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Offline KenO

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Picolay Stacking Software?
« on: 04 / September / 2012, 13:47:48 »
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Recently came across Picolay Stacking Software, did a forum search to find out if others are using it but found nothing.

Is anyone using it and any comments about it?

Decided to downloaded the Picolay Manual http://www.picolay.icbm.de/picolay-manual.pdf

Some Picolay features would like comments.
Stacking based on target colours instead of sharp areas (what advantage?) later mentions "[==>] Stacking based on sharp areas...you can follow how the sharp result is sequentially composed. When done an overlay of the sharp image and teh depth map is displayed in the left window. This should help you to assess the performancee. The result will not always represent the optimum. Often one would like to change some of the parameters to improve it. This can also be done before you start the stacking routine....Depth map Concomitantly with the sharp image, a map is generated showing from which layer each pixel is derived. The depth map is helpful for finding the perfect stacking parameters. Grey areas indicate where the pixels were averaged as no sharp structures were detected. The information in the map is used to generate three-dimensional pictures and projections (see below)."

Auto-align positions and size if images are not perfectly congruent  (wonder how accurate?)

Generate a flat field with adjustable background  Later "Set background /flat field correction  If you select this function and a 'Factor' of -1 (a negative factor means subtract) this function can be used to eliminate disturbing elements that are present in all pictures of your stack (e.g. 'Coolpix rings', vignettes or dust particles on your lenses). The function does not simply subtract the first image (which would result in nearly black images) but adds RGB values required to reach the background colour you have selected
by clicking in the image with the RIGHT mouse button. The best result is usually obtained when you select the natural background colour.

Add text and a scale bar to pictures

PICOLAY generates animations of picture series either as slide show or
as animated gif file.

There are many more functions to improve images by changing parameters
like sharpness, contrast, size etc.

Unique features of PICOLAY are various routines to generate threedimensional
views, projections and animations:
- Generation of three-dimensional images from a single stack taken at a
constant perspective.
- Generation of rotating 3D images, red-cyan overlay images and images
for crossed-eyes or parallel viewing
- 'Hologram stacking', a routine that makes items visible that are hidden
by the normal stacking process.

A special feature of PICOLAY is the following: When you have zoomed in or you have selected a certain part of an image, the position and size will be kept constant during browsing other images in the list.

Ken






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Offline KenO

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Re: Picolay Stacking Software?
« Reply #1 on: 04 / September / 2012, 16:34:13 »
After posting found tutorial and Demo video (21 MB) at http://www.picolay.icbm.de/tutorial_e.pdf



Ken

Re: Picolay Stacking Software?
« Reply #2 on: 26 / November / 2012, 00:10:50 »
FYI Picolay is for Focus Stacking.  I only read this because I was thinking of astromony stacking..

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Offline KenO

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Re: Picolay Stacking Software?
« Reply #3 on: 01 / December / 2012, 11:54:47 »
jmac698,

I would like to use Picolay http://www.picolay.de/ or something similar for macro photography.

If anyone likes something better would be interested.


Re: Picolay Stacking Software?
« Reply #4 on: 01 / December / 2012, 12:05:01 »
Also popular are CombineZM, HeliconFocus and ZereneStacker.

Although the stereo image below is close-up rather than macro, because I wanted exaggerated perspective and everything in focus, I set the camera to wide-angle and focused very close to the subject.
Most of each image was out-of-focus.
I stacked 35 separate images.


David


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Re: Picolay Stacking Software?
« Reply #5 on: 01 / December / 2012, 14:06:28 »
David,

Excellent stereo photo!!!

What did you use for camera and stacking software?

Thanks for posting!

Re: Picolay Stacking Software?
« Reply #6 on: 01 / December / 2012, 14:32:01 »
S95 and ZereneStacker.

I have a 65" LG passive 3D TV and it looks great on that.

I have LOTS of stereo macro images but thousands of them are transparencies so that will be a big job to scan them.

David

 

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