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Old Sep 30, 2005, 7:26 AM   #1
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Hi!

I own a Panasonic FZ20 andam considering buying a Raynox DCR-FE180PRO Fisheye Lens. But I'm unsure of what software to get to help stitch the images together to make a 360 x 180 (or is it 360 x 360) degree view (similar to the ones here> http://www.virtualbigbend.com).

I've been looking at:
3DVista Stitcher
PTGUI V5.0
Stitch-Fisheye Basic
Photovista
VRStitcher

Does anyone have any experience with software for fisheye stitching into quicktimeVR or Java?

Also if anyone can send me a couple of fisheye shots that I can test with the software that would be great!
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Old Nov 11, 2005, 7:25 AM   #2
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I am searching for the same solution and have gone over what seems like countless stitching sofwares... my conclusion is that panoweaver has done the best job, it did a seamless panorama with the easiest wizard. I would like a free app but the ones I have come across have done bad jobs at stitching fisheyes exp. panotools, fisheyestitcher, ulead360, photovista, and that is just to name a FEW... I'll be forking :roll:up the bucks for panoweaver.

If you find something that does a better job for less than $100 please do tell.


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Old Nov 11, 2005, 12:17 PM   #3
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I ended up buying the Raynox 185Pro fisheye lens and then bought PTGui 5.5 (http://www.ptgui.com).

This program is great, but can be a little hard to use at first. With 360 degree stitching it works a treat and the latest version is fairly easy to use. With 360x180 degree stitching it is a little more challenging, but once you have mastered it the results are great! (http://www.panoguide.comis a good place to get help and advice too)

PTGui costs around £50. You will also need PanoCube to get the stitched image into a Quicktime web style view (http://www.panoshow.com/panocube.htm).
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