Hugin Panorama Creator

January 1, 2008 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

So I read a post the other day that stated that I should not refer to applications as Ubuntu applications but on a broader Linux applications level.  So here I am changing categories to the broader linux idea.  I must say that I like the argument behind it so that Ubuntu does not become the next Windows of Linux.  Anyway on to what I want to talk about this morning.

Hugin Panorama Creator.  The other day I took some shots of my downtown area to check out the Christmas lights.  The one thing I wanted to do was to create this huge panorama shot where you could see everything.  In windows this was easy for me since my camera came with software to stitch various photographs together.  Unfortunately I could not find that CD (oh wait I just realized where it is, in my camera bag) to see if wine would run it.  Since I couldn’t find the CD at the time (I just realized where it is) I went out to find some software for linux.  In comes Hugin Panorama Creator.  I just did some searching in Google and eventually found this program after chasing a lot of rabbits all over the place.  That’s a metaphor, there weren’t actual rabbits.  The program works like a dream, almost.  It’s easily run.  There are a few additional addons I got that might have changed my experience.  On the main site (link to follow) it shows them on the download page.

So the basic program is easily run.  You start it once it’s all downloaded and it opens up into a wizard page telling you exactly what to do.  The first thing I had to do was import the pictures in so in one swift click of the mouse all the pictures were in there in the proper order.  The second thing I had to do was designate my anchor points.  This is where the program knows where to stitch the two pictures together.  I had to designate the spots which was less than ideal for me (my old program did this automatically).  The program did however help me click on the same spot for each picture so it wasn’t down to some crazy science.  It also automatically zoomed into the pictures for more accuracy.  After designating 3 or 4 anchor points per picture I went on to click on the next button which I think just ensured that the samples inside the cooresponding anchor spots had the same section of image.  After that I clicked on make my panorama and it took a while.  Enough time I got sick of looking at it so I went and watched TV and came back after about 10 minutes or so.  So my panorama was made.  The problems I had with it were that the image it created was HUGE (not bad) but it was also tilted about 10 degrees off horizon so I had to go into the Gimp and straighten out the image.  While there I also had to crop the edges in order to have nice flat edges on the four sides.  My old program did both of these things for me.  Having said all that, will I use this program again?  Definitely!  It’s much better than having to go in by hand and do it!

If you have enjoyed my review and are looking for a program to do the same the link for this can be found at: http://hugin.sourceforge.net/ so happy downloading and panorama making!!

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