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Quick Start Guides

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EPIC & EPIC 100 Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

These quick and easy directions will help you get started and apply to both the EPIC and EPIC 100.

  1. Open the battery chamber on the side of the EPIC by squeezing the two battery holder clips together and pulling the holder away from the unit.
  2. Remove the battery holder and insert six AA batteries, then replace the holder, ensuring that both clips securely snap into place. Rechargeable NIMH or Lithium batteries are recommended (Be prepared with a spare set of batteries, especially if using alkaline).
  3. For the EPIC 100, extend the metal plate on the camera mounting plate by loosening the two thumbscrews and adjusting the metal plate to accommodate the size of your camera.
  4. Secure your camera to the camera mounting plate with the camera mounting screw, centering the lens with the diamond cutout.
  5. Adjust the height and center the rubber tip of the button pusher over your camera's shutter button, then tighten the black screws.
  6. Attach the EPIC to a tripod. Use the bubble level on your EPIC to make sure the EPIC is always level before shooting.
  7. Set your camera to the proper settings before powering up the EPIC. For best results, disable any image stabilization or auto power down features. Use maximum optical zoom and lock or manually set your focus and exposure.
  8. Turn on the EPIC by holding down the power button.
  9. Set your camera’s Field of View by following the prompts on the EPIC screen.
  10. Select 'New Panorama'. Then use the directional buttons to set the upper left and lower right corners of your panorama.
  11. Follow the prompts on the EPIC screen. Be sure your camera display stays on during the EPIC set-up so you do not lose any camera settings.
  12. Capture your first panorama! Use GigaPan stitching software to stitch and upload your panorama to GigaPan.com, where you can view, share and explore.

Now you're gigapanning!


Equipment Checklist

  • Shooting
    • Tripod
    • GigaPan EPIC or EPIC 100
    • 6 AA NiMH Batteries (rechargeables are highly preferred)
    • Note: If using alkaline, a spare set of batteries is recommended.
    • Digital Camera
    • Memory Card (4GB recommended)
  • Stitching
    • Mac (Intel-Based) or PC with a minimum of 1 GB of RAM (3 GB recommended)
    • GigaPan Stitch software
    • Card Reader Stick or USB from camera


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EPIC Pro Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

  1. Charge your EPIC PRO - Your Epic Pro will arrive with its battery pack ready to be charged. 
    To charge the battery on its own: Open the battery compartment by flipping the compartment latch counter-clockwise and pulling the battery away from the unit. Charge the battery using the power cord.
    To charge the battery while it is on the Epic Pro: Plug the power cord into the unit's battery port under the LCD display.
  2. Attach the EPIC Pro to a tripod. Use the bubble level on your EPIC Pro to make sure the unit is always level before shooting.
  3. Turn on the EPIC Pro. Hold down the "OK" button until the LCD lights up.
  4. Level the camera rail. Press the down button to select the 'Move Camera' menu item. Press OK. Use the up and down arrows to move the camera rail to an approximate level position.
  5. Remove the camera mounting plate from the EPIC Pro camera rail. Find the small silver pin on the bottom of the lever at the front of the camera mounting plate. Turn the silver pin clockwise, and then rotate the lever clockwise. Now remove the camera mounting plate and attach it to your camera or lens.
  6. Re-attach the camera mounting plate to the EPIC Pro camera rail with the lens and camera attached. Ensure that it is securely fastened.
  7. Balance the camera and lens on the EPIC Pro. Loosen the camera rail by turning the knob underneath the rail clockwise. Estimate the center of mass of the camera and lens. Adjust the camera rail so that the camera and lens are balanced at the center of the axis of rotation.
  8. Set your camera to the proper settings. Select your camera's Manual mode. Adjust the focus and exposure. Set an appropriate white balance, such as daylight, cloudy, or tungsten.
  9. Connect the electronic trigger cable to the cable port on the EPIC Pro, located on the left of the LCD display. Connect the other end of the cable to the camera. Seven cables are provided Find out which cable is right for your camera by visiting the Camera Compatibility Page.
  10. Align your camera to the EPIC Pro. Under ivtain menu find "Camera Setup". Follow the prompts on the EPIC Pro screen to set your camera's Field of View (FOV).
  11. Select 'New Panorama'. Then use the directional keys to set the upper left and lower right corners of your panorama.
  12. Take your first panorama! Follow the prompts on the EPIC Pro screen. Monitor your EPIC Pro and the scene it is capturing.
  13. Use GigaPan Stitch software. Easily stitch and upload your panorama to GigaPan.com, where you can view, share and explore.


Equipment Checklist

  • Shooting
    • Tripod
    • Charged Battery Pack
    • Digital Camera with Memory Card (4G)
    • Digital Camera
    • Lens
    • Electronic Trigger Cable
    • Mounting Plate
  • Stitching
    • Intel-based Mac or PC with 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
    • Card Reader Stick or USB from camera
    • GigaPan Stitch software, included with purchase

 

Video Tutorials

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