Visual Computing

University of Konstanz
ACM Transactions on Graphics

Capturing and Viewing Gigapixel Images

J. Kopf, M. Uyttendaele, O. Deussen, M. Cohen
Teaser of Capturing and Viewing Gigapixel Images


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We present a system to capture and view “Gigapixel images”: very high resolution, high dynamic range, and wide angle imagery consisting of several billion pixels each. A specialized camera mount, in combination with an automated pipeline for alignment, exposure compensation, and stitching, provide the means to acquire Gigapixel images with a standard camera and lens. More importantly, our novel viewer enables exploration of such images at interactive rates over a network, while dynamically and smoothly interpolating the projection between perspective and curved projections, and simultaneously modifying the tone-mapping to ensure an optimal view of the portion of the scene being viewed.


  acmid      = {1276494},
  address    = {New York, NY, USA},
  articleno  = {93},
  author     = {J. Kopf and M. Uyttendaele and O. Deussen and M. Cohen},
  doi        = {10.1145/1276377.1276494},
  issn       = {0730-0301},
  issue_date = {July 2007},
  journal    = {ACM Transactions on Graphics},
  month      = {jul},
  number     = {3},
  publisher  = {ACM},
  title      = {Capturing and Viewing Gigapixel Images},
  url        = {},
  volume     = {26},
  year       = {2007},