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Lee Morris
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Username: Morrile

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 11:02 am:   Edit PostDelete Post

Can anyone let me know why we cannot stitch RAW images?
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David Richardson
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Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 12:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

RAW images are an odd thing. There is no industry standard and one manufacturer can be a little different than the next. You will need to use the provided software to convert to a standard image time. If you are concerned about preserving quality and not suffering from Lossy compression I would suggest converting them to TIF. BMP will also work and you will notice when you save your project all of the project image files are in the BMP format.

Personally I was concerned about this when I started, but tried JPG and found that the resulting image was so good, I have not bothered with other formats.

Hope that you find a format that works for you, I think you will like the results you get with PF. I have been using it for a year (http://www.panoramashots.com) with great results.
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John Strait
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Username: Jstrait

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Registered: 5-2001
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 1:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

I wish that our company was large enough to do EVERYTHING. :-) But we're just a little smaller than, say, Adobe. It may surprise you to know that this is a one-and-a-half person company. We concentrate on the mainline of the application -- fine-art quality stitching.

Having said that, if you convert from RAW to 48-bit TIFF (16 bits per color channel), you obtain virtually all of the benefits of using RAW format.

Most camera manufacturers provide a free program for converting from RAW to TIFF. I use a Canon camera and this is what I do for my own panoramic work.

If you don't have software for this, then you probably have a Nikon camera. As reported in the article Nikon NEF File To Possibly Lock Out Third Party Converters at www.pdnonline.com, Nikon keeps their RAW format proprietary and only allows you to convert it to something else if you buy software from them. Perhaps it is possible to license the technology from Nikon, but a small software vendor like us cannot afford that type of license fee.

Sorry, I wish I had a better answer for you.
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Lee Morris
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Username: Morrile

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Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 4:37 am:   Edit PostDelete Post

Many thanks guys, usefull information. The camera I have is the Fuji 9600
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Lou Behrman
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Username: Bearkite

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Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2008 - 12:10 am:   Edit PostDelete Post

I am having fits using jpeg or tiff files converted from Nikon Camera Raw. They keep becoming almost posterized images. See attached.

If I let my D80 create the jpeg along with the raw, I have no problem using the jpegs. It's the converted ones that give me problems.Sample of posterized image
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Holger Lang
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Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 2:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post

this is the first time that I learned 1,5 persons are working on PF: - C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
you are doing a great job.

I have got a Leica and it was a lot trouble to get a patch for photoshop to handle the Leica - RAW file.

I think the advantage is to edit a picture in the RAW modus - much more efficient than in JPEG.

But for making panoramas I have never missed the RAW format.

And again for John Strait - great respect for your work!

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