September 4, 2009 in Multimedia (E)
[prMac.com] Scheveningen (The Haque), The Netherlands - Bob (RW) Groothuis today released a DVD called Dutch Skies 360 Volume 1, with affordable Royalty free HDRI images of Dutch Skies 360. It is the first online shop were you can buy the images in the sIBL 2.0 format. The images, with the famous Dutch Light, can be used for Visual effects, 3D, architecture, game development etc. Currently there is a promo action on the HDRLabs website that is a cooperation between HDRLabs and Bob Groothuis.
The Dutch Light is famous all over the world. The great painters captured the Dutch light in their paintings. Today there is a online shop that will bring the future version of the Dutch Light in the form of Dutch Skies 360 to the customers. The Dutch Skies 360 are affordable - Royalty free - HDRI images that will be available in the sIBL 2.0 format. The images can be used for Visual effects, 3D, architecture, game development etc.
In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.
sIBL is a short name for Smart Image Based lighting. In short, it's a single click preset ready-made lightning solution to make very easy photorealistic renderings that works with most of the important 3D apps like: Lightwave, 3ds MAX, Maya, Modo and XSI.
What's in the package?
Every sIBL set that is available in the online store contains:
* 8k (8000 x 4000 pixels) spherical JPEG background
* 4k (4000 x 2000 pixels) spherical HDR for reflection
* Lowres lightmap ( 360 x 180 pixels) spherical blurred
* Thumbnail JPG (128 x 128 pixels)
* The sIBL document
* Extra included - all 9 spherical renders (exposures) at JPG at 11K (11.700 X 5850 pixels)
These extra renders are all exposures that were made to generate the HDR. So you can make a bigger HDR at 11k by yourself if you need it. Or you even can exposure blend / enfuse the images. This means that you are very flexible in post production.
Exclusive First Pick:
In the store there is a special area called Exclusive First Pick. Customers can buy the exclusive images directly for $413 (USD) or 299 Euro (excl. VAT). The big advantage is that the buyer is guaranteed that the images are only sold to the buyer. The images are visible in JPG/PDF. The images sold through Exclusive First Pick will not be available in the online shop.
* Images are platform independent
* 3D applications for using the sIBL 2.0 sets: Lightwave, 3ds MAX, Maya, Modo and XSI
* You can use the images also standalone
Pricing and Availability:
The DVD contains 25, 1 bonus sIBL 2.0 sets. The DVD costs $99.99 (USD) or 69.99 Euro (excl VAT, Shipping and handling costs). The Licenses are Royalty free. After online payment the DVD will be sended by postal service. The images are also sold seperately available in the online shop for $9.99 (USD) or 7.50 Euro (excl VAT) for each sIBL. After online payment the sIBL images are immediately available for download. The download link will be included in the confirmation e-mail. All images have big previews in the online shop (What you see is what you get).
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