Updates: More AutoPano Pro Screencast Tutorials and a new PTGui!

We've been recommending that people use one of two panorama stitchers for some time now, PTGui and AutoPano Pro.

AutoPano Pro works great if you shoot with a very wide-angle or fisheye lens, but if you're shooting with a 10-shot or 12-shot rotator head, sometimes AutoPano (or for that matter, most stitchers) have trouble stitching some images. This is really common if you're shooting a scene with large sections of solid-color wall or have the camera too close to the wall. With AutoPano when this happens, it can be really tough to fix these issues. We set out to find a solution and did publish a screencast on adding manual control points with AutoPano Pro.

In related news, PTGui has launched version 8.0, with many great improvements, including bug fixes, increased speed, and a much easier-to-use control point editor. I had pretty much given up on PTGui for stitching problem panoramas, especially after I had figured out the workflow in the above screencast with AutoPano. However, I just tried re-stitching a problem pano in PTGui 8 and the new control points editor made it MUCH easier. Also, a lot of annoying bugs have been fixed. So I will be giving the new PTGui another fresh look and consider recommending it again to customers.

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Comment by Chris Thomas on February 24, 2009 at 11:52am
I've found that Autopano is one of the best ones for landscape wide angle panoramas and fisheyes sphericals. For the 10-12 shot I think that Panavue is probably the best suited for this and panoramas where one of the source images was slightly off rotation or translation (tilted up/down). PTgui was clunky as Alan said but I think I'll try it with the new update and see.

For anyone who was from RTV and didn't know, the Panavue stitcher was included and is what stitches inside their tour builder. To stitch for Tourbuzz, just access the Panavue program directly.

For those interested in doing really big printing/enlargements, Panavue is also great at stitching Mosaic images with a longer focal to grab more detail for enlargements. \

For anyone who wants to try a tilt-shift lens but doesn't have the money, stitch a mosaic, perspective correct it for straight verticals, and then resize back down to your camera's native resolution. You'll have all the effects of a tilt-shift without the detail loss from doing an aggressive perspective correction on a single image; and not have to spend $1500 on one of those lens.
Comment by Mike O'Neill on April 28, 2010 at 9:32am
I'm very glad I decided to read a few Blogs today - I use AutoPano Pro, I like the program, but, after reading this Blog I discovered the problems I've been having recently with this one job, it has a reason behind it. The property was a new house, no furniture, just big Blank walls, I put Painters Tape on the walls so my program would have something to stitch to. Its a pain in the ass clearing the tape away and I got blotchy walls. I wondered if it was my set-up or my program. Thanks, this blog answered some questions.
Comment by Alan Pinstein on April 28, 2010 at 9:45am
Great! We're always glad to hear that we helped people save time and increase quality.


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