Remember the photo-stitching capabilities of Windows Live Photo Gallery, powered by Microsoft Research's ICE (Image Composite Editor) technology. ICE has just got a new version, which comes with a number of new features including an improved blending engine, automatic lens vignette removal, accelerated stitching on multiple cpu cores, no image size limitation, Photoshop layer support, and much more.
The most notable feature in the new ICE is the capability of "Video Stitching."
The first is that ICE can now automatically stitch a panorama directly from video. One fun use of video panoramas is "motion summaries," like this result that ICE produced:
You can access this feature by selecting "New Video Panorama" from the File menu. This'll bring up the Video Panorama dialog, where you can play or single-step through videos in order to choose start and end points. You can also optionally draw regions of interest on individual video frames to ensure that certain elements are present in the final composition. ICE supports most common video formats (avi, mov, wmv, and more). Of course the results can also be uploaded to Photosynth. Note that this particular feature is only available for ICE running on Windows 7 (for other versions of Windows this menu item will be disabled).
Video is also a great way to quickly capture a panoramic scene. For e.g., below is a two-minute video was automatically turned into a panorama (this was shot with a Samsung Focus Windows Phone).
[Source: HD View]