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Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor

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Developer(s)  Microsoft
Type  Image stitching
Preview release  c
License  Proprietary freeware
Stable release  2.0.3 / February 25, 2015 (2015-02-25)
Operating system  Windows XP (only up to version 1.4.4), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher made by the Microsoft Research division of Microsoft Corporation.

The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of file formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight DeepZoom, as well as allowing multi-resolution upload to the Microsoft Photosynth site.

Features

  • Stitching algorithms automatically place source images and determine panorama type
  • Advanced orientation adjustment view allows planar, cylindrical, and spherical projections
  • Support for different types of camera motion
  • Panorama stitching from video
  • Exposure blending using Microsoft Research fast Poisson algorithm
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Automatic cropping to maximum image area
  • Optional automatic completion of missing image parts (helpful for sky, clouds, grass, gravel etc.)
  • No image size limitation - stitch Gigapixel images
  • Constrained assembly of image sets taken on a known regular grid, e.g. with a Gigapan head
  • Native support for 64-bit operating systems
  • Output in a wide variety of image formats:
  • HD View
  • DeepZoom
  • TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and more
  • Layered Photoshop format
  • Panorama publishing to Microsoft Photosynth
  • However, Microsoft ICE currently does not provide any anti-Ghosting-mechanism, like other panorama stitching programmes do, e.g. the open source programme Hugin (software) and various commercial applications.

    References

    Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor Wikipedia


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