We’ve long been impressed by the GigaPan EPIC system. The robotic mounts allow cameras to capture up to thousands of photos at a time in order to create one extremely detailed “gigapixel panorama” image. Said captures are blended together through the use of GigaPan’s Stitch software.
Now GigaPan has announced two new versions of their high resolution image blending software: Stitch 2.0, and the more advanced Stitch.Efx. Updates to both include tools for automatic vignette correction and improved algorithms for estimating lens focal length for optimal alignment. Stitch.Efx also features adjustment options with real-time image preview, including those for brightness, exposure, color temperature, tint, and saturation. Additionally, GigaPan notes that the advanced version “Stitch.Efx allows the user to interactively rearrange the grid of images before stitching, substituting alternate shots and selecting the order of shots. In addition, the ability to save projected images in Stitch.Efx helps a user fine tune blending of their images within other image editing software, for maximum control of blending. This is particularly important when shooting moving subjects.”
Stitch software free if you purchase a GigaPan EPIC, or you can update for free if you’re an existing EPIC owner. For everyone else, they offer a free 14-day trial version, and then GigaPan Stitch retails for $79 and GigaPan Stitch.Efx is available for $149.