Autopano Giga is a very useful image stitching application that provides an intuitive and simple interface.
The well-designed interface of Autopano Giga lets you create easily professional-quality panoramas.
The panorama editor of Autopano Giga includes advanced features to adjust the stitching, colors and geometry of your panoramas.
The control points editor of Autopano Giga that allows you to take the control in difficult cases and enhance significantly the stitching quality of your images.
Here are some key features of "Autopano Giga":
· Saving the workspace - Autopano Giga allows you to save your workspace to quickly locate all current projects the next time you open the software.
· Customizable layout - The Autopano Giga interface is customizable. You can enable or disable certain components, move them or even make them into independent windows.
· The best image stitching technology in the world - Behind Autopano Giga's simplicity and ease of use lurks a stitching engine based on advanced algorithms. The image stitching technology (SIFT) included in Autopano Giga was developed as part of a research project at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada). It has been mathematically proven to be the best technology in the world at recognizing similarities between images.
· Analysis and automatic classification of a batch of images - Do you have a folder or a memory card full of photos? Launch detection on all images; Autopano Giga groups together only those images that make up panoramas and ignores all irrelevant images. No need to specify the order of images in each view: Autopano Giga will find them by itself. The detection power of Autopano Giga is much better than the human eye, so the software can find relationships that you might have missed visually.
· Manual editor of control points - For difficult image stitchings, Autopano Giga previously offered a control points editor to force the software to add links in user-defined areas. Version 2.5 goes further by allowing point-by-point manual addition of links between adjacent images. There is no reason to miss a stitching, however complex.
· Stitching together aerial photos or shot from multiple points of view - In a notable innovation, the management of multiple viewpoints allows you to assemble multiple images that were not taken from the same perspective. Aerial photos or pictures taken in parallel or linear mode can now be stitched together. This also allows greater tolerance of photos taken freehand.
· RAW Support - Autopano Giga supports over 400 input file formats, including the RAW output from almost all cameras.
· Multidirectional detection - The shooting of landscape panoramas may take place along one or more lines, one or more columns, vertically, horizontally, diagonally, macro, telephoto, leaning ... all on a tripod or even freehand.
· Support of fisheye lenses - Autopano Giga can assemble images taken with a fisheye lens. You can create 360 x 180° panoramas with a minimum of images.
· Automatic color and exposure correction - Autopano is the only image stitching software to perfectly resolve the color and exposure equation. Joins between adjacent images are flawless, both in color balance and in exposure. Make your shots as you see fit, even in automatic mode: the software will take care to match your images. Even better: you can choose a reference image that will give its color temperature the others, and even adjust the color and exposure correction image by image.
· Neutralhazer anti-haze filter - Finally get rid of the haze that can ruin some of your landscape panoramas. Autopano Giga 2.5 provides a powerful tool that removes the whiteout of your photos: a function based on the latest scientific image research. Specifically, the software analyzes the images pixel by pixel and shows the color of each pixel according to its depth in the image.
· Programmable exposure fusion - Exposure fusion allows the blending of bracketed images, keeping the best colors for each exposure. This increases the color dynamics and creates a balanced panorama, very close to reality. Example: If you photograph a room from inside, the window giving to the outside may appear completely white, completely overexposed, or conversely, the interior may be dark but the exterior will be visible. Exposure fusion of multiple photos allows you to keep both interior and exterior colors, to get a balanced and natural image, closer to what you see with the naked eye. Autopano Giga enables exposure fusion and provides settings for adjusting the fusion and the strength of dark and light tones.
· Generating HDR images - Not to be confused with the concept of exposure fusion, the HDR (High Dynamic Range) output also augments the color dynamic range from bracketed images, but in a color space not viewable on standard screens. HDR export is useful for post-treatment in a dedicated software program. Autopano Giga has two HDR export formats: .hdr and .exr. If you only need to maintain the best color for each exposure for display on screen or print, opt for exposure fusion function.
· Support of Adobe Lens Profile calibration parameters - Autopano Giga supports Adobe Lens Profile calibration profiles. This allows you to automatically correct distortions, chromatic aberrations and vignetting, depending on your lens model. You can download the calibration profile for your lens with Adobe Lens Profile downloader, or create your own calibration profile in Adobe Lens Profile Creator and then import it into Autopano Giga.
· Easy straightening of panoramas - Autopano Giga integrates several tools to help you adjust the alignment of your panorama. The most talked about tool is probably the vertical lines tool: draw a line on what should be vertical (monument, tree, pillar...) and realignment is automatic. You can also manipulate the panorama with your mouse to visually adjust the horizon or effect a rotation.
· Different projections for different applications - The projection is the manner in which the images of your panorama are stitched together; whether this is on a plane, a sphere or cylinder ... it all depends on the kind of panorama and its contents. If you want to make a 360° panorama, you can choose the cylindrical or spherical projection. If you have a panorama that includes architectural monuments, you might prefer to retain the rectilinear projection, which will preserve their straight lines. Autopano Giga has 4 types of projection and can automatically select the most suitable projection for your panorama.
· Automatic crop - Autopano Giga can crop your panoramas automatically, preserving the maximum image surface. You can also manually reframe your panoramas, whether free hand or by applying a ratio (e.g. 3:1). A button also allows you to retain the entire sphere (360° x 180°).
· Auto horizon - No more bent or leaning panoramas. Autopano Giga automatically presents you with a horizontally adjusted panorama. You can also adjust it manually as you see fit.
· Digital transformation - To adjust the geometry as accurately as possible, use the pitch, yaw and roll tools to shift the view, or rotate to a thousandth of a degree.
· Real time modifications - If you enable support for the graphics card you will be able to make any changes in real time. Editing a panorama becomes a real pleasure.
· Auto correction of moving objects - During shooting, it often happens that people or objects move. In this case, a typical blend of images creates ghosting (transparent artifacts) in the overlap zone. Autopano Giga 2.5 includes a new anti-ghost blender, applicable even on gigapixel images. A world first.
· Stitching presets - The final assembly of your panorama implements various settings and algorithms according to the type of your panorama and the desired color correction. To make the choice easier, Autopano Giga offers pre-configured stitching profiles. For example, simply select "Anti-ghost" so that all settings adapt to a panorama in which objects have moved. Of course, you can also make all the settings manually, as with all Autopano Giga automation.
· Export to multi-layer PSD - Autopano Giga can of course generate your panoramas in JPG or PNG, for example, but can also export to PSD, PSB or TIFF files, including layers. This creates a document containing both the stitched panorama and the individual images, so you can make any edits you want in Photoshop.
· Batch rendering manager - To save you time, Autopano Giga incorporates a batch-rendering manager. You can prepare several panoramas, place them in the queue and then run all renders. You can then go away and come back later to find all the panoramas generated.
· Multiple export formats - Autopano Giga allows you to generate your panoramas in JPG, PNG, TIFF, PSD / PSB, HDR, EXR and KRO, in 8 bit, 16 bit or 32 bit, depending on the format.
· Group export - If you have sorted the images that make up your panorama according to a particular criterion (e.g. opening, bracket...), you can choose to generate one file per group.
· Naming schemes - To ease the task of naming a large number of panoramas, you can choose your own naming scheme that will apply to all panoramas generated by choosing your own criteria (number of images assembled, name of the first image, incremental number...).
· Support for motorized panoramic heads - Autopano Giga supports motorized panoramic heads, including Panogear, Gigapan, Merlin / Orion, Clauss Rodeon. This module allows you to import images and logs from your motorized panoramic head sessions; the assembly is faster and more reliable, even for panoramas composed of hundreds or thousands of images.
· Creation of qualified image layers - In the panorama editor, you can classify the different images that make up your panorama according to several different criteria: aperture, bracket, speed, focal distance... You can also classify them according to your own criteria. Sounds interesting? You will be able to create layers according to the chosen criterion and thus to separate the parts of the panorama to export them individually and provide greater editing freedom.
· With automation, it's a cinch - You can enable all the automation features of Autopano Giga: automatic detection, automatic color correction, automatic color histogram, auto-cropping, and even automatic rendering, saving the project file and automatically closing the program! It is a huge time saver, especially if you have dozens or hundreds of panoramas to be created.
· Batch processing of images by third-party software - Autopano Giga allows you to apply processes to batches of images by invoking third-party scripts. This can be useful in processing your images before assembly. You can call different types of scripts, for example to produce focus stacking.
· Plug-in support - Autopano Giga 2.5 supports the use of plug-ins, enabling you to apply additional processes to your images. There are currently three plug-ins: Neutralhazer for the suppression of fog, the batch processing of images by third-party software and the Adobe® Lens Profile plug-in, which supports calibration files. The plug-ins library is naturally suited to offering maximally useful tools to process your images before stitching.
· Minimal configuration:
· Processor: 1 GHz
· RAM: 2 Gb
· Display: resolution of 1024x768 minimum
· A sufficient hard disk space depending on the size of the panoramas you process
· Recommended configuration:
· A 2 GHz processor or more
· Multi-core processors
· 2 Gb of RAM or more
· A recent graphics card
· The preview and the rendered panorama will be watermarked AUTOPANO.
· You cannot save project files (.pano files)
· The export to panotools is limited: not all control points for image pairs are saved.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Main changes
· Update of some languages: German, Polish, Turkish, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Italian.
· Version 3.0.4 had an issue with computing the needed size for rendering layers. So rendering layers was often not allowed. We quickly addressed this issue and are releasing the fix today.
· 0001825: [Editor] Pano disk space estimation is wrong when rendering layers.