Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) updated; includes many new features

Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor (ICE) has been updated and the new version has some exciting new features. Now you can stitch images, to create panoramic images from video. It is now more fun to create ‘motion summaries’ using this!

Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. The stitched panorama can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading it to the Photosynth web site. Or the panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multi-resolution tiled format used by Silverlight’s Deep Zoom and by the HD View and HD View SL panorama viewers.

Here’s a complete list of new features: Main new features:

  • Stitch directly from videos such as MOV, AVI, or MP4
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Improved blending engine
  • Options dialog to control memory usage and scratch disk location

Additional features:

  • Accelerated stitching on multiple CPU cores
  • Ability to publish, view, and share panoramas on the Photosynth web site
  • Support for “structured panoramas” — panoramas consisting of hundreds of photos taken in a rectangular grid of rows and columns (usually by a robotic device like the GigaPan tripod heads)
  • No image size limitation — stitch gigapixel panoramas
  • Support for input images with 8 or 16 bits per component
  • Ability to read raw images using WIC codecs
  • Photoshop layer and large document support
  • State-of-the-art stitching engine
  • Automatic exposure blending
  • Choice of planar, cylindrical, or spherical projection
  • Orientation tool for adjusting panorama rotation
  • Automatic cropping to maximum image area
  • Native support for 64-bit operating systems
  • Wide range of output formats, including JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, HD Photo, and Silverlight Deep Zoom.

You can see an example of ‘Motion summaries’ of this image when it is uploaded to Photosynth. For more detail about other features, please check the HD View blog. To download it visit Microsoft Research. The latest version is v 1.4.2, dated 5th Apr 2011.

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