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Open Source Capture Software

Open Source Capture Software

Capture Software and Process

Step 1:Capturing the Imagery Using the Gigapixel Micro Capture Software
We are currently developing a robust and efficient capture software for the micro GigaPan system. Our goal is to make the process easy and efficient for a wide range of devices including the Macro Robotic Imager, Microscope Adaptation Kit, and a wide range of instruments that can be enabled through the capture software. The current version of the software is in the prototype phase. As we continue to develop the software, we invite you to send us your thoughts, input, and feedback on how we can design the software to meet your own needs. 

See attachments at the bottom of the page for the download links to all of the files below.

1. Download the Capture Software

Requires Max / MSP Runtime Version
http://www.cycling74.com. This includes the Max / MSP files and Arduino Firmware for Windows Platforms.

2. View and Download the Computer Software Setup and Guide
Contains Information on how install and configure the capture and post-processing software. Capture software is free, however, stacking and stitching software licenses will be needed. 

3. View and Download the Capture Software Guide and Manual
Contains the information, steps, and process of using the software to capture a gigapixel micro panorama.


 

The gigapixel micro capture software and documentation is provided under a free Open Source BSD License.

Copyright (c) 2011, Four Chambers Studio, http://www.fourchambers.org. All rights reserved. With support from and collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, GigaPan.org, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are
permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
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Step 2: Post-Processing Software (to Stack and Stitch the panorama)
  1. Focus Stacking Option: Zerene Stacker, http://www.zerenesystems.com/
    This is an amazing piece of software that allows you to focus stack the images after the capture process is complete.
    • Install the program and your software license.
    • To focus stack the imagery, use the batch process window to select the
      directories that contain your images and focus stack them.
    • Typically, use the PMAX process and change your settings to only align the images with Shift X, Shift Y, and Scale.
  1. Stitching Option: AutoPano Giga, http://www.kolor.com/
    This is an excellent program for stitching your panorama once the images are focus-stacked.
    • Install the program and your software license.
    • Choose “Import” and select “GigaPan” as the import type. This will import your complete set of images as a matrix and help with the alignment and
      stitching process.
    • Follow the directions from AutoPano Giga to stitch and render your panorama.
  1. Stitching Option: GigaPan Stitcher, http://www.gigapan.org/
    This is an excellent program for stitching your panorama. If you already own
    a GigaPan device, the stitching software that is provided will allow you to stitch your panorama.
    • Install the program and your software license.
    • Select and import your images.
    • Follow the directions from GigaPan stitch and render your panorama.
    • You can choose to automatically upload your images directly to the GigaPan.org website from the Stitcher.


Step 3: Uploading to the GigaPan Website: http://www.gigapan.org/
This is an excellent uploader to transfer your files to the GigaPan.org website for online viewing.
    • Install the uploader program.
    • Create a free account at http://www.gigapan.org/ if you don’t already have one.
    • Launch the uploader program and choose your image. For large images, you can use the Photoshop RAW format. Use the naming convention...
      myimagename_20000x10000.raw where 20000 is the width of the image in pixels, 10000 is the height of the image in pixels.
    • View on the GigaPan website.
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