71-Gigapixel Photo Sets New Record

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mailman88
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71-Gigapixel Photo Sets New Record

.....A group of young Hungarians, sponsored by industry big-shots Epson, Microsoft and Sony, have created the world’s highest-resolution 360° panoramic photograph to date. Shot from a 100-year-old observation tower built on the highest point of Budapest, the stitched panorama is over 590,000 pixels wide by nearly 121,000 pixels tall. In order to take the necessary number of photos in the least amount of time, the creators of the record-breaking image mounted a pair of Sony A900 bodies - each outfitted with a Minolta AF 400mm f/4.5 APO G lens and 1.4x teleconverter - on a sturdy stand complete with a custom-designed robotic head. Even with this setup, the image capturing stage of the project took over three hours to complete. The source images were then stitched with Autopano Giga software on a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation with 2 quad-core Intel Xeon processors, 24 gigabytes of RAM and 6 terabytes of storage capacity. The stitching process took two full days and resulted in a 200GB KRO file, which had to be converted into PPM format and split into three parts for retouching in Photoshop..The final panorama can be viewed at the website below.

Website: 70 Billion Pixels - Budapest (make sure to have the latest version of Silverlight installed)

A 300ppi print of the entire photo would be 156 metres wide by 31 metres high, i.e. a lot wider than a football field is long. While such a print is unlikely to ever see the light of day, Epson has endeavoured to produce a 15m wide print from a downsized, 1.5-gigapixel version, which will be on display at the Erzsébet lookout station in Budapest - where the source images were taken - on 11-12 September 2010. The print was made on an Epson Stylus Pro 11880 large-format printer using Micro Piezo technology and Epson’s Ulta Chrome K3 ink set.

http://70gigapixel.cloudapp.net/

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lightmagic Senior Member • Posts: 1,410
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why?
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Triumph Steve Senior Member • Posts: 1,016
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very cool
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miketuthill Veteran Member • Posts: 3,239
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lightmagic wrote:

why?

Because it is there.

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cbass New Member • Posts: 8
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Surely it's only 35 gigapixel? At least half the image is sky, not really taxing to stitch.

It's technically very impressive but as an image it leaves me totally flat.

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Wonderful... You have to install more Microsoft glop to even view it. I'll pass.

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AV Janus Senior Member • Posts: 1,994
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miketuthill wrote:

lightmagic wrote:

why?

Because it is there.

If you build it, they will come!:-)
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maxnimo Junior Member • Posts: 44
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If I try to view this big photo will my monitor explode?

cbass New Member • Posts: 8
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maxnimo wrote:

If I try to view this big photo will my monitor explode?

Your mind wont.

The microsoft glop as it was described above does however do incredible job of taking huge images and making them fast to load and letting you pan and zoom in a buttery fast way. It really is impressive.

lightmagic Senior Member • Posts: 1,410
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just like making a camera as big as the Empire state b.
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BIJ001 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,784
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Simon97 wrote:

Wonderful... You have to install more Microsoft glop to even view it. I'll pass.

Me too as I am using SeaMonkey, a browser that seems to have escaped the attention of Bill Gates & Co:

Sorry, but Silverlight is not supported on this browser.

Silverlight works on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Flock, Netscape, Opera, and Safari.

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees Contributing Member • Posts: 733
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It's a bit dull, a lot of the shot is woodland. This kind of pano works well when there is lots of detail to zoom in on. Also it's very hazy the detail isn't all that great at pixel level.

Barrie Davis
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FuzzTheKingOfTrees wrote:

It's a bit dull, a lot of the shot is woodland. This kind of pano works well when there is lots of detail to zoom in on. Also it's very hazy the detail isn't all that great at pixel level.

Thank you for the discription. That saves me the effort of running the glop, and loading the image.
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SeeRoy Senior Member • Posts: 1,666
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Still waiting for it to load...

I am reminded of the story by Jorge Luis Borges where he postulates a map having a scale of 1:1 - one mile per mile. I'm sure the equivalent pano will be achieved before too long and present a fascinating challenge for presentation by browsers. For the moment I prefer to look out of the window.
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ZeevK
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On the contrary. Plenty of details, very amasing MS application

The application by Microsoft is amazing. I did not have to install anything - just hit the link in FF and it works. Thumbs-up to Microsoft. The control is fast precise and intuitive. Great app, plenty of interesting panos. The image itself is mind-blowing by the amount of details and sharpness.

I really do not know what is all the criticism about.

FuzzTheKingOfTrees wrote:

It's a bit dull, a lot of the shot is woodland. This kind of pano works well when there is lots of detail to zoom in on. Also it's very hazy the detail isn't all that great at pixel level.

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