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Taken a parallax panorama set, processed by ICE and uploaded to Photosynth and the same with Photosynth 2, I happened to come across an artifact in the first, which doesn't show in the latter.
Taken a cylindrical panorama set from the same spot, I have not been able to spot artefacts in either one.
Logical from a theoretical perspective, as ICE is for cylindrical/spherical panoramas, while Photosynth 2 can handle parallax as well.
Great to see Photosynth 2's versatility in action. Bravo!
I should have included Photosynth (1) in the title of this discussion.
Photosynth 1 could not resolve the cylindrical set to a 360 synth.
Photosynth 1 could resolve the parallax set to a 360 synth.
Neither synths are full 100%, while Photosynth 2 did not omit any photo in either set.
Comparing the viewing experience between Photosynth 1 and 2... to me, they are way apart!
I feel Photosynth 2 is a quantum leap forward. Bravo again.
Thank you Joscelin. I should say that frankly, we're of two minds about the pano capabilities in Photosynth 2 right now. If you have lots of parallax or you have people moving, Photosynth2 does a better job, but if you're an expert panorama shooter--and many users of Photosynth are--and you shoot without noticeable parallax, AND you choose your shots carefully to avoid cutting moving people in two, then stitched panos (via ICE) lead to a much wider field-of-view viewing experience, and people generally tend to prefer it.
In the future we hope to have our pipeline just "do the right thing": stitch when artifacts would be small, and project the photos when stitching would produce large artifacts.
It might be interesting to know where Google has its priorities http://productforums.google.com/d/msg/maps/AXiNiKTZZvI/J8pdmlK0ldAJ
As stated before, I like Photosynth to get mainstream. That also means a lot of shots at points of interest with a lot of people. Then projection does the better job. I like the impression of movement while going from photo to photo in a projected scenery.
Yes, definitely continue to support the expert ;-)