Create panoramic images from single shots with Hugin

Preferences

Hugin's preferences dialog looks quite complex. However, most distributions set up the software with reasonable defaults during installation. Of particular interest is the tab for selecting the control point algorithms (Figure 15).

Figure 15: The way the software determines the control points is defined in the preferences.

Try other algorithms if the default setting does not produce sufficiently good results. For example, you have the option to select algorithms marked by Celeste that do not create control points in complex structures in the image. In Stitching and Stitching (2),you can set up how Hugin creates the panoramas and provides them with metadata.

Conclusions

Although modern cameras often have built-in tools for creating panoramic images, Hugin offers many advantages. Sometimes the built-in camera tools do not write RAW files for panoramas, or sometimes the results are technically not convincing. Hugin, on the other hand, is universal and, besides panoramas, generates HDR images and super resolution images as needed. Whenever things get difficult, the program shows its full potential.

Additional programs such as the calibrate_lens_gui tool supplement the range of functions to determine correction data for older lenses – for example, from analog timing. The Batch Processor manages the process of computing many panoramas, which you can then run automatically overnight.

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