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Paris 26 Gigapixels is now online!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Update: the DNS are still propagating and you may need to wait a few hours before you can access the website, depending on your location and internet provider.

A first preview image of Paris 26 Gigapixels

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

To access the big version of the preview, click on the image.

We are proud to reveal a preview image of the Paris 26 Gigapixels project. On this preview, you can see that nearly all famous monuments of Paris are present, from the Eiffel tower to the Panthéon. The thumbnails show details of the Eiffel tower, the Grand Palais and Notre Dame de Paris church.

The stitching of the 2346 individual photos (17 rows of 138 photos) was made in November using Autopano Giga and resulted in a giant image of 26.7 gigapixels: this is about 27 billion pixels! We first decided to keep the original name of the project, which was “Paris 20 Gigapixels”, but it made confusion with regard to the actual resolution of the image. This is why we now talk about the Paris 26 Gigapixels project.

So, what’s next? We are currently creating the web interface to display this giant panorama, with nice features to make the image pleasant to visit. We expect the site to be ready in a few weeks. More info to come in a few days about Paris 26 Gigapixels…

Kolor is currently stitching the images of Paris 20 Gigapixels

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

After the shooting that took place on September 8th, photographer Arnaud Frich developed the RAW files and Kolor is now stitching them. Thanks to its partnership with Intel, Kolor relies on the performance capabilities of Intel® Server System 2600UR and Intel® Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series for the image processing of the Paris 20 Gigapixels project!


Next steps: validation of the stitching, editing, creation of the website.

We did it! Paris 20 Gigapixels has been shot!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

First of all we would like to thank all those who took part in this project. It took more than one year to get the perfect day: not too hot, not too cold, not too cloudy, not too windy and the most important the right light.

We “climbed” on the top of St Sulpice tower around 9am and we left it at 5pm. So what happened during these 8 hours? We will reveal all the details about the problems we got during the shooting , the stitching and some anecdotes at the end of this adventure. This project already became an adventure for sure ….

We will give you more details about the technical aspects when the panorama will be stitched.

In the meantime enjoy the pictures of that beautiful day.

Shooting day on  09/08/2009

Shooting day on September 8th, 2009.

Arnaud Frich and Kolor announce ‘Paris 20 Gigapixels’ project

Monday, July 7th, 2008

A world record!

Photographer Arnaud FRICH and image stitching experts KOLOR, editor of panorama creation program Autopano Pro, announce their project to shoot Paris in a very high definition. The final image will be a stitching of more than 2000 individual photos and will have a resolution of 20 Gigapixels, that is 20 billion pixels: the biggest assembled panoramic image of the world!

This resolution enables very exciting uses: printing on large supports (the image can be printed on a 6500 sq.ft support whilst keeping an excellent quality!) or online viewing with absolutely amazing deep zooming capabilities.

Gigapixel panoramas ? A habit for Kolor

This is not the first world record achived by Kolor and partner photographers. In August 2006, American photographer Gerard MAYNARD collaborated with Kolor to produce the world record at that time: Harlem 13 Gigapixels. You can have a look at the image and zoom in to see the smallest details of Harlem:

Stay tuned!

The project is to be acheived during this summer. You will be able to see the image on this website. Come back often to learn more about the project and be among the firsts to see this beautiful image.