I'm trying to stitch a panorama using Hugin. I'm letting it automatically choose the control points and it does a very good job at it. However when I look at the panorama preview I see that it just places all the images on top of each other, completely ignoring the control points. Any idea why it does this? For control I also tried stitching the images with Microsoft ICE and that worked with no problems.


For reference here are two photos from the set:

And this is the resulting image stitched with Microsoft ICE.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It might help to see at least 2 of the images so we can examine the overlap and content characteristics. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Oct 3, 2013 at 23:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Updated my question with links to images. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 4, 2013 at 16:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ why dont you use ICE then? \$\endgroup\$ Oct 5, 2013 at 11:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ I could, it's just that in the past I've used Hugin plus Hugin has more customization options than ICE. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 5, 2013 at 13:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MihaiDamian check out the latest Hugin, it does a much better job finding control point between images. I was able to stitch your sample images together without issues. \$\endgroup\$
    – worbel
    Aug 3, 2014 at 3:19

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I suspect you haven't "Aligned" the images.

In the latest version (2013.0.0, released a few weeks after your question was posted) it's a bit simpler / more obvious what to do in the 'Simple' interface mode (the default).

For a lot of simple cases it's a matter of just clicking the 3 buttons in order:

  1. Load images...
  2. Align...
  3. Create Panorama...

Detecting control points is not enough. You need to compute/optimise the camera parameters in the Optimiser tab. You can look at the Hugin documentation for more information: http://wiki.panotools.org/Hugin_Photos_tab#Optimise


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