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JPEG quality setting

Hi, folks.  I appreciate your efforts in supporting and improving the hardware, as well as your software. 

It could be helpful for the end-user to have some control over the compression/quality when using "Export Source JPEGS", particularly if it is not exporting at the maximum quality (or better yet, an option for a non-lossy export format such as TIFF). (Just for curiousity's sake, could you tell me the hard-coded JPEG setting in the software?)

Such an option can be particularly helpful if the photos are to be stitched in a third-party software (e.g., Kolor Autopano) so the photosphere can exported as an HDR file from there.  Ultimately, this permits more control over the tonal mapping of the HDR image, itself.

Thanks!

Paco

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Hi Paco,

Thanks for the feedback.

  • It could be helpful for the end-user to have some control over the compression/quality when using "Export Source JPEGS", particularly if it is not exporting at the maximum quality (or better yet, an option for a non-lossy export format such as TIFF). (Just for curiousity's sake, could you tell me the hard-coded JPEG setting in the software?)

Comment: JPEG compression is 90% when you export the JPEGS. We've no plans at present to either offer a variable compression setting for JPEG exports or to offer a lossless TIFF export.

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I appreciate the information, Andrew. 

However, it's unfortunate to hear that there is no plan to add this functionality, as it seems like a relatively straightforward feature to enable in the software (it is definitely much easier than adding more user control on image quality, tone, etc. directly to Immersive Studio).  I hope you and your colleagues give this request further thought. 

From my experience over the past 3 months, Immersive Studio does very reliable job with nearly seamless stitching.  However, the settings it uses for tonal balance with outdoor photography have been mixed for me, so it is better, in some cases, to process it more myself.  I realize the difficulty in exporting an HDR photosphere, so this requires stitching outside Immersive Studio, but it results in better examples of what the Iris 360 camera is capable of doing.

As far as the fixed JPEG compression, with many photos, there are still noticeable compression artifacts -- hence, a lossless file type (e.g., TIFF) would be worth considering.  Such flexibility might even help with others who have concerns about the image quality of the cameras -- my suspicion is is not so much the cameras as the hard-wired settings for exporting the images, photospheres, etc.

In summary, a bit more end-user flexibility in your software would also make your hardware (in this case, the Iris 360) more broadly usable.   (Yes, I realize the Iris 360 was primarily intended for indoor use, but it is capable of more than that -- I've even managed to construct reasonably useful 3D models with photos from it.)

Thanks, again, for your consideration.

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