Topic: Giving hints to Photosynth

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essentialatom (Over 1 year ago)
I have a synth made of 503 photos of a car ( While it worked very well, if you look at the photos that didn't make the final synth, while some were simply too out-of-focus or dark to work, I felt a bit disappointed that others didn't make it.

Could the software be made, at the user's discretion, to pay closer attention to photos with the trade-off of speed? Would it would be possible to preview a synth before uploading, and notify the software of where those outcast photos might fit? By that I mean, you could link a given photo to a certain area of the point cloud, or perhaps to an area of another photo, and tell Photosynth to concentrate on locating it there.

My mistake was in not taking enough intermediate photos and going straight for closeups - I think options like these could help a lot.

Of course, if you're already working on something like this, then thanks. Just a suggestion ;)
dariusmonsef (Over 1 year ago)
Cool synth.

We've had a lot of requests for features that would let users help suggest matches for the synther.  This is a complicated thing and something I think the guys are considering and working on in the long run.

essentialatom (Over 1 year ago)
Cheers for the response. I thought it might have been mooted, it seems a logical progression for the software.

Thanks for the comment on my synth too :)
Scruff.R (Over 1 year ago)
Now 10 months on, how is the progress on hinting? I've not done a lot yet, but this was the first thing I missed, when taking about 80 photos of one room and still only getting 30% synthy.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Scruff, as much as I would love being able to manually place any photos or groups of photos which didn't synth into the main group, the last thing that I heard from the Photosynth team on this subject wasn't too encouraging.

In that link, David Gedye said eight months ago, "We certainly haven't spent time trying to make a great expeience for groups of photos... that aren't very synthy.

A manual editing program, where people get to hang their own photos in whatever 3D locations they like is possible, but we suspect that only a tiny fraction of the people who use Photosynth automatically, would be prepared to do manaul 3D positioning. That's why it's not very high on our wish list right now.

Are we wrong?".
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
It wouldn't solve the entire problem, but not long after the team released the geo-alignment control in the synth editor (about six months ago), I realised that if they would only allow me to use it on the smaller groups of photos and the individual or orphan photos, this could (very quickly) get us nearly 80% of the way to meshing the unsynthed pieces of a synth together. Once you had used the alignment ring to place, rotate, and scale all the photos into place on the map from overhead view, even the orphan photos would have some basic sort of placement relative to the co-ordinate system of the largest pointcloud for the Photosynth viewer's virtual camera to travel to when such a photo is selected.

So far, though, you can still only use the geo-alignment on the largest group of photos in your synth, which doesn't solve our problem at all.