Monday, March 12, 2007

HD View utilities from Microsoft

HD View is a new viewer developed by Microsoft Research's Interactive Visual Media group to aid in the display and interaction with very large images.
Recent advances in camera and sensor technology and software for stitching images together has led to the creation of images containing billions of pixels (gigapixels). These images are often panoramic, that is, they cover very wide fields of view. Since monitors typically contain only one to two million pixels, it is only possible to actually see 1/1000th of such image data at once. Also, viewing very wide fields of view require unwrapping of an image projected onto a curved surface (think of a map of the world) which can cause distortions.
Recently MS released a set of tools, HD View utilities to help in the production of HD View content.

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