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May 05, 2005, 05:33 AM

i want to create cubemap/skybox textures (6 bitmaps) based on real pictures taken with a digital camera on a tripod. because manual stitching is quite exhausting i'm looking for a software that can do it automaticly or semi automaticly for example by defining common areas/points on pictures.

the software i have, provided by camera producer (Camedia Master) apart from bizzare interface can stitch pictures together only to horizontal panorama.

any clues?


May 05, 2005, 12:45 PM

I'm not positive, but Paul Debevec's HDR shop may have the ability to stich cube maps. It's a tool ordinarily used for working with high dynamic-range images, but also includes features for working with environment maps.


May 09, 2005, 02:26 PM

paul debevec's hdr shop does have abiilty to sew cube maps together, but defining point positions manualy without ANY preview is even worse than glueing them in photoshop. i give up.

i've been thinking about algorithm allowing to generate cube max semi automaticly. first step is to define front, up, and right vector. it's done by defining 3 points on bitmap presenting 'front' of the tripod space. second step is to define common points on bitmaps, each bitmap will have 4 neighbours, and for each of them we need 2 points. then using those points we translate pixels from picture/bitmap space to barycentryc coordinates. because we have texel for each altitude and longitude creating 6 textures now shoud be easy. what do you think?

common points selection process could be replaced with some other method.

hope i made myself clear.



May 09, 2005, 04:10 PM

Ken Silverman made a environment cube viewer, which is able to find by itself the good picture/cube-face pairs :

It seems to me to be a step forward to your goal... Maybe, if you ask him, maybe he will explains his works, and help you.


May 10, 2005, 11:27 AM

If you're looking for something that takes a set of images and automatically stitches them together into a panorama, try AutoStitch - which does the whole thing automatically. You can then turn it into a cubemap or whatever you want with HDRShop.


May 25, 2005, 05:34 AM

Use DirectX texture tool to create *.DDS texture format, it's very handy tool.

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