Hugin HowTo: Adjust THETA Image Tilt and Centering

There are many ways to fix the tilt of a 360 image. Photoshop can adjust orientation with offset adjustment. Affinity Photo is also popular. If your viewer supports XMP data, you can edit the metadata. For example, in Facebook and most social media applications, simply drag the default orientation with your mouse.

I will show you a technique to use Hugin. It’s not necessarily a best practice as it’s a bit cumbersome. However, this technique may have a place in your toolbox if your viewer does not support XMP data. This technique works with any application, even applications that do not support pitch, yaw, and roll adjustments with XMP data.

Starting position of THETA image before editing

Starting position of THETA image after editing

Facebook Starting Position

To save you time, I’ll repeat that you don’t need this technique if your application is uploading a 360 image to Facebook or most social media sites. Facebook adjusts the XMP data using your mouse to set the default image.

Social Media Apps Have Easy Mouse Adjustment

Start Hugin

Drag THETA Image Onto Sphere

Switch to Move/Drag View

Left Mouse On Sphere

Change Default Image Format to JPEG

Save Hugin as *.pto file

Select Batch Processing Tool

Select + sign to select Hugin project

Add Hugin Project File

Press Play to Start Batch

Edited Image File Saved to Disk

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