Create Cylindrical Panoramas With AutoPano-Pro
Learn step by step how to create Cylindrical Panoramas very easily with one of our favorite programs.
Autopano Pro is one of our favorite programs to create panoramas from partially overlapping images. It is very easy to use and gives excellent results. The tutorial below is created with the trial version of the program and therefore visible watermarks of Autopano Pro will be visible in the created image. To create images without marks a registration is required. The program fee is 99 euros.
Autopano Pro is known for its effectiveness to detect multiple panoramas between different mixed images and it may create them all at once. However, for optimum results we recommend to do the selection manually, placing the images for each panorama in a separate folder or carefully selecting the images to load. For this tutorial we will use the same fourteen shots that we have used to create a panorama with Hugin, and the onset of the labor is identical: after selecting the images at their location in your hard disk, drag the selection to the initial window of Autopano Pro :
Being non-pre-processed images directly downloaded from the camera, necessary information such such as aperture, focal length, etc, that the camera records and includes in the file along with the image, is recognized automatically by the program to be used for the construction of the panorama. Once a group of images is loaded we can see it in the main program window and it only takes a click on Detect to start Autopano Pro searching for panoramas between the images :
When the program detects the existence of a panorama between images, immediately creates a preview of it on the right side of the main window, showing also some data about it such as type of panorama and its dimensions. For a more detailed vision and fine adjustments it is convenient to click on the Edit button to see the editing options in a separate window :
In the editing window we can see the preview of the panorama in larger size than in the previous window and also find some practical tools to modify it. To begin we will click on the square button corresponding to the Crop :
As we can see, the panorama has now automatically been framed in its upper and lower ends by yellow lines, positioned so they have left out of the panorama sectors which in the initial view presented irregularities. The picture enclosed between these lines is now a perfect rectangle. In case we are not satisfied with the automatic location of the lines, we can drag them with the mouse to the desired position. When we are sure that the location of the cut lines is correct, we'll confirm our desicion by clicking on the green check mark indicating Cut :
The image is now slightly shorter but the irregularities have been discarded. If we would like to recenter the panorama we can click on the icon that shows the different types of possible movements :
Now on the left pane we find three boxes where we can enter the desired values of motion for the panorama over each of the three axes. In our example we only introduce a change in the first field -yaw- for a displacement of 110 degrees until the cutting of the image sits in the middle of the wooden frame. The negative sign before the number indicates the direction of the travel :
Also now we confirm the change by clicking the corresponding green tick :
As we see below, the image has been recentered. If we are satisfied with the editing, we are ready to create the panorama, for which we will click on the Plot button :
By doing so, a new window of the program will open where we can define some of the characteristics of the panorama to be created or else leave the default settings untouched. For a better image quality, we decided to create it in the maximum possible size (100%) and stored in a PNG format with 8-bit depth and a resolution of 72 dots per inch. Also in this window we'll indicate the location and name of the file to created. To avoid overwriting by mistake, we'll mark the Add a number to the filename option. It only remains to click Plot to get the final creation of the panorama started :
Then a new window opens with a progress indicator that will show the steps of the file creation process :
When the creation process comes to an end, the progress indicator disappears and the window is open showing the details of the file created :
The panorama has been created. To find it we must go to the location that we had set in the plot window and find the file with the chosen name, which includes a number that makes it unique. In case of repeating the plot of the panorama, the new file will include the number immediately after :
Our panorama has been successfully created and it is ready to be viewed, posted, processed, shared or given any use we want. To view the panorama created as interactive Virtual Tour click on the image :
While at the beginning of this page we have recommended to manually select the images corresponding to a particular panorama, we had also mentioned the good performance of Autopano Pro to make such selection itself. To illustrate this feature, below we see a folder containing images that make up twenty-three independent panoramas. We'll drag all the images to the main window of the program :
In the next image we see how all of the shots belong to a same group where the program will search matches. We'll click on Detect to indicate Autopano Pro to start the search :
After a fully automatic detection process, the program has found two panoramas in one group and separately shows them on the right side pane of the window. Along with the preview of each picture are the data that corresponds to it. To a side of each one there is an Edit button (the first one has been moved out of the picture but can be brought back by dragging the sidebar). Thus, for each panorama we can open an editing window, and edit some panoramas while others are being drawn and/or some more may yet be found in other groups of pictures being searched :
So far we have learned how to create Cylindrical Panoramas from partially overlapping images. From the next page we will see how to create other type of panoramic image.
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