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Harvey Cooper
04-15-2008, 09:39 PM
Great work out there! What software are you using. I have used Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 and finished the PSD off in CS3 with autoblend. I also have used photomerge auto or linear in CS3. My preference is Stitcher. Thoughts anyone?

Harvey

http://harveycooper.smugmug.com/Panoramas (more being added)

schlake
04-16-2008, 06:36 AM
I just added a post in my thread in the NN5 forum about this. I just have straight photoshop, and the automerge does a good job on normal to telephoto stitches, but doesn't do well with wide shots. I'm probably going to a PTGui Pro for my stitching needs.

Bill Bailey
04-16-2008, 07:22 AM
I believe a popular choice amongst many is PTGui. Slight learning curve but you'll find many tutorials and others using it.

shadow
04-16-2008, 07:33 AM
I have only used autostitch with very good results for the "mosaic" type of panos. It is also attractively priced.

www.autostitch.com

Bill Bailey
04-16-2008, 09:37 AM
I have only used autostitch with very good results for the "mosaic" type of panos. It is also attractively priced.

www.autostitch.com


hmm - www.autostitch.com seems to be down. Curious if autostitch allows for manual adjustment of control points.

DorinDXN
04-16-2008, 09:58 AM
The autostitch can be downloaded from here

http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html

Dorin

John Houghton
04-16-2008, 01:09 PM
Curious if autostitch allows for manual adjustment of control points.

Bill, Autostitch is a simple demo product with very few features. JPEG in and out, equirectangular output format only. Fisheyes not supported. No access to control points. For all that, it's an effective automatic stitcher that's simple to use, but there's little you can do if it fails to stitch your images adequately. The basic stitching engine is incorporated in Autopano Pro, which has many more features and allows a lot more control, though it's still basically an easy-to-use automatic stitcher.

John

Bill Bailey
04-16-2008, 01:29 PM
Hey John,
First let me say welcome to the forum!
I kind figured that about autostitch but wasn't sure. We have seen hardly anyone coming to us saying they use this software so wouldn't imagine it to be widely distributed but could be wrong.
Cheers
Bill

Ed Fruin
04-16-2008, 08:54 PM
I like using PTGUI Pro as the main stitching software. Photoshop CS3 for combining multiple shots for the base to eliminate the tripod before stitching in PTGUI Pro. If any final retouching is needed, that is also done in Photoshop CS3. If needed, I will use cubic converter and cubic connector to create a final QTVR to be prepared for web on Pleinpot. :biggrin:

Ed

http://edfruinphotography.com

michael_tn
04-17-2008, 02:42 PM
i used ptmac for quite some time with good results, i'm currently evaluating bott ptgui and autopano pro. i find myself shooting
more and more bracketed sets with my panos and i hope that one of them can deliver a reasonable workflow for assembling
panos from bracketed image set. they have evaluation packages. give them a try.

-- michael

Terrywoodenpic
04-20-2008, 06:20 AM
I settled on PTAssembler. never felt the need to change... it works every time for me.
http://www.tawbaware.com/ptasmblr.htm

Perhaps not as popular as PTGui but I think it is more about what you start off with.

pep
04-22-2008, 01:23 AM
Hi,

Havin testing many softwares last tree months, my top 3 is:
* PTGui Pro
* Autopanopro
* Hugin

I finally decide for PTGui. It's not the easyest to learn but results are really good and HDi si so easy..

PEP

salsaman
04-22-2008, 03:52 AM
I've been using PTGui (Mac and PC) for a while and after getting a nice light tripod, I've been taking more panos and it's serving me well.

I've tried a bunch of others but the options of PTGui (especially its HDR support) won me over despite its limited ui (though I hear there's a new version-- haven't downloaded it yet).

Curious if folks can comment on the "extra" programs which can be plugged in-- enblend, etc.?

Anyway, just got here and am psyched to dig through the archives...:001_smile:

pep
04-22-2008, 05:25 AM
Salsaman

PTGui can use Embled, Smartblen as pluggin. Enfuse should come soon

Pep

John Houghton
04-22-2008, 06:38 AM
PTGui V7.8 already has the enfuse option built in.

John

Grahamtwomey
04-22-2008, 09:03 AM
I looked at both PTGui and Auto Pan Pro and went with APP because you can stitch RAW files together. So far (though basically new out of the box or off the server so to speak) it works incredibly well. PS3 would not do what I wanted at all as far as photomerge went.

pep
04-22-2008, 09:21 AM
PTGui V7.8 already has the enfuse option built in.

John,

PTGui has "enfuse like" option built in, you're right ... but not sure to get the same result with exposure fusion neither exposure correction feature.

PEP

Terrywoodenpic
04-24-2008, 11:21 AM
Pt assembler has Tufuse focus and exposure blending and smartblend

chrisjackson
05-08-2008, 02:29 AM
I use Autopano Pro, I like the results and particularly like the function which scans folders for panoramas.

lanky 23
05-13-2008, 06:32 PM
As a beginner, I am looking at The PT Gui software and I would like to know which would be the best choice, the standard or the pro? I have downloaded the trial version and I find the software very easy to use. Thanks for any and all advice.

Bill Bailey
05-14-2008, 06:25 AM
Just wanted to make mention again we have a poll going on software choices. If you haven't already please stop by and tell us which stitching software you are using. You can vote twice.
http://nodalninja.com/forum/index.php?topic=62.0

thanks

Bill Bailey
05-14-2008, 06:45 AM
As a beginner, I am looking at The PT Gui software and I would like to know which would be the best choice, the standard or the pro? I have downloaded the trial version and I find the software very easy to use. Thanks for any and all advice.

Many software options are dependent on what type of panorama's you are wanting to produce as well as what type of gear you are using. If you could further your question and let us know what your intentions are and what you are using we can further with better advice.
thx - and welcome to the forum.
Bill

chuxter
05-14-2008, 07:47 AM
I'm curious too about which stitching software is better. Currently I'm using Hugin and it's OK but I still have to manually place some of the control points which can get time consuming.

I'm using a Nikon D100 (soon to be a D300 :biggrin:) with a 17-35mm lens and the NN3 and I primarily stitch "little planets".

Does PTgui's software warrant the cost of buying it?

lanky 23
05-15-2008, 08:26 AM
Bill,
Since I am just getting into shooting panoramas I want to just do single row landscapes 180 to 360 degree and work my way into VR. My equipment consists of: Nikon D200 with a Tokina 28-70, f2.8 lens, DIY pan head (NNX on my wish list), and a sturdy tripod. Software is Photoshop CS3 and a trial PTGui. Thanks for your input.

lanky 23

John Houghton
05-15-2008, 12:08 PM
As a beginner, I am looking at The PT Gui software and I would like to know which would be the best choice, the standard or the pro?
You should find the standard version quite good enough for your purposes. If necessary, you can upgrade to the pro version later by paying slightly more than the difference in cost of the two, so you wouldn't be too much out of pocket.

John

lanky 23
05-16-2008, 04:48 AM
John, Thanks for your input. :001_smile:

Lanky

sbalsen
05-18-2008, 07:01 PM
There's no contest. PTGui Pro! It will even perfectly stitch quick hand held images without a tripod.
The new HDR feature works great.
On special projects, I may first combine the bracketed images in Photomatrix Pro for HDR, and then stitch the resulting images in PTGui. Although PTGui does a great job on HDR in it's own right.

John Houghton
05-18-2008, 10:51 PM
There's no contest. PTGui Pro! It will even perfectly stitch quick hand held images without a tripod.
While PTGui Pro can perfectly stitch some hand held images, it doesn't claim to perfectly stitch any and all images that you care to throw at it.

John

sourfunk
06-15-2008, 09:55 AM
I'm new to this and am just now researching which tools I want to try first. After lots of research, I've decided the NN5 looks perfect for what I want to do. I still am uncertain about the software. Has anybody been using Hugin for long? I am curious to know if it is constantly being improved, or if it is rather stagnant.

johnchoy
07-08-2008, 10:24 AM
One of the reason I chose PTgui simply because it has an option to select mutiple temp folder. My temp folder is first a ramdisk then a phyiscal raid 0 of a pair of WD 10K 36G hardisk. If I could afford a workstation type computer of 32 G of ram or more, or I could also assign 20 G plus memory to the ramdisk, I will ttry Hugin since it is free. Stiching consume lots of scratch disk, and ramdisk is of the highest speed of disk. However, I can only assign 4G of memory to ramdisk from my total 8 G memory, so a multiple temp folder option of ptgui is great.

Bill Bailey
07-08-2008, 11:25 AM
I'm new to this and am just now researching which tools I want to try first. After lots of research, I've decided the NN5 looks perfect for what I want to do. I still am uncertain about the software. Has anybody been using Hugin for long? I am curious to know if it is constantly being improved, or if it is rather stagnant.

What camera and lens are you using?

John Houghton
07-08-2008, 12:10 PM
Has anybody been using Hugin for long? I am curious to know if it is constantly being improved, or if it is rather stagnant.
Hugin is constantly being updated - often on a weekly basis as far as development versions are concerned. Stable releases are very infrequent. The latest versions for download are listed at http://panospace.wordpress.com/downloads/.

John

pgielen
07-13-2008, 02:39 PM
What software are you using.

After years of punishing myself with PTGui, I switched to Autopano Pro and life has never been easier. Even if processing is a bit slow, the direct handling of raw files, the superior control point detection, the extensive editing options and the fantastic smartblend option
save me tons of time. Post-processing is usually limited to a bit of sharpening, colour and contrast correction. You don't need CS3 for that.

Pierre