Panoramas made easy, Microsoft ICE

We all like to make great panorama shots when in the air, and it gives a great overview of the place you are flying.

Not all of us have fancy drones that have apps running on their tablets that can do the trick, or you just want to have full control over it yourself.

That is where ICE from Microsoft comes in.
This is a great, simple to use piece of software that you can use to create the greatest panoramas.
Ice can use either separate photo’s, but also small pieces of film to stitch panoramas.
My drone, the UpAir One, has no software to do this, but I have added a function to make a 360 in place with a flip of a switch. This way I can make a full 360 film.
This 360 film can be turned into a 360 photo with this great software, and I will show you how to do this.

For this panorama I will use a small shot from this movie.

First, you need to download the software HERE. (Download from official Microsoft Site)
Once it is downloaded, install is as any other programme.

When you start the program you will see this window.

From here you can choose what you want to use.
You can use several pictures, or a video.
For this post I am using a video, so I am selecting the middle button.
Once you have selected the video file you will see the video in the screen.

Use the sliders under the video to search for the part you want to use.
First use the left slider to mark the start. Once you have found the start point click the button “set start”
Do the same fro the end by using the right slider. Once you have reached the end pond click “select end”

Now you have isolated the part from which the program will create a panorama picture.

Next you will need to create the panorama, so you need to click the “stitch” button.
The program will now do it’s magic and will start to analyse the video and create the panorama.

Once the process has finished the program will show you the results.
From here you can turn the image a bit so that the horizon in horizontal, oor leave it like it is when you are happy with it.

Next click the “Crop” button.
Here you can adjust the image and crop it manually, or you can use the “Auto Complete” button to let the program do it.

When you are clicking “Auto Complete” the program will do all the cropping by itself, and you will see below screen as soon as you click the button.

When the Auto Complete function has finished it’s task you will see the end result.
You can still crop a bit more manually if you like, 9 out of 10 times it’s not needed, and panoramas are okay to use.

When you are happy with the results, you can export the image by clicking on the “Export” button.

You can use various kinds of export settings, and you can also use different kinds of export file formats.
Play around with it to get the result you want. I always use PNG as file format.

Click “Export to disk” to save the file.
An explorer window gets displayed to select the location where you want to save your panorama.

Select your location, and click “Save”
Now your panorama is saved, and ready to use where you want.
When you close the program it will display a message, it asks if you want to save the project for later use.
Select what you want, and the program closes.

This is the panorama that has been made with this tutorial. (click on it for a bigger version)

These are results of a few panoramas I have made with this program. (click on an image for a bigger version)

It’s simple, great, and so easy to use.

Remember when you are in the air to do a full 360 to create a beautiful panorama afterwards.

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