The next Podium release will add support for HDRI skies and backgrounds for image based lighting.
Users will be able to choose from a selection of pre-installed HDRI skies, or upload and use any externally sourced HDRI background. HDR skies and backgrounds are photographed in a way that faithfully captures real-world lighting, and allow the user to simulate a vast range of naturally occuring light scenarios.
In addition to the pre-installed skies, we will provide a downloadable library of HDRI images for licensed users. And of course, you can use your own or use images you have purchased or downloaded from third party providers.
HDRI lighting provides a versatile alternative to the two Podium sky simulations and a quick, easy method for look development in your renders.
Tip — HDRI Haven is one of the best providers of free HDRI imagery out there for CG artists and visualizers.
Stay tuned for more information on the update!
Also coming in the next update - Podium Image Editor will have a new one-click HDR tonemapping option called "Adaptive linear." This is a histogram normalization function designed to fix exposure problems without losing your highlights and shadows.
By rendering to HDR and selecting the adaptive tone map, a vastly underexposed render can easily be pulled into an acceptible luminance range while enhancing areas of local contrast.
This provides a much better base for further post-processing and prevents the need to re-render an image that probably would not have been salvageable without the added robustness of the HDR format.
This is a final notice that SU Podium users can still purchase ProWalker GPU with a 50% off upgrade price until July 31, 2018.
That's only a few days, so if you plan on testing the 30 day trial to see if you'd like to add ProWalker to your visualization toolkit, now is the time to do it!
ProWalker and SU Podium share a common lighting and materials workflow, and both fully support the Podium Browser content library.
This was a significant update with several improvements to ProWalker's animation tools and workflow. Additionally, this version fixes the LEM Power mismatch between SU Podium and ProWalker GPU, and adds an "LEM Strength" slider to the lighting interface for making real-time adjustments to light emitting material brightness. Find a full overview of new features below:
The following tools and features have been added in the V1.1.5 update:
Download ProWalker GPU v1.1.5ProWalker GPU download page
Throughout July we added over a hundred new models to browser — Fifteen kitchen and bedroom assemblies, assorted light fixtures, shelves, end tables, about 10 vehicles, and a large set of Japanese beds and bedroom furniture.
Fifteen new kitchen assemblies:
Five new 2018 model vehicles
Japanese single and double beds
Assorted light fixtures
Side tables, desks, and shelves