MakeHDR creates HDRIs in Nuke, Fusion or Natron
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Lighting with visual effects TD Vahan Sosoyan has released MakeHDR, a nice new OpenFX plug-in for merging source images into HDRIs in compositing applications like Nuke and Fusion.
The plugin, which is free for output up to 2K resolution, is designed to keep the HDRI settings completely procedural.
Procedurally create HDRIs in your OpenFX compositing application
While there is no shortage of software to merge LDR source images into HDRI files, MakeHDR is unusual in that it works directly in OpenFX compatible applications.
According to Sosoyan, it "works consistently in compositing applications like Fusion, Natron and Nuke".
The plugin, which started as a personal project, was created to avoid the use of third party tools and to keep the HDRI settings completely procedural.
GPU accelerated for users with CUDA compatible Nvidia GPUs
MakeHDR merges up to 16 source exposure values with 8, 10 or 12 bit depth processing. The plugin offers "user-friendly tone mapping" and controls such as samping rate and smoothness.
The processing is GPU-accelerated via CUDA, but there is a CPU solver for users with non-Nvidia GPUs and for Mac users, as CUDA no longer supports macOS.
Pricing and system requirements
MakeHDR is available for OpenFX-compatible applications that run on Windows, Linux, and macOS. It has been tested on Windows 10, CentOS 7, and MacOS 10.13.
The free version of the plugin limits the output to a resolution of 2K. The Pro version, which has no resolution limitations, costs $ 20.
For more information on MakeHDR, visit Vahan Sosoyan's Gumroad store
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