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Autopano Video - Supported formats and limitations

Supported formats

Autopano Video accepts most video file formats which are compatible with common systems (via DirectShow in Windows and QuickTime in Mac).

The next three sections are only referring to the version 2.2 of Autopano Video & Autopano Video Pro and the next version.

Apple ProRes support

Autopano 2.2 supports ProRes input videos. For that you just need to install Quick Time 7:

GoPro Cineform support

Autopano 2.2 supports Cineform input videos. For that you just need to install :

You will not have the preview of the input videos but you'll have the stitched preview.

Image Sequence as an input

With Autopano 2.2 you are now able to use a frame sequence as an input. For that you need two things: a frame sequence and the description of your sequence.

  • This how your working folder must be organized:

AVP Image sequence folder organization.PNG

  • Here is the content of each camera folder:

AVP image sequence example.PNG

  • And this is the specification of the .kvi file which describe your sequence:

AVP Image sequence Cam1 kvi.PNG

    • files="cam1/cam1_%05d.jpg" indicates that you have a "cam1" folder, next to your "cam1.kvi" file, containing an image sequence with 5 digits (cam1_02563.jpg for example). cam3_%03d.png would correspond to an image sequence such as cam3_000.png, cam3_001.png, cam3_002.png ...
    • start="1" means that your first image will be "cam1_00001.jpg", you can also decide to start with another frame, cam1_00011.jpg" for example
    • end="3200" means that the 3200th frame will be the last
    • framerate="80" is the frame rate interpretation of your input sequence. You can decide to speed up your sequence or to slow it down, as you wish.

You can download an example of .kvi file here: File:AVP image sequence Cam1.zip.


Windows Decoding

Autopano Video can decode .mp4 videos encoded in H.264 (video flow) and AAC (audio flow).
For all other formats, this software relies on system ability.
In theory, if a video is playable with Windows Media Player, Autopano Video should also be able to play it.

Components capable of playing videos are often numerous and some may perform better than others.
These components are part of DirectShow filters. Here is a list of tools that will identify and modify components used by default:

For example, with Windows 7, the default H.264 decoder is from Microsoft. It won’t decode videos with resolution higher than HD.
GoPro cameras let you go beyond this resolution. You’ll need to use the Tweaker Filter to tell the system not to use Microsoft decoders by default.

Mac Decoding

Autopano Video can decode .mp4 videos encoded in H.264 (video flow) and AAC (audio flow).
The 32-bit version is theoretically able to decode all videos that QuickTime can play.
If the video preview doesn't display in Autopano Video, it is necessary to check if the video plays via Quicktime.
If the playing works, it is necessary to switch Autopano Video in 32-bit mode, otherwise, it requires to check the system to let it play the video.
For now, the 64-bit version only supports H.264 format.

Concatenate video files without re-encoding

Certain cameras (like GoPros) create several files for the same shot sequence depending on the recording time.
In order to manage the entire sequence in Autopano Video, you’ll need to have previously concatenated files end-to-end.

See this link -> concatenation

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