Make Dynamic Panoramas From Overlapping Still Photos

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Camtasia Studio gives you the ability to do almost anything you can imagine.  

20 years ago, I took an extended camping trip throughout western Canada, Alaska, and the southwest US.  I took over 1,000 photos [film], where some were collections of overlapping photos of hand-panned scenic views.

I recently decided to revisit those photos [now scanned into digital format], and stitch together the sets of overlapping photos into scenic panoramas that I could animate in Camtasia as dynamic "head scanning" videos.

After lots of trial and error, I ended up with 12 such panoramas.  To preserve the details of that workflow, I made a tutorial on how to do this.  Most of the effort involved in making the panorama projects required using the Camtasia Studio canvas, and visual properties, to hand-assemble the images into a coherent single panorama scene, a task that can be greatly simplified with other software like Photoshop or Panorama Maker.

However, I don't have those, so I had to do everything the hard way.

If curious on how to use Camtasia Studio to make these panoramas, fell free to watch the 17 minute tutorial.  There is a hotspot at the end of the tutorial that will play an example panorama.

Caveats ...

the tutorial is 1920x1040 [its MP4 is 500 MB]; the example panorama is 1920x1080 [runs 2 minutes, its MP4 is 1 GB]

the example panorama is probably best viewed in Internet Explorer 11; none of the 12 panoramas I made can be viewed in Chrome [at least not on my Win 7 64 system]; they constantly stall, jerk, and jump.   But in IE, they all play back perfectly.  Not a clue why.

The panorama looks best when in full screen mode
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That's a great video kayakman.
It's a lot of work though. I use Windows Photo Gallery. It's free for all Windows users. It's  fast and creates very good images. It even applies shade blending to compensate for different brightness and color levels.
Enjoy the day, Ginger

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