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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.

Recent Posts
Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Aug 27, 2012

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

I agree with Ron. I checked through nearly 200 pages of “most recent” panoramas and all of them since July 23 had an explore score of zero. To my eye some of the panoramas looked very interesting and had clearly taken a lot of effort, and I suspect that some of the creators must be mildly discouraged that their scores haven’t moved off zero.

In keeping with Rons suggestion regarding an open discussion I would certainly like to see the current way the explore score is calculated, and I would also like to understand the time aspects in terms of when it is calculated.

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Aug 27, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / 500 Internal server error

Hi Jason,

Thank you very much

Peter

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: Aug 26, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / 500 Internal server error

Hi,

I have found and reported the same problem. Curiously, if you click on the Title of the Gigapan in a Gallery, instead of the image itself, it works fine.
If you click on the image, it fails to load, with the ‘500’ server error, but if you then copy the address, and paste it into a new window, the address works fine.

Hope they figure it out soon, it’s on their home page this way…

Best

Jason

WebbCMH WebbCMH
Posted: Aug 26, 2012

Topic: Macro Gigapanning / Photographing a wall

I am fairly new to this and I am investigating Focus Stacked Macro Panoramas. From my limited research and looking at the Panoramas shown on this site and elsewhere, the software used to stitch the individual images together should remove most, if not all of the issues associated with key-stoning and curvature.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Aug 25, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / New EPIC 100 FOV Calculation bug?

Wondering if anyone else has seen this. I just upgraded to a new epic 100 after having used an original epic since the end of beta. At the same time. I bought a Panasonic fz150 super zoom to go with it. I shot a skyline Pano a few weeks back and got home to find that the images had 0 overlap. I know – shame on me for not paying attention when it was shooting! Anyway, I just assumed that I messed up somehow when setting the FOV. I came back to the same location today to reshoot, and set up very carefully. The imager once again said that 3.8 degrees was the correct FOV at 600mm. I tested it this time and got 0 overlap again! I dialed in 2.0 degrees and got what looks like 30 -40% overlap. I suspect that this is a bug in the firmware. Anyone else have a similar experience?

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Posted: Aug 24, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Pano to Virtual Reality

Try GPXtag http://www.gpxtag.com. Its not only for social media tagging but also allows labeling and adding descriptive text in different parts of the image for science, education and research. Allows taking of snapshots and sharing them via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Aug 24, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Pano to Virtual Reality

Take a look at KRPano http://www.krpano.com/

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Posted: Aug 24, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Printing Gigapans

Ben,

What you want to do is shoot and stitch the gigapan as suggested. 30% overlap is good. Then, after you have the full thing as a huge file, you can crop it into as many smaller chunks as you want with 0% overlap between them. Use your photo editor to do this. Those chunks you would then print borderless and hang with the clips.

Terry

Peter van North Peter van North
Posted: Aug 24, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / 500 Internal server error

Hi

I’m afraid that something has gone wrong with the gallery function.
The steps I took were:-
a) Create a new Gallery on Aug 23rd
b) Add several gigapans to the new Gallery
c) use the menus option: View —> Galleries —> Most Recent
Please see gallery “British Columbia Landscapes”

Attempting to drill into the gigapans in this gallery results in a server error. The full text of the message is shown below

The drill down function still works via the View —> Gigapans or via search etc. for the gigapans in this gallery


500 Internal server error
We’re sorry, but something went wrong.
We’ve been notified about this issue and we’ll take a look at it shortly. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.
To get you back on track, we suggest one of the following:
Home
View Gigapans
Contact us
Site Map
-——————————————————————————————————————————————————

Best regards
Peter

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

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

Yes is a good idea. But remember you will expend more time in the PP.

Regards

greenlentil greenlentil
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Printing Gigapans

I would like to purchase and use the Epic together with an Panasonic LX3 to generate panoramas for printing to display on walls as art work using these clips:

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/fotoclips/

I’m told that the Epic create a 30% overlap as default but to create an effective printed and clipped wall panorama the overlap needs to be close to 0%.

Does anyone have experience of printing panoramas or have any incling as to whether the Epic can be tuned for this purpose?

Thanks

Ben

Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Better workflow options

If you’re comfortable with command line interfaces and shells such as bash, then it’s possible to do this. In the just-released GigaPan Stitch and Upload Technical Manual,

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WTMsi9GM-Nq…

see the command line interface sections for all the details. Does that meet your needs?

There’s a diagram in that document that discusses workflows.

Cropping is on our short list of features-to-add.

-Paul
GigaPan Stitch Developer

Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Command line arguments for Stitcher

Re command line arguments for Stitch, see the Technical Manual:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WTMsi9GM-Nq…

Re time lapse gigapans, read on:

My colleague Paul Dille (a different Paul) now has software so that you can create your own zoomable time lapse videos for modest-sized image sets. (If you have many thousands of frames then this tool might not be practical – it might require too many days or weeks of computer time – but you could still give it a try on a smaller test).

If you have followup questions, I suggest you contact Paul Dille at the address below.

-Paul Heckbert
GigaPan Stitch Developer

From: Paul Dille <pdille@andrew.cmu.edu>
Date: 2012/08/22 2:00:09 PM EDT
Subject: Time Machine Creator now publicly available

The Time Machine Creator software is now out the door and released to the general public. Feel free to share with your friends and blog about it.

This release is a good 2x faster than the previous one, so creating fairly large time machines should be feasible on normal PCs.

If you have feedback or suggestions, feel free to post on the Time Machine Creator google group, https://sites.google.com/a/gigapan.org/timelaps…

Download information at https://sites.google.com/a/gigapan.org/timelaps…

Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Topic: Upload / GigaPan Stitch and Upload Technical Manual

Today we are releasing a technical manual for the GigaPan Stitch and Upload software.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WTMsi9GM-Nq…

Abstract

This is a technical manual for the GigaPan software products Stitch, Stitch.Efx, and Upload. This document is intended to complement the introductory tutorial at http://gigapan.com/cms/manuals, to help those who are more advanced photographers, or experienced Photoshop users, pushing the limits of what is possible, or encountering trouble. In addition to a fairly complete discussion of the software’s features, some of the operations going on behind the scenes are described. The four chapters of the document are Overview, Stitch, Upload, and History. At the end of the latter chapters you will find troubleshooting sections. Use this table of contents to navigate the document:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview
What do Stitch and Upload do?
What do Stitch and Upload not do?

Stitch
Quadtrees
Stitch Work Flow
Mega / Giga / Tera
Photographic Issues
Computer Issues
License Keys, Trial Period, Versions
Select Images – Basics
Select Images – Image Rearrange (Efx only)
Stitching
Alignment
Projections
Vignette Correction
Blending
Viewer
Stitch Notes
Adjust Colors (Efx only)
Upload in Stitch
Export
Save Projected Images (Efx only)
Stitch’s Command Line Options
Picture File Formats
Huge GigaPans, Performance, and Disk Space
Image Quality
Troubleshooting Stitch

Upload
Network Problems and Proxies
Upload of PSB and PSD Files
Upload of Huge PSB & PSD Files – Advanced
Managing Huge Uploads
Geolocation
Upload’s Command Line Options
Troubleshooting Upload

History
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-Paul
GigaPan Stitch Developer

Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Topic: Stitch / GigaPan Stitch and Upload Technical Manual

Today we are releasing a technical manual for the GigaPan Stitch and Upload software.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WTMsi9GM-Nq…

Abstract

This is a technical manual for the GigaPan software products Stitch, Stitch.Efx, and Upload. This document is intended to complement the introductory tutorial at http://gigapan.com/cms/manuals, to help those who are more advanced photographers, or experienced Photoshop users, pushing the limits of what is possible, or encountering trouble. In addition to a fairly complete discussion of the software’s features, some of the operations going on behind the scenes are described. The four chapters of the document are Overview, Stitch, Upload, and History. At the end of the latter chapters you will find troubleshooting sections.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview
What do Stitch and Upload do?
What do Stitch and Upload not do?

Stitch
Quadtrees
Stitch Work Flow
Mega / Giga / Tera
Photographic Issues
Computer Issues
License Keys, Trial Period, Versions
Select Images – Basics
Select Images – Image Rearrange (Efx only)
Stitching
Alignment
Projections
Vignette Correction
Blending
Viewer
Stitch Notes
Adjust Colors (Efx only)
Upload in Stitch
Export
Save Projected Images (Efx only)
Stitch’s Command Line Options
Picture File Formats
Huge GigaPans, Performance, and Disk Space
Image Quality
Troubleshooting Stitch

Upload
Network Problems and Proxies
Upload of PSB and PSD Files
Upload of Huge PSB & PSD Files – Advanced
Managing Huge Uploads
Geolocation
Upload’s Command Line Options
Troubleshooting Upload

History
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-Paul
GigaPan Stitch Developer

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

Topic: Web Site and Forum / google earth layer - only very old panoramas

Hello Martin,
We are working with Google to expand the number of gigapans available in the GigaPan layer. There is no definite target date as of yet.

Personally, I can hardly wait. There are so many cool new gigapans that would make Google Earth browsing even more exciting.
=angelko

mark test mark test
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

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

I now have the Nikon D3200, it works great. I little more basic then the D70. Next up more Zoom.
This is shot with a nikon at max of 210mm: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/112795

mbiederman mbiederman
Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Continuous Pan/Tilt

I’d be very much interested in this feature as well – Ive achieved similar results as Ian mentions by setting the overlap as high as possible (80% I believe)

but to have a start/end position, number of shots and time between shots would be a very welsom addition and allow for more control and better results/flexibility.

Martin Hrdlicka - www.virtualczech.cz Martin Hrdlicka...
Posted: Aug 22, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / google earth layer - only very old panoramas

Hi,
I asked technical support for answer why my panoramas are not listed in Google earth aplication.

I checked all my panos to be shared on Google Earth.

My friend only find very old panos in their Google Earth aplication and none of mine.
They do not know about gigapan.org and they start Google Earth aplication. There are only few very old panoramas of the other guy in the Czech Republic.

How gigapan.org update the Google earth layer?

BTW – my panoramas from 360cities.net are automatically updated in 360cities layer of Google Earth!

Please respond

Thank you
Martin

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Aug 21, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What I need to buy ?

Hi!
You will need a Gigapan Epic Pro
a good tripod (i use manfrotto)
a good head (i use manfrotto)
a good camera (i use D300s)
a good lens (i use Nikkor 70/200 2.8f VR)
a good TC (i use Nikkor 2X III)
a lot of time to learn (this take me arround 3 months to use perfect all the equipment)

I recomend pelican case to translate the gigapan head or the National Geographic’s backpack.

Regards!

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Topic: Stitch / RELEASE OF STITCH VERSION 2.1

Luca,

Very nice gear. However, in looking at your progress screen shot, there appear to be some lighter photos in the sky that would indicate you are not totally on manual. This will end up looking bad in the result, giving a blotchy appearance to the boundary between sky and buildings and also in the higher spots in the sky. Check your top row in that picture, 9th frame from the left. It is lighter than the ones on either side. Also, third row down, 3rd and 6th from the right side are both lighter than their neighbors. Before you invest in the time and effort in the BIG one, you should troubleshoot this problem. It is something strange if you are on full manual aperture and shutter speed.

Dave

Luca Chemello Luca Chemello
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Topic: Stitch / RELEASE OF STITCH VERSION 2.1

Thanks!

After 3 day I’m now at 6% here is the work in progress
http://flic.kr/p/cVFti3

and the gear used
http://flic.kr/p/cRkYQL

Stefan  Zeppenfeld Stefan Zeppenf...
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Phase One 645DF HOWTO

Great. Thanks a lot for these informations. Now i can start to “gigapaning” with my Phase One 645DF.

Regards Stefan

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Aug 18, 2012

Topic: Stitch / RELEASE OF STITCH VERSION 2.1

Luca,

I don’t think anything is wrong and I think it will take a very long time. As long as the process still has some CPU usage it would appear to be still working on alignment. My largest pan thus far is 1859 images of 18Mpx each. Here are the times using the older v1.0 of stitcher on a 2.9GHz i7 Mac:

Computer stats: 12288 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 13:39:41 (26 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 11:54:41, Projection: 24:14, Blending: 1:20:46
(Preview finished in 12:50:50)

Alignment takes the majority of the time and yours will take much longer owing to 800 more images than mine and may also take longer based on the content of the images.

Dave

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Aug 18, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Better workflow options

After shooting a bunch of panos today I’ve thought about a few things that I wish were in Stitcher. Maybe for a future version.

Workflow options
I’d like to be able to set up a series of Gigapans to stitch in batch rather than 1 at a time.
i’d also like to be able to create a batch for upload (or automatically after the stitching queue is finished)
Cropping inside of Stitcher would be nice too