Autopano - Panorama Editor - Geometry Correction
The following tools are used to correct the geometry:
These buttons let you switch a panorama when the corresponding group pictures do not have a good landscape/portrait orientation.
Note that even if the panorama seems well aligned, rotating it 90 degrees can cause a misalignment in the pictures. Therefore, we strongly advise you to click on the Auto Level tool after rotation
This tool lets you make changes to the panorama with the 90° right rotation, 90° left rotation, positioning of the viewpoint, Automatic Level and vertical lines tools.
The angle of rotation must be expressed in degrees; the successive changes are added to each other (a rotation of -10° is cancelled when it follows a 10° rotation).
Point of view, horizon and vertical lines
The vanishing point tool will change the panorama’s point of view; this implies a visual change of the vanishing points due to a type of projection selected previously.
Before displaying the preview, Autopano has already made an estimate on the center of the skyline.
That being said said, it is better to be aware that Autopano totally ignores what has been photographed and that you are in a better position to choose.
This tool centers the image where you click. In other words, it defines another point of view that the point of view of origin, which has a dual effect:
- Drags the point of view's vertical axis (the vertical grey line will be the reference point).
- Drags the point of view's horizontal axis (the horizontal grey line will be the reference point).
With the rectilinear projection, the vanishing points are affected by the dragging of the point of view’s center (Perspective transformation equivalent to that can be seen in a camera's viewfinder when you rotate it to the left or right).
The point of view’s horizon line should, in principle, be at the same height as the camera during shooting, except for when taking low angle shots (vanishing point towards the top) or a view from above (vanishing point towards the bottom).
Often, Autopano automatically creates a panorama where everything is level and thus the "before" and "after" difference is not seen!
The tools described above were used to incline or vertically centre the panorama and on the contrary, the Automatic level effect becomes visible.
Moreover, Autopano does not always straighten the panorama:
- If the camera’s rotation axis was not vertical when passing from one picture to the other (shooting without a tripod or the tripod axis or the pan head was not aligned).
- If all the pictures were taken from the same side (this should not happen with a panoramic head, in the case of a tripod this is different than the previous setting).
In these two cases, the Vertical lines tool needs to be used to put everything into place.
This tool lets you straighten a panorama by tracing vertical lines in the panorama’s editing area.
The vertical lines tool is only available in the spherical and rectilinear (planar) projections.
Trace the lines (symbolized by blue strokes) from top to bottom, where vertical lines are found in the photographed item (the edges of buildings, doors and windows, corners in the walls, furniture).
The yellow dotted line (which is displayed at the same time as the blue line) is used as a reference mark to straighten the horizons. This is very useful if your panorama does not have vertical lines (landscapes, nature, etc.).
Only the blue lines appear with the rectilinear projection. With the spherical projection, the doted yellow line appears each time a blue line is traced.
To change the orientation or length of a line: click on it and use the red boxes found at the ends of the lines. To delete a line: click on it and press the delete key.
Two or three lines are enough, especially if they are spaced from each other. It is possible to place more if they are reliable. Autopano will find the best compromise based on your instructions and the links between the pictures.
Tracing one single line can make a panorama rotate quickly: the traced line will become a perfect vertical. If the blue line is horizontally traced, the panorama will make a quarter turn and if the line is traced from the bottom to the top it will make a half turn.
This tool lets you choose the frame of the panorama. Its original position automatically corresponds to the maximum rectangular area of the current panorama.
The default framing is automatic; no part of the selection is left blank.
To resize the frame, use the small squares around the frame. When pressing the Ctrl key, the resizing is done starting from the center of the frame. To move the frame, place the mouse cursor inside the frame. The cursor turns into a hand. To rotate the frame, place the mouse cursor outside of the frame. The cursor turns into a rotation arrow.
This tool produces an effect that is the opposite of that obtained with the Crop tool: the panorama is framed with a rectangle that is as large as necessary so that nothing remains outside the frame.