Hugin tutorial — The new User Interface (2013)

This tutorial is a preview of features in the upcoming 2013 Hugin release. The final release may have some small differences.

The new user interface provides for Simple, Advanced and Expert modes of use.

In the Simple mode, Hugin starts by opening the Fast Preview window.
The Fast Preview window now includes the Assistant tab which gives a simple process; 1. Load images..., 2. Align..., and , 3. Create panorama... while providing a view of each step.

simple mode

1. Load images... shows you the images arranged in the window, in the order they were loaded,

load images

and 2. Align... shows the preview of the panorama.


All that is needed to complete the process is to select 3. Create panorama... When using the default processor (PTBatcherGUI) a dialog will open to allow saving of the project file (if it hasn't already been saved), followed by the Specify output prefix dialog for saving the stitched panorama. If you are using Hugin_stitch_project as your output processor only the Specify out prefix dialog will open.

( You can select your output processor by going to File > Preferences > Stitching > Processor )

If you need to customise any aspect of the process, open the Panorama editor window by selecting View -> Panorama editor. This window provides access to all the specialised tools.

You can select a different interface mode by selecting Interface and selecting Advanced or Expert.

Panorama editor window

The Panorama editor window provides access to all the tools previously available, but with a few changes.
From this window you can load images using the Add images... button.

load images

The details displayed in this window can be selected using the radio buttons in the Display section.
A right mouse click on an image entry brings up a context menu providing access to edit functions. You can also select multiple images and use the edit functions to modify several images at once.

The Create control points button will automatically generate control points for the selected images, or for all images if no images are highlighted. When holding down the control key when selecting Create control points, a dialog will pop-up asking for the number of control points per image pair (parameter %p in control points settings). CPFind does not support this parameter directly and this parameter must be included in the contol point detector settings.
The Settings: button allows you to choose your control point detector.
As with recent releases, if CPFind isn't available in the menu, go to the top of the Panorama editor window, select File -> Preferences -> Control Point Detectors and click on Load Defaults, then OK.

To Optimize you can select from the available option in the Geometric: menu. If you choose Custom parameters a new Optimize tab appears (with the Photos, Masks, Control Points, and Stitcher tabs) providing access to custom settings.
The options available in the Optimize: menu vary depending on whether you are using Advanced or Expert mode. The Expert mode provides access to image Translation parameters which you would use if stitching a mosaic.

Following the Optimize step, a double left click on an image entry in the Photos tab will open up the Image variables window which will show you information on Positions, Lens, Photometrics, and Camera Response. This information can also be displayed in the Photos tab by selecting the appropriate Display radio button.
Graphs of the lens, photometric and camera response data are now available by selecting the Show graph >> button in the appropriate tab.
The graph can saved to disc by pressing the right mouse button while the graph is displayed.

image variables

The image list supports drag and drop. When Grouped by: None this applies to the image order. When grouped by lenses or stack the drag and drop applies to the lens or stack number. To assign a new lens or stack drag the image to an empty area of the list (e.g. to bottom). You can also drag an image between different lenses and stacks.

The Masks, Control points and Stitcher tabs are relatively unchanged from recent release versions.

If you have access to a version of Hugin which uses the new user interface, experiment and try the various options. Feedback is welcome.


If you would like to provide feedback on the new interface, or to comment on the content of this tutorial, please make your comments on the hugin-ptx group

Author Terry Duell - Created Jan. 2013.