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  1. #1
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    Autostitch for creating panoramas

    In another thread I created a small tangent regarding making panoramas with Autostitch. I think posting information here is more useful.

    Autostitch is a free demo program created to showcase the code for stitching panoramas, and is commercially licensed through the University of British Columbia. Autopano Pro, Serif Panorama Plus, and Calico use the code with commercial license. The demo program is limited by design, but really still very powerful for an average user.

    The current version 2.2 has been improved from the early releases. There are fewer things to change in the setup menu, but what is important is still there. It is 64-bit native now and the program is self-contained to 1 folder and does not leave a trace in Windows registry. It can be run from a thumbdrive or SD card and transplanted from 1 computer to another. A very lightweight footprint.

    When you start the Autostitch.exe file, you see the first screen. Selecting the gear on the right brings up the settings menu. Changes here become defaults after. I have my width selected for the output file and the height will be automatic to match. The location where the panorama is save is also done here. After that just click on the file icon to select your files (jpeg only) and then just select the center "run" icon to make the image. Images will be analyzed, rotated if needed, and aligned.

    Autostitch for creating panoramas-autostitch-main.jpgAutostitch for creating panoramas-autostitch-settings.jpg

    I recommend taking images with at least a 25% overlap to get great results. This works equally well for vertical and horizontal stitches. Autostitch can also assemble in 2 dimensions, so 3 high and 6 wide is possible. Just do a good job of getting proper overlap while taking photos.

    Some examples I have made in past years.

    Ferry Bluff along the Wisconsin River (180-degree view)
    Autostitch for creating panoramas-ferry_bluff_pano.jpg

    Lake Superior shore at the mouth of the Montreal River (MI-WI border)
    Autostitch for creating panoramas-pano.jpg

    Tree at Picnic Point, Madison WI
    Autostitch for creating panoramas-picnic-point-tree.jpg

    A couple of samples of "fails". I really made it tough with not enough overlap and moving people in the images. Given the location, not much to be done about that (Miller Park, now AmFam Park in Milwaukee). The stitching gave artifacts very obvious in the foreground.

    Autostitch for creating panoramas-miller-park-panorama-02.jpg

    Now here I have used Autostitch for the upper image and Hugin panorama for the lower image. Autostitch was unable to resolve the rightmost photo due to not enough overlap and just rejected it without comment. Hugin using the automatic modes did manage to stitch it without any real complaint. But Hugin is not anywhere near as intuitive to use. And looking around the rest of the image, the 2 different apps certainly give similar artifacts in the foreground.
    Autostitch for creating panoramas-miller-park-panorama-01.jpg

    Autostitch for creating panoramas-miller-park-panorama-02-rev2.jpg

    No Autostitch won't be the only solution, but certainly it is quick and easy as a first try at stitching a pano.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    Hugin would be a good choice for Lunix.

  3. #3
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    How does Lightroom's Photo Merge/Panorama/HDRPano feature compare? Besides not being limited to JPG...

  4. #4
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    Would not know Fred. Lightroom is too expensive for my budget.
    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

  5. #5
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    Interesting to see the results from this program.

    My "go to" for generating panoramas has always been Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (ICE).
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  6. #6
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    Quote Originally Posted by bluzman View Post
    ...

    My "go to" for generating panoramas has always been Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (ICE).
    Me too!

  7. #7
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    I downloaded Autostitch but my MacBook Pro won't let me open the file because of a security issue... something about not being sure it doesn't contain malware. (OS: BigSur 11.6.5, Safari 15.4) I'm not very good with computers, so that's as far as I got...

    How can I check it to make sure it's safe?
    Last edited by desmobob; 05-09-2022 at 11:48 AM.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    I downloaded Autostitch but my MacBook Pro won't let me open the file because of a security issue... something about not being sure it doesn't contain malware. (OS: BigSur 11.6.5, Safari 15.4) I'm not very good with computers, so that's as far as I got...

    How can I check it to make sure it's safe?
    Never owned a Mac. I have no idea.
    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

  9. #9
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    Re: Autostitch for creating panoramas

    It's kind of convoluted but, here goes...their installer is sort of non-apple-professional

    Once you try to install this app. it will give you the previously mentioned message about malware etc...

    Click on System Preferences... <--that's in the Apple icon upper left corner...
    then click on the Security & Privacy icon
    be sure the General Tab is active

    You first need to UNLOCK the screen to the lower left with that big lock icon and enter the computer's admin password.

    Look to the bottom of the open screen and you should see a message about trying to install unsigned developer apps. and it specifically mentions this one... and then gives you the option to over-ride the system and ALLOW installation from that Developer...

    click to Allow...

    Wait, we're not done yet...

    Now that all that has been done, the Stitch program has created it's own drive/folder on your desktop...

    You'll now have to drag the Stitch.app file from that mess on your desktop to the Application folder on your computer... otherwise, you'll have to go thru the above re-validation process...

    I didn't have a series of images to test with... so didn't... so I don't know what happens after all the above...

    Good luck... the interface looks a bit 1970's to me...
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