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Planetary Imaging PreProcessor (PIPP)

Free Planetary Imaging PreProcessor (PIPP) 2.5.9 64 bit version

  1. Windows 32 bit
  2. Windows 64 bit

PIPP's main purpose is to crop each image frame and select only the best quality frames to reduce the memory and processing requirements of the stacking software. For example, this would allow the best 1500 frames from a 7200 frame AVI (2 minute AVI at 60 fps) to be cropped ready for stacking by Registax. On my PC, Registax does not handle AVI files with that many frames but can easily handle 1500 pre-processed bitmap files so this is very useful.
PIPP was originally written to speed up the my own processing of the multitude large AVI files that that each planetary imaging session seems to generate. Now that PIPP has reached the point where it does actually speed up my processing workflow I decided to make it available to others to see if they find it useful and maybe give a little back to the astronomy community.
PIPP's functions:
  • Load a sequence of images from supported video files, SER video files or TIFF/BMP/FITS/JPEG/RAW camera image files.
  • Calibrate frames with dark, flat and dark flat calibration frames.
  • Debayer raw frames from colour cameras to produce colour frames.
  • Check each frame contains a planet that is completely on the image and discard any frames that do not.
  • Check for and discard overexposed frames.
  • Centre the planet in the frames.
  • Offset the centred planet.
  • Crop each frame around the centred planet.
  • Apply a fixed gain to each frame.
  • Apply a fixed gamma correct to each frame.
  • Apply a median noise filter to each frame.
  • Stretch histogram for each frame (equalising R, G and B channels for colour images).
  • Estimate the quality of each frame and reorder the processed frames in order of quality.
  • Keep only the number of best quality frames specified by the user.
  • Split colour frames into R, G and B frames.
  • Save processed frames as a sequence of TIFF/BMP/FITS image files, as a single AVI/SER video file ready for stacking or archiving or as an animated GIF for sharing online.
Both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions are available.. For the 32 bit version, you need to check in the History tab. The 64 bit one is clearly labeled.. the 32 bit is the base download shown as 2.5.9 as it was the first I came across and was the original upload into this resource.
This software is no longer apparently supported and the original developers site to download it from was no longer in service last I checked, so that's why we are hosting them here.

** NOTE **
We are not an official distribution channel for this software. We were made aware that the standard site for obtaining it had gone down and we chose to offer it as a direct download for our users and guests. We have no direct interaction with the development or the updating of this software. What we offer is the latest compiled version(s) of the software that was available when the official site went down.
If anyone is in contact with the developer of this software feel free to let them know they can contact me and I will make arrangements so that this resource is able to be updated by them.
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