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Stitch Panoramic Views like a pro

I am using this for more several years now. Even though all my workflow happens on Macintosh computers these days I’ve kept this tool in my toolbox: Microsoft Image Composite Editor.

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Now after along while with the 1.0 version Microsoft Research decided to release a new version of the free tool with even more features and a new streamlined user interface. This is so much better than before.

“Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. ICE can also create a panorama from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading them to the Photosynth web site. Panoramas can also be saved in a wide variety of image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop’s PSD/PSB format, as well as the multiresolution tiled format used by HD View and Deep Zoom.”

Source 1: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/

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Infinitely Bioshocking Panoramic Views pt. 2

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Infinitely Bioshocking Panoramic Views

Here are just two of the panoramic images I’ve made while playing through BioShock Infinite this year. Gorgeous art!

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new Webcams of Bamberg – even a panoramic one!

We’re living near a very nice city called Bamberg. And after a long time there are new Webcams availabel for anyone to look at. Even a 360 degree panoramic view!

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Source 1: https://www.stadt.bamberg.de/
Source 2: http://www.bnv-bamberg.de/index.php/hotline/71-die-neuen-webcams

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Black Marble: the earth at night

Behold the beauty of the earth by night from orbit:

Source 1: https://earthbuilder.google.com/10446176163891957399-13737975182519107424-4/mapview/

 

 

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Photosynth now mobile…

It’s been some months years since the once Microsoft Research Project got public and Microsoft started offering it’s great Photosynth service to the public.

I’ve been using the Microsoft panoramic and Photosynth tools for years now and I tend to say that they are the best tools one can get to create fast, easy and high-quality panoramic images.

There is photosynth.net to store all those panoramic pictures like this one from 2008:

The photosynth technology itself contains several other interesting technologies like SeaDragon which allows high quality image zooming on current internet connection speeds.

This awesome technology is as of now available on the iPhone (3GS and upwards) and it’s better than all the other panoramic tools I’ve used on a phone.

the process of taking the images

after the pictures are taken additional stitching is needed

after the stitching completed a fairly impressive panoramic images is the result

Source 1: Photosynth articles from the past
Source 2: Photosynth in Wikipedia
Source 3: Photosynth on iPhone App Store

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Forza Motorsport 3 arrived!

After a very very long wait finally Forza 3 arrived! The first panoramic view of a 1-series BMW in Forza 3:

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Finally a game where I can drive that car!

Source: http://www.forzaclans.com

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gone fishing 3

 

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gone fishing 2

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“In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.”

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SONES Office 80% complete

Das Entwickler-Büro #1 ist bereits 99% fertiggestellt… auch sonst sind die Räumlichkeiten nun fast komplett 🙂

Also deshalb auch ein paar Update Panoramen:

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(Achim am Gerät)

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create panoramic images with a free tool

There was the Digital Image Suite and several other tools like Hugin and Cool360 which I used over the last years to create panoramic images. Now there’s a new tool available in 32 and 64 bit (for really really huge images!) from Microsoft Research. It’s free at this point and if you’re on Windows it’s definitely worth the try.

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“Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. You shoot a set of overlapping photographs of a scene from a single location, and Image Composite Editor creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all your images at full resolution. Then save your stitched panorama in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.”

Source: http://research.microsoft.com/ivm/ice.html

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some panoramic views from the CCCamp07

Ahzf took some pictures… coooooool:

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Source: blog.ahzf.de

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FeM FIWAK 2007 started…

We finally had the time to get to the FIWAK 07. I made these pictures:

Source: FeM Blog

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another Forza Motorsport 2 panoramic view

New York this time… hmmm looks sweet…

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Forza Motorsport 2 arrived…

… it seems that there people at the Nürburgring do have a problem with tree decimation… the over one year old Project Gotham Racing 3 Nürburgring had significantly more trees…

This is the Forza Motorsport 2 Nürburgring:


(Forza Motorsport 2)

… remember when I had the exact same location pictured before in Project Gotham Racing 3:


(Project Gotham Racing 3)

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panoramic cave…

Namenlos again did some very cool panoramic views:

Source: http://blog.slash-me.net/index.php?/archives/175-N…

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How to build a panoramic tripod for less than 10 EURO

Stitching software and digital cameras make panoramic photos far easier than ever before. However, to get the best results, you need a special tripod head. These can cost hundreds of dollars, but making your own isn’t that hard. Even better, it’s dirt cheap.

Source: http://www.worth1000.com/tutorial.asp?sid=161123&print=1

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live sign… and visiting the zoo…

Yes I am alive… I took some days off so here we are back in business. There will be some articles about the things I did the last days…and of course as usual: many pictures.

I start the series with the visit to the Zoo of Erfurt:







Of course I made some panoramic views:



this and the next one show the enclosure where the turtles and the cows live 🙂




the monkeys live here…(no island)

Here are the three movies I made:

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one more panoramic view from PGR3

and another panoramic view straigt out of Project Gotham Racing 3 (ignore the red Enzo please)…

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the first XBOX 360 game that exports user generated content…


Gamers rejoice! Today there were some really great updates in the XBOX 360 queue. The most interesting one is the update for Project Gotham Racing 3 – one of the launch titles of the 360. You finally can export the pictures you took in “Photo Mode” to your computer. Just select the picture and send it to your “Your Photos”-Webpage and grab them from there.


I straight went onto the track with the Sagaris to take some test pictures:



yes, HDR…



yes, panoramic view…


I just can say: WOW! That’s what I was looking for when I used the “Photo Mode” over half a year ago for the first time…Oh…I forgot to mention that they are also doing a competition…if you want to take part…here’s the info you need.


Source 1: http://projectgothamracing3.com/photos/PhotoGallery
Source 2: http://www.bizarreonline.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=216755

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more rain please.


After several really really hot days we’re finally getting some rain…temperatures dropping to 26 degree celsius…



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panoramic moon

“Taken by Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, this pan shows lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin unpacking the EASEP which stands for the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package, from the side of Lunar Module ‘Eagle’.”

This is only one of several other panoramic views of the moon.

Source: http://moonpans.co.uk/vr/

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FIWAK 2006 starts today!!!

After last years FIWAK, FeM is back in the forest. This year with even more hardware, even more people and even more tents.


The first lecture starts in just a few minutes so stay tuned for more news on the FIWAK 06.








Source: FeM FIWAK Homepage

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the football world championship started…

And those noisy crowd watched it…

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the perfect working environment part 3


Once again I reorganised my desktop. One display less now, but much more working space on the left-hand.



See part 2 and part 1 for comparison.

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Promise VTrak training in Dortmund

Here are some impressions of the training in Dortmund. Quite many information and hopefully a brand new e-class test setup in the next months.

Impressingly enough: the 1.8l 4 cylinder engine of this Toyota made 100km with about 25l… the display even showed 90,9l/100km from time to time…quite frightening.

Oh and some words to the Toyota itself: bad gearbox, even worse the ride. The clutch: nightmare. To be fair: everything was brand new: the car only had 57km on the clock. Oh: It’s no SIXT rental car…I never got any japanese plastic-bombers from them… THANK GOD!

And small panoramic view of the training room:

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sun and rain over Ilmenau…


Hey it’s april! And on my way home I took some pictures…giving you an impression of the cloudy sky which is characteristic for Ilmenau at this time of the year…






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trip to erfurt…

Since my girlfriend has two turtles we wanted to check out the reptiles exhibition in Erfurt. Which we didn’t because, well lets call it disappointment in the first place.

To small. To dubious. Well… you get the idea. And 12 Euro for 1700 qm is quite a price…

Then we decided to take a walk in the old town of Erfurt. Where we found a new product…(sorry, german only joke)

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Microsoft Studentpartner Summit 2006 – panoramic views


I am at the Microsoft Studentpartner Summit 2006 in Duesseldorf-Mettmann at the moment. And of course I made some panoramic views:










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panoramic pictures of Seattle…


Andreas took those gorgeous panoramic views. Really really great. Don’t miss his blog.




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Microsoft at CeBIT 06

Man, I was exhausted after one day – as usual. But after all it was a great day with many great talks. Even Promise listened to what I had to say… and that’s astonishing…

But since I had the chance to sneak behind the scenes at the Microsoft booth I want to present you a little bit of the pictures I just made…:



The presentation theater as everyone can see it…


That’s the theater from behind… a huge projector and a really big mirror render the HD projection perfect…



that’s hall 2 – which I traditionally do a panoramic view of…

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we where out for dinner… the “Nektar” in Munich


Here are some pictures of the “Nektar“…




Source: http://www.nektar.de

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Meeeeeeeeeeeeting.



yeah, things have to be discussed…

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winter is here to stay…

I thought winter would be over after seeing the temperatures raise on the 19th of February…


But I should have known better… so it was more like this today:

Just not to forget… a picture of warmer times:

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vintage console fun

What a great idea of maednes to bring his old NES console for a quick game. Since he also brought most of the best games that ever were releases for the NES (Dynablaster, SMB1,SMB3,…) fun was guaranteed.

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panoramic view tools: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006


I was asked today what tools I use to create the panoramic views on this website. I personally prefer easy to use – “let the automatic do”-tools. That’s why I used Ulead Cool360 for years to create the panoramic views. But since some months I am using the brand new Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 to create the panoramic views out of the raw pictures.


The first step is to load all the pictures into the Suite:



then Tools→Panoramic Stitching…



then you have to select which pictures you want to use for the panoramic stitching process:



Digital Image Suite now creates a preview for you where you can adjust in whatever way you like – unfortunately no perspective adjustments are possible – but normally not necessary if you took the pictures well:



Click Next and you get the “Stitching in Progress” Dialog…waiting … waiting …



And finally: The Result! You have to select the display window – because maybe – like in my example – the pictures are a bit tilted.



Oh… if you want all that a little bit more compressed…have a look at the demo video I made:



demo movie…click on it!


Source 1: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Source 2: Demo Video

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22c3: hall 1 panoramic view



thanks to namenlos

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lecture hall 2 – sound and camera testings


We only had the time to test one lecture hall today – and this is our current setup which worked quite good:



A complete listing from where to where the signals are routed will be available tomorrow.



the headless encoding pc kinda broke for a second.


…and the mandatory panoramic views:



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inside the Phone Operation Center (POC)


Since we are kind of interested in providing a large user DECT network on the campus of our university we spoke with the Eventphone guys about their setup: and as far as we can tell it’s far more sophisticated than expected.



little panoramic view of the POC server room



the Alcatel machine rear view



patch panel



front view



front view with logo



switching switch



audio patch panel



the actual POC service area in the main hall


Well sorry that there are more pictures than text – it’s just because we have to compile all the information we got and pile it all together into a nice and well understandable text for your reading pleasure.

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the trip to the 22c3, the arrival and some food.


Well here we are – packed with equipment we arrived in Berlin and successfully tested the first encoding-run for the upcoming 22c3 which starts in two days.



hmm… bad weather



this text was on the equipment to discourage thieves



rest place at the A9



finally some food – well maedness had some sandwiches – but finally something hot



the fairy dust has landed


Since we arrived we unpacked all the equpiment and drawn-in our new “office” for the next days: the video studio – which is kind of above/around hall 1.



so here we are… on the right side you can see into hall 1 through the window.



concentrated calculating power – our four encoding machines + one fallback.


Funny thing beside that: we got our own /24 subnet here – peered with 10GE directly to the Berlin CIX. How cool is that 😉

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packaging everything for 22c3


This is just a part of the stuff we’re going to take with us for the 22c3:



hrhr…2 Sony HDR-FX-1E, 2 Sony VX-2100, 1 Sony VX-2000, 5 Shuttle XPCs, 4 Shuttle 19″ TFT displays…

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FeM christmas party pt. 1


well..it’s over… some impressions – more to come:



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short trip to dresden, panoramic views and a Ford Galaxy that survived

I spent the whole day in Dresden – introducing Lars Iwer into his new job at Microsoft. But because that did not take the whole day I had some time to walk along Dresden. Actually I underestimated the fact that it’s getting dark quite early at wintertimes. That and because my digital camera isn’t as good as it should be is the cause that there are just some panoramic views from Dresden – not showing any of the usual sights ;-). Oh. I should mention the heroic presentation the Ford Galaxy gave us – yes, Sixt decided to give me another one after the death of the first one.




who designed that?!






since the big picture is >19000 pixels width you can
get a medium size version here.

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What The Hack wrap-up day 1

The first day of lectures is over and it was quite a success because more people than expected wanted to hear our talks…



next time we probably have to double the space…


sickboy talking.

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Information Event 6th October 2005: the pictures






we illuminated the Audimax….yellow and blue: the FeM colors.


thx to teliko for the pictures

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back from the short break

On thursday the spontaneous idea came up to have a short break (4 days) at the beach. It was cold though – but nevertheless I love the sea (baltic sea in this particular case).

And of course there are some panoramic views ;).

Oh by the way: Who knows where this is?

Thanks to Anna for the 4 days.

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some panoramic views of the Microsoft Company Meeting 2005…







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some panoramic views of the Duesseldorf harbour…



well…that’s not the harbour, that’s the meeting room…



that’s one part of it… watching straight out of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel…



that’s the view out of my room here…nice, isn’t it?

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the perfect working environment part 2

It’s been some time since I made a picture of my workplace…and since that time one more display arrived… so here are two up-to-date pictures:



as usual from left to right: Mac mini (Samsung TFT 910T), custom P4 (Samsung TFT 910T+19″ Highscreen), HP compaq nc8000 (Belinea 108025, built-in 15″ TFT).

Source: The perfect working environment part 1

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TechEd Europe 2005: The Party – Studio 7

That was the coolest Microsoft presented party I’ve taken part in. The live band was great: Scissor Sisters. Man that was an awesome show. So I took some pictures of the location which was calles “Studio 7” – Actually it was Hall 7 of the RAI Conference Center…but see for yourself how it looked:



that’s what I saw when I came into the hall


Well sine there were no refreshments we relied on the fact that there would be proper food at the party. And there was. At about 7 locations inside the hall you could grab Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fishburgers and Stuff.



So. I don’t want to bore you with food pictures and blahblah about the organisation… here are the Scissor Sisters!



a short video…it’s shaky but it gives a feeling.




sorry for the bad quality…it’s just my little cam.



that’s a guy up there…controlling the spotlight.



that’s no genetically modified vaccine or something…it’s just alkohol B-). Hmm.. I don’t drink it actually…it’s just for educational purposes.

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