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Frozen soap bubbles

frozen soap bubbles

It’s very cold tonight, so we played with bubbles. If you blow them upwards enough they have time to freeze on the way down.

More info: http://www.skipweasel.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/freezebubbles/album/slides/ice%20giant.html

Microsoft Research adds video stitching to ICE v1.4.3

Remember the post I made a year ago about the Microsoft Image Composite Editor?

Well, Microsoft Research created a new build of ICE (v1.4.3) which includes Video stitching! 😀

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New features in version 1.4.3

  • Stitch directly from a video (only on Windows 7)
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Improved blending engine
  • Options dialog to control memory usage and scratch disk locations

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

Update:

Here is a part from the movie “A good year” that I just added in ICE:

It’s not the best data to test with but it looks fine 😉

 

Download the 64bit version here directly.

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See also: Scene Ztitch

Windows Live, ICE, Office, … updates

Whoho! Microsoft is currently updating it’s Live services with Wave 4. The Web Services are live now! Not only is Live getting some huge updates, the Bing Maps platform has got some new features, new Windows Phone 7 announcements were made, Bing was presented yesterday on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch included on Safari (for PC ánd Mac), etc…

Check out the new Office.live.com:

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See your documents on your mobile phone:

A new profile page with better privacy settings, social network integration, etc…

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A new Web Messenger, you don’t have to use that crappy e-buddy again!

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SkyDrive upload made easier:

Explore the new things yourself at Live.com! I guess there will be more new features in the coming days/weeks.

P.S.: There is a new version of Microsoft ICE released yesterday 😉 (See also: What is ICE?)

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UPDATED: SKYDRIVE UPLOAD SCREENSHOTS

Creating a panorama is so easy

I took some pictures today with my mobile phone to create a Panorama.

Here is how I did this:

  • View a picture and select “Go to Windows Live Photo Gallery”

  • Select the pictures that you want to put together as a Panorama.
  • Click the Make button and choose Panorama.
  • Wait until the Panorama is made.

  • This is the result:

  • Select the part that you want to keep:

  • The result:

If you want more advanced Panorama and Stitching options you’d better have a look at Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE).

If you don’t have Windows Live Photo Gallery you can download a free version on Live.

Now show me your pictures! 😉

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Image Composite Editor

A new version of the Image Composite Editor (ICE) is available!

New features in version 1.3.3

  • 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

Additional features

  • 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

Download Image Composite Editor now!
Very useful, you can also stitch photos together using Windows Live Photo Gallery. It has a derived version of ICE included.

Enjoy stitching photos 😉

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