Laura Foy

TechFest 2010: Microsoft ICE - Image Composite Editor

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Today I'd like to introduce you to another piece of new technology from Microsoft Research Labs – Image Composite Editor (ICE) with Multi-Image Fusion.  In the current version of ICE, it provides advanced features for panoramic stitching such as choosing the stitch’s orientation, custom projection, and selecting a 360 stitch’s mid-point, and this tool also integrates nicely as a plug-in into Windows Live Photo Gallery. Here we’ll show you some of the upcoming new features in ICE such as:

  • Structured Panoramas
  • Stitching Panoramas from Video
  • Sharp Panoramas from Blurry Videos
  • Creating Photographs from Videos
  • Multi-Image Denoising and Sharpening using Lucky Imaging

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    The Discussion

    • LukePuplett

      Just extrapolating this, forgive me, but stills from video > Photosynth > point cloud > 3D mesh > automatons with cheap camera eyes > robots that understand their spacial environment in great detail > autopiloted vehicles > world domination.

       

      Seriously, and a little digressively, this and the other work in 3D interpretation of a scene has huge potential in remote control systems and orientation of automated devices. Does NASA have this kind of technology in the Mars rover?

    • Charles

      The last fragment is out of place. Was this a find-what's-wrong test?

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    • sialivi

      Looks like the new build isn't available for download yet, or am I looking in the wrong place? I only see the one from 2008.

    • intelman

      Is there a new build of this or not. I love ICE. I am using the 2008 build now. Unless this is considered "new technology" now.

    • natelawrence

      Don't get me wrong; I like what I see, but the multi image fusion has certainly been done before. I remember seeing Lowry Digital demonstrate the idea some time ago. The difference is, of course, that their services are not quite a free download from Microsoft away.

       

      I'm going to have to agree with Sialivi and Intelman on the download front. Places I've fruitlessly looked at so far include:

       

      Please ping me back when ICE 2.0 is ready for download. @natelawrence

       

      Also, please try to get a nice clean high res shot of the URL to that beta version of the Photosynth siteDevil

       

      Maybe if I can ever download ICE 2.0, I can run the image sequence from this video through and recover the URL through all the low-res grain and overexposure on the address bar. Cool

    • mattuyttend​aele

      Sorry about the confusion on the new version of ICE.  TechFest was last week so we showed it off a little early.  Yes there is a new version coming very soon.  Please check back again in a few more days ...

    • magicalclick

      I like it a lot.

    • Ian2

      Cool. I discovered this last September (older version) - promptly took my camera up to the Malverns Hills, shot a panarama, came back, stitched it using ICE, was bowled over, promptly went out and bought a new camera with a better zoom!

       

      OK, so I havn't been up the Malverns again yet (actually I have but not to the right spot -but  you really wanted to know that).

       

      Here is my initial stitch, I will post an improved one with the new camera, (hopefully soon).

       

      http://FromTheMalverns.com/ICE" target="_">http://FromTheMalverns.com/ICE

       

      I'm hoping to incorporate these shots into http://FromTheMalverns.com - the one above is taken from roughly the same spot as the initial shot  - taken 75 years ago!

       

      PS From what I understand you can now buy a unit for your SLR that will take the panaramic shots for you, all carefully calibrated to overlap by just the right amount!?

       

       

      PPS I was at the imaging event yesterday (see here) Microsoft should have been there with this and their other photo related tools.  I'm quite sure there would have been a lot of interest!

    • PatB

      Where's the link !  I wanna play with your toys Wink

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    • spottedmah

      Is msr working on normalizing audio on so that the audio doesn't come out like it does in this video?  Lara was extremely loud compared to the two researchers.  If I turned up the volume to hear the researchers Lara became really loud.

       

      I know when ripped some cds back in the day there was a option to normalize, I guess that is what I'm talking about?

       

      Maybe this technology already exists it just wasn't used on this video prior to publishing?

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