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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.

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Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Apr 10, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Shooting a full 360 around a tower by moving the camera

If the foreground is far enough away, most stitching software will cope, parallax is negligible when you are so high and far from the ground. Kilgore has used this technique, with a hand-held pano, made up of 12 shots from each of the four corners of the Bath Abbey
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/7536
I used a similar technique to shoot this gigapan, but I only shot 29 images, one image at each position.
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/124218
I just moved the tripod around the perimeter of the observation tower… The tower was still under construction, and will have windows when its finished, so it was lucky the engineer let me in to take that panorama: future panoramas from this particular position will have to be shot through window glass.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Apr 9, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Shooting a full 360 around a tower by moving the camera

Many lookout towers have a nice walkway that goes around them but there is no way to get the full view with a gigapan from one side. So I’ve always thought it might work to take a column of images and then move the camera a bit and repeat until I’d gone all the way around the tower. This way the number of columns is the number of photo points you stop at as you go around the full circle.

I never tried it because it seemed like it would take forever. Finally had a chance to try it out yesterday and the results were excellent. This is a great way to get a full 360 view from a tower or other circular viewpoint.
http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/152901

This image was created by taking 8 rows of images at each of 38 points around the entire tower. The railing had nice even markings so it was easy to keep the spacing between each photo point even. We moved the tripod with the Epic Pro to each photo point and used the menu to repeat the previous pano. It worked great and didn’t take that long (<1hr). About 30 sec per set plus time to move the tripod, so about a minute per imageset.

Next up is to to repeat with a 500mm lens instead of the 105mm I used for this one. This will be a more significant undertaking because it will require 144 photo points around the tower. We are going to try and build a skateboard based system for the gigapan to sit on that will let us easily wheel it around the tower on the guardrail. I think we’ll be able to put the Epic Pro in timelapse mode with just enough time between repeat images to move the rig to the next position. This should make transition times much quicker.

My rough calculation is:
500mm len FOV = 5deg.

We want 50% overlap on the images so usable FOV is 5*0.5= 2.5deg

360/2.5 = 144 “columns” needed for the full 360.

Has anyone else tried this technique? How well has it worked for you? Any examples online?

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Apr 9, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Camera mounting problems

Are you using the stock camera mount that came with it or the “Vice Clamp” base mount (http://www.amazon.com/GigaPan-Camera-Mount-Clam…)? The stock camera mount is really terrible in my experience. I found it unusable. I think the current gen Epic Pro’s now ship with the vice clamp base but you may not have gotten that one. Definitely need to upgrade to the vice clamp before it is usable.

And yeah mount to the foot of the lens if possible

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Apr 9, 2014

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Epic Pro & 1DX

As far as drop, you may need (as I did with a D800) extended down struts Here: http://www.gigapan.com/cms/shop/parts

andrascik1978 andrascik1978
Posted: Apr 9, 2014

Topic: Web Site and Forum / deposit panoramas

Hello, you still have a problem in that you can not re-download back to my computer once my uploaded panoramas on gigapan.com in any form. Fix it, I always thought that the panorama gigapan.com I safely stored on this server and I can get them at any pullback.

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Apr 6, 2014

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Getting more gigapans geocoded

This may be a stupid question, but have you tried raising your problems via the Tech Support page? The response you get depends on how many staff they have working for them and the number is low at the minute, but it is worth trying.

Martin Taylor Martin Taylor
Posted: Apr 4, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Geolocation Problem

I got an email from Mike above
“We are having problems with feature and our development team is working on fixing it. " Any estimate when it might be fixed?

dfs fds dfs fds
Posted: Apr 2, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / In what format to save the Image plus 65535 × 65535

if you want to save to tiff image, you can compress tiff file after getting the image, or you can choose a small image formats such as jpeg or other formats.

Quoc Ngo Quoc Ngo
Posted: Apr 1, 2014

Topic: Stitch / Can't Register; No Stitch?

The customer service finally get back to me for not only the Stitch software, but the Stitch Efx. Thank you!

Michael Franz Michael Franz
Posted: Mar 28, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Geolocation Problem

I have a development person looking onto this. I want to geolocate the WTC image!

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Mar 28, 2014

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / 1 World Trade Center Epic Pro

I had a very nice chat with Mike shortly after he posted the message above.

I thought it was exceptionally kind of him to take the time to address my concerns “live” rather than in a forum post or email. We spoke for 30 or 40 minutes, and I came away convinced that Gigapan as a company is back on the right track. They realize that their current user base is critical to their success moving forward, and seem committed to re-engage with them (us).

And by the way, the EPIC Pro used in the 1WTC shoot was stock – no special mods other than attachment points for safety cables.

Hendric Stattmann Hendric Stattma...
Posted: Mar 28, 2014

Topic: Upload / GigaPan upload from Linux

Dear Eric et al.
I can report that Wine 1.7.2 runs the uploader just fine!
Tested under OpenSUSE 13.1 with stock version of wine.

Michael Franz Michael Franz
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / 1 World Trade Center Epic Pro

Hi there Mosely, Michael Franz with Gigapan here. I understand that you have a few questions regarding the shoot from the top of 1WTC.

Personal phone call coming your way.

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Geolocation Problem

Seems like one half of the problem is now solved – Google Earth now loads. But on my computer, “Switch to simplified Google Maps view” mode still does not work.

Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / d800 nodal points.

Some limited info here, but only for the extremes. http://wiki.panotools.org/Entrance_Pupil_Database

I used a this rig to measure the points for my Fuji S9500. Set the zoom then slide the wooden strip backwards & forwards to determine the ‘no parallax’ point then mark that point & the zoom value on the wood.

Set the next zoom value & repeat. Was surprised to find that the point lay behind the camera body @ full zoom!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/73571158@N00/29955…

Michel Bush Michel Bush
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

Topic: Upload / No Mountable File Systems

hey dude, if your facing problem while working on to your system, and looking for its effective solution. Then, why not trying this:

http://filesystemerror.freemacrecovery.net

pete claussen pete claussen
Posted: Mar 26, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / d800 nodal points.

Does anyone have nodal point presets for a Nikon d800 with a 70-200 zoom. I can set each focal length separately, but knowing what others have already found to be correct would be a helpful start Thanks in advance

Quoc Ngo Quoc Ngo
Posted: Mar 25, 2014

Topic: Stitch / Can't Register; No Stitch?

Same boat here. It’s been 1 week with no respond from GigaPan. Are they all busy with flight MH370’s searching?
Come on, Customer Service!

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Mar 25, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Camera mounting problems

Does your 70-200 not have a tripod foot on it, or the option to add one? That’s what’s typically used as the mounting point because it’s usually placed near the center of gravity of lens+camera.

If it’s a 70-200 F4, try this link:

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/tripod-mount-ring-f…

Tony Evans Tony Evans
Posted: Mar 25, 2014

Topic: General Gigapanning / Camera mounting problems

Got the new Gigapan Pro today and within two min I had to take to it with a saw.. Who designed this machine? I have a Canon 5D mark iii with battery grip. The baseplate silver screw was two big and hit the grip. That was the first of many problems..
I am using a 70-200mm L with a 2xconverter… the unit will not hold it’s position because the weight is not even over the pivot point because that is where it has to be.. I have cut the massive base plate screw in half and now the camera fits but when the camera is in the correct position, the weight is out of balance and the unit moves… any suggestions..?

Andrew Munro Andrew Munro
Posted: Mar 22, 2014

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Epic Pro & 1DX

I have just purchased the Epic Pro for my 1DX and have encountered the following issues and wondered if others have come across the same things

1 – The 1DX is identified as a compatible camera with the Epic Pro but it does not drop down far enough on the cradle to centralise the lens with the rotation point.

2 – HDR I can get my 50D to do HDR but the 1DX does not do it. the pro says it is taking the picture but nothing happens in either auto or manual focus.

I must admit I am finding the pro not very good with the 1DX and also the customer support being rather pathetic as I have raised a support ticket over a week ago and nothing back from Gigapan re the 1DX compatibility. getting close to sending it back as not working / fit for purpose.

Really want it to work but getting very frustrated.

Andy

T. Noff T. Noff
Posted: Mar 22, 2014

Topic: Stitch / Can't Register; No Stitch?

I recently bought an Epic 100, but the serial number is not recognized when I try to register it. I did buy the hardware from Amazon, so could that be the issue? It still comes with the pamphlet prompting me to register to receive a copy of Stitch, and so far Customer Service hasn’t responded to my questions. Has this happened to anyone else?

Joseph Saracino Joseph Saracino
Posted: Mar 22, 2014

Topic: Embedding / Embedding Sample Code -- fullscreen, snapshots, large views

A few more updates checked into the github repository: https://github.com/barneyzang/gigapan-embedlarge

- fixed problem where maps were only loading into the top left corner
- more cleanup / optimizations
- Note that it’s now possible to force use of the SeaDragon viewer via a parameter in the url: “&viewer=sd”

For example: http://saracino.com/gigapan-embedlarge/gigapan….
(note that the forum software appears to be munging the ampersand in the url. It should be:
/gigapan.large.php?id=146069&viewer=sd
Here’s another link: http://tinyurl.com/m6olgq9

Sample links earlier in the thread have been updated.

— Joe

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Mar 22, 2014

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / 1 World Trade Center Epic Pro

Maybe its a “trade secret”. You could ask these guys, contracted to fabricate the boom http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20140312/N…

dfs fds dfs fds
Posted: Mar 21, 2014

Topic: Photo Editors / photoshop being weird!

do you have any other image processing application. there are so many image software has the same functionalities as photoshop. they gives you the ability to read, view and create all kinds of image formats, such as tiff, bmp, jpeg png and so on.