Image Composite Editor, or ICE, is a tool from Microsoft's research labs that can stitch a collection of image files together into a single large image. Just point it at a collection of photos that have all been taken from the same location, as you pan the camera around, and the program will join them into one large print.
Perhaps even more impressive, the program also works with video. If you have a clip that contains a panning shot, as you move the camera in a straight line, the program will grab a succession of frames automatically, isolate the information it needs, remove any overlap, and again create a single panoramic image.
The image shown here was actually created from a video of mine, and was done in just a couple of minutes with no tweaking necessary. I simply loaded the video file into ICE and selected the start and end of the clip to capture.
ICE is an 8 MB download, and runs under Windows 7 and above. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and you can get it from http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice
My thanks to Lex Davidson for pointing out this amazing program.
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