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The Freedom360 F360 Mount Kit with Kolor Autopano Giga 4 and Video Pro 2 Stitching Software from B&H allows you to create 360° photos and videos with six user-supplied GoPro HERO4, HERO3+, or HERO3 cameras. It includes Freedom360's original F360 Mount that configures the cameras in a spherical orientation, with each camera capturing a portion of the final photo/video. The resulting files are then stitched together in post to create fully spherical and equirectangular 360° video. For stitching still photos, the Autopano Giga 4 software is included, while Autopano Video Pro 2 is provided for stitching together video clips. Both software applications are electronic downloads and runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
Please see the links below for more information on the components of this kit.
Freedom360 F360 Mount for GoPro
Designed to hold six GoPro HERO4, HERO3+, or HERO3 cameras in a spherical configuration, the original F360 Mount from Freedom360 allows you to simultaneously record six video files that can be stitched together in post to create full spherical and equirectangular 360° video. The design of the rig leaves no holes or blind spots in the video coverage, giving you the freedom you hold the rig in any direction to capture everything around you.
The rig is constructed from rugged polyamide nylon and features six slots with numbered bases to hold naked GoPro HERO4/3+/3 cameras. A 3/8"-16 mounting thread is provided for attachment to a monopod or other support device, with a 1/4"-20 bushing adapter included. When you're ready to record, you can remotely trigger all six of your GoPro cameras using the optional GoPro Smart Remote. Included with the F360 Mount are 7 lens caps for HERO4/3+/3 cameras, replacement screws for the camera slot bases, and a ThinkTank-made protective pouch with rain cover.
Note: In order to stitch the footage together from all six of your GoPro cameras, separately available software is required.
Mounts six GoPro HERO4/3+/3 cameras in a spherical orientation to capture fully spherical 360° x 180° degree videos and photos
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
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)
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
9 languages to choose from
Compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kolor Autopano Video Pro 2 (Download)
Autopano Video Pro 2 from Kolor allows you to stitch multiple, rectangular videos from a 360 rig, such as the Freedom360 F360 Mount, into a single video covering up to 360 x 180°. The process is straightforward: just import your videos using an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface, select a stitching template or launch a detection from scratch, and then the stitching process is automatic. You can work with video from as few or as many cameras as you want, depending on what kind of setup and cameras you're using. The application analyzes the individual movement of each camera using Autopano's sophisticated SIFT algorithm to define the best possible synchronization and provide you with a clean 360 video. You can also split a 360 video on the timeline and apply different settings to each individual video.
This pro version of Autopano Video 2 is capable of stereoscopic stitching and also supports GPU processing for quicker rendering and preview.
Intelligent GoPro Importer
The GoPro importer detects and imports the right video files from your SD cards.
Autopano Video Pro automatically detects the video streams that belong together, before stitching them. No need for an extra application for this.
Automatic Motion-Based Frame Sync
Autopano Video Pro analyzes the individual movement of each camera to define the best possible motion-based synchronization of the video frames.
Automatic Sound-Based Frame Sync
If all video streams have sound, Autopano Video Pro can sync them automatically. No need for an extra application for this.
Manual Frame Sync
You can manually adjust each stream if no sound is available.
Autopano Video Pro is able to handle stereoscopic videos thanks to a new interface. Assign each video source to an output eye. Render without the need of creating manual masks.
Mask Timeline Track
Allows you to deal with parallax problems. It contains states like other timelines, and it also lets you benefit from all the power of the Autopano masking tool.
Range Stitching On a Selection
The stitching on a selection allows you to stitch on a sequence of the video, using the best instants for each video pair automatically. This function gives improved results for videos without enough details.
Improved Stitching, Horizon Track, and RMS Curve
"Horizon" and "Stitch" tracks allow you to compute new stitches without losing all the work you did to keep a straight horizon over the time. This improves a lot the production workflow. Another great improvement is the ability to see in real time the RMS at each frame of the video.
Autopano Video Pro features the intelligent SIFT algorithm for recognizing control points between images.
If you use a strongly-constructed rig, you can use stitching templates instead of launching a detection for each new project. This mode works only if the content is always at the same distance of the camera. With moving content or moving cameras, the automatic detection is preferred over the template-based stitching. Once you have created your template(s), Autopano Video Pro becomes autonomous: you don't need to open Autopano Pro/Giga anymore.
Director's Cut Mode
The director's cut is the tool that allows you to create a standard video from a 360° video. Over time, modify and add smooth transitions to projections, crop zones, orientation, views, etc.
The new timeline of Autopano Video Pro lets you split your 360° video, apply different settings on each part of the video, and add transition effects.
Deeply Integrated with Autopano Pro/Giga
Save the project file in Autopano Pro/Giga and the preview is automatically refreshed in Autopano Video Pro. All editing options of Autopano Pro/Giga are taken into account, including 9 projections, color correction, and horizon correction. If you have achieved a still panorama within Autopano Pro/Giga, you can get the same result on video with Autopano Video Pro.
When seeking in the video, a quick preview helps you see what will be generated over the full video.
GPU Processing for Quicker Preview
The power of the graphics card is used to provide a faster preview.
Prepare several 360° video projects and render them at a later time.
Unlimited Output Size
Autopano Video Pro does not have any size limitation. As long as you have the content, the engine is there.
Choose between smooth or sharp masking.
Video encoding is based on the industry leader, MainConcept, the largest provider of professional codecs. This is the same engine as the one in Adobe Lightroom.
GPU Processing for Faster Rendering Times
Constrained timing? Use GPU rendering. Compatible with all graphics cards. On average 10x faster than CPU rendering, depending on your configuration.
Mac and Windows
Autopano Video Pro is compatible with Mac and Windows systems.
Autopano Video Pro is compatible with a variety of graphics cards, including NVIDIA and ATI.
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
Windows 7, 8, 10 (64 bit systems highly recommended)
Mac OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks and later (64 bit only)
Display: 1280 x 1024 resolution minimum
Processor: 1 GHz
Hard Disk Space: 50 GB
RAM: 6 GB
A recent graphics card with 512 MB dedicated memory and up to date graphics drivers
Display: 1920 x 1080 resolution (two recommended)
Processor: 2 GHz or more
256 GB SSD hard drive
8 GB of RAM or more
A recent graphics card with 2 GB dedicated memory and up to date graphics drivers
*If you own an integrated Intel GPU and a NVIDIA card, you can select which GPU to use with Autopano or any other application: on Windows, right click on your desktop, select NVIDIA control panel, then select Autopano to be used with the NVIDIA GPU. Multiple GPUs are not supported.
MP4 / 4K:
Export your stitched 360 video in mp4 file format, supporting 4K resolutions up to 4096 x 2048 pixels
Export uncompressed render, larger than 4096 pixels wide, into a .avi file
Export images frames of your render. Supported formats are:
TIFF Tagged Image File Format (.tif, .tiff)
PNG Portable Network Graphics (.png)
JPG/JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg, .jpeg)
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