Kolor Autopano Giga 4 (Download)

Kolor Autopano Giga 4 (Download)

Kolor Autopano Giga 4 (Download)

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Product Highlights

  • Intelligent Automated Stitching Software
  • Moving Object Correction and Mask Tool
  • Auto Image Recognition and Sequencing
  • Manual Control Point Editing
  • Multiple Perspective Stitching
  • Color Correction, Exposure Fusion, & HDR
  • Perspective Distortion Corrections
  • Pre-Rendering Preview Mode
  • Support for Third-Party Scripts
  • For Mac, Linux, and Windows
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  • 1Description
An intuitive and intelligent application for compositing multiple images into a panoramic composition, Autopano Giga 4 from Kolor streamlines the stitching process. Revolving around a series of advanced algorithms, this program can seamlessly stitch together multiple frames to create faithful panoramas, as well as intelligently remove unwanted transparent artifacts caused by moving and overlapping subjects. Manual control is also possible, through the use of a Mask tool that lets you decide which portions of an image to include or discard from overlapping sections. The SIFT image stitching technology further lets you maintain consistent exposure and color balance, remove vignetting, and reduce haze from individual images in the composited panorama, as well as create unique compositions from multiple images taken from different perspectives. Offering the ability use a fully automated or manual workflow, Autopano Giga 4 simplifies the process of crafting multi-segmented wide-field imagery.

To expedite the process, a range of batch processing tools are available to automatically detect and classify images during import, as well as a dedicated queue for rendering finished compositions. A Preview mode lets you visualize any changes made to imagery prior to committing to edits, and stitching presets can also be utilized to ensure consistency from panorama to panorama. Support is available for third-party scripts and plug-ins, including Adobe's Lens Profile calibration profiles or other automated processes from Bridge, Lightroom, or Picasa, and both images and shooting logs from motorized panoramic heads can be imported into the program for compositing thousands of files into an immense composition. Versatility is further carried over through the exporting process, which lets you save finished images in standard file formats as well as dedicated HDR file types or layered files for use in other editing applications.
Autopano Giga 4 Key Features
  • Automatic creation of professional quality panoramas
  • Real-time panorama editor
  • Rendering Preview
  • Manual Editor for Control Points
  • Creation of gigapixel panoramas and support for motorized heads
  • Mask tool: Manually choose the parts to keep or discard in the overlapping areas
  • HDR: Automatic fusion
  • HDR: Customizable fusion
  • HDR for special effects (save the .hdr file)
  • Plug-In Management
  • Neutralhazer Light Anti-Haze Algorithm (plug-in)
  • Support of Adobe Lens Profile to correct lens defects (plug-in)
  • Export of image stacks for processing in third-party software (plug-in)
  • Export plug-in for Picasa
  • Export plug-ins for Bridge and Lightroom
  • Multiple viewpoints support (for linear or aerial photography)
  • Creation of stitching templates
  • Workspace saving
  • 9 languages to choose from
  • Compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux

Stitching

SIFT Stitching Technology
A dedicated stitching engine utilizes a series of advanced algorithms, called SIFT image stitching technology, that intelligently recognizes similarities between different images in order to create faithful composites comprising of two or more images.
Moving Object Correction and Mask Tool
Helping to maintain a realistic quality to stitched compositions, an anti-ghost blender function helps to minimize ghosting or transparent artifacts typically seen in the overlap region between individual frames.

Further helping to control which elements remain in the final composition, an intuitive Mask tool lets you choose which portions of an image to keep or discard from overlapping sections. Rather than making complex selections of entire subjects, you can place one or two red or green targets on a subject to remove or keep, and the software will automatically recognize the entire element during processing. A Preview Mode also lets you gain an instant view of the results prior to committing to final changes. Additionally, helping to more easily recognize ghosts or moving objects, you can select to have the seams between different images shown.
Batch Analysis and Classification Processing
Automatic recognition and sequencing of groups of images can be performed rather than having to manually choose and order where individual images go within a stitched panorama. This automated process can be used for multiple compositions at once, and will recognize and group the images while ignoring any irrelevant images.
Manual Control Point Editing
For the most complex stitching situations, you can manually add control points and links between adjacent images for refined precision in more detailed images.
Aerial and Multidirectional Photo Stitching
Benefitting aerial or freehand photographs, or other stitched compositions comprised of individual images taken from multiple viewpoints, you can effectively manage how to handle compositions made from varying perspectives.

Additionally, stitched compositions can be comprised of image sequences that run in multiple rows, columns, diagonal paths, or are made from right-to-left, left-to-right, up and down, or any combination of directions. Compositions can also be made from images shot with fisheye lenses.

Colors

Automatic Vignetting Prevention and Color Correction
Helping to eliminate unwanted vignetting in the middle of stitched compositions, an automated correction engine removes vignetting from the edges of individual frames in order to maintain a consistent overall appearance.

Additionally, the color correction engine will automatically ensure the color balance and brightness values of individual images match prior to compositing them for a more realistic overall image. For more control, you can select the reference image from which the other images in a stitched composition are matched to.
Neutralhazer Light Anti-Haze Filter
Helping to remove unwanted haze from images, this function analyzes each pixel to find its true color depth and eliminates whiteout from scenes for greater brilliance, contrast, and color accuracy.
Exposure Fusion and HDR
Allowing you to blend various color values from bracketed exposures, programmable exposure fusion lets you retain a consistent and realistic overall color balance in scenes with dramatic exposure differences—such as with backlit or scenes with strong contrast differences between the foreground and background.

Additionally, differentiating itself from exposure fusion, compatibility with true HDR file formats lets you retain an overall color dynamic range that exceeds the color space of standard screens. By exporting in the HDR or EXR file format, full color information is retained for further production in other dedicated wide-gamut applications.

Geometry

Panoramic Projections
Ten unique projection methods can be used for showcasing your finished panorama, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic, and more. Projections can be selected with a single click and previewed prior to final export.

For 360° projections, both spherical and cylindrical projections are available; panoramas that contain architectural components can benefit from rectilinear projections to maintain straight, undistorted lines and edges; and if you are unsure of which projection to select, automatic detection can choose the most suitable projection based on recognized imagery.
Adobe Lens Profile Calibration Support
Support is available for Adobe's Lens Profile calibration profiles, which allow you to automatically correct distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting based on the specific lens used during shooting.
Straightening and Cropping of Panoramas
Benefitting panoramas that include architectural components, a vertical lines tool lets you draw a straight line on an element that should be perpendicular, and then corrects the image in order to eliminate perspective distortion. Pitch, yaw, and roll tools further provide you with perspective control and the horizon line can also be corrected automatically or manually for more level compositions.

Automatic cropping is also available to preserve the greatest amount of image space while removing unwanted or unfilled regions of a composition. Panoramas can also be manually re-framed by free hand, by applying a set aspect ratio, or by constraining to a 360 x 180° sphere.

Export

Preview Mode
Helping to view your edits prior to exporting or completing changes, a dedicated Preview mode lets you gain an exact preview of your panorama before final renderings. This saves both time and effort when fine-tuning the look of working with exposure fusion, moving object correction, and Mask tools.
Stitching Presets
To expedite your workflow, you can configure a range of various settings implementations to apply en masse to your panoramas. Color corrections, anti-ghost, and various algorithms can all be set to be applied automatically, or you also retain the option to manually adjust these settings for each image.
Export to Multi-Layer PSD
For further refined editing in other software applications, finished stitched compositions can be saved as PSD/PSB or TIFF files containing all of the individual images on separate layers.
Batch Rendering and Exporting
To alleviate the process of manually rendering each panorama, a batch rendering manager lets you queue up your projects for automated rendering. When saving, you also have the option to apply your own naming scheme for each file, and you can choose to generate one file per group of images based on a specific criterion, such as the opening frame or bracketing settings.

Finished compositions can be saved as JPG, PNG, TIFF, PSD/PSB, HDR, EXR, and KRO file types, with 8-, 16-, or 32-bit color depending on the selected file format.

Interface

Intuitive and Configurable Design
An intuitive interface design makes controls and settings easily navigable and the background is set in a dark gray tone to help imagery standout as well as provide a neutral setting for making color adjustments. Individual workspaces can also be saved to retain familiarity between working sessions, and the interface can also be customized to disable or move certain components or change the skin color of the individual windows.

Autopano Giga is compatible with Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems, and can be configured for use in 12 different languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Turkish.

Additional Features

Pre-Stitching Plug-Ins
Support for plug-ins is available to round out your workflow beyond the inherent scope of the application itself, and three plug-ins are currently supported: Neutralhazer Light, to remove unwanted haze from landscape photos; batch processing of images from third-party applications; and support for Adobe Lens Profile calibration files. This library continues to expand with additional plug-ins for even more control.
Motorized Panoramic Head Support
Full support is available when working with motorized panoramic heads, with the ability to import image sequences and logs from Panogear, GigaPan, Merlin / Orion, Clauss Rodeon, and Seitz VR Drive II heads. This support avails faster, more reliable stitching during post-production, even when images are comprised of hundreds or thousands of files.
Qualifying Image Layers
In the panorama editor, you can classify individual images according to different criteria—aperture, bracketing, speed, and focal length, or your own criteria—in order to create specific layering structures for greater editing and export control.
Third-Party Applications Support
Using one of the dedicated plug-ins, support is available to directly import groups of images from Picasa, Bridge, and Lightroom. Any edits or modifications to the files done in the management applications will be conserved during the export process.

Additionally, third-party application scripts can also be applied through Autopano Giga 4 prior to assembly, including scripts for processes like focus stacking.
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System Requirements Windows 10, 8, or 7 (64-bit only); Mac OS X 10.9.5 and later (64-bit only); Linux Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit only)
1 GHz processor, 2 GHz or more multi-core processor recommended
2 GB RAM, 4 GB or more recommended
1024 x 768 minimum resolution
Graphics card with dedicated memory recommended, multiple GPU not supported
Input File Formats JPG, TIF, PNG, PSD/PSB
More than 400 raw file formats are supported from most camera types
Export Formats TIF, PSD/PSB, PNG, JPG, KRO (Kolor Raw), HDR (HDR Radiance), EXR (EXR by ILM)

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