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Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dangerous Olympic competition

Max,

Thank you for alerting us to these strict regulations.

We want to be clear that the images do NOT need to be of the events specifically – as with any competition – our topic is open to creative inspirational interpretation. Entries can be taken anywhere – in any way that focus on the spirit and excitement of the Olympics.

We do not want anyone to jeopardize their equipment – but instead help capture the fun of the Olympic experience.

Eddie S Eddie S
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

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

Hi Joseph,
thank you for taking the time to do this. I don’t have any programing background and at a loss on how to add the code to my web server. is there a 1-2-3 step document on how to implement it on a web server?

Thanks,
Eddie

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dangerous Olympic competition

I brought an epic pro to the 2010 Winter Olympics in laid back Vancouver without success. Was completely banned from using a tripod in any venue. (I did not have a press pass)

With an official Olympic Press Pass, things would be different, but the passes are very difficult to obtain.

I have had great success with sports photography and the Gigapan unit, but having a press pass has been paramount (such as my X games panoramas, the press pass was a requirement.)

Now, the real question for the future, how can we legitimize Gigapan type images so that press passes can be more forthcoming? Maybe Gigapan Systems could sponsor some competitions where the prize is assistance in obtaining official credentials to particular events.

Jason Buchheim

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

Hello Peter,

Your gigapans at questions were marked as “Is Game”. For game gigapans, snapshots are visible only by the gigapan owner, and the person who creates the snapshots.

@Ron, good point on default snapshots.

max_allan max_allan
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dangerous Olympic competition

Hi All,

I just got an email from Gigapansystems about a competition for taking an Olympic Gigapan. I don’t want to rain on their parade too much but this is a really bad idea :

http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-ph…
Firstly : ANY DSLRs are banned at Wembley.

And in the linked article about the general rules for cameras :
“large photographic and broadcast equipment over 30cm in length, including tripods and monopods”
are banned.

In other articles I have read it has said that if you break the rules you may lose your kit :
http://www.itproportal.com/2012/05/09/olympics-…
“You are allowed to take camera phones, compact cameras and DSLRs into Olympic and Paralympic venues, as long as the equipment fits into a bag no bigger than 30 × 20 × 20cm. Anything above this may be confiscated and not necessarily returned to you.”

So, you’ll just about be able to get a Gigapan Epic (100) but at 27*30*15 without camera and lens for a Pro, you’ve got no chance. Even if you were happy to run it sitting on a wall or something instead of a tripod.

Bearing in mind the total fear and paranoia about terrorism at the olympics, I myself won’t be going anywhere near them for fear of being shot by hyped up, armed FBI agents wandering round wanting to shoot the first person who talks with an accent they aren’t familiar with.

I can only imagine what’s going to happen to the first person who whips out what looks like an automated targeting platform and starts pointing it at major bits of Olympic attraction…
Several photographers have already been nobbled by the security people, despite being outside their area of jurisdiction and effectively stealing cameras from law-abiding citizens.

You have been warned!

Max

myklebust myklebust
Posted: Jul 22, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / 7D issues

I had the same problem with my 7d but managed to fix it by adjusting time between shots.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 22, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Cable for Panasonic cameras

Here’s my annotated version of the schematic with mouser.com part numbers for all of the components:

http://thehardyfamily.net/filechute/cable

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 22, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Epic 100 remote port with Nikon DSLRs?

Here’s my annotated version of the schematic with mouser.com part numbers for all of the components:

http://thehardyfamily.net/filechute/cable.png

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 22, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

I Just noticed that the FZ150 has a lens center mark on the bottom of the body. It lines up perfectly with the diamond shaped cutout on the epic 100’s camera rail. I put a bit of while on mine so that it’s easy to see through the hole. It makes aligning the camera MUCH easier.

mskp mskp
Posted: Jul 22, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

Hi, Mosley!
Thanks for your post and taking your time. For sure it is understandable now. Very clear and detailed.
Thanks again.
Martin

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 22, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

Here you go – this is about as clear as I can make it.

http://thehardyfamily.net/filechute/cable.png

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

Hi Ron,

I appreciate the suggestion, thank you very much.
I checked the settings and made the suggested updates not only to the default snapshot but also to the categories, dates etc.

Alas, it has had no effect. The default snapshot appears on the main page, but clicking the default snapshot or the main image itself still takes me to a page which says that “No snapshots have been taken yet”

I also did a test to see if adding a snapshot after the default setting was active made any difference. But unfortunately it did not.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

Peter,

I’m not sure if this’ll address the issue you’re seeing, but there’s a poorly documented change in behavior regarding snapshots since the website was updated. All newer GigaPans have no default snapshot enabled until the owner goes into the GigaPan’s “Edit” page and proactively selects one (directly below the “Description” box). Until this is done, no snapshot is shown with the GigaPan in Gallery views or lists like “Most Recent” or “Most Popular”.

It’s a pain to have to do this by hand for each GigaPan you upload, and it’s a bigger pain that most people are unaware of it and therefore even when you make a snapshot on their GigaPan it doesn’t show up unless you’re looking for it.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

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

I don’t know the algorithm for calculating the Explore Score, but it seems it may have been tweaked (recently?) to increase the decay rate for GigaPans that aren’t seeing a lot of activity. Combined with the decreased traffic on the site overall and inconsistent/slow updating, this has led to a metric that is not particularly meaningful at best, and punitive and discouraging at worst.

I’ve basically ignored the Explore Score metric as being unreliable/unhelpful (and mildly game-able) for quite a while now, but it’s getting to a point where too many other things (Gallery ordering, for example) use it as a proxy for importance/significance, when it is poorly adapted to that purpose.

The proliferation of Explore Score 0 is getting to be a real problem for a site that uses this number as its primary ranking system (total views being generally the secondary ranking criterion). I’d really like to see an open discussion of how this value is calculated and/or private discussions that include the input of regular users/power users.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Free movement when switched off?

Have you tried using “Last Panorama”? It’s basically made for this precise situation – even keeps you aligned with the grid of the original panorama. I usually just move around with the arrows while it’s asking for the starting position and then release the shutter manually. Repeat as necessary. You can’t get the extra columns and rows that Tim requests (I agree this would be a useful feature for future versions of the firmware), but you can reshoot anything within the original grid.

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

Hi
Just one more thing that might be relevant. If you are not logged in and you do a search via view —> Snapshots, the snapshots appear. Clicking on a snapshot then takes you to the gigapan and all the snapshots for that gigapan appear as you would expect.

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Snapshots not working consistently

Hi Angelko,

I can’t see an existing topic for this item, so it may me just me having the problem.
All my older gigapans (Pre site upgrade) still show snapshots in the usual way. These appear to all viewers regardless of the viewer being logged in or not (i.e. non-member viewers)
However the newer gigapans don’t present snapshots to casual viewers. I can see them when I’m logged in, but not when I’m logged out. Specifically gigapans 102528 and 110055 are examples of post upgrade gigapans that don’t show snapshots to non-member viewers.
Is this the new normal behaviours or a bug?

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

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

Hi Angelko,

I’m afraid I’m having similar problems with the explore score. It seems to me that since the site was upgraded I have lost explore scores on all my gigapans. Also the new ones that I have uploaded since the site upgrade are still at zero. Another interesting observation was that Gigapan 102528 got a huge score initially but now it’s back to zero.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Free movement when switched off?

Not totally sure what you are trying to do, but the epic 100 moves left/right on its base pretty easily when it is off, the epic pro does as well. Moving it on the vertical axis (up/down) is hard, you can sort of do it smoothly on the epic 100, definitely not on the Epic Pro. I’m not sure if it hurts the servos to force them around a lot when the epic is off but you definitely are pushing against the servo when you move the camera in the vertical axis even when it is off.
It would be nice if the epic pro had some feature where it was tracking the field of view of your whole panorama and gave you additional options for repeating parts of the image or adding rows or columns if you decided you wanted to shoot a bigger image after you finished the pano, etc, but there’s nothing like that yet. On both Epic and Epic Pro can repeat the last pano and (tediously) move the camera to any position in it if you want to repeat a single image but it’s not that easy to do except for repeating images you just missed, etc.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jul 21, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Manual or Autofocus in crowds?

I’d agree that manual focus might be best (unless the stadium is strangely shaped so the distance to your subject is inconsistent), but if you do go with auto, sometimes in challenging environments it helps to set the the auto-focus point on the camera to just the center square (you know on the DSLR, all those boxes on the screen, choose just set the auto focus to use the center one). This lets the camera just focus on whatever is in the center and not get messed up if there are other things at varying depths. Fails completely some times but in some situations it save the photo.

You also might consider which order of rows and columns you go with for the shot. Like it might work to do “Rows Down” so you can do the sky on manual focus (or auto with the full image for the focal points) and then when you get to the people shift the focal point setting to “center only” as described above and do the people, then maybe switch focal point back to the whole image for the rest of shot. Something like that.

Christian Lapp Christian Lapp
Posted: Jul 20, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Free movement when switched off?

After shooting the panorama I’d like to shoot some extra images from the same position. So I would leave the camera on the epic and move them by hand. Is that possible or does the motor block movement when epic is switched off?

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 20, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / HDR Workflow

I agree with Tom on the workflow. It looks like you may have some lens vignette going on. Try batch processing the source images in Photoshop’s Lens Correction module to remove lens vignette before batch merging them in Photomatix. Photoshop needs the EXIF data to choose the correct lens profile for vignette removal, so I doubt it would work post-photomatix.

mskp mskp
Posted: Jul 20, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

Hi, Mosley!
Thanks for your reply and link. My technical knowledge and understanding is not at the level of some of the information published in the link, therefore I hope you will have the chance to post the list and the corresponding notes.
Thanks again,
Martin

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 20, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Panasonic LUMIX FZ-150 on EPIC 100

You have to make an entirely new cable. Here’s a link to a forum with the schematic.

http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=…

I had to do some additional research to figure out the US eqivalent parts. I sourced them all at Mouser.com, except for the plug into the imager, which can be found at any hobby store that sells R/C planes, boats etc. That sounds odd until you consider that the button pusher uses a standard servo that’s also used in R/C planes.

I’ll post a shopping list and some notes this weekend when I have a few minutes.

Are you bummed that they just announced the FZ200?

Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: Jul 20, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Nikon D90 with 200mm lens – accept parallax?

Depends on the scene.

If you are in a situation where everything is far away (top of a hill for instance)then you should have no problems.

Ditto if everything is the same distance away, but not too close (side of a building).

If you have a fence, bushes or similar in the foreground then you are likely to find two versions of them appearing.

With shots like these, it really comes down to how well your stitching software handles ‘ghosts’.

In extreme cases, it might be necessary to modify individual shots to remove the offending portions, but this can be tricky if they occupy more than one row.