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Welcome to the GigaPan Forum!

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.

Recent Posts
Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 19, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Hi all,

Thanks for the information. I will re-level the Gigapan and try again.

In regards tot he Nodal Point. I have been reading about this. Can somebody give me idiot-prove (that would be for me) advise regarding how to setup it up properly? I can’t seem to find the proper information for a 5D MKII + 50mm amount of mm on the Gigapan Epic pro.

Thanks!

Planet Vision Planet Vision
Posted: Sep 19, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / EPIC Pro Camera Mount Vice/Clamp and Foot

Johan,

Does the camera fit between the uprights. If it does, I would position it at that location regardless of whether that is the center of the lens. Gigapan is not showing the accessories on the site right now so I can’t see what you might have for the vice/clamp foot but I believe that style lets you adjust side to side.

If you are shooting gigapans at 400mm you should not see any parallax. Maybe you can test on your current rig to see how bad the offset impacts stitching but at the higher focal lengths you should be ok especially if you don’t have foreground and background together. If you have all the parts and don’t have to buy anything extra, try it at all the focal lengths and see if it works.

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Sep 18, 2012

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

Hi Paul,

Please look for our reply to the tech support case you submitted. Thanks.

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 17, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Problem 360

I have the same problem → https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1585582/Stitchline.png

Any idea why it occurs?

I am using the latest Gigapan Stitch software (2.1.xx)

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 17, 2012

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

I took this indoor panorama with a 50mm lens. I recalibrated the gigapan to make sure the FOV was correct. However I still get a stitch line where the end of the panoramas meet. Please have a look here → https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1585582/Stitchline.png

It also happened to me today during an outside panorama

How can I fix this?

Advise more then welcome.

Paul

Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: Sep 17, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

“Regarding Nodal point: I am not concerned about this at the moment. As long as the stitch errors are minimal I am happy.”

You can ignore the nodal point as long as everything you shoot is far away from the camera.

When indoors you must get it right or you WILL get stitching errors.

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Paul,
I have also found that if the gigapan is slightly off level the effect can be quite bad.

I use Giga Stitch, strangely enough I have found it to be the better of all the options.

Art Pollard Art Pollard
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Remote Trigger ....

I’d like to be able to use the remote trigger to take individual shots of the panorama. Optimally, when the trigger’s switch is shut, I’d like the Gigapan to take pictures like normal. When the switch is open (and the photo/frame is finished) have the Gigapan advance to the next frame (if it isn’t already there) and then pause until the switch is closed again. This way I can make any focus adjustments needed as the shooting progresses.

Is there a way to do this? It seems as if the remote trigger is only good for starting a panorama — not doing a frame by frame shot sequence. I don’t have much use for using a remote trigger to start the panorama but I really would love to see a way that I can control the Gigapan unit on a frame by frame basis.

Is there a way that this could be put into a firmware upgrade? Or, is this already there and I just mis-read the manual somehow? Is there anyone else out there that would like to see this?

Thanks!

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

And from another point → http://gigapan.com/gigapans/114465

Suggestions are welcome!

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Here is the 50mm version with adjusted nodal point.
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/114462

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Hi Phil,

Thank you for this information. I guess the lower the focal distance the more parallax and other lens errors occur? Any way, I just did a 50mm version and it looks already much better indeed.

What do you mean with DOF becomes a huge challenge? High focal lengths means more difficult to get an overall sharp image?

Regarding Nodal point: I am not concerned about this at the moment. As long as the stitch errors are minimal I am happy.

Do you use Giga Stitch or PTGui?

Thanks again for helping out!

Regards,
Paul

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Nodal point.
Check out this topic
http://gigapan.com/forums/1/topics/229

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Hi
I have done numerous indoor shots and have noticed a few stitching errrors, however never that many. The rooms I have shot are typically bathroom before and after shots for renovators.
I would suggest using a bigger lens, the smallest I use is a 80mm (Depth of field becomes a huge challenge).
Another thing to check is the alignment of your camera on the gigapan. There is an article on it some where but I am unable to find it right now.

Hope some of this helps

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 16, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Hi all,

As my Gigapan came with empty batteries I had to charge them. First thing I did in the morning was setting up the Gigapan.

I am very surprised by the way it is setup and how easy it is to operate. However if you look at the result from the first indoor panorama you can notice that there are a lot of stitch errors. Is there a reason for this?

http://gigapan.com/gigapans/114446

Pleasae advise! :)

Regards,
Paul

Paul Emous Paul Emous
Posted: Sep 15, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Complete 360x360 VR tour

Hi all,

I am new here and also just became a proud owner of a Gigapan Epic Pro, so please forgive me I if this question is already answered or of I am posting this is the wrong forum (this one looked the most active.. any way :) )

I need to shoot a complete 360×360˚ Spherical tour of a house (so indoors). I have a Canon 1Ds MkIII (full frame) a Canon 14mm lens and a canon 16-35mm lens. The rooms are big but not huge. I have been really worried about "getting the entire spherical image with the Gigapan.

And until now I still can seem to figure out how I have to do it. Can I somebody help me with it?

Regards,
Paul

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Posted: Sep 14, 2012

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

Charlie,

While you can attach the Gigapan Pro directly to a tripod, some kind of a head makes it MUCH easier to level the unit. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but you really want one.

The mounting plate they mention is for the camera to the gigapan unit. One comes with the gigapan, I believe.

Best, Terry

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Sep 13, 2012

Topic: Low-light Gigapanning / Motion Blur

Ousmane,

Can you please contact tech support at http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/contact-support so that we can follow up with some trouble-shooting questions?

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Sep 13, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

Explore score will most definitively get some development attention. No ETA at this point.

Socialeventshots Socialeventshot...
Posted: Sep 13, 2012

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

Hello there,

I’m very new to the gigapan community and have a quick question.

I hope to purchase the gigapan Pro over the weekend and was wondering how it works in relation to a tripod. On the site it states that I need a mounting plate – does this come with the gigapan?

Can I mount the gigapan pro directly on a tripod, or do i also need a head?

Sorry, these questions are probably very basic for most of you! As the gigapan is so expensive, I’m trying to minimize costs when it comes to tripods/mounting accessories etc.

Thanks very much!
Charlie

james nelson james nelson
Posted: Sep 13, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Is it OK to contact members about marketing images

Hi, I am pondering starting up an stock image library for gigapan and other very large images. I sell images through stock libraries but ones like fotalia refuse to accept images larger than 30mb. I think they are missing a trick and selling large images will become more and more popular. If I start a stock image library would it be OK to contact certain gigapan members about certain images? or would that annoy the forum? 99% of gigapans on this site are not suitable for commercial use but some are.

Ousmane Menta Ousmane Menta
Posted: Sep 12, 2012

Topic: Low-light Gigapanning / Motion Blur

I have a problem with the software of stitch: I’m more to load my pixels, I do not know for what?

Ousmane Menta Ousmane Menta
Posted: Sep 12, 2012

Topic: Low-light Gigapanning / Motion Blur

cool

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Sep 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

I second the comments above!

hophi hophi
Posted: Sep 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

i’d prefer to have the es removed altogether (like 360cities) than seeing mediocre panos getting (manipulated) top 100 scores…

Fritz Hanke Fritz Hanke
Posted: Sep 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

Explore score ?