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Autopano Giga WIP

by AlexandreJ » Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:37 pm

Hi,

I owe you some news, really. So what's up here ?
We have a lot of project currently :
- Panobook : we do this week the last review of the book. Cover, back, every images, syntax, etc. End of this week, it goes to the printer.
- Paris 20 gigapixels : we are waiting for the first week-end with good weather condition to shoot. Finger crossed :)

And the dev of Autopano Giga :
- Last week, we passed an internal integration stage with the new editor. That's huge. No more waiting when you edit a panorama. Isn't that cool.
Moreover, you can zoom at full resolution ! Awesome. I cannot wait to show you that ;)
- Support for panorama head. A lot of work has been done too in this area. Now, gigapan can be stitched quite flawlessly, I just need to correct a little the code that handles unlinked picture for the support to be complete. We got really good result on that.
- We did also a lot of work in the optimizer, this may not be really seen in the final product, except in one feature that is now working again : local optimizing. When you need to patch giga panorama, that's really helpful because you don't need to reoptimize everything from scratch.
- Did I told you about flash export ? We will present you our tour tool soon. This tool is able to edit flash tour directly with autopano. This is one the feature of the Giga only version. A nice tool, easy to understand to make real virtual tour with hotspots, etc.

We are a bit late in the development, I'm aware of that, but we have made a lot of arrangement to be able to meet our release date.
Next alpha version with a lot of new feature is planned for 14 november. This will show you the new real time editor and tour edition. There will be one big feature missing for version 2, the plugin system to be able to integrate our new HDR technology. This is for alpha 3. Everything beyond alpha 3 will be bug fix only on new feature and doing user request on small features ( like UI small improvement, etc ).

I'll try to make you a video soon of the new real time editor. It worth the wait.

Edit : Here's the video ( a quickly produced AVI, sorry for cross-platform rules ... ) : http://ftp.autopano.net/releases/temp/alpha2.avi
What it shows : the speed of editor updates, the zooming factor. Both will allow a bunch of new features like for example adjustable projection modes, etc.

Thanks,

Alexandre

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by DrSlony » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:04 pm

Sounds really great!

Does it allow adjusting curves instead of just levels?

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by [bo] » Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:31 pm

I was wondering what's up with you guys! The video is amazing - what hardware you're using? Is it featuring the GPU utilization you talked about some time ago?

Also, I'm wondering if smaller improvements will find their way to 2.0, like limit the "length" of links or set CP distribution or instruct the editor to find CPs on higher contrast & sharper parts of the image, etc.

We saw a "sky generation" logic here on the forums by a fellow member, is there any chance that'll become a plugin?
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by beeloba » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:09 pm

Hi Alex, what codec did you use? My bowser wants to use Quicktime - Could you put a link please :)
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by AlexandreJ » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:12 pm

I used camstudio to recorde screen : the codec is CRAM/, Microsoft video 1.

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by fma38 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:18 pm

This is great!
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by beeloba » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:29 pm

AlexandreJ wrote:I used camstudio to recorde screen : the codec is CRAM/, Microsoft video 1.

Okay… I found a way… Download the movie and read it with VLC… No problem…

This is really great… Does the results are going to be that fast on a common computer, or did you use one with a Turbo video card :)

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by DrSlony » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:48 pm

mplayer (all platforms) or smplayer (linux, windows, this is a really great gui for mplayer) will play that video and most other formats without a problem.

Also windows users can use ffdshow to play most formats in any player. Note that ffdshow uses directshow filters, which means you dont need to use ffdshow if you use mplayer/smplayer.

Don't install codec packs! They often cause trouble and perform poorly. ffdshow is all you need for 99% of the cases.
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by AlexandreJ » Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:19 pm

beeloba wrote:This is really great… Does the results are going to be that fast on a common computer, or did you use one with a Turbo video card :)

With a not so old video card, you will be able to do it. I don't have a big one either.

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by gerardm » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:22 pm

What are the red and blue dots on the images?

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by AlexandreJ » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:27 pm

gerardm wrote:What are the red and blue dots on the images?

???

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by gerardm » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:12 pm

It must be the codec. I'm using VLC on the mac.

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by mgg310 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:55 pm

I recommend KMplayer - from Korea!
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by phototrek » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:23 pm

This is awesome! Keep up the good work. I'll be buying.
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by beeloba » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:40 am

gerardm wrote:It must be the codec. I'm using VLC on the mac.

Hi Alex… recording your movie into mpeg or divx would would be much more cross plateform, in my mind… this is not not normal that gerard have funny results… Perhaps .Flv would be a good compromise !!

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by AlexandreJ » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:51 am

I agree, but I did that really fast without any post-processing ( I would have needed to install more tools that I just wanted ).

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by [bo] » Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:26 am

Yesterday Alex shared some *VERY* interesting details on IRC about APP 2.0! But I'm not telling! :D
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by fma38 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:43 am

Arrgl! I was about to connect, and started to work on Papywizard, so I forgot :(
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by mediavets » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:35 am

AlexandreJ wrote:
beeloba wrote:This is really great… Does the results are going to be that fast on a common computer, or did you use one with a Turbo video card :)

With a not so old video card, you will be able to do it.

It looks amazing in the video.

I will probably need to buy a new video a card - so can you provide a more precise description of the specification of video card needed for good/best performance?

Is it a matter of a graphics driver supporting some particular level of OpenGL or does it a need a particular graphics chipset? Is one chipset better than another? How much video RAM is desirable/optimal?

Will this new feature be cross-platform - Windows 32/64, Mac and Linux?
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by machart » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:37 am

@beeloba:

it played well in quicktime... i think, its the perian plug to get it working...
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by DamoRed » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:44 pm

I'm using Camino and Safari on Mac and it played there on both immediately.

It does look really exciting if things are going to move as fast as that. The pot is starting to really bubble now. Looking forward even more to the final product.

Is this the wrong place to ask about how the focus stacking is coming along?
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by beeloba » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:10 pm

Sorry to say that, but on a PPC mac mini… It doesn't work… there must be a codec issue…

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by klausesser » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:23 pm

beeloba wrote:Sorry to say that, but on a PPC mac mini… It doesn't work… there must be a codec issue…

On my G5 running 10.4.11 it works very well. GREAT stuff, Alexandre!!:)

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by taf » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:51 pm

great video... sound good !
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by TyBo » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:00 am

AlexandreJ wrote:[...] Next alpha version with a lot of new feature is planned for 14 november. [...]

Here we are ! :-)

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