AutoStitch works from unordered collections of images, automatically finding matches between images using the SIFT algorithm. It then robustly aligns all images and uses advanced blending algorithms to form seamless panoramas (see below). For more details, see our research papers.
AutoStitch is available to license from the University of British Columbia. Licensing is handled by the UBC Industry Liason Office, please contact Matthew Brown (mbrown[at]cs.ubc.ca) for details.
AutoStitch is now available in the following commercial products:
The University of British Columbia has also granted a commercial license to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) www.ilm.com, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, to use AutoStitch software to produce panoramas for film production.
The version of AutoStitch on this website is a demo only. Individuals or companies are free to use images that they generate using the demo version of AutoStitch without restriction or royalties so long as they acknowledge the use of AutoStitch in such works. A commercial license to AutoStitch provides access to the patent, source code, technical support and updates
The conversion of AutoStitch to C++ was partially funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada
Q: My AutoStitch demo expired. What do I do?
A:We are periodically updating the demo version of AutoStitch. Please download the latest version from this webpage. The latest release version is AutoStitch v2.2.
Q: Is there a Linux/Mac version?
A:There is no Linux/Mac version of AutoStitch as yet, though we hope to release versions for these platforms in the future. AutoStitch runs under WINE.
Q: Why won't AutoStitch read TIFF images?
A:Whilst it would be easy to add TIFF suppport, we have left this out of the demo version.
Q: Why doesn't AutoStitch recognise multiple panoramas?
A:This feature is disabled in the demo version
Q: What is a 2D panorama?
A: 1D panoramas are made by rotating about a single axis. This is the sort of panorama currently handled by most digital cameras and stitching software. 2D panoramas involve both horizontal and vertical rotation.
Q: Help! What do all the options in Edit->Options mean?
A:Sorry if the options seem confusing at the moment. This will be improved in future versions. In the meantime, please see the README.txt file supplied with the distribution for basic explanations.
Q: How do I get AutoStitch to stitch the panorama fullsize?
A:Select Edit->Options then set Output Size to 100%. Then select Stitch->Start.
Q: Does AutoStitch support fisheye images?
A:The demo version of AutoStitch does not explicitly support fisheye images (it assumes that straight lines are preserverd). Having said that, the results will probably be OK if there is plenty of overlap and not too much distortion.
Q: What projection method does AutoStitch use? Does it support full view panoramas?
A:The demo version of AutoStitch uses spherical projection and is capable of stitching full view 360 x 180 degree panoramas (everything visible from a point). Cylindrical and planar projections are not supported in the demo version.
Q: Does AutoStitch support planar stitching, such as flatbed scans or aerial photographs?
A:The demo version of AutoStitch assumes that the camera is rotating about a point, so distortions will be visible when stitching multiple views of a planar surface. We hope to add planar stitching functionality in the future.
Q: What is the format of the 'pano.txt' file output after stitching?
A:Please see the explanation here.