˜Z-bytes

Zemax offers a broad collection of quick tutorials to help you learn OpticStudio quickly and easily.  

Below you will find a complete listing of the short video clips found on this site.  For application specific Z-bytes, please visit the individual Application sections listed below.

We also offer a rich Webinar library. Webinars are held every Wednesday, are typically 30 minutes in length, and provide a more detailed walk through of a feature, application or capability.  We look forward to seeing you at a Webinar soon!

User Interface

OpticStudio is built on Zemax’s core physics engine and delivers a new level of productivity to optics simulation software. With OpticStudio, you can design, analyze and optimize faster, easier and with even more confidence than ever. The power of OpticStudio delivered in a user interface that organizes everything into task-based groups. 
  • Editors
  • System Explorer
  • Windows
  • Window Management
  • System Viewers
  • Multiple Configurations
  • Libraries
  • Multi-CPU and GPU
  • Archive Files
  • ZOS-API
  • Customization
  • Help Resources

Imaging Optics

OpticStudio was engineered with you the user in mind, it combines advanced modeling, simulation, optimization and tolerancing tools to enable lens designers and optical system designers to design high quality imaging optics. 
  • Sequential Ray Tracing
  • System Setup – Optical System Design
  • Image Quality
  • Image Simulation
  • Freeform Optics
  • Black Box Optics
  • Aspheric Design
  • Advanced Charting
  • Optimization – Optical System Design
  • Tolerancing
  • Lens Cost Estimator
  • Binocular Lenses
  • Heads-Up Display & Biocular Systems
  • Projectors Part 1: Kohler Illumination
  • Projectors Part 2: Projection Lens
  • Projectors Part 3: Condenser Lens
  • Projectors Part 4: Condenser & Projector
  • Projectors Part 5: Convert to NSC
  • Projectors Part 6: System Performance

Lighting & Illumination

Lighting and illumination is that part of the optical system design that is concerned with producing uniform, or at least smoothly-varying,  illumination patterns from real sources.  OpticStudio is especially suited for this level of lighting and illumination design as if offers specific features that use advanced physics calculations for accurate results, simulation and modeling. 
  • Optimization-Illumination System Design
  • Freeform Optics
  • NSC Overview
  • NSC1: Beam Splitter Example
  • NSC2: Source & Parabolic Reflector
  • NSC3: Splitting & Recombination
  • NSC4: Color Response & Colorimetry
  • NSC5: Array of LED Light Sources
  • Sources
  • Objects
  • Detectors
  • LED Collimator Part 1: The Problem
  • LED Collimator Part 2: Getting Started
  • LED Collimator Part 3: Real LEDs
  • LED Collimator Part 4: Export for Manufacture
  • Fly’s Eye Part 1: Integrators
  • Fly’s Eye Part 2: Rear Projection

Lasers & Fibers

Lasers and fiber optics design is a specific area of optical design where the sources are coherent laser beams, and/or the receivers are optical fibers. OpticStudio includes powerful design, analysis and optimization tools specifically for this application.
  • Gaussian Beams
  • Physical Optics
  • M^2 and Beam Quality
  • Laser Lenses
  • Single Mode Fiber Coupling

Biomedical Imaging

The goal of biomedical optical imaging is to identify abnormalities inside the human body while causing minimal collateral damage to healthy tissue. OpticStudio supports the capabilities necessary to simulate phase or amplitude variations in light interacting with tissue and organs.
  • Freeform Optics
  • Image Quality
  • Image Simulation
  • NSC Overview
  • Objects
  • Sequential Ray Tracing​
  • Sources