Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited is a photo stitching application that enables photographers, panorama creation specialists, interactive media designers, and others to quickly create wide-angle images and panoramas for engaging virtual tours, large-format panoramic prints, interactive 3D web content and seamless matte paintings.
With its highly intuitive user interface, five-step workflow, and powerful image stitching technology, Stitcher enables you to merge your images in just a few clicks.
In addition, Autodesk Stitcher interoperates with Adobe Photoshop software and offers support for industry-standard image, web, and video file formats, including high dynamic range images (HDRI).
Highlights of Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited 2009
· Automatic photo stitching engine
Create partial or full spherical panoramas in just a few clicks. All the steps can be automated: stitching, alignment, and color correction.
· Double shot
Stitch together images taken with a two-shot fish-eye lens. This enables you to create fully spherical virtual tours with only two pictures.
· Image-based lighting
Create exceptionally high-quality environment maps and panoramas through support for EXR and HDR input and output.
· Hotspot support
Create Apple QuickTime VR application program hotspots and links integrated within a panorama that reference another panorama.
· Tripod cap
Cover up the tripod in your image with an image of your own.
· GPU acceleration
Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited 2009 is optimized to take advantage of graphics card graphics processing units (GPUs) to preview rendering in the main viewport. The GPU is now also used to accelerate final renders.
· Selectable rendering area
Use the crop tool to precisely select an area to be rendered. This tool can be used while in full-screen mode.
· New user interface and workflow
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 has been given a new look and feel through a redesigned user interface, including new icons and a new palette to manage thumbnails more efficiently.
Here are some key features of "Stitcher Unlimited":
Fully Automatic Process
With an automatic process, Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited photo stitching software enables professional photographers, multimedia artists, and photography enthusiasts to create panoramas from overlapping pictures shot from a single point of view. Not only does Stitcher Unlimited automate the stitching process, it delivers automatic alignment and color correction.
Image and Lens Support
· Support for Spheres
Stitch together a variety of images, from rectilinear to fish-eye to create fully spherical panoramas—up to 360 degrees horizontal by 180 degrees vertical.
· Fish-eye Lens Support
Import as few as two or three images and obtain a panorama in about the same amount of time it took to shoot the photos. Using the Double Shot feature you can assemble two images acquired in opposite directions using a fish-eye lens with a field of view larger than 180 degrees to quickly create a panorama covering the whole viewing sphere in only 2 minutes. Stitcher Unlimited also takes into account the specific distortion parameters of the Sunex fish-eye lens.
· Automatic Lens Detection
Based on properties of the image, Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited detects the type of lens used to take a photo, including lens properties such as aperture and focal length. It then uses this information to produce high-quality results.
· Panorama Import
Existing panoramas can be imported into Stitcher Unlimited 2009 for modification (for example, to make a spherical panorama a QuickTime VR panorama).
Image-Based Lighting Support
· Support for EXR and HDR
Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited supports OpenEXR and radiance RGB HDR, two file formats that contain information coded in 16 or 32 bits per channel, for high dynamic range imagery. You can load bracketed LDR (low dynamic range) images to stack them to create HDR (high dynamic range) images or tone mapped images. Stitcher can also import existing HDR images, stitch each picture in 32 bits, and enable you to adjust the lighting in the viewport in real time. The panorama can then be exported directly in 32 bits to a 3D software package.
· Environment Map Support
HDR panoramic images can be used to create sophisticated environment maps that can then be exported to Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software, Autodesk 3ds Max, or Autodesk Maya 3D modeling and animation software.
Web Publishing Support
· QuickTime VR Hotspot Support
Create Apple QuickTime VR (QTVR) application program hotspots and links integrated within a panorama that reference another panorama, allowing the end user to move from one virtual location to another. Define any number of hotspots of any shape, including arrows placed on doors, windows, and other openings.
· Supported Web Formats
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 supports embedded publishing formats—Apple QuickTime VR, Adobe Flash, or Java players—through the ImmerVision Panoramas (IVP) file format. It also supports global positioning system (GPS) data of the panorama, which can be specified in files saved in KML format for the Google Earth mapping service. You can also create HTML pages to display panoramas directly in a web browser.
· Preview Renders
Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited is optimized to take advantage of graphics card GPUs (graphics processing units) for fast preview rendering in the main viewport.
· Rendering Productivity
The GPU accelerator also speeds final renders, reducing render times by as much as 30 percent.
Touch-up and Photoshop Interoperability
· Image Retouching
The Stencil toolset facilitates artifact removal (moving objects in the overlapping regions) as well as the correction of anomalies such as ghosting and lens flare. The image can also be exported to Adobe Photoshop software for retouching.
· Tripod Cap
The tripod cap feature provides a user-specified tripod cap with automatic alignment so you can hide the tripod at the bottom of the image. You can choose one of your own images or use the included tripod-cap image. The image, which can be a TIFF with an alpha mask, will be positioned at the bottom of the current 3D view and oriented in the direction of the 3D view.
· Adobe Photoshop Support
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 provides interoperability with Adobe Photoshop image-editing software—supporting the import of images with their masks and the export of the stitched panorama with blending masks for highly precise image touch-up.
· Smart Blend
The software supports multiple blending, sharpening and interpolation methods, including “Smart Blend.”
· Crop Tool
The Crop Tool (Render Area), which can be used to define a render zone, is now available in full-screen mode—creating a very fast, efficient workflow.
· Choice of Panorama Projection
Several projection modes are available for panoramic pictures: flat (as seen in the preview window), spherical, cylindrical, or cubical (6 faces of a cube).
· Rendering with Templates
Panoramas can be rendered with HTML templates, streamlining the review and publishing processes.
Movies can be created by rotating or zooming a virtual camera around the central point of the panorama. A timeline editor enables you to add, remove, or edit key frames. Movies can be rendered at a user-defined resolution or frame rate and output to AVI or MOV format using any available codec.
User Interface and Workflow
· Five-step Workflow
A five-step workflow and automatic engine make it very easy to learn and use Stitcher Unlimited 2009. The workflow consists of image import, stitching, alignment, touch-up, and rendering.
A full 3D viewport allows you to place yourself at the center of the panoramic view. For those more comfortable working in 2D, a full screen 2D view is also supported, and you can move between the 3D and 2D views in one click. The productivity-enhancing Stitcher Unlimited user interface remains the same no matter which of the two views the user selects.
· Redesigned User Interface
Stitcher Unlimited employs a highly intuitive user interface that enables you to become productive in as little as one hour. The look and feel of Autodesk Stitcher Unlimited has been recently improved through the addition of new icons and a new palette to manage thumbnails more efficiently.
· Large Format Printing
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 enables photographers to produce large-sized panoramic prints.
· Print Output
Artists can output to a variety of image formats, with support for adjustable parameters.
· Apple QuickTime 7
· Intel-based Macintosh computers
· 512 MB RAM
· 200 MB free hard drive space (for installation), 2 GB recommended
· Ethernet adapter
· Qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL 1.2 professional graphics card with latest graphics driver available on vendor’s site
· Two-button mouse with mouse driver software
· DVD-ROM drive
· 15-day trial
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· HDR images generation directly from stacked LDR images. JPG bracketed images can be directly loaded into Stitcher and stacked together to be able to render as an HDR (*.exr or *.hdr) or a simple tone mapped image.
· Specific integration of Sunex superfisheye lens to use its specific distortion parameters.
· Possibility to work in projection mode using the Live Preview.
· New user interface: new icons, new thumbnails bar, general information widget in 3D workspace, authoring controls widget.