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PixInsight Reloaded

 
Since completing our PixInsight Foundations Part-3 series in 2014, there are already many new and exciting things we want to share with you! PixInsight Core, version 1.8.4 Ripley received a major revision in the fall of 2015. To keep you up-to-date with the latest techniques and revisions to the program, we've created the PixInsight Reloaded series.
 
PixInsight Reloaded is a rolling release. New PixInsight tutorials will be produced in no particular order. Each movie will feature one or more items- whether a new process, script, or technique. Also included will be clarifications of items covered by our earlier PixInsight Foundations series. Eventually, as the majority of movies have been produced, they will be organized by category. Upon completion of the series, a hard copy will be made available, in addition to the streaming content offered here.
 

PI Resources Page - PixInsight Information and Links

Our Latest Release
Version 1.8.5 Updates 
Preview PixInsight Version 1.8.5 Ripley- Kicks off our introduction to the latest and greatest version of PI. 2:24min
New 10/23/17 ArcsinhStretch- Is a brand-new intensity transformation process by Mark Shelly, which preserves the color and detail of highlights even better than MaskedStretch. 3:26min
Large-Scale Pixel Rejection- A breakthrough addition to the ImageIntegration process. Use this powerful new feature to more effectively eliminate satellite and asteroid trails. 2:49min
LocalNormalization- A brand new process, to normalize the background variations between subexposures. While ImageIntegration does this based upon an image to image comparison, LocalNormalization (LN) can do it on a pixel to pixel level! Adding LN to your workflow could result in even better masters than before. 4:35min
PhotometricColorCalibration- A brand new process, which may replace standard ColorCalibration in your workflow. PCC plate solves your color master before calibrating it to the actual spectral types of stars in the field. 5:21min

Table of Contents

Preview Introduction- What's new at IP4AP.com 5:47min
Extensible Image Serialization Format- PixInsight's new default image file format deprecates FITS. 3:24min
ColorMask Script- Rick Stevenson's brilliant new script let's you target specific colors. 3:02min
TGVDenoise Automatic Convergence- Can appreciably speed up the application of TGVD. 2:29min
Working with Outside FITS- Choose the proper settings to bring them in-line with PI. 2:15min
Preview Performance- Enhance the performance of your computer when processing with PI. 2:04min
Dynamic PSF- Refine your understanding of the process to generate a more accurate synthetic PSF for
Deconvolution's External PSF tab. 2:37min
Deconvolution- Presented is a slightly different take on the Local Deringing Support Image. 1:18min
StarAlignment Star Detection- What to do when the process fails to find a sufficient number of stars for successful registration. 1:48min
Dynamic Range Extension- This overlooked feature in several processes can yield improved sharpening results without blowing-out the highlights. 1:41min
Reset Previews- Did you know that applying a process to a preview overwrites the previous application? 2:03min
Apply Processes- Expedite your workflow using keyboard shortcuts. 1:11min
Convolution- Use this little-known process to effectively smooth/blur the edges of a mask. 1:19min
MultiscaleLinearTransform (MLT)- PI's latest and greatest wavelets-based process is here. Replacing ATrousWaveletTransform, and to some extent, MultiscaleMedianTransform, MLT is perfect for linear noise reduction and includes a terrific, internal mask feature. MLT is also excellent for nonlinear sharpening. 5:20 min
File Explorer Window- This window is a nice way of navigating to the files on your drive(s), while providing useful information about them. 1:06min
SubstituteWithPreview Script- Despite a good result applied to a preview, a process fails to work as expected when applied to the image itself. Before you give up, this wonderful script can save the day! 3:07min
ImageSolver and AnnotateImage Scripts- Used in conjunction with one another, these wonderful scripts plate solve your image, and annotate it with the names of the celestial objects in the field of view. 3:50min  
History Explorer Image Origin- This brief tutorial reveals a little known but useful feature of the History Explorer. Now, you can view and revisit the process that created masks, etc. 1:21min
Enhanced Mosaic Construction- Star Pinch- This tutorial shows you how to eliminate star artifacts from the borders of your mosaic panels. 2:03min
RangeSelection Process- How to create a mask utilizing this process to select galaxies while also eliminating stars as an alternative to employing the PixelMath method. 1:18min
Process Console Delay- A couple of handy tips on the Process Console 1:23min
Project Compression- Save significant disk space when saving projects 1:11min
Zoom and Pan- Here are a few helpful hints for navigating in an image window with zoom and pan controls. 1:49min
Donut Eater- This tutorial shows you how certain dust motes that escape flat correction can be repaired. It also discusses the concept of Photoshop-style Layer Blend Modes. 2:15min
DSLR Fine Points- Speaks to newer DSLR imagers to clear up some of the misconceptions concerning preprocessing one-shot color data acquired with modified digital single lens reflex cameras. 4:42min
Enhanced Mosaic Construction- dnaLinearFit introduces a new script by David Ault, that can improve the seams of troublesome mosaic panels. 2:26min
BPP Custom Groups- Two minutes of pure dynamite for users of the BatchPreprocessing script. Calibrate disparate image sets in a single run using Add Custom. 2:04min
Advanced Mask Shapes- Offers tips to create masks with circular, elliptical, square and rectangular shapes using PixelMath (expressions courtesy Gerald Weschselberger) and the CloneStamp process. 6:38min
Star Halo Repair- Demonstrates Dr. Ron Brecher's method of fixing the excessive halos of Oxygen 3 data. Also featured is a neat trick with the CloneStamp process. A future tutorial will address problematic RGB star halos, beyond the aesthetic ones discussed here. 4:54min
Bayer Drizzle- Now, increase the apparent resolution of your One-Shot Color data using the BPP script, ImageIntegration, and DrizzleIntegration. As with monochromatic data, the inherent data must be of low resolution (i.e. undersampled and also dithered) to benefit from Bayer Drizzle. 3:23min
MureDenoise Script- By Mike Schuster, offers an alternate way to reduce noise in linear, monochromatic masters. 3:24min
SubframeSelector Script- Provides a deeper look at this essential tool by Mike Schuster, for analyzing subframes based on their statistics. 7:02min
CSS (cascading style sheet)- Allows you to alter most of PI's fonts and colors for a custom workspace. 2:51min
BackgroundEnhance and StarReduction Scripts- profiles two lesser-known, but very useful Utility scripts for image enhancement. 3:14min
One Last Look For Now- A recap of our latest, essential post-processing icon set, with updated comments by Warren. 8:58min
Miniseries
Preview of Part-1 available Deconvolution Miniseries- In this six-part miniseries, we take an in-depth look at Deconvolution, including the DynamicPSF process. Some new 'takes' on the procedures are revealed. This is your chance to 'deconvolve' any problems you may be having, and to become an expert in the Deconvolution process.
Preview of Part-1 available  HaRGB Miniseries- An alternate take on combining H-alpha with RGB data, featuring a Photoshop-like 'layer blend mode' technique, and the HaRVB-AIP script.
Preview of Part-1 available  NGC 3166-3169 Object Oriented Processing
Preview of Part-1 available  BatchPreprocessing Script
Preview of Part-1 available  One Shot Color Workflow with the BatchPreprocessing Script
Online Workshop Recordings
Using the power of the WEB, we'll bring you periodic informative workshops. We've archived previous Workshops here for viewing at your convenience, follow this link to our Workshop Page.


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