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MarkE

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Panoramic Software
Posted: 03-Aug-2007 09:29
 
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Many skins deal with Panoramics very well (I use Chameleon), and occasionally the actual panoramic software is discussed. I have been experimenting recently and though I'd feed back some thoughts etc.

I have always used the free, standard stitching software that came with my Canon digital cameras, PhotoStitch (v3.1 @ December 2006). This performs quite well, generally, is relatively quick and simple to use. It is totally automatic, so you have no control over the actual stitching points. Recent problems highlighted this fact, so I had to look for something better ….

I trawled the net and played with a number of offerings, free and not-so-free. If you are serious about creating Panoramics, I recommend looking at [url=http://www.panavue.com/specials/en/photo_montage_software/default.htm]PanaVue ImageAssembler[/url] (v3.5 @ August 2007). For hand-held panoramics, you must go for the Professional version, so it ain't cheap, for sure. However, you get an automatic mode that works great for most cases, and total control if required for problem panoramics (or if you really want to get a top-quality panoramic).

Of course, it all depends on the source images in the first place, but that's another story.

For a few examples of what I have been trying to do, please see Panoramics

Mark
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Re: Panoramic Software
Posted: 24-Aug-2007 05:52   in response to: MarkE in response to: MarkE
 
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Have you tried:
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html

which is also freeware? I' m still using Canon's Photo Stitch which is really geared for dummies like me-it is practically foolproof or I use a movie clip and just stand there and turn around. Not exactly Spielberg or Hitchcock.
MarkE

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Re: Panoramic Software
Posted: 24-Aug-2007 09:25   in response to: mrag in response to: mrag
 
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Have you tried:
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.htm
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which is also freeware?


Yes, I looked at it some time ago and did not get any better results than using Canon's PhotoStitch.

I' m still using Canon's
Photo Stitch which is really geared for dummies like
me-it is practically foolproof or I use a movie clip
and just stand there and turn around. Not exactly
Spielberg or Hitchcock.

Then my advice is stick with it! It gives very good results considering its simplicity. :)

Mark
mrag

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Re: Panoramic Software
Posted: 20-Sep-2010 23:39   in response to: MarkE in response to: MarkE
 
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The last Canon camera I bought (about a year ago?) did not have the Photo Stitch software. In fact I think they skipped all the software (Arc Soft movie maker and Studio ...( like Paint.net).

In any event, I ran across Microsoft's "Image Composite Editor"
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/

which "is an advanced panoramic image stitcher." I thought it easy to use and was happy with the results. It seemingly does a whole lot more than I want right now which is 3-4 pictures joined together into a panorama. YMMV. Their website includes a free movie which was pretty cool ;-)

Hey, it's free.

*MS so it's for XP, Vista and 7 only. 32 bit and 64 bit available

Unrelated to Panoramas, I found* a nice little "Power Toy" (Windows) that works via Right Click context that is very handy for taking a big image and converting it quickly and easily into say an email version. See:
http://jalbum.net/forum/thread.jspa?threadID=36677&tstart=0

  • of course I found this only by first asking Early Out about it, but who wants to split hairs here. I like it and wanted to make sure I could find it in the future.

Edited by: mrag on 25-Sep-2010 16:33
jlmeek

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Re: Panoramic Software
Posted: 08-Jul-2011 17:22   in response to: mrag in response to: mrag
 
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Yes, Microsoft ICE does a fantastic job of stitching images. You can use 2-10 shot in a horizontal circle with say 30% overlap, or do as I do to create 360 degree panoramas that are displayed on 360cities.net. (http://www.360cities.net/profile/nc-chap)

For regular display of part of the image, just export the assembled image as a jpg, and crop it as desired with photoshop/gimp etc.

Yes, ICE works only on windows, but it's a lot easier to use than e.g. Hugin or Panotools.
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