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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
Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Aug 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

Hi Ryan,

You still looking for gigapans to print. I think this one would look awesome printed huge:
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/104747

Ryan Santoro Ryan Santoro
Posted: Aug 1, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

Sorry about that. The cloud.starrimageproducts.com is the web version of my ftp site. If you want to use an FTP program use this info…

Server: ftp.starrimageproducts.com
Username: gigapan
Password: 8aGAZUTO9

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Jul 31, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

Ryan,

I tried to connect but the PW failed:

Command: USER gigapan
Response: 331 User gigapan OK. Password required
Command: PASS *******
Response: 530 Login authentication failed
Error: Critical error
Error: Could not connect to server

Dave

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jul 30, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / 500 Internal Server Error from GigaPan thumbnail link

Dan and David, thanks for the heads up. I think that the fix is already in testing, but I’ll double check.
=angelko

Ryan Santoro Ryan Santoro
Posted: Jul 30, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

I currently have some photo realistic paper that is 54" wide that I will be using. You can set it up anyway you would like. I use photoshop and illustrator for all the fine art we prints now. I can work with just about any file format you want to use. I have my ftp site that you can upload the image to whenever you have it ready. Thanks!

FTP Info:
Site name: cloud.starrimageproducts.com
Username: gigapan
Password: gigapan

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 29, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / a couple of minor idiot proofing mods for the Epic 100 camera rail

I recently purchased an Epic 100 after using the original Epic for over 2 years. I love the new imager, but have found a couple of areas that make it relatively easy to trip myself up in the field. I often fit the camera by feel, and am not used to the three thumb screws (two to adjust the rail + 1 tripod screw) on the bottom of the adjustable stage. Once or twice, I’ve grabbed the wrong one when in a hurry and have mounted the camera crooked as a result.

I’ve come up with two easy mods that don’t void the warranty and should keep me from making the same mistake again.

First, after fitting the camera to the stage carefully (much easier to do with the stage detached from the imager, by the way), I measured the gap between the two plates, and cut a piece of mat board to fit. I then loosened the sliding plate a bit, inserted the mat board and tightened it down. Voila – no more crooked mounting. The back of the stage will stay parallel to the front. This would also be very handy for using multiple cameras on one imager. A mat board would be cut for each camera and would greatly speed up the adjustment of the stage.

http://thehardyfamily.net/filechute/EpicMod1.JPG

The second mod I made was to make the stage adjustment screws feel different from the tripod screw. I simply cut pieces of 1/2" heatshrink tubing, slid them over the knobs and shrunk them in place. Now I know immediately if I have the tripod screw in my fingers or not, entirely by feel.

http://thehardyfamily.net/filechute/EpicMod2.JPG

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Jul 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

I have a couple that you might like to print. http://gigapan.com/gigapans/49865 or http://gigapan.com/gigapans/98724 or http://gigapan.com/gigapans/17195

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

I’m game. How big a GigaPan do you want to try to print? Give me an idea in pixel dimensions and I’ll work with you to select an appropriate sample from my repertoire – http://www.gigapan.com/galleries/134/gigapans

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 28, 2012

Topic: Stitch / How does the sky stitch together?

To address your questions:

1) The GigaPan Stitch software doesn’t need control points to deal with the sky – this is one of the advantages of shooting with a GigaPan in a regular grid. There are other situations it doesn’t handle quite as well as other stitching programs, but for the most part they can be cleaned up in Photoshop (or similar) without too much pain when they occur.

2) The Epic100 shoots about 17 frames/minute at its default setting, which means I can shoot a 1000 input image GigaPan in about an hour. Unless you’re shooting at sunrise/sunset or in changing weather or you’re trying for a ginormous shot, the time to capture is not usually a big issue. I’m pretty sure all of the GigaPan units allow you to adjust the time between images in the setup stage, so if conditions require it you can adjust accordingly. Stitching will take a similar amount of time to shooting, depending on the specs of your computer. Often, depending on connection speed, I find that uploading is actually the rate limiting step.

Hope that helps.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Geolocation Problem

West longitudes and South latitudes are just entered as negative numbers. For example, my current location in Hays, Kansas is 38.876834, -99.334227. Make sure not to leave a space between the negative sign and the number.

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Jul 27, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / 500 Internal Server Error from GigaPan thumbnail link

I see the same error in my gallery.

Dan Sherman Dan Sherman
Posted: Jul 27, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / 500 Internal Server Error from GigaPan thumbnail link

In the last several days, I have frequently been getting a page that says: 500 Internal Server Error “We’re sorry, but something went wrong.” Usually reloading the page fixes the problem.

This seems to happen frequently when clicking on the thumbnails of individual GigaPans within a gallery.

For example, go to this gallery page:
http://gigapan.com/galleries/9176/gigapans

Click on the thumbnail image for one of the GigaPans. (Clicking on the GigaPan name link doesn’t usually give me a problem.)

Usually this gives me the 500 Internal Server Error page. If I reload the page, then the GigaPan loads.

I experience this same problem using Safari and Chrome on a Mac (OS X Lion – I have not upgraded to Mountain Lion yet).

Is posting on this forum the appropriate way to get this problem fixed, or is there a different way of contacting website support that is preferred?

Ryan Santoro Ryan Santoro
Posted: Jul 27, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

How is everyone? I am new to GigaPan and am amazed at the number of amazing photo’s people have. I own a large format graphics company and would like to work with someone on one of their photo’s.

I have never tried to print a GigaPan photo and would like to offer a free print to someone who will let me use their photo as a test. I will send you a copy of the print for letting me try it out for free. No shipping no charge for the print no service fee.

If there are any people interested in this please let me know.

Thanks everyone!

Eddie S Eddie S
Posted: Jul 26, 2012

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

Thank you Joseph, works like a charm.

kasenyee kasenyee
Posted: Jul 26, 2012

Topic: Stitch / How does the sky stitch together?

Hey guys
New member here with a couple of questions.
I’ve been shooting Panoramas manually for some time now and have been thinking about getting into an automated system 2 concerns/questions

1: how does the sky get stitched?
I’ve had some problems with this in my panoramas when there’s not enough control points.

2: I’ve heard of some people’s shoots taking hours, sometime 8-12 hours for a single image. How does the change in sun direction/quality/strength not affect the final image and the final stitch?

thanks so much for your help
Alex

Terry Straehley Terry Straehley
Posted: Jul 26, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Geolocation Problem

I have just joined and uploaded two panoramas. Viewing them in Lightroom, they appear to have GPS coordinates embedded, but they may just be in the catalog. So I am trying to locate them manually. One which was taken in Bhutan (E Longitude) worked fine, but the other taken at W Longitude, I don’t know how to enter. The form has an E after it, so I just entered – D.XXXX, but it wouldn’t take a minus number. How are these locations (W and S) entered and will the input normally pick up embedded location?

jessegittens jessegittens
Posted: Jul 26, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / HDR Workflow

Oh thanks for the tips. I Will try the lens correction and upload images with your tips added to my work flow as soon as my Epic pro gets fixed.

On another note: I took it out today to get my 2 HDR session and low and behold my pan motor wont pan. I have only had my gigapan for about 3 months now and this is the second issue i have had with it. I am not very happy with it right now especially for the $1000 price tag.

Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Posted: Jul 25, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Measuring Tools/Software

It is possible to derive the actual dimension of an object in a photograph (including gigapans) if three other dimensions are known:
1) the distance between the object and the camera
2) the focal length of the lens
3) the dimension of the image of the object projected onto the camera’s sensor.

Number 1 generally has to be measured in the field, but could be derived from the image if the dimension of another object at that distance is known.

Number 2 is often in the Stitcher notes.

Number 3 can be determined from the dimension of the object in pixels if the dimensions of the sensor (in pixels and mm) are known, and the photo is still in its native resolution.

The most relevant part of the video Ron linked to is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQtVZfx9lc&feat…

Joseph Saracino Joseph Saracino
Posted: Jul 25, 2012

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

The quick steps would be:
1. Download the files from the github repository (https://github.com/barneyzang/gigapan-embedlarge, click on the zip-file link).
2. Copy the decompressed files to an accessible location on your web server (minus the README).
3. Link to (or directly address) the gigapan.large.php file with a passed-in parameter corresponding to the gigapan id you’d like to display.
— for example: “”http://yourhost.com/“>http://yourhost.com//gigapan.large.php?id=XXXX” (where XXXX is the id of the gigapn you’d like to display.

This code assumes you have access to a web server with the latest version of php installed (though I’m not aware of any functions that have special version requirements).

Note that the latest version includes a few changes to the way snapshots are displayed along the bottom.

— Joe

Flycam  Sonora Flycam Sonora
Posted: Jul 25, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Panogear or Epic Pro

Hi, im newbie in motorized systems… i was looking info about which equipment is better but i can’t find any comparission between those (panogear & epico pro)
I want your opinion, which equipment its better and why….. the only advantage i know from panogear is the panorama’s XML file export

Also im wondering why more people use epic pro over panogear….

Thanks

Michal Kowalski Michal Kowalski
Posted: Jul 25, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dark and light lines

I thing that it does me in the “bad” weather without far view. http://gigapan.com/gigapans/108491
Same lens, same camera, but with F/8. Previus images were with the minimal F/5,6.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 25, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dark and light lines

Very likely lens vignette. This can be corrected using batch lens correction in Photoshop prior to stitching. I believe that it can be corrected in AutoPano Giga as well, but both rely on the particular lens/focal length/camera combination having a profile in the Adobe Lens Profile database.

Michal Kowalski Michal Kowalski
Posted: Jul 25, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dark and light lines

I’ve got some interesting problem. I did these panoramas:
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/110263
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/110382
There are many dark “lines” and I don’t know why. In my panorama I saw it the first time. I haven’t got Gigapan Epic, so I have to use Autpano and normal tripod. Thanx Michal

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jul 24, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

And thank you for your own patience Peter. Gigapan game feature is slated for a redesign. None the less, there should be some sort of messaging to inform you how using the existing feature would affect your snapshots.

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

Hi Angelko,

Thank you very much for your kind assistance.
That’s something to be carefully about checking with my future Gigapans