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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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The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: Indoor Gigapanning / Indoor-Dome

The Pro will certainly shoot a 360 and the gigapan site provides a virtual reality view via the Google Earth links.

Here is the interior of a church taken with essentially no natural light that I made the other day. http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/115505

If you want to know more about how I made this then please ask.

kilgore661@gmail.com

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Strange stitching result...

This looks like a bug to me. Gigapan Stitch has a built-in feature that allows you to report weird results. I’m not sure where the feature is because I use other software, but from memory, once the image has stitched there is an option in one of the menus to report bad stitches.

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

I recommend you get the Arca Swiss mounting plate thing. I agree with John about not scrimping on the tripod. I also recommend that you get the heaviest tripod you can cope with because you want your shooting platform to be completely rigid and stable. You can always get a lightweight tripod and then mess around with buckets of rocks or bags of plastic bottles filled with water to hang off the tripod I suppose, but in the end, given all the other things you have to bear in mind when shooting gigapans, worrying about the tripod is the last thing you want.

I use a Manfrotto 55B which is made from cast iron by the feel of it, but even that is not great when you put a Gigapan Pro with 10lb of camera and lens on it because the mounting plate is not designed for so much weight. Hence the Arca Swiss plate.

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Oct 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan Surfing Tools

Hi Everyone,

If you have a lot of gigapans you may find it difficult to surf through them quickly. I’ve written a number of tools to solve this problem which you can find here: http://www.kilgore.org.uk/cgi-bin/surfing/surfe…

I’ve just made a new tool that attempts to solve the problem of making a gallery of nicely laid out pages. This is a bit tricky because gigapans come in different shapes and sizes.

Anyway, the new tool is here: http://661.org.uk/test/ if you want to try it.

Feedback via kilgore661@gmail.com greatly appreciated.

Jim Bilodeau Jim Bilodeau
Posted: Oct 5, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Recover gigapans

My main drive which held my gigapan’s and my backup was recently destroyed in a fire. So my only copies are now on gigapan.com. Is there anyway to download my files?

Thanks

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Oct 4, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Panogear or Epic Pro

The really major difference is that the Gigapan is a self-contained system that only needs a camera attached to it. The Panogear is controlled from either an attached computer or tablet, require extra gear to handle the process.

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Oct 4, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / new camera or not, from 6mp to 24mp

I’m an Olympus shooter, but the D3200 is a very attractive alternative for Gigapan use. The comments regarding lenses is absolutely correct: the importance of glass cannot be understated. Consider getting that camera and putting some legacy glass on it, shooting, say, a Nikkor 200 f4 legacy lens at f8 should take care of any softness or flare from the older glass and give you a decent reach without breaking the bank. I actually have one of these I bought on a whim for $50 and it’s a rather nice performer. I’m sure that a good 300 or longer lens will be more money, but nothing like the $1500 you’d need to spend on a modern lens. Consider this: your gigapan will be taken with fixed focus, so do you really need AF on your gigapan lenses?

Didn’t think so. :-)

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Oct 4, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

Hi -

As someone also working on a budget, I understand your cost concerns, but scrimping on your tripod will generally leave you very frustrated, as your gigapans will suffer considerably!

I use the Manfrotto 028B for my Gigapan Pro work and while it is not small or light, it is extremely robust and sturdy, as well as extending up over 6 feet to get the best perspective when needed. I’m using an old Manfrotto ball head from my medium format days.

You may want to check your local photo shops to see if you can get a used tripod or at least a used ball head for working with the Gigapan Pro. Gitzo is also a very good quality, albeit heavy, alternative, with their older Studex line of tripods. I use one of theirs when I am backpacking and don’t want to carry the 15 pounds of Manfrotto 028b+ball head combo (which doesn’t strap well to a backpack!

For a rule of thumb with the Gigapan Pro, I calculate Gigapan + battery + camera + heaviest lens + battery for the total weight, then would recommend a tripod that is rated for at least 50% more weight to ensure stability in wind.

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Oct 3, 2012

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

Very clean, and love the toggled google map layer!

Neil Pedersen Neil Pedersen
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

This one might be handy too – http://www.johnhpanos.com/epcalib.htm

as well as this one – http://wiki.panotools.org/Entrance_Pupil_Database

Neil Pedersen Neil Pedersen
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

When sizing out tripods and heads, make sure you pick one with a high enough weight capacity. ( Gigapan+camera body+biggest lense you will use )

You can get away with a lighter one, but it isn’t nearly as stable.

Socialeventshots Socialeventshot...
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Auto focus not working with Gigapan pro auto trigger

Hello there,

This is something we figured out and wanted to share in case any other newbies were having the same problem.

After reading through the gigapan manual, we realized that shutter time (in the expert options section) needed to be longer than time per pic. Once we made this adjustment auto focus started to work fine.

Thanks,
Charlie

pdesai2019 pdesai2019
Posted: Oct 2, 2012

Topic: Indoor Gigapanning / Indoor-Dome

Hello,

I like to do 360 pano of a dome. Is this possible? Inside of the dome is made of Italian marble with various designs that are hand carved. It also contains small status in the dome of the same material. The dome was recently sealed so I am dealing with low light situation. The dome starts large at base and small as it goes up so this would be highly challenging.

There are two domes (one larger than the other). I also plan to do external Pano as well but that should be okay to do. I have only shot two pano of near by hills just to get feel of it but I still need lot of practice. I do wish there were more video tutorials.

1. Can I do 360 pano (replicate the dome virtually) using GiganPan Pro that I own? If so, config to use?
2. How do I shoot using Pro? Layer at a time but then how do I should higher part that Pro cannot reach?
3. What type of light should I use knowing that the stone is Italian white marble? LED?

I would like to recreate the dome so that visitors can view the detail hand carving on a computer (ideally via web browser).

While the construction scaffolding are still up I like to do test shoot once I have gathered all the details. Unfortunately, time is a problem since I can only do this on Saturday because of full time job plus I have to ensure that I don’t intefere with the work going on in the dome.

If I can get enough confidence I am hoping to take time off to get it to work.

Any help I greatly appreciate.

Paresh

Joseph Saracino Joseph Saracino
Posted: Sep 30, 2012

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

Hi Everyone —

I’ve made a few more changes to the checked in code on github:
1. Support for a map view that displays an overlay of the FOV.
2. Moved most of the support files under a single directory to make installation less cluttered

Here’s an example:
http://saracino.com/gigapan-embedlarge/gigapan…. .
The map toggle is at the bottom right, under the image details.

— Joe

Socialeventshots Socialeventshot...
Posted: Sep 29, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Auto focus not working with Gigapan pro auto trigger

Hey there guys,

Wondering if anyone has come up against a similar problem to what I’m having at the minute.

When I set both camera and lens to Auto and take a shot manually (i.e. physically pressing down the camera button) it takes a shot no problem. But when I try and take a panorama using gigapan’s auto trigger, if fails to take the shot, despite the fact the shot is focused.

Anyone any ideas on how to fix this?

I’m a totally beginner with gigapan, so I could be overlooking something very simple! Any advice great appreciated!

Thanks,
Charlie

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Sep 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Galileo Iphone Mount

Just for thought:

A kickstarter company is bring this product to market this fall:

http://motrr.com/galileo.html

Its a motorized mount for an iphone, controlled by the iphone. It has pan and tilt for the phone, much like a Gigapan, but nice and small.

They claim it will be good for ‘Real Estate Virtual Reality Tours’, but the way the camera is mounted, the lens does not rotate through its entrance pupil, I do not see how they will not have lots of stitching errors on close up scenes.

They will have a software SDK for developers to create there own apps for the device, but it is not out yet.

Conceivably, one could an an accessory telephoto lens to the camera to create higher resolution panoramas http://www.macnn.com/reviews/iphone-telephoto-l…

Admittedly, the iPhone camera is nothing as nice as a good SLR, but it bright light, its not terrible, and this would make for a much lighter package to carry around than my Epic Pro and DSLR and 300mm lens…

Jason

Kenneth Wong Kenneth Wong
Posted: Sep 27, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Epic Pro Help Required

Did a little search, but couldn’t find the answer. I have 2 challenges that I am seeking some kind help with. But firstly, some background information.

Although I bought my Epic Pro a year ago, I haven’t had the time until a few days ago to play with it. On my Epic Pro, I have the ‘Extended Down Strut’ and replaced the clamp with the Really Right Stuff version. Finally I’m using a Nikon D3.

My first challenge is physical. When in landscape mode (I haven’t tried portrait yet) using a 24-70mm lens, I can tilt up high enough because the rail/clamp knob hits the LCD screen. This problem is also there when I use my 70-200mm or 200-400mm lens, but this time the camera body hits. Seems like the overall ‘height’ of the ‘swing arms’ are not long enough. Anyone else have this challenge?

My second challenge is ‘electronics’. I use ‘mirror lock’ and ‘camera feedback’. When I take single frames per position, this works perfectly. However, when I bracket, it always gives an error on the first trigger of each frame but an OK on the second, so the camera triggers twice as many times as necessary. This in turns puts the camera out of sequence. I havem’t tried mirror lock / camera feedback / bracket / multiple shots at the same time. Anyone experienced this challenge?

Thank you for your help.

Ken

blueruck blueruck
Posted: Sep 27, 2012

Topic: Photo Editors / How do you crop post Stitch?

David, Thanks for the help.

I have an macbook pro for 1TB of disk and 16B of ram, hoepfully I will have enough space when I step up to your level of shots.

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Sep 27, 2012

Topic: Photo Editors / How do you crop post Stitch?

Export from Stitch as Photoshop RAW. TIFF and JPG both have hard limits. Photoshop CS4, 5 or 6 will handle large sizes. I have already done a 5 Gpx export that I had printed. Hope you have some large disk for PS scratch space and lots of RAM. Photoshop exported file sent to be printed was 15GB. Out of the stitcher tool it was 119020 × 42184 pixels and was in Photoshop RAW format. A GigaPan of the finished and mounted print is at http://gigapan.com/gigapans/113711. The original pan is at http://gigapan.com/gigapans/49865. Running an iMac G7 Quad @ 3GHz with 16GB RAM and over 1TB of free disk space for scratch.

Dave

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Sep 25, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEgLgReARxs&feat…

blueruck blueruck
Posted: Sep 24, 2012

Topic: Photo Editors / How do you crop post Stitch?

Up until this week I had been playing around making shots that were less than 500MP and would Stitch, Export as TIFF, import into Lightroom, crop and touch up colors. This past weekend I decided to step it up and make larger pictures that were now larger than 512MP – Lightroom won’t import and I’m seeing people have similar limitations at a higher level with CS5 or CS6.

I have Purchased Aperture before I moved to Lightroom and decided to try this app. The app imports the larger files, but it hangs or crashes while I’m trying to crop or edit.

I have seen some amazing shots on this site and I know they are cropped and edited post stitch.

HOW are you guys / gals editing these large files / high MP pics?

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Sep 24, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Quick question re: Gigapan Pro and Tripods

Yes, you can… but.
Nivelate the tripod will be a hard work. If you dont want the head of the tripod, you can use a nivelator plate like this: Manfrotto 438 3/8 Ball Camera Leveler.
You will have a lot of problems if you try to nivelate the tripod if you dont have this.

Hope this help.

Regards!

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Sep 24, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Paul you have some problems. The first, block the white balance.
Second the configuration of the FOV and the nodal point is for a Nikkor 17-55 2.8 f.
All the lenses are different. If you have the same lens this info will work, but if not, you need to find the nodal point.

Is not complicate. You need to see this video:

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Sep 24, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How do I get rid of this stitch error?

I have the same problem.

Luca Chemello Luca Chemello
Posted: Sep 23, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Any experience with 5DIII or D800?

Try to chem my gigapan using Canon 5dMKII http://gigapan.com/gigapans/107807
or http://gigapan.com/gigapans/113320
and 1dMKIII http://gigapan.com/gigapans/114922