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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Question What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

I know the Mk II is meant to be for professional use so it doesn't have Scene Modes on it as the Mk I did, so taking panoramic photos is all manual, which is fine, but Olympus Viewer 3 won't stitch those frames unless taken in he "Panorama Scene Mode" as on other models (like E-M1), so what programs are good for stitching them? I don't want to pay for one since I'll rarely take panoramas, even though I've outlaid money for hardware to do it.
Any free programs that work OK?
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

Do you have LR?
I have LR6 and it works on there.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

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Do you have LR?
I have LR6 and it works on there.
No, I have Capture One (10) & that doesn't have those other tools, however, I have now downloaded Hugin panorama software which will work with TIFF files & then I can convert that into JPEG in Capture One. I just did a quick rough test inside. All I need to do is now learn how to drive the program to get the best out of it (as well as making sure I have the camera set to the optimum settings).

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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

Image Composite Editor is one I use, but prefer the Lightroom programme......
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

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Image Composite Editor is one I use, but prefer the Lightroom programme......
Thanks. I have used that (earlier level) before on an earlier computer I had been using. I wasn't as excited about it at the time, but then I didn't have a great deal of detail in the scene for it to work with either (from the E520 then). I might check it out though thanks.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

My favorite program is that Arcsoft Panorama maker. It was given free with the Panasonic cameras. I have since paid for the Pro version. It's friendly to use but unfortunately they have stopped developing newer version after Version 6.

Tried others like Hugins, very powerful but very steep learning curve. Image Composite Editor (ICE), Very limited settings. Currently using the free that comes with Affinity Pro. Similar to ICE. lack of controls.

Posted a recent stitch here.

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthre...481#post447481
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

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My favorite program is that Arcsoft Panorama maker. It was given free with the Panasonic cameras. I have since paid for the Pro version. It's friendly to use but unfortunately they have stopped developing newer version after Version 6.

Tried others like Hugins, very powerful but very steep learning curve. Image Composite Editor (ICE), Very limited settings. Currently using the free that comes with Affinity Pro. Similar to ICE. lack of controls.

Posted a recent stitch here.

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthre...481#post447481
Thanks Henry.
I did have a copy of ArcSoft some time ago but it was installed on an older computer & I'm not sure I can find the disc for it now either,
but as you say, the Hugin is a steep learning curve. Once I found out how to get the TIFF files to where I needed them etc I was able to do a quick assembly/merge.
I just took a series of photos inside our living room area & didn't think to use manual focus & was impressed how it used the detail it had in the frames I had taken.
I think the last time I've actually done a panorama was back when I used the E520 with a few models in between then & now (E30, E-M5 & E-M1) & that was when I did use ArcSoft.
This was it, Jamison Valley Panorama in the Blue Mountains with Mount Solitary being the centre piece, which incidentally has just had a hazard reduction burn on it & behind.
There were some impressive photos taken during that time but I didn't go up for them though.
This panorama of Jamison Valley was done using Arcsoft (at least I'm pretty sure it was).


Here is a video on FB of it burning. https://www.facebook.com/AskRozBlueM...7080550335357/
I'm hoping I can repeat this panorama scene but with some interesting cloud in it next time, hopefully. Of course, with Hugin using TIFFs from the E-M1 Mk II & 12-40 Pro lens I hope I can create something worth printing for a wall hanging at home.

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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

And NO ONE mentions the Photomerge function included in Photoshop? (File, Automate, Photomerge)

It works quite well at creating my stitched panos, and it's FREE! ...or at least it's included in the c. $11/month license fee for Photoshop/LR CC.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

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And NO ONE mentions the Photomerge function included in Photoshop? (File, Automate, Photomerge)

It works quite well at creating my stitched panos, and it's FREE! ...or at least it's included in the c. $11/month license fee for Photoshop/LR CC.
Because in the first post he said he didn't want to pay anything.
But you are right, Photoshop does a good job.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

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And NO ONE mentions the Photomerge function included in Photoshop? (File, Automate, Photomerge)

It works quite well at creating my stitched panos, and it's FREE! ...or at least it's included in the c. $11/month license fee for Photoshop/LR CC.
Thanks, but I don't believe in PhotoShop or Lightroom. The only editing software I have is Capture One 10 (& OV3) & that doesn't have that sort of function.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

I've used PanoTools in the past. It's used in various front ends such as Hugin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panorama_Tools

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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

The only reason I use Arscoft Panorama maker is it's Manual, Align Points and Adjust Blend. So far, Hugin have the Align Points but the Adjust Blend is not there. None of the others I have tried have either of those which I find very useful.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

Affinity Photo will give you integrated panorama stitching, focus and exposure stacking, for less than 50. Cheaper than some of the stand-alone tools or Lightroom add-ins. I use mine in conjunction with DXO PhotoLab, choosing the best tool for the particular job.
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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

I had another go at creating another pano (further west than the one above) & had taken 20 images. Hugin seemed to not be going through it all & I tried & gave up a few times (deleting each project each time), but then I thought I'd take out the last frame since it had some hand rail in it & wasn't adding to the scene particularly anyhow, but in viewing the image thumbnails in two columns I went down every 2nd (starting with 1, 3, 5 etc) & realised I had sufficient overlap as it was. I didn't use the camera in portrait mode for this since there was nothing of any interest in the sky (wish we would get some rain soon), so I ended up using 10 frames for the panorama here. Cahill's Lookout panorama (wide).

It was frustrating trying to use Hugin but I eventually found my way through using the Assistance routine with automatic stitching. I won't be doing too many of these sorts of scenes unless I get inspired & am somewhere that deserves taking the shots.

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Re: What programs for panorama stitching Mk II photos?

I struggled with several attempts at panoramas using the Olympus in camera mode on the E-M10 with OV3 and other programs inc. the Microsoft one.

The problem with OV3 seemed to be that I hadn't set the mode in the camera properly and then ended the sequence - never figured it out.

With the other programs it turned out that too large an overlap was causing me problems - I assume the programs expect to line up at something like 1/3 - 1/4 of the edges and when there's more it can't cope.


I know you don't want to pay but the final standalone purchase version of Lightroom does a very competent job with a couple of clicks. I can also just shoot a sequence of images without setting up the camera which works better for me.



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