Best panorama creating software


dathersmith 12 564 12 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2007 12:19PM
I want to create some stitched panoramas I was wondering which software to use. I see people are using PTGui and the Panorama Factory but which is felt to be the best? Are there any others worth considering?

Darren.

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culturedcanvas 14 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2007 12:22PM
PTGui is flexible, easy to use, and has a lot of advanced features for when you get more into it.

it gets my vote.

Dan
justin c 16 5.1k 36 England
28 Oct 2007 12:29PM
No idea what's regarded as the best but I find AutoPano Pro works very well indeed.

Justin
Bridgelayer 12 659 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2007 4:15PM
Roxio Photosuite is easy enough to use and you get good results.
JohnHorne 15 1.0k
28 Oct 2007 4:24PM
I've tried several but return to PhotoStitch as being the easisest to use. It might lack the control that some other software offers, but it is the most intuitive that I've come across.

It comes free with Canon cameras - don't know whether other users can buy it from Canon.
VolcanoCowboy 13 157 England
28 Oct 2007 4:32PM
I've used Autostitch to make some panos. Works very well. You can download it for free , and it's the same algorithm they use in AutoPano Pro.

Adam
dp 15 165 3 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2007 8:07PM
The panorama factory for me. Used all the others and it gets the blends near perfect most of the time. Didnt find the others quite matched it. Quite easy to use also.

Dave
DunDiggin 13 64 2 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 9:11AM
My vote would go for Hugin - I find it's latest version pretty straightforward, but there is plenty of scope for control if you're prepared to learn.

It has to be said that it helps if you are willing to guess at how some of the functions work, if you're not into reading tutorials, as there's not too much hand holding.

I wrote a tutorial on how to set up and use the basic Hugin functions - it's on another photography site, so drop me a pm if you want the web address.
peterkin 16 647 England
29 Oct 2007 11:24AM
Don't know if it's the best but I bought Serif's Panorama Plus a few weeks ago and am very happy with it. It stiches vertically and horizontally automatically without any problems that I can find and I can save the finished panorama as a jpeg or pdf file if I wish. It also does 360 degree panos and will save them as quicktime movies.

Peter
digicammad 16 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 11:50AM
Panorama Factory for me, the results are exceptional. The only minor downside is that it is restricted to single rows. There are ways around that if you ever want to do a multi row though.

Ian
kit-monster 16 3.7k 2 Singapore
29 Oct 2007 12:06PM
The software can only do so much. I went through the same process as you about 6 months ago. I had in mind a shot I wanted to create, headed out to the location, took about 9 shots and then ran it through any demo / free pano software I could find. It was a real headache and I ended up totally put of by the whole idea.

My subject was a woodland full of mossy logs and branches.

Where I went wrong was:
a) too many shots,
b) picked a subject that covered too many stops of light,
c) picked a subject that wasn't 100% still - the very slight breeze was only apparent when I over lapped images.
d) Didn't have my tripod head dead level.
e) Some elements where too close.

I wasted a lot of time getting frustrated with the stitching software, when I was asking it to do something that wasn't totally impossible but was pretty close.

So I advise you take 3 shots with about a third overlap of a distant, still subject with good detail. Use these as your bench mark and run them through all the above suggestions. You can then progress onto more shots, rows of shots, 2x2, 3x3 grids etc. It's worth doing this as you will learn not only how to stitch images but also how to take images for stitching. For what it's worth, I ended up picking PT Gui.

Good luck - it's very addictive.
whippetrider 16 465
29 Oct 2007 12:50PM
Panorama Maker Pro

This can do vertical, horizontal and matrix formats with automatic linking and manual overrides. $80 = 40 (no VAT) to download with a 15 day full function demo service.

Jeff
DunDiggin 13 64 2 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 12:57PM
I just uploaded a complex stitch job done in Hugin to:
https://www.ephotozine.com/photo/732570

Details of the scene and a bit about the stitch job are in the comments with my upload. Happy to answer questions - if I can.

I'll mention now that Hugin is freeware.
dathersmith 12 564 12 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 7:45PM
Thanks for all the responses folks.

As a bit of info, I want to practise a few pano's then my goal is to get some good shots of the French Alps and create one or some nice pano's for the wall. I think I'll download some demo's and try a few, Hugin sounds good if it is up tothe task and is freeware. Panorama Factory seems to be popular too.

Thanks again.

PS. Will I get away with my ball head and built in level (322RC2) or do I need to think about spending more money on a Panosaurus or some such thing?
dp 15 165 3 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2007 10:56PM
Not a decisive answer this but predictable. Depends. If you are shooting the Alps then I suspect you wont have much in the foreground and will therefore get away without a specialist head. I use the panosaurus and 1 of the shots in my pf, 'haywain 2007' i think its called ahs a load of reads very close to the camera. it was a fairly still day but still got a bit of movement. i am willing to bet this would have been pretty frustrating without a proper head and the nodal point of the lens/camera in the correct position. The other problem you will have without a proper head is bending horizons which i also managed to achieve! This is caused by not having the camera dead level. I know the head you are talking about as I have one, its pretty good but unless you get the nodal point of the lens central anything close will be a problem.

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