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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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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

Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Sep 21, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Problem 360

Paul E.: you contacted customer support and got a reply that way. You independently contacted me and got a reply that way, also. You also posted here.

For everyone else:
Paul E. didn’t say, but it appears that the PNG picture he gave a link to came from the viewer inside Stitch. Yes, we currently have a small bug that can cause the seam to be visible where the left and right edges of the image wrap around to make a 360 degree picture. There’s not currently a fix for that within Stitch, but the following might work:
In Stitch, export to TIFF.
In Photoshop (or similar) retouch or crop the left and right edges to clean them up.
Use GigaPan Upload to upload to gigapan.com.
Use web browser to geolocate your gigapan and set field of view to 360 degrees.
Use Google Earth to view.

If you try that, please let everybody know if it works. Thanks.

-Paul, GigaPan Stitch developer

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: Sep 20, 2012

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

I may be able to upgrade my camera soon and I was looking into the 5D Mark III and Nikon D800. Are any of you currently using these bodies, and if so will you describe your experience?

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: Sep 20, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How to create a Desktop Background Snapshot from an existing GigaPan?

The simplest method I can think of is to:
1) Open your gigapan in a photo editor.
2) Create a crop rectangle with the correct ratio (1:1.78 for 1080×1920, 1:3.56 for 1080×3840)
3) Move and re-size (maintain the correct ratio) the crop rectangle to the section you like.
4) Complete the crop
5) Use your program’s image size features to downsize/downsample the cropped image to the final pixel value, width or height, you want. If you maintained the correct ratio, then it will downsize to the correct ratio for your monitor at the reduced pixel size.

You can do this in Photoshop, Gimp (free), Irfanview (free), and many more editors. If you use one of those three I can explain the process step by step.

bkaylor

aschilli aschilli
Posted: Sep 20, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / How to create a Desktop Background Snapshot from an existing GigaPan?

I would like to create a Desktop Background for my computer from an existing GigaPan. Is there any possebility to do that? Best would be like to select a region from any GigaPan, and then choose the resolution, like 1080×1920 or 1080×3840 (for two monitors). I hope, someone can help me, and sorry for my English, I come from Germany. Thanks a lot!

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?