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  • Harvey Cooper
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    Software recommendations

    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)

  • pgielen
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    Re: Software recommendations

    Originally posted by Harvey Cooper View Post
    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

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  • John Houghton
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    Re: Software recommendations

    Originally posted by sourfunk View Post
    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

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  • Bill Bailey
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    Re: Software recommendations

    Originally posted by sourfunk View Post
    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?

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  • johnchoy
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    Re: Software recommendations

    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.

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  • sourfunk
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    Re: Software recommendations

    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.

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  • John Houghton
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    Re: Software recommendations

    Originally posted by sbalsen View Post
    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

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  • sbalsen
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    Re: Software recommendations

    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.

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  • lanky 23
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    Re: Software recommendations

    John, Thanks for your input.

    Lanky

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  • John Houghton
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    Re: Software recommendations

    Originally posted by lanky 23 View Post
    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

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  • lanky 23
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    Re: Software recommendations

    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

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  • chuxter
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    Re: Software recommendations

    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 ) with a 17-35mm lens and the NN3 and I primarily stitch "little planets".

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

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  • Bill Bailey
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    Re: Software recommendations

    Originally posted by lanky 23 View Post
    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

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  • Bill Bailey
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    POLL Software recommendations POLL

    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

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  • lanky 23
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    Re: Software recommendations

    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.

    Leave a comment:

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