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This is the place for Gigapan.com members to offer peer-to-peer support for exchanging tips, ideas, comments, etc.

Those who need direct technical assistance with their GigaPan EPIC Series imagers, stitching software or gigapan.com membership account should contact us.

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Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: Aug 24, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Camera alignment problems resulting in rotated images

Have you tried AutopanoPro?

Free download for evaluation which produces watermarked images, but at least you will be able to see if it solves the problem.

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Aug 24, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Public Profiles - missing information

Interesting points raised here by Jason. Gigapan would do well to consider his suggestions.

pjsg pjsg
Posted: Aug 24, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Camera alignment problems resulting in rotated images

After I shot a couple of Gigapans, I realized that the camera was not pointing straight forwards (my bad). This has resulted in the images being slightly rotated by an amount that depends on the row number.

The stitch software (even the 2.2 version) does not remove this rotation, and so the stitching is not good. I’m thinking that I will have to write some code to rotate all the images the “right” amount before the stitching will work nicely.

Does anybody have any suggestions on alternate software to use that might be able to automatically deal with this rotation issue.

As an example: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/138297 (yes, I know that it is too dark) You can see that things don’t join up quite right….

Philip

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Aug 24, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Public Profiles - missing information

Thank you Gigapan Development Team for working to innovate your website. You have a treasure of images and enthusiastic users to make the most out of.

Upon reviewing the changes since the new tiered membership levels and public profiles came forth, I find a few things I really miss of the old functionality.

No longer is it possible to gauge another users level of engagement by visiting their directory page. It is not possible to see:

Number of Gigapans they have uploaded,
Number of snapshots they have taken,
The snapshots they have taken,
The number of comments they have made
The comments they have made,

It is no longer possible to gauge how active a user is in the community any longer. These were nice features, they are missed.

The information is out there, its in every Gigapan. Someone industrious like Kilgore661 would be able to quickly pull the information out of the database of scraped data from the api, but it should not be required to do this. The information used to be presented, now we get very little.

Please consider bringing these stats back to the profile pages. I did enjoy being able to see the snapshots and comments a user makes without exhaustively searching every Gigapan.

Also, the profile pages have a ‘Featured Images’ section which is feature lacking. With the option to display a number of featured images in a slider on our public profile, the selection of which images to ‘feature’ can only be made from the last 10 images uploaded by a user. One can click ‘edit page’ in their profile page, and then click on the choice given of the last 10 uploaded Gigapans if one would like it displayed as ‘featured’ or not. But it is not possible to select any Gigapans that are not in the group of the last 10 uploads. Who is to say that my last 10 were my best (because the were not in my case)…

On a side note, links we supply in our public profile page should be search engine index-able. Gigapan currently insists upon adding the dreaded search engine value killing ‘nofollow’ tag to all http: addresses anyone adds to any contributions to the Gigapan website. Such as on my public profile page, where Gigapan asks for my personal website address, it publicly displays this link as thus: < a target=“_blank” rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.3d-360.com”>www.3d-360.com< /a> This rel=“nofollow” tag tells the search engine not to follow the link or give it any relevance or assign it any value from this link relationship. This is unfair of Gigapan systems. When users create a profile and post content, they are creating search engine index-able content that gives Gigapan its value. I personally feel very strongly that the owner of the content (the image posted, the public profile posted) should be able to push out at least one link per post that does not have the dreaded ‘nofollow’ tag added to it by Gigapan. This is a search engine optimization issue where Gigapan Systems is keeping all the good search engine pagerank ‘juju’ to themselves, but they are not the creators of the content (they just created the skeleton structure and the hosting apparatus). Their skeleton structure and hosting apparatus would be very rather dull and uninteresting if it was not for the content creators, so why the insistence of using the ‘nofollow’ tag??? I can understand using it when one user posts comments or snapshots onto another users image – as they are not the major content creator (although a comment is a minor content creation). If a user wishes to create their own website to market or feature their image or other related works, they should be able to link to it without having the dreaded ‘nofollow’ tag added onto the url they provide in their public profile or on the Gigapans images page. This ‘nofollow’ tag keeps the search engines from assigning any value of the link relationship. This is stingey and unfair as it is the content creator of the image that is wishing to create a web link and they can only create a link of no search engine index-able ‘value’. Limiting links without ‘nofollow’ tags added to just content that contributors contribute to should limit or eleminate any spam in the system.

I would love to see these changes considered.

lucyunsworth lucyunsworth
Posted: Aug 23, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Does the amount of zoom determine # of photos

Hi Andrea,
Thank you. After I posted I thought perhaps that question made no sense. I understand exactly what you are saying. I guess my thinking then when I go out to Monument Valley is to work with 100mm for shorter camera to subject distance and 200mm for the a slightly longer distance to take advantage of resolution.

I have the Nikon D800E which already has a monster resolution…. raw;Tiff or a shorter zoom?

Thanks so much for helping me out! I love the Panos and HDR. Really cool. I am in a very different business line… funny business. I prefer the world of nature and wildlife.

www.lucyunsworth.com

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Aug 23, 2013

Topic: Embedding / Full screen option

Hello Mosley, there is a full screen option for your embeds; you would need to use the Embed Wizard. Here is how you access it:

Log into your account and go to your Portfolio. Find the Gigapan you wish to embed and select it by clicking on it. Make sure the Gigapan is marked as “public”, as private Gigapans cannot be embedded. Underneath the panorama description, you will see a list of options: Order Print, Embed, Geolocate, Edit, Delete. Select the “Embed” button to go into the Embed Wizard.

The current Embed Wizard allows the following options:

-Hide navigation controls?
-Display panorama’s title?
-Include fullscreen?
-Include selected snapshots?
-Enter snapshot id numbers with a comma between each
-Click the snapshot to add it to the embed
-Include snapshot captions?
-Viewer width
-Viewer height

Let me know if you need further assistance.

-Alicia

Andrea Biffi Andrea Biffi
Posted: Aug 23, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Does the amount of zoom determine # of photos

Hi, usually # of photos is determined by lens zoom level and by the total angle of view. So if you want to use 200mm instead of 100mm, you’ll need to take more photos to capture the same angle, but you’ll obtain a better detail.
The longer is the lens the higher the resolution will be…

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Aug 22, 2013

Topic: Memberships / Updates to Memberships

Here we go…

http://gigapan.com/signup

BeckyLeung BeckyLeung
Posted: Aug 22, 2013

Topic: Memberships / New Changes to Gigapan Membership

Gigapan has made changes to its membership structure to create an accessible way for all types of Gigapan users to reap the rewards of networking opportunities, grow their businesses, participate in monetization opportunities, expand their audiences and continue to discover remarkable HD imagery from every corner of the globe and discipline.

Why change it? As Gigapan grows and expands its reach, we feel that as a member, you deserved better functionality and added opportunities to grow with us. To add certain features and create a cohesive network, we created a tiered set of membership levels that would allow everyone from enthusiasts to professionals, to take advantage of our offerings, while allowing Gigapan to deliver great features at a lower or no cost.

For more information about new membership features and details, please visit the Gigapan blog: http://gigapan.blogspot.com/2013/08/gigapan-lau… or the Gigapan Membership FAQ: http://gigapan.com/cms/frequently-asked-questio…

Thank you,

The Gigapan Team

andrascik1978 andrascik1978
Posted: Aug 21, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / download my panoramas

Why can not I download my panoramatic image from the server gigapan.com back into my computer I thought that it there will be backed up? but saw no reciprocation downloading to my computer

lucyunsworth lucyunsworth
Posted: Aug 21, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Does the amount of zoom determine # of photos

New to gigapan but excited to get started! Are the number of photos the camera takes determined by the zoom level – pano parameters remain the same. Will I take more shots say zoomed at 200 mm and less shots with 100mm lens. I am not sure my premise for the question is right. I would also ask which length would be best for landscapes and waterfalls,
So many questions so I appreciate your responses
Lucy

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Aug 21, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / what lens would you choose?

Mike Franz pointed out in a recent GigaPan webinar that compact cameras have greater depth of field, at the same given aperture. It’s an optical side-effect of smaller sensor size, apparently. That´s why I’m thinking about buying a top-end compact system camera that takes a 300mm lens: their resolution is getting better all the time, there is also the DOF advantages, and smaller is handier IMHO. In gigapanography, unlike regular photography, less bokeh and more megapixels is usually desirable.
With regards to maximising DOF, I have found that in some instances, where the foreground comes in closer in a fairly uniform way, you can program the gigapan to shoot in rows, and re-focus each new row.
Depending on the lighting situation and camera at hand, you can also up the ISO on many modern DSLRs with little rise in noise, then close the aperture to increase your DOF. Not ideal in every scenario, but sometimes it works for me and my Pentax DSLR and 300mm Tamron.
Mirror lenses usually have a fixed f8, and their DOF is notoriously shallow. But some landscape gigapans have been successfully made with these lenses (example here http://gigapan.com/gigapans/3885 )
Ideally, for gigapanning, I would like to try a 300mm prime optimised to a fixed f11 or smaller. I don’t believe such a lens is easy to find. And as Kilgore said above, it would not be used very often.

BeckyLeung BeckyLeung
Posted: Aug 21, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Printing revenue sharing yet?

Hi Nathan,

We are launching print revenue sharing this week and we will be sending an internal message to all our members as well as a detailed blog post. Stay tuned! Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,

Becky Leung
becky@gigapan.com

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Aug 21, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / what lens would you choose?

You’re right to worry about the depth of field of a 300mm lens. All you can do is shoot scenes where everything is long way from the camera or accept that some of the scene will be out of focus. Some scenes may lend themselves to an approach based on focus-stacking (e.g. http://gigapan.com/gigapans/120810 was shot using a 200mm prime on a 7D from 1.5 metres away) but if you want my opinion: that way lies madness :-) If you can afford it, I would go for a 300mm prime but accept that the number of times you will be able to use it will be low.

jacaboo jacaboo
Posted: Aug 20, 2013

Topic: Photo Editors / Need to annotate gigapans

I have checked that.it works but the facilities are not complete enough .Once I used Adobe Acrobat. but it becomes more and more expensive for public users who haven;t got many images to process. here I would like to share with you the tool Im using now ,it is denefinitly easier to handle than Adobe Pro.This image annotator will enable you to mark up, highlight and underline image content by adding and drawing annotation with just a few clicks.If you donnot have a good choice.You can download the free trail package and have a try.
http://www.rasteredge.com/how-to/vb-net-imaging…

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Posted: Aug 20, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Printing revenue sharing yet?

It’s now August and there was a few messages floating around that maybe around Spring of this year there might have been a revenue sharing program for prints you made available. Has the revenue sharing been implemented? I haven’t seen anything saying it has been.

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Posted: Aug 20, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / what lens would you choose?

If you are okay with using primes I’d take a dedicated 300mm lens any day over a zoom. With a zoom lens image quality will certainly be less sharp than a dedicated 300mm. In fact it’ll most likely be a huge difference. Weight will be far less so it’s easier to bring along and most of all, vignetting will be held to an absolute minimum so you don’t need to do anything in post processing.

If you do get a zoom, turn off your VR and stop your lens down 2 stops from maximum. You’ll be happy you did.

Good luck!

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Aug 20, 2013

Topic: Stitch / Lost my License Key

Hello Paul,

I retrieved your software license keys and emailed them to you. Any further assistance needed, please reply to the email. Thanks!

-Alicia

niklask niklask
Posted: Aug 18, 2013

Topic: Stitch / Export in mercator projection

Hi

I am missing something cruical as I cannot seem to get an export of an image in mercator projection, even if I check that option. The images are just identical.
Anybody had similar experiences? I am using GigaPan Stitch version 2.2.0374 (Macintosh)

The case is the same also with an uploaded gigapan, and just as the documentation says, the gigapan stitch preview looks fine as mercator.

Paul Subelack Paul Subelack
Posted: Aug 17, 2013

Topic: Stitch / Lost my License Key

I lost my License Key for the GigaPan Stitch Software.
How can I retrieve it?

I have a new laptop and want to install the software on it.

Thank you for your time.
Best regards
Paul GJ

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Posted: Aug 16, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / New Seadragon-based JavaScript/AJAX Viewer

Jenny, fyi – the codes used in some of the examples you listed were actually copied or extracted from the GigaPan website (especially with the previous Flash viewer) yet they weren’t asked to be removed. On the other hand, I can cite another example where a code was built from scratch and 100% original but GigaPan would still not allow use of its APIs and asked for its removal. I think there is a double standard here.

Kilgore, it all remains to be seen, ie if GigaPan delivers on their vision.

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Posted: Aug 16, 2013

Topic: Gigapan Brand / Gigapan Rebrand : Mission, Values and Mantra

The hiring of new staff, management and CEO is the primary reason to turn the company around and to make what started as a hobby by the owner into a profitable business. I agree with Kilgore that there is nothing wrong to say “we want to make money” because at the end of the day, that is GigaPan’s objective. At least be clear, upfront and honest about it.

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Posted: Aug 16, 2013

Topic: Embedding / Embedding Sample Code -- fullscreen, snapshots, large views

mhuneault, the error is because the GigaPan with ID = 137509 does not exist.

mhuneault mhuneault
Posted: Aug 16, 2013

Topic: Embedding / Embedding Sample Code -- fullscreen, snapshots, large views

Hi Joe,

Been trying to use you code. Once all installed on my server (with PHP 5.4), I always get :

Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /homepages/35/d250989200/htdocs/gigapan.large.php on line 31

Warning: file_get_contents(http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/137509.json) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /homepages/35/d250989200/htdocs/gigapan.large.php on line 31

Fatal error: invalid gigapan id = 137509 in /homepages/35/d250989200/htdocs/gigapan.large.php on line 34

any idea how to solve this?

Thanks

Michel

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Aug 16, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / New Seadragon-based JavaScript/AJAX Viewer

@Ronnie. I also miss the days when Gigapan was an academic enterprise. And I positively revile the days when GS was taken over by – imo – a bunch of marketing air-heads with no clue what they had. I have often considered deleting my entire account in protest and exasperation. However, I believe that the (all-)new management team we have now are infinitely better than the shower we had before. In particular, I think GS’s mission statement is their attempt to tell us how they feel about what they have and to demonstrate that they share many of the values of the original academic project. Mission statements usually make me cringe with embarassment but I was pleasantly suprised by what I read. I will say that I find the absence of a commitment to high standards of software engineering is alarming (especially in view of fairly constant stream of bugs I find and report) and we can only wait with interest to see if they deliver on their vision, but I have to say that I have had a lot of contact with GS recently and it is my experience that they mean what they say.