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  1. Tim Brown

    Tim Brown (April 23, 2010, 08:14AM )

    Gigapan just made Jim Balog a gigapan fellow so he should be at the conference in the fall. The extreme ice project definitely needs some gigapixel timelapse cameras. I'm currently looking for funding to make our system reliable and robust enough to manage spending the winter on a glacier. The online timelapse players is here: ee.uchicago.edu/gigapan/gigavision  Will open in a new tab or window/ until ti gets moved to gigavision.org Will open in
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  2. Tim Brown

    Tim Brown (April 23, 2010, 08:09AM )

    Yeah the camera is in a 12" security dome. I'll probably use a 16" dome on the next one, currently the lens only c an go to about 135mm before it starts hitting the housing. Would be nice to get the full 250mm out of the lens. The computer and the rest of the system are in a waterproof housing below the camera (see my image stream for a 360 pano with a view of the whole system). And more pics available here: www.flickr.com/photos/timescience& nbsp;Will open in a new tab or windowAlso, we'll have an online gigapixel timelapse player available at www.gigavision.org Will open in
a new tab or window pretty soon. This system runs on AC power and has Ethernet since the University's wireless isn't that reliable. We have another system in the field near Chicago that has a cellular card and runs on solar. That system captures a 500mp image every 4 hours and then uploads a smaller ~80mp version to our servers via cellular. The semi-live stream from this will also be at www.gigavision.org Will open in
a new tab or window soon. For cellular you are mainly limited by the 5GB monthly cap unless you can get on a University of Government plan with unlimited data. Curvature: The security dome is nicer than a box because you can get a 360 degree field of view but you are limited to shooting straight out and below that because these housings are designed to sit up high and look down on objects. So the upshot is that we can't shoot anything higher on the horizon. Also note that the black stripe in the image is from a cable that was in front of the camera, I forgot it was in there when I uploaded the gigapan. Better shots will be coming soon.

  3. Jason Buchheim

    Jason Buchheim (April 23, 2010, 03:51AM )

    Interesting. Is this camera mounted in a weatherproof enclosure? Does it use a wifly card to upload the images or is it tethered? I spoke with the photographer,James Balog, of the Extreme Ice Survey timelapse stuff of the glaciers retreating last year and he said he had heard of a Gigapan but had not bothered to look at the brochure of it sent to him. Bet he will want one of these. As for the curvature, try adding another row or two on the top (sky)- it seems to be a problem with an unequal amount above the horizon compared to below the horizon and the stitcher gets confused. Besides, the sky is interesting in timelapse. Good luck on this project! Where is the timelapse browser???