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Refilm your Video with PanopticaStitch your video, Reconstruct your scene, Refilm it (June 03, 2011)
Soft Optics Ltd, a small software company from the UK, has released a new product called Panoptica which stitches video frames together to produce a panoramic view of the scene that was originally filmed. That scene can then be refilmed with a completely different camera move and frame size.
Panoptica works for panning and zooming video clips, where the camera is not being moved laterally. It analyses the original camera move to extract 3-axis motion of the camera between frames, as well as the focal length and zoom. The user outlines the moving foreground in broad terms, and then Panoptica is able to separate the moving foreground from the background. The background can be used to piece together an accurate panorama, while the foreground can optionally be added back, providing a reconstruction of the original scene.
Once the scene has been reconstructed you can create a new camera move, or edit the original one, for example by smoothing it. It is also possible to remove unwanted moving foreground, and to change the timing characteristics of the moving foreground that is retained. For example, you can make a still image from a group video in which the optimum smile moment of each individual person is selected.
Panoptica can also be used to compensate for exposure variations in a video clip, and to remove rolling shutter distortion
With Panoptica you can create video clips in non-standard sizes, such as horizontal or vertical website banners, and you can also create high quality panoramic stills.
Panoptica is available on Mac OS X and Windows, and trial copies can be downloaded from the Soft Optics website http://www.softoptics.co.uk
Panoptica is the first software product from Soft Optics Ltd http://www.softoptics.co.uk, a small software company based in the UK. Soft Optics Ltd is also able to provide consultancy services and software components. More information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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