Pano Stitching Software

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Herman Dijkhuis Contributing Member • Posts: 825
Pano Stitching Software

Hi everyone,

Which free/open source software you recommend to create 360 degree pano in jpeg format?

Replies and suggestions are welcome, thanks in advance!

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walking dude Contributing Member • Posts: 554
Re: Pano Stitching Software
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Only Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista, and Windows 7 are supported at this time.

http://photosynth.net/about.aspx

You'll need to download Microsoft ICE [image composite editor] and the Photosynth app. Links are located at bottom of page.

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Hugin
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My hands down favorite is Hugin. There are a lot of options, and it takes some experimenting— but the results are spectacular.

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One more for (free) Microsoft ICE
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walking dude wrote:

Only Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista, and Windows 7 are supported at this time.

http://photosynth.net/about.aspx

You'll need to download Microsoft ICE [image composite editor] and the Photosynth app. Links are located at bottom of page.

Microsoft ICE makes a very good job. I strongly recommend it.

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Glen Barrington
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Re: Hugin (+1)

Yes, it is probably the best I've used so far.

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Re: One more for (free) Microsoft ICE
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I second Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE)

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/

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Lanidrac Veteran Member • Posts: 7,544
PhotoVista?

Herman Dijkhuis wrote:

Hi everyone,

Which free/open source software you recommend to create 360 degree pano in jpeg format?

Replies and suggestions are welcome, thanks in advance!

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The very best pano software was from a company long gone called PhotoVista. It was free software that came with the Agfa 1680. I stitched stuff with it (and made money with it) with many cams right up to my Canon 300D and 350D until it barfed and stopped working with too much data in the photos (it could handle pic only 'so-big'..). Now I use CS6 Photomerge, but only because i have a fast comp now - talk about it being buggy before!... but it works now well.

Martin.au
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Re: Pano Stitching Software

I do this sort of stuff professionally. I use PTgui, which is brilliant for that type of work. Typically we capture 35 images per set (5 per shot, 7 series - 6 around and one up). I then use exposure fusion rather than HDR to merge the images.

PTgui gives very solid and accurate results. The panoramas we collect are then mapped to point clouds, and any errors in the pano are really obvious.

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Glen Barrington
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Re: Pano Stitching Software

Martin.au wrote:

I do this sort of stuff professionally. I use PTgui, which is brilliant for that type of work. Typically we capture 35 images per set (5 per shot, 7 series - 6 around and one up). I then use exposure fusion rather than HDR to merge the images.

PTgui gives very solid and accurate results. The panoramas we collect are then mapped to point clouds, and any errors in the pano are really obvious.

I know I'm asking you to do work that you may not want or have time to do.  But this topic comes up every other month or so. A quick review of the available Pano titles from someone such as yourself would do wonders to help people determine what it is that  makes a good tool for this, and place the various tools in a heirarchy of value.

I suspect many of us use the pano assist features of their cameras, so probably any reasonably competent stitching tool works well for them.  But different titles use different terms.  For instance, Hugin uses the term "points" and allows for a pretty sophisticated manipulation of them, but I don't recall it using the term "point cloud".  An informative overview from someone knowledgeable might bring some order to this area of photography.

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EthanP99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,425
Re: Pano Stitching Software

another vote for PTGUI, I used it this week to do a 54MP stitch of a waterfall. Absolutely seamless shot and great features on the software.

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Martin.au
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Re: Pano Stitching Software

Glen Barrington wrote:

Martin.au wrote:

I do this sort of stuff professionally. I use PTgui, which is brilliant for that type of work. Typically we capture 35 images per set (5 per shot, 7 series - 6 around and one up). I then use exposure fusion rather than HDR to merge the images.

PTgui gives very solid and accurate results. The panoramas we collect are then mapped to point clouds, and any errors in the pano are really obvious.

I know I'm asking you to do work that you may not want or have time to do. But this topic comes up every other month or so. A quick review of the available Pano titles from someone such as yourself would do wonders to help people determine what it is that makes a good tool for this, and place the various tools in a heirarchy of value.

I suspect many of us use the pano assist features of their cameras, so probably any reasonably competent stitching tool works well for them. But different titles use different terms. For instance, Hugin uses the term "points" and allows for a pretty sophisticated manipulation of them, but I don't recall it using the term "point cloud". An informative overview from someone knowledgeable might bring some order to this area of photography.

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Hehe, sorry. Point clouds is a term referring to the data collected by a laser scanner. It's not actually related to the panoramic imagery. The point clouds are then colored using the panoramic imagery.

Here's an example, colored with the scanners built in camera. Our newer stuff, coloured using our pano kit looks much nicer.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QVabrXWAVbQ

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frank-in-toronto Senior Member • Posts: 1,030
Re: Pano Stitching Software

i've been using autostitch for years.  works almost all the time. multi-row also. free of course.  i tried hugin but found it way to complex. and it didn't stitch the stuff i do any better.

DutchMM Senior Member • Posts: 1,030
Re: PhotoVista?
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I remember it fondly.  It does work IIRC under wine on linux, too.  But hugin is hugely more powerful.

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MisterBG Veteran Member • Posts: 5,834
Re: Pano Stitching Software

EthanP99 wrote:

another vote for PTGUI, I used it this week to do a 54MP stitch of a waterfall. Absolutely seamless shot and great features on the software.

+1 for PTGUI

However, for a free program, Microsoft's ICE does a good job.

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