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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 Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Aug 17, 2012

Topic: Upload / RELEASE OF UPLOAD VERSION 2.1

Today we’re releasing version 2.1 of GigaPan Stitch, Stitch.Efx, and Upload. This version has bug fixes relative to version 2.0 to make it work better for foreign language users and photographers who record GPS.

In more detail, the changes in version 2.1.0160/0161 relative to version 2.0.0500/0501 are:

  • Upload no longer crashes the first time you run it (this was happening in rare circumstances).
  • Stitch and Stitch.Efx no longer crash if the input images contain GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude).
  • Stitch, Stitch.Efx, and Upload are now better internationalized so that they can work with filenames and gigapan descriptions that contain non-Latin, non-ASCII, Unicode text. In the past, Stitch sometimes failed to open a file or crashed when dealing with non-ASCII text. Examples of characters and languages that are now supported are accented characters, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and any other language whose characters are part of the Unicode standard. The places where such names or text can be used include: folder names, file names, upload titles, upload descriptions, tags, user names, and passwords. In a nutshell, anywhere that non-ASCII characters might be used, they now work.

To get the latest version of Stitch, Stitch.Efx, or Upload, go to http://www.gigapan.com/cms/downloads

As usual, if you have a license for GigaPan Stitch or Stitch.Efx, updating from your current version (2.0 or earlier) to the new version (2.1) of the same software product is free. Plus, there’s a 14 day free trial of Stitch.Efx for anyone (those who have a license for Stitch or those who have not purchased a license). GigaPan Upload is free, as always.

For questions or feedback, contact customerservice@gigapansystems.com

-Paul
GigaPan Stitch Developer

Paul Heckbert Paul Heckbert
Posted: Aug 17, 2012

Topic: Stitch / RELEASE OF STITCH VERSION 2.1

Today we’re releasing version 2.1 of GigaPan Stitch, Stitch.Efx, and Upload. This version has bug fixes relative to version 2.0 to make it work better for foreign language users and photographers who record GPS.

In more detail, the changes in version 2.1.0160/0161 relative to version 2.0.0500/0501 are:

  • Upload no longer crashes the first time you run it (this was happening in rare circumstances).
  • Stitch and Stitch.Efx no longer crash if the input images contain GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude).
  • Stitch, Stitch.Efx, and Upload are now better internationalized so that they can work with filenames and gigapan descriptions that contain non-Latin, non-ASCII, Unicode text. In the past, Stitch sometimes failed to open a file or crashed when dealing with non-ASCII text. Examples of characters and languages that are now supported are accented characters, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and any other language whose characters are part of the Unicode standard. The places where such names or text can be used include: folder names, file names, upload titles, upload descriptions, tags, user names, and passwords. In a nutshell, anywhere that non-ASCII characters might be used, they now work.

To get the latest version of Stitch, Stitch.Efx, or Upload, go to http://www.gigapan.com/cms/downloads

As usual, if you have a license for GigaPan Stitch or Stitch.Efx, updating from your current version (2.0 or earlier) to the new version (2.1) of the same software product is free. Plus, there’s a 14 day free trial of Stitch.Efx for anyone (those who have a license for Stitch or those who have not purchased a license). GigaPan Upload is free, as always.

For questions or feedback, contact customerservice@gigapansystems.com

-Paul
GigaPan Stitch Developer

Amy Morris Amy Morris
Posted: Aug 16, 2012

Topic: Macro Gigapanning / Photographing a wall

I know that you can adjust the depth of field on the camera to ensure that a surface will be in focus at both the centre of the pan as well as the edges. What I was wondering is if there has been any issues with key-stoning, or any other effects, on the final GigaPan image as a result of the curvature of the pan?

Joel-G Joel-G
Posted: Aug 15, 2012

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

Say NO to Parallax! This problem can be solved with a longer camera bar, available from Really Right Stuff. I purchased an 18" Camera Bar “CB-18 package” that will work with RRS’s “GP_CB” Epic Pro Conversion Mounting Platform. In use, be sure to set Epic Pro Pro to “Motor Rigid” to prevent camera/lens from tilting backwards due to off center weight distribution.

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Aug 14, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Changing Viewpoint in Google Earth

I can speak for the GigaPan’s Google Earth Plugin interface, if that is what you are using. It looks like you want to adjust the Heading value. Try moving the slider to get the proper angle, after you have opened the gigapan overlay by double-clicking on the placemark. When you check the “Share using Google Earth”, and click on the “Save Changes” button, you are ready to generate a KML file for that gigapan. This is done by clicking on the “Google Earth” link on your gigapan’s detail page.

As for generating a multi-gigapan KML file, this feature is currently not available.

birdymaan birdymaan
Posted: Aug 13, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What I need to buy ?

Hi
I am new to this,
I want to buy Gigapan Product to take high quality pictures of streets from top of the building or from mountain. Faces of the people or even car plate’s numbers must be shown very clearly.

Can you please advise me what type of equipments and software I have to buy?

Please not that I mean by equipments everything including cameras and accessories

Thanks

Maan

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Aug 12, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Changing Viewpoint in Google Earth

I have been geolocating some of my GigaPans in Google Earth. However, I am unable to change the viewpoint to accurately reflect the view with which the GigaPan was taken. In other words, all of the placemarks I create make it so that when you view the GigaPan you by default face North which is not always the direction in which the photo was taken. How can I change the direction of the view?

Also, how can I create a KML file for all of my GigaPans that are related to a particular topic.

Thanks!

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Aug 11, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

Ryan,

My 48″ × 132″ print of Spider Rock arrived safely today. I was very excited to get the huge box and I am really pleased with the result. http://gigapan.com/gigapans/49865 colors are faithful to those on my display. This is a 5Gpx image so there is lots of detail. I am weighing my options on mounting. I may just apply wide metal clamps to top and bottom and hang it like a banner. The paper is quite heavy and should be able to support an aluminum channel or angle. I am amazed at how the image looks like I am standing on that same overlook when I spread it on the floor. Thanks.

Dave

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Aug 10, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Nodal Point?

Maybe this will be good for other users. This is the configuration for the Nikon lens in a Gigapan Epic Pro whit a Nikon D300s:

Nikon 70-200 2.8f VR = All the range need to move the rail to the number 85. In the Gigapan Epic Pro Lens Configuration FOV 4.1

Nikon 17-55 2.8f = In 55mm to 35mm move the rail to the number 104. In 17mm move the rail to the number 117.
In the Gigapan Epic Pro Lens Configuration FOV 46.7

This was so secret o complicate?… Community my friends… community.

Hope this will help other users.

Sorry for my bad english.

Regards!

MediaPila MediaPila
Posted: Aug 10, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Panogear or Epic Pro

One thing is the software and other is the hardware.

The motoriced head is the hardware. I love the Gigapan EpicPro for the construct. Is the best. The con, is the weight but whit one big backpack of National Geographic you resolve this problem.

Then you need a software. Whit the epic pro you have the Gigapan Stitch. Its a good soft but simple. I use others like Autopano Giga.

Sorry for my bad english and i hope you understand me.

Regards

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Aug 9, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher Crashes ....

Hello Art,

I see you opened a support case with us and we replied, so please check your email.

jaxmagik jaxmagik
Posted: Aug 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image size when shooting

Shawn, what go you mean about D800’s resolution downside?

Art Pollard Art Pollard
Posted: Aug 9, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher Crashes ....

I just purchased a gigapan — literally two days ago. Last night, I tried my first Gigapan and I put together a 6×13 matrices of pictures. I exported them from Lightroom in TIFF format and tried to stitch them together. 18% through the stitch, I received the following crash report:

Assertion Failed

ImageProjector.cpp
Line 15
Input_bounds.width() > 0 && input_bounds.height > 0

The TIFF files are quite large (200MB) as I shot this with my D800E. The Stitch software is the latest as I just downloaded it (obviously) at: 2.0.05001. I’m running Win7(64bit). I have plenty of disk space and memory. I left Vignette Correction on (though it recommended off due to no exposure information.)

What do I do? I tried JPEG as well with more or less the same results. (It processed to the point of crashing faster with JPEG than with TIFF due to the smaller file size.)

-Art

Ryan Santoro Ryan Santoro
Posted: Aug 8, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

For everyone that had a print done can you please let me know how they turned out? Maybe post a few pictures once they are up, or take a Gigapan of the Gigapan :)

Also if you could give me some feedback that would be great.

Thanks everyone!

Ryan

Terra-X_Photography Terra-X_Photogr...
Posted: Aug 8, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / The transition of Venus against the solar disc.

If you do not have a motorized astromonical tripod head on hand, but you have a Gigapan head, this works. I have try it while photographing the crescent moon.

grzesczwa grzesczwa
Posted: Aug 8, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / The transition of Venus against the solar disc.

The 6 June 2012 there were very rare astronomical phenomenon which was the transit of Venus against the solar disc. In Czestochowa, Poland, you can observe the end of this phenomenon in the morning. To capture this phenomenon, I used a Canon 600, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM. While the lens focal length was set to 270mm-300mm.
Given that the sun moves across the sky from east to west I decided with this observation, that when I use the Gigapan panoramic head EPIC Pro. This allowed the head with their motors to maintain the field of view of the sun
Results of my work can be seen at http://panoramaczestochowy.pl/20120606_tranzyt_…

Sorry, I speak very poor English.

Best regards
Gregory

Ryan Santoro Ryan Santoro
Posted: Aug 3, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / FREE Printing

Thank you all. I did get a lot of PM’s on this and everyone has been very helpful. I have printed out a photo that is 48″×135″ and it turned out great. Hopefully when he gets it he likes it also.

I know mounting these images are a issue because of the size of them. I have a number of materials I can print on from fabrics to vinyl and even wallpaper. If you would be interested in a price for something please let me know and I will get back to you.

Thanks again for all the responses and interest!

Ryan

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Posted: Aug 3, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / On-screen measurement tool

Hi Tim,

According to the website it is “the width of the physical subject area that is displayed in the photo.”

For more info, please contact Gene Copper who developed GIGAmacro. http://www.gigapan.com/profiles/fourchambers

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Aug 3, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / sort order of gigapans on more that one page

There is a known issue with the ‘Most Recent’ sort link, where it doesn’t get properly initialized when the page loads. This will be fixed in the next release. Thank you Eddie!

Eddie S Eddie S
Posted: Aug 2, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / sort order of gigapans on more that one page

I noticed that when clicking on the sort buttons on top of my main Gigapan page it only sorts the gigapans on that page only. I have a new gigapan that falls on the 2nd page, but would not show when i click Sort by “Most Recent”

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Aug 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / On-screen measurement tool

Hi Ronnie,

Can you clarify what you mean by the image width in mm?

Tim

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Aug 2, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Dangerous Olympic competition

By all accounts the 2012 folks have gone nuts about both security and branding control (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/apr/13/oly…). Like it is illegal for any shops to use the words “2012” or “medals” or “olympics”. Security people were told to put their food in plastic bags so no one would accidentally see their chips package and think that meant the chip company was associated with the Olympics. Apparently you can’t use cash in soda machines because Visa is a sponsor and only allows their cards for all purchases. Its that kind of crazy.
But I’m loving all the gigapans people are posting. Just don’t run afoul of the authorities for sneezing into the wrong brand of tissue.

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