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Hugin Developer Launches Photographic Distortion Correction Database

May 31, 2007, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Sanders)

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"The lead developer of the Hugin panorama-stitching application, Pablo d'Angelo, has proposed a new open database for collecting camera lens information that could be used to correct systematic distortion in photographs. The database would be populated by user-submitted calibration data and some data donated from a competitor, but the exact format and licensing of the database are still under consideration. One developer's suggestion would make proprietary software that uses the database pay for the privilege.

"D'Angelo proposed the database project during the Libre Graphics Meeting earlier this month. D'Angelo's presentation, 'Panoramic imaging - State of the art and future challenges,' outlined a collaborative scheme that would create a database that could be integrated into image processing applications such as the GIMP, digiKam, and Krita to automatically correct distortion for known cameras..."

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