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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
Christian Ashby Christian Ashby
Posted: Jan 15, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Total Views

None of the ones I’ve uploaded in the last week have got any views at all, even though I know for a fact people have viewed them (who are not me!)

Sven H. Sven H.
Posted: Jan 15, 2012

Topic: Upload / Upload aborted: Creating panorama failed

and:

check if the logfile contains a 500 error. If yes, it is a server problem, not due to the uploader or to your panorama file.

Now it is working again.

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Creative Stitching

OK, so I gave it a shot.

Created several strips in Stitcher, saved at TIFF files and then pulled them into Aperture. Used OnOne’s Color Efex Pro 3.0 to apply the gradient. Saved them out again and brought the strips into Stitcher and created a 1 row by 7 column panorama.

Note: the gradient test is not the full width panorama and the gradient is WAY too intense. This was a test to see what would happen in the stitching process with a 1 by “x” series of images.

Things I discovered…
• The sky got a little pixelated.
• The left and right image displayed some keystoning (edges bowed in a bit).
• Top and bottom aren’t completely straight
• The Stitcher-created strips were not all the same width. Assuming this was due to the outer images not having a horizontal overlap.
• Interior strips did not display the keystone effect
• With a little care, you could do this. The exported strips are large (around 100 mb each in this test) but manageable.
• The interior parts of the image didn’t pixelate as much as I thought they might
• Zooming doesn’t appear to be affected
• It’s time-consuming to do this type of effect as you have to build the strips and then do the processing in Aperture, Lightroom or tool of choice and then re-stitch the strips into the full pano

Theoretically, you could do some semi-complex masking with each of the strips. In this example I might want to apply the gradient to just the sky and not the building. Or have everything except the building black and white. You’d need a fast computer with a lot of RAM to be able to do it effectively.

Could I have done this on a fully-stitched image instead of the strips? How does Stitcher handle a 1×1 image?

Gradient test: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/96819

Original: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/96754

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Creative Stitching

Thought I’d ask this before spending the time trying it out…

I’ve got a pano that I’ve shot and would really like to put a gradient on it. Clearly you can’t do this to all of the individual images (20×10).

I was wondering if anyone had tried the following…
Stitch each column together individually and save it out as an image. Creating, in this case, 20 tall skinny images instead of the original 200.

Then apply the gradient (or other effect) to each image.

Bring the modified images, now 20 × 1 into Stitcher and create the pano.

Wondering what kind of effect this would have on the finished pano?

Anyone tried this?

Gregory Young Gregory Young
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Groaning sound

My Gigapan makes a groaning sound when moving from near bottom to near top (moving between columns). It doesn’t make any unusual sounds moving from shot to shot other than that. Is this normal??
I’m nowhere near the 10 lb limit and the camera load is balanced. Greg

Gregory Young Gregory Young
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Upload / Formats for Upload?

I have a 60632 x
13340 Gigapan. The .tif file is 1.574GB. I tried saving as as
Photoshop .psb. That file was even larger at 2.168GB. Photoshop
will not save .PSD files this size and even if it did they are
larger than .tif in my experience. I cropped this file down to
30000 pixels wide (about half) and saved as a .jpg. It was only
60,456kb. At this rate, a .jpg (if I could save as a .jpg) would
only be about 120,000kb. This would be a small useable file size
easily uploadable and a small fraction of the size of a .tif. I
haven’t exported a panorama from Gigastitch as a raw file so I
don’t know what kind of file size that would give me. It doesn’t
matter though because I would always expect to be editing my
Gigapans and resaving. I did update my Gigastitch to the latest
version.
So for now, I’m still stuck. Since upload speeds with our
broadband providers are a fraction of download speeds, it would
take a LONG time, if successful at all to upload 1.5GB. Maybe
I’ll give it a try before going to bed! My research shows the
.jpg format will support up to 65535 × 65535. Is that correct?
Any other program that you know of that might support this. What
are other people uploading?? Thanks much. Greg

Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Embedding / Embedding with snapshots

Embedded gigapans can include snapshots, for example, the following code will include four snapshots:

<ifram* src=“h_tp://api.gigapan.org/beta/gigapans/37421/snapshots/109628,109622,109626, 109591/options/hidetitle/iframe/flash.html?height=275”
width=“900” height=“387” frameborder=“0” scrolling="no">*/ifram*>

In the good old days, the snapshots would be displayed in the order they were listed in the code. Today, they are displayed in numerical order. This has introduced some chaos into my attempts to add titles and captions to the embedded snapshots here: http://conservation.townofsalisbury.org/panoram…

Is there any way to force an non-numerical order of display for snapshots, or should I start to modify the caption code for all of these embedded gigapans?

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Website Fixes

We pushing the release for one more week, due to number of fixes and the time required to test them. The expected release date is Jan. 19th.

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Software in other languages?

Gabriel, Stitching can take a long time, especially with a large gigapan. 1014 images is fairly large.

It’s worth the wait.

Terry Foss

José María Moreno Santiago José María Mo...
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Upload / Formats for Upload?

I can not upload a file of 45 Gb psb, you need 90 GB free temporary memeoria C: I have not.
How I can address the temporary memory to another hard drive?
Should I turn on Raw in PS?
thank you very much

William William
Posted: Jan 12, 2012

Topic: Embedding / Non-Flash options

I just wanted to chime in an add my vote for a non-flash option. There used to be a GigaPan app in the app store, but it was removed. It’s supposed to be returning soon, though.

gabriel olivera gabriel olivera
Posted: Jan 12, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Software in other languages?

hii get gigaopan today and I’m exited with the gigapan
but how many time take the software to do the panorama i toke a panorama of 1014 pictures and start topstitch 2 hours ago and how advance i think gonna take 20 hs or more is normal ?
i work with a mac pro with 32 gigas and a grafic card nvidia quadro 4000
is possible take lot of hours is normal and sorry my english is so basic
thanks gabriel

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / comments on new website

Tim, for the time being any thread inside ‘Website and Forum’ is appropriate for bugs and comments.

The sticky feature in the forums is not included in this particular version, however adding this and other forum features is on our list.

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Gigapan hardware bugs and feature requests

Tim,

To report a bug or submit a feature request, visit http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/contact-support and click the ‘tech support’ link. Under ‘Please provide additional detail’ you’ll find a pull-down menu to report a problem, submit a feature request or ask a question. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Gigapan hardware bugs and feature requests

Can someone from Gigapan let us know the best place to post feature requests and bug reports for the Epic hardware? I emailed someone our GP sales rep recommended at Gigapan but never got a reply. It would be nice to know that someone is out there listening to our feedback.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / comments on new website

Angelko, Is there a preferred place where we can list website bugs and feature requests? Should someone make a sticky post or should we just put them here?

Thanks

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / comments on new website

I would add that the sort tools are broken. If I view all my gigapans, it auto-sorts by most viewed and there is no way to fix sort by say “most recent”

Although note to readers, this url works to sort your gigapans by most recent (replace the “timescience” text with your user id in both locations in the URL):
http://gigapan.org/users/TimeScience/gigapans?u…

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery recommendation EPIC/EPIC 100

I use a brand called Vapex that I bought on eBay – and I get good mileage from them, half a day’s shooting or more. Use reputable battery brands and a quality smart charger and you should have no problems. Its easy enough to hook up an external battery to the Epic 100 if you want more power:
http://madaru.net/gigapan.html

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 10, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / What happened to all the google earth data

Still investigating.

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 9, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / What happened to all the google earth data

Tim, we are looking for your geolocation data. I will post an update today.

Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Posted: Jan 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image Management

My gigapan workflow on a PC:

Transfer photos from SD card to hard drive using Adobe Lightroom. In this process: 1) files are renamed to something meaningful, 2) files for each gigapan are saved to a separate folder, and 3) metadata is added to the Lightroom database (this includes all the EXIF data in each image file plus any keywords and IPTC fields I added during the import).

In Lightroom, the metadata for each photo (which now resides in the Lightroom database but is not all present in the image files) is saved to each image file. Because I always shoot camera RAW (NEF), this step produces an XMP sidecar file for each photo.

If I have GPS coordinates for each photo, I use RoboGeo to write the data to each image file. It is added to the sidecar files. Lightroom is then instructed to update its database with the new GPS data in the image files (sidecars).

If individual photos or groups of photos require brightness, contrast, or color adjustments, these are made in Lightroom. I rarely stitch a gigapan without first making these adjustments to compensate for light variations during shooting, dull color produced by old lenses, and vignetting. Lightroom allows any group of photos to be selected and adjusted in any way (e.g., white balance, saturation, vignette correction, cropping). Shooting in RAW allows great latitude when making adjustments (e.g., about 1.5 stops of exposure) without greatly sacrificing image quality. Lightroom does not change the image files at this stage; it only displays the corrected image and saves the instructions in the database.

Using Lightroom, full resolution jpegs (100% quality) of the photos are exported to a separate folder. The jpegs reflect any image adjustments made in Lightroom.

Gigapan stitch is used to stitch a gigapan from the jpegs.

There are a couple of wrinkles specific to my process. With my Nikon D40, I often use old lenses with no electronic connection to the camera, so the EXIF data saved by the camera are incomplete. Gigapan Stitch gets confused by this and the Stitch notes of a finished panorama often lack even the data that were present in the EXIF headers. Also, if the jpegs produced by the above process have GPS coordinates, they crash Stitch. Fortunately, Lightroom has an option to “Minimize embedded metadata” when exporting the jpegs, and these jpegs do not crash Stitch. Gigapan Stitch does not use location data to georeference the stitched panorama, so removing the GPS data at this stage has little consequence (the GPS data still exist in the Lightroom database and in the XMP files).

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image Management

I check out the Batch Enhancer. Thanks.

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Jan 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image Management

I use iPhoto Batch Enhancer to apply the same adjustments to hundreds of pan photos. http://www.feroxsoft.com/ibe/index.php.en
Free trial available there. I used it to do my 1176 image Goosenecks pan: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/49832

I manage all my pan photos in iPhoto as albums and just drag and drop an album’s content into Stitcher after editing. I also do complex repairs in PS through iPhoto and combine that with iPhoto adjustments. The darkness tool is quite useful to help with dynamic range.

No need to make extra copies or export to folders. Originals are preserved as the scripts just open the normal edit tool. You can always revert to original if you don’t like the end result after the stitch.

Aperture doesn’t do batch on adjustments, only metadata changes. You must manually paste adjustments on selected photos. Not convenient on a thousand photos. I did not find a similar batch scripting plug-in for it.

Dave

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 8, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image Management

Lightroom will do batch corrections pretty quickly. Good for exposure adjustments. Not sure if Aperture does that.

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 8, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Image Management

Wonder what people are doing for image management for their GigaPans?

Is it worth using LightRoom or Aperture for storing everything or some other program?

As I’m just starting out, its been a folder/sub-folder setup for each pano I’ve shot. That won’t last much longer.