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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
Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 12, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Cable for Panasonic cameras

I just finished one as well. If anyone wants a shopping list for all of the parts at Mouser.com, let me know.

Morrie Portnoff Morrie Portnoff
Posted: Jul 12, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery Charging Epic Pro

Reinstalled the Firmware and all is good now.

mario1089 mario1089
Posted: Jul 12, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Explore Score No More?

I don`t understand: I have the most views of all recently uploaded gigapans (500 during 3 days), but explore score still zero! What am I getting wrong? Is it recalculated weekly? Or is 500 views just kinda “nothing”? Please clarify!

Gary Hawkey Gary Hawkey
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Cable for Panasonic cameras

I made this cable for my gh2 and it works flawlessly.
Was ready to dump the whole idea of gigapan because so any images were ruined from the button pusher on the epic 100
You are correct, it really should be a standard item.

Morrie Portnoff Morrie Portnoff
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery Charging Epic Pro

If I press the centre button, hold and press the OK I get Firmware Import. The only way I can clear this is by pulling the battery out.

Morrie Portnoff Morrie Portnoff
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery Charging Epic Pro

I just got the Epic Pro and tried to charge the battery. When I plug it in to the charger on its own the lights do not flash as per the manual. Just the red light stays solid. Eventually the light does turn green but when I replug it in it goes red again. When I put the battery in the unit and press the on (OK) button all I get are a series if rectangles that go off when I release the button.Is there a proper orientation to place the battery? The battery has only 1 port to plug in the charger, although when I look into the unit I see some other multi-pin connector. Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.

Gary Hawkey Gary Hawkey
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher CM and bit depth

When loading 16 bit ICC tagged tiff files to Stitcher it is removing the profile and reducing the bit depth to 8bits, why?
Any workflows to get around this?

Gary Hawkey Gary Hawkey
Posted: Jul 11, 2012

Topic: Stitch / 360 degree techniques

Is there a way to get multiple rotations or overlap on a 360 degree pano? This would be very useful for cropping.
Maybe I just have lazy habits from circuit cameras where you just let it spin until you run out of film.

Another way this could be handled is if you could take a column or two from your pano before stitching and move it from back to front or vice versa.

It might be helpful if you could hover over frames in stitcher and see the files names, that way it would be a lot easier to manually rename the files, although still not nearly as easy as dragging a column of frames.

thanks in advance

G

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: Jul 10, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Manual or Autofocus in crowds?

Mgerais and Fred,

There is not a simple answer to the focus question, but the big issue is that most cameras set on autofocus will fail to shoot if they have not achieved focus. Your GigaPan unit does not know this and will just move on to the next point, missing a shot. This is the reasoning behind using manual on the sky and auto on the crowd. However there will still be issues using autofocus with any near objects ‘stealing’ the focus when they are not of primary interest, such as bushes that are close by or in your case, nearby people who move in and out of position. Personally I would recommend setting manual focus on the stadium shot, but set focus and aperture to have a depth of focus starting out out at least 20 yards/meters away to infinity. The nearby people will be out of focus, but the rest will be fine. For guidance here, search for information about setting your focus to ‘hyperfocal distance’ on Google. Near objects can only be brought into focus by taking multiple exposures and ‘focus stacking’ before stitching as is done for indoor, small room or still life, tabletop panos. These are difficult to do and cannot tolerate any motion of the subject.

Dave

Mgerais Mgerais Mgerais Mgerais
Posted: Jul 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Manual or Autofocus in crowds?

hi fred. i need help with case like yours. im trying to make a gigaphoto in soccer game, but the people at the stadium are unfocusing. im using manual focus, with manual mode. my gigapan is epic pro.

see it http://gigapan.com/gigapans/45afc30efcea1d4d43d…
in this i use 55mm, nikon d5100. butt i want to use 200mm. the support/manual of gigapan website is very poor.

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

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Camera Size

Size requirements for the Epic/Epic 100 can be found at http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/tech-specs

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jul 9, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Impossible Panorama Shoot?

Thanks for the advice Tim!

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Jul 9, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Plug spec for elect. shutter release

The plug (per the old forums) is a standard HiTec male servo connector, which should be available at any hobby shop that deals in R/C planes, cars, etc.

As for the Panasonic shutter cable, I just picked up an FZ150, so I need one too. I just ordered all of the parts to build 3 of these: http://www.motionfxdesign.com/2012/03/gigapan-e… and will report back on how that works out.

Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: Jul 8, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What lenses do you guys use?

“Old Sigma 75-300mm, usually set to over 200mm.”

Yup, works for me!

Pre-digital and is not recognised by my 350D but works perfectly on the 400D.

Maurice Howard Maurice Howard
Posted: Jul 8, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Camera Size

Then I guess the next question is what are the size parameters compatable with the Epic/Epic 100?

Sventek Sventek
Posted: Jul 7, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / What lenses do you guys use?

I’ve used everything up to a Sigma 50-500mm. You just need to program a slight delay after moving to the next position, to allow a long lens like that to settle. Other than that, I’ve used a 70-200mm, and a 105mm prime.

Sventek Sventek
Posted: Jul 7, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Sticher 2.0 and EFX

A big thanks to Alicia in Customer Service. Everything has been fixed for me.

Mgerais Mgerais Mgerais Mgerais
Posted: Jul 6, 2012

Topic: Embedding / any alternative to gigatag? and how correct the black curves around the image

hi people, anyone known any alternative to gigatag? the price is very giga!! i want to share, and can make people ‘tag’ mark by facebook, but the price is very, very giga for me.
other question: how i can correct the image, to ‘crop’ the image without black curves around the image?
see an example: http://www.3d-360.com/gigapan/?id=108980
in top, bottom, left and right i have ‘black’ spaces. i want to embed without this. any chance?
thanks!

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jul 6, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / How accurate is the Epic 100 with long lenses?

Until I got an epic pro, I shot all of my large gigapans with a canon DSLR T1i or T2i and a the 250 or 300mm canon stock lens on an old beta Epic 100 and it worked pretty well. Make sure you crank down the little screw thing that holds the bracket on so it doesn’t slip. I’ve gotten as big as 8.8 GP with the epic 100 and that was only over about 200 degrees so it could have gone bigger.

For example all of these were shot with the epic 100
http://www.gigapan.com/galleries/5582/gigapans

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jul 6, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Time Lapse

Oh yeah look at that, hadn’t noticed it. Thanks for pointing that out! Suppose I should read the manual ;)

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jul 6, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Impossible Panorama Shoot?

If you can get the full view of a slice of the building in with your camera oriented in a vertical position, then I’d think you could walk along the building moving the tripod and get a long panorama. I shoot a lot of panos in a single row by hand and it works fine with the gigapan stitcher. I haven’t tried to do one where I move the camera along so I can’t say for sure that the stitcher won’t get hung up for some reason but in that case some of the linked software above might work. when you take the picture
(1) Make sure the camera is fixed in position and the tripod is locked down.
(2) Make sure the angle and position of your view relative to your subject are consistent for each photo.
(3) If you can lay a measuring tape or line of some sort to keep you on the correct path at a consistent distance, this should help
(4) As you move along parallel to your subject, make sure to maintain at least 30% overlap between images
(5) make sure to try and stitch the image set asap so you can see if it worked and can come back if there are problems
(6) when stitching, set the stitcher to “rows down” and then set it to 1 row
(7) If you need to get more then one row in, you might be able to shoot a couple of rows if you mark the camera position on the ground to make each show location consistent. Shoot one row with the camera angled up, another with it down. might work

Brian Lawler Brian Lawler
Posted: Jul 5, 2012

Topic: Photo Editors / Photoshop file size limitation

Hi all,

Thank you for the input. I had reached the conclusion that I could redo the photo in Gigapan Stitch in two parts. Then, when I print it, I can print it in pieces and put it up in parts.

The final image is posted now (search for San Luis Obispo) and you can see it has an immense amount of information in it.

The lens was a Canon 100-400 mm set to 400 mm. The number of images totaled 1515. Stitching took about 8 hours. Uploading it took a long time, also. The camera is a Canon 1ds Mark III. I’m shooting Camera Raw so I have the greatest amount of flexibility. I could also process the images at slightly lower resolution (with Image Processor in Photoshop), and restitch in one piece.

I don’t like JPEG, as I found out that he is Voldemort in disguise!

I am very pleased with the photo as it is posted on GigaPan.

Tomorrow I am doing another one… I call it My Peak of the Week. I’ll scale Bishop Peak (alt. 1556) and take another one from up there. It’s a great view, and it should be spectacular.

Brian

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 5, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Chat with the GigaPan Team

Today (7/5/12) at 3:00pm PDT the GigaPan Team will be hosting a Google+ Hangout: https://plus.google.com/103952252794475948311/p… This is an excellent opportunity to talk with the Team and fellow GigaPanners about your GigaPanning experience. I hope you’ll join us.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jul 5, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher upload weirdness

Mosley – I’ve seen a few of these since Stitch went to 2.0 and I have an image set that will produce it, if Paul Heckbert needs it for testing. It seems more common with 360 degree panoramas, but it isn’t limited to them. It’s definitely a stitching bug, not an uploading bug – one of the very few unsquashed by Stitch 2.0 (in fact introduced in 2.0).

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: Jul 5, 2012

Topic: Photo Editors / Photoshop file size limitation

I would probably:

-Sample some of the darkest and lightest images in a RAW editor, find a happy medium of adjustment that applies to all.
-Batch process adjustments and slight resize (like David said) to get under the pixel limit.
-Stitch

If you do your editing in RAW before converting, I don’t see any reason to stick with TIF format. JPG would be 1/7 the size and save you some Methuselah-length load times.

Hope you get it figured out! Post a link when it’s up.

bkaylor