Microsoft ICE - Image Composite Editor from Microsoft Research

Here comes another cool tool from Microsoft research, Image Composite Editor -

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. You shoot a set of overlapping photographs of a scene from a single location, and Image Composite Editor creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all your images at full resolution. Then save your stitched panorama in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.


At first look it reminded me of PhotoSynth(although both are very different )  and looked very interesting. So I decided to try ICE and results were very promising, although not perfect. For testing ICE, I tried to stitch two images from our trip to Delhi last weekend. While taking the picture of my mom and dad in front of Kutub Minár I was struggling to capture both structures in one shot with my N95, so I shot two pictures -

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At that time I didn't knew that very soon I would be able to stitch them, anyway's after stitching them with ICE outcome was -























Hmm, as I said earlier, outcome looks very promising. The results could have been much better if pictures were taken keeping few things in mind

1. taking pictures with in same orientation.

2. Taking pictures from same place (I.e. distance from the buildings).

3. taking pictures with same resolution/settings(as I was not able to stitch other similar images)

So next time you are not able to capture full view in one shot take different shots(keeping these things in mind) and use ICE to stitch them together.


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