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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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Bramvh Bramvh
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / WANTED: Canon E3 for Pro cable

Hi everyone,

I am desperately looking for this cable (for canon 600d) as I am leaving for Corsica this saturday and the order I placed has a delay of 15days! I need this for my masters thesis field research which is completely endangered without this cable.

Are any of you living in Belgium, South-Netherlands or Nord-France that want to help me out and perhaps rent me this cable? I am from Ghent, Belgium and willing to drive up to 100km for this cable as it is extremely hard to find. I will be gone from 20 to 30okt.

Please help me people I am desperate :(

Many thanks in advance

Michael  Firstlight Michael Firstl...
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How many images?

Jason,

Thanks for the pointers. I do have Perfect Resize 7 Pro – one a single image it didn’t do too much better than CS6, but somewhat. I think with a single row and perfect resize I might get some very usable results. I’ll shoot, stitch both ways. I didn’t consider the water issue for stitching problems- good point!

Thanks!

Mike

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How many images?

Hi Mike,

To print 10x 30 feet at 180 dpi and shoot with D800 in landscape format with 35% overlap will require shooting 8 rows by 16 columns. The lenses are sharpest a couple stops from wide open (f4), don’t go beyond f10 or diffraction with be an issue.

Having water in your shot will complicate matters on a fine-art level as the ripples do not stitch well and the wind will change the surface appearance significantly between each column. As water has vey little fine detail interest, you might consider also shooting the scene with a wider lens setting for one row tall, stitching this row, upsizing it to match the high rez file, and blending it in as a layer to the high Rez version to have no weird artifacts. See perfect resize by onone software http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/perfect-r…. You could import the image as a layer in photoshop, position it well, and blend the water in from the single row image ( which you could probably shoot fast enough to not get the changing water texture). Here is a tutorial on post processing with the layers http://www.ptgui.com/examples/postprocessing/1….

Good luck, share when completed!

Jason

Michael  Firstlight Michael Firstl...
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How many images?

Thanks Jason,

The client is a professional graphic design firm who is farming it out, so I don’t know the printing details, but I checked on my own with one printing hose that prints on wallpaper and another that does have 10" wide printing. I was told they cold make due with 150ppi. I am afraid this is an indoor mural in a visitor center, not an outdoor billboard, so I expect the viewing distance to be tens of feet. Given that, I think I can get very good print quality if I can aim for at least 180ppi. I’l be shooting a 70-200mm 2.8 Nikkor VR1 at 100 and then 200mm respectively – likely around f8 and VR off for optional sharpness – so that alone will generate more images (it will fall pano lake scenes and a dam scene as well) – will have sky and water invloved so I expect I will be using manual focus. So whe I set the upper left and lower right points it will tell me how many frames based on that zoom level, but forgot how to compute how many frames I should go for overall to get 180ppi at 10×30 feet. I’ll be taking a crack at this afternoon :-) I was actually thinking of upping the overlap to 35% and I am thinking about 72-125 frames overall at 36MPs each (I have a very powerful workstation with tons or RAM and storage – it should work).

Regards,
Mike

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How many images?

Hi Mike,

Having shot some panos with the D800, I was very impressed with it indeed.

To stitch images properly, one needs about 30% overlap, so for a 1 gigapixel image, you will need significantly more than just 36 frames. Probably about twice as many as you need multiple rows and columns, all with overlap.

To print 10 feet tall at 240 dpi would be quite the printer, how far away will your viewers be, maybe such high resolution is overkill unless your viewers will have some opportunity to get close and examine fine image detail. Anyways, you are requesting 2880 pixels per foot, so you need an image 28,800 pixels tall and 86,400 pixels wide, about 2.3 gigapixels (width x height / 1024 / 1024 / 1024)

What type of printer will you use, and what type of surface (billboard vinyl ?)

Good luck with the project, I would be happy to shoot it for you;). See http://tiny.cc/ipan for my Gigapans

Michael  Firstlight Michael Firstl...
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How many images?

OK, so if I want to generate a single image from a composite of multiple images, how many 36MP (D800) frames would I need to print 240ppi at 10 foot by 30 foot final print size? Also, if I understand correctly, a gigapixel equals 1000 megapixels, so I calculate it would take roughly 37 36MP images to generate a 1GP image, correct?

Regards,
Mike

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / iPhone 360 DIY bracket

Hi,

I found this interesting project others might find inspiring. http://iphone360.ilyatitov.com/

It’s a motorized pano head for the iPhone. Fun.

Jason

maarten999 maarten999
Posted: Oct 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Looking for a photographer in France

Hi all, is there someone in the South of France (Le Verdon sur Mer) that wants to shoot a 360 picture for me? I will be needing the RAW files only. Money will not be an issue. (I hope I am allowed to post a question like this here)

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Oct 17, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitch software for Mac

Hi Rick,

Stitch Efx trial is bundled with GigaPan Stitch. This won’t affect performance of the Stitch program and the trial mode message will go away either after the 14-day trial period expires or if you decide to purchase Stitch Efx.

rick.spijker rick.spijker
Posted: Oct 17, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitch software for Mac

Something strange going on with the download links, if i choose the link for the MAC version ( Not EFX )
i always get the EFX version ( also the normal version is linked to the EFX version )
please let me know where i can find this version for the mac

thanks

rick

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Oct 16, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher Crashes ....

Jerry,

We sent you a reply with instructions. Yes, there may be a potential bug and the developer wants to try to reproduce the problem you encountered.

mootsrider mootsrider
Posted: Oct 15, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher Crashes ....

Hello Art: I just purchased a EPIC PRO also (Sept 30th) but I’m using a Nikon D300 and just shot my first Gigapan and it was only 4×5 shots as NEF RAW and made corrections to them and converted them to TIFF format. I get an assertion error also when I try to stitch them also but at line 17. Tilestatusset.cpp
Expression:_M_work_level>=0

I’m using Windows XP Home 32 bit only.

Have you been able to resolve your error?

I have contacted support but have not got a resolution to my problem yet. I’m able to stitch JPG files with no problems. Jerry Downing

lizlastra lizlastra
Posted: Oct 15, 2012

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

Thank you Joe, you were exactly right, now all the images are perfect!!!!!

You’re the greatest!
Mary

Joseph Saracino Joseph Saracino
Posted: Oct 15, 2012

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

Looking at the IDs, I think the issue may be that the problematic gigapans are marked as “private”. You’ll need to make sure the “Is Private” checkbox is un-checked when editing the gigapan. A new, shorter ID will be generated.

— Joe

lizlastra lizlastra
Posted: Oct 14, 2012

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

Joe, I created the webpage “lastra.net” for my daughter’s photography of Spanish Romanesque sculpture.

I just wanted to let you know that your code made all the difference in the world in how effective the webpage is. It was so easy to use, just like magic.

However, I had a couple of issues. Two of her images did not work. I don’t know what was different about them. The id numbers for them were very long. Unfortunately, I don’t understand how the gigapans are constructed, so I wasn’t able to follow your code too well except for the parts where you parse the description. If you have any suggestions for how I can debug this, let me know. The id’s for the gigapans that didn’t work are:

b66ab511ffdbc1b6d7b3029276c96bbe

and

684e2b826339e5b9010d2034d2fb7488

When the program tries to display the image, the description stuff looks right, but the image itself is black, and a little message is displayed that says “8 images to load”.

Please don’t feel like I am trying to get you to work on these, I’m just hoping you have some idea of how I could work on them.

Thanks,
and thanks again for the program.
Mary

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Oct 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Plug spec for elect. shutter release

It works perfectly – I was using it today as a matter of fact.

I forgot to update this thread, but I posted an annotated schematic with Mouser electronics part numbers over here: http://www.gigapan.com/forums/7/topics/72

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 10, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / GigaPan remote signal

I guess I’m the only one replying on this topic.

I put the VOM on the Canon remote cord while the GigaPan was running and this is what I got:
The center ring on the Canon plug is not used. The tip is +3.5 volts and 4.4 ohms at rest, dropping briefly to +2.5 volts and about 5.6-6.0 ohms when it triggers the camera. The pulse is brief enough it’s hard to tell whether the VOM needle is overshooting on ohms by its momentum or not.

It appears the ’Pan is sending a shoot signal and the camera interprets it as focus-and-shoot.

The white wire goes to the ring at the base of the Canon plug. The red wire goes to the tip.

The female jack that fits in the GigaPan is 7mm wide, 2mm tall and 15mm deep. It has a 1×1mm bump on the underside. The left and right holes are ~5mm apart.

Dave Whitney Dave Whitney
Posted: Oct 10, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Pentax K-5 or K10D and Autofocus

OK more puzzlement, sorry to beat this to death

Used my DYO remote, can focus, use shutter fine
Plugged remote into my Epic Pro, DYI remote no longer functions at all!

The external trigger can be accessed with a standard 3-pole 2.5 mm jack plug. Appropriate ‘official’ remote controller with this plug is called RS-60 E3. The same pinout is used by all Pentax cameras

PinPin |Pin |Description
Number |Name |Position
3 |GND |Base |Ground
2 |FOCUS |Center |short to pin 3 to focus Canon/Pentax camera
1 |SHUTTER |Tip |short to pin 3 to trigger shutter Canon/Pentax camera

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan Surfing Tools

Pretty sweet Kilgore!

rjharbin rjharbin
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan Setup and Questions

I am very new here and actually don’t have the Gigapan in my hands yet. I’m deployed now in the Middle East, but in December I will be going on a trip and have some perfect settings to use a Gigapan. But I won’t get in practice beforehand, so I need some help on setup. I have a Canon 5DII and Canon 7D. 70mm-200mm f2.8 lense.

The main place I want to shoot is a mountain in Romania. At the chalet is a perfect setup and I believe a good place to set the tripod and get it going.

What are some things I need to think about?

Is there a step by step for dummies?

Cold Issues?

Time frame for shooting a panorama?

Setting for HDR?

Will I have issues with the white snow and the camera making everything to dark?

Would it be best to set to manual focus and infinity since it will be a mountain side?

Do you set the exposure and all settings to manual or what mode?

Thank you very much and I’m very excited to be in this new realm of photography for myself.
Rob

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Upload / Unable to upload

The minimum size for uploads is 50 megapixels, that’s why you’re getting that message. You’ll see the third sentence in the message tells you how many megapixels your image is. Try uploading a larger panorama or up-sample this image. If you continue to experience problems, please contact Tech Support at http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/contact-support

Cerberus-CH Cerberus-CH
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gaps between vertical rows

I don’t have any overlapping between the vertical rows.
If I shoot a panorama with 4 vertical rows and 15 horizontal pictures.
I get nice vertical panoramas ( the 4 pictures are overlapping, as they should) but between the 15 horizontal pictures there is allways a gap.

BTW: I used autopano giga for the stitching.

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / GigaPan remote signal

Contrary to what’s been posted on the forum, the Epic 100 remote cord does not appear to be a standard HiTec servo connector: http://www.servocity.com/html/connector_types.html

This is what it has: http://tnphoto.com/giga/GigaPlug.gif
Note the fin on the bottom, which presumably prevents it from being plugged in backwards.

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Plug spec for elect. shutter release

How did your Panasonic cable work out, Mosley?

Pol F. Gillard Pol F. Gillard
Posted: Oct 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Strange stitching result...

Thank you to the customers service, I’ll be patient and wait until you find out what happened in my submitted example.
Pol