iRender is a GPU-Acceleration Cloud Rendering Service for Multi-GPU Rendering with Powerful Render Nodes: 2/4/6x RTX 3090/3080/2080Ti, provides high computing performance on the model of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). Cinema 4D users can easily choose their machine configuration from recommended system requirements to high-end options, which suit all your project demands and will speed up your rendering process many times.

High-end hardware configuration

  • Single and Multi-GPU servers: 1/2/4/6x RTX 3090/3080/2080Ti. Especially, NVIDIA RTX 3090 – the most powerful graphic card.
  • 10/24 GB vRAM capacity, fitting to the heaviest images and scenes. NVLink/SLI requested for bigger vRAM.
  • RAM capacity of 128/256 GB.
  • Storage (NVMe SSD): 512GB/1TB.
  • Intel Xeon W-2245 or AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX CPU with a high clock speed of 3.90GHz.

Let’s see rendering tests with Cinema 4D and different renderers on servers (4/6x RTX 3090) at iRender:

Reasonable price

iRender provides high-end configuration at a reasonable price. You can see that iRender’s package always costs much cheaper than packages of other render farms (in performance/price ratio). Moreover, iRender’s clients will enjoy many attractive promotions and discounts. For example, this October, we offer a promotion for new users and discounted prices for many servers, users will take advantage of these to level up their renders.

For Cinema 4D users with large-scale projects, iRender offers the daily/weekly/monthly/yearly Fixed Rental packages, which saves you up to 50% of the cost compared to the hourly rental. Please read more about our Fixed rental service here.

And much more utilities

To reduce the rendering time more, users can run multiple machines at the same time. You can use the machines separately or connect them by using Thinkbox Deadline. iRender provides Redshift licenseThinkbox Deadline license for Prime customers. Users, who recharge enough points to become Prime customers, will not only be able to use Redshift/Thinkbox Deadline license without usage or maintenance costs, but also enjoy a lot of exclusive benefits.

In addition, users can request extra services to make full use of iRender servers, for example, expand image threshold, increase the size of network drive (Z:), open port, install NVLink, and change hardware. Surprisingly, you get all of these services for free.


HDR Light Studio is a fast and creative way to bring your 3D models to life with lighting. With the connection plugin for Cinema 4D, you can create perfect custom lighting for your shot in minutes. Also, with all the outstanding advantages mentioned above, you must have found yourself the perfect choice for Cinema 4D and HDR Light Studio projects. We believe together with Cinema 4D and this plugin, our GPU accelerated servers will bring greater interactivity and speed to artist workflows. What users can get from iRender is not only the best quality products but also the high security and the most comfortable render time.

So, do not hesitate anymore, let’s REGISTER for an account today to get a FREE COUPON to experience our service and reach a new level of cloud rendering.

Thank you & Happy Rendering!

Source and image: lightmap.co.uk, maxon.net

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