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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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Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Jun 29, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Sticher 2.0 and EFX

Sventek,

Can you please contact us directly at http://gigapan.com/cms/support/contact-support ? I’d like to look up your customer record and look into this.

Thanks.

Sventek Sventek
Posted: Jun 29, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Sticher 2.0 and EFX

I purchased an Epic Pro directly from gigapan.org, but I didn’t get an e-mail (and I searched for it). After investing so much in the equipment, I think it would be reasonable for current users to be offered an upgrade path.

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Posted: Jun 29, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Impossible Panorama Shoot?

Matt, These might be a starting point.

http://panospace.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/linea…

http://machoarts.com/linear-panorama-photo-of-s…#

Good luck, Terry

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Impossible Panorama Shoot?

Dear Gigapan Users:

I am stumped and looking for ideas. There is a ceremonial structure that I would like to shoot in Peru. The building is 30m per side (here is a picture of half the length of the front that I’ve taken already <http://gigapan.com/gigapans/108285>). In the front I have about 50m of space to step back. However, there are carvings around 3 sides of the building (the back is still covered and thus inaccessible). On the sides I can only stand back about 5m or less resulting in presumably a distorted and huge panorama. Is there a way to shoot all 3 sides and stitch them together in a uniform way to capture a single shot of all the iconography? Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Best,
Matt

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jun 27, 2012

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

Yes, explore score is affected most definitely by traffic, as well as time.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 27, 2012

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

Angelko: What’s funny is that about two days ago, the rest of my pictures were evaluated. Furthermore, my latest was scored a 138 almost immediately…so thanks. However, my first two photos had explore scores above 100 and now they’re closer to 50…why the change? I guess I don’t entirely understand how the explore score is evaluated (e.g. a algorithm? based on viewing traffic?).

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jun 26, 2012

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

Matthew, will you post or message me with the gigapans at question.

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Jun 25, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Sticher 2.0 and EFX

The Savings Bundle for Stitch EFX is offered to those who purchase an Epic Series Imager directly from gigapan.com. The email Angelko referred to in early March 2012 was the Stitch EFX release announcement. Sorry, any discounts offered at that time are now expired.

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Jun 25, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Shooting order

Matthew, thanks for the reminder. Yes, the Epic Pro can shoot columns-right, columns-left, rows-down, rows-up. The Epic and Epic 100 can shoot columns right, rows-down, rows-up.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

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

While my post does not add much to the thread, but what is the current status of the Explore Score issue. My first two GigaPans received Explore Scores the next day (or two after), but I have been posting since and haven’t received any.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

That’s another good option. I’m currently in Peru doing my research now and also documenting archaeological sites that are slowly eroding. I am just gathering as much data as I can right now, but I’m trying to look forward to see how they can actually be used and these are all great solutions.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

Glad to help. Personally, I expect conferences to have web access these days, and I generally bring my own (MiFi cellular Wifi access point) in case they don’t.

I should also point out that although it isn’t embeddable in Powerpoint, another option for showing a GigaPan without web access is to use the GigaPan Stitch software as a GigaPan viewer. You’ll need to have the image pyramids on the local computer (they are if you stitch them on it). Then just open the .gigapan file in Stitch and you should be able to use it as a GigaPan viewer.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

Good advice, thanks Ron! While having separate web browsers open is likely the easiest solution, they sometimes distract from the flow of the presentation (especially using PowerPoint) and internet access is not always available at conference settings. Thanks for your help to allow me to integrate GigaPan into my research.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

Evidently those Flash-based panorama viewers are not well supported in Powerpoint (I haven’t found a good account of how to embed them). However, QTVR panoramas are supported: http://wiki.panotools.org/Embed_QTVR_into_Power… That’s probably the only option you have for including an interactive panorama in a PowerPoint, presuming you don’t have web access. (If you did have web access, you’d just put in a link to the GigaPan website and this discussion would be moot, of course.)

If you know what you want to show ahead of time, my recommendation is to pre-render a movie (via screen capture or just filming your screen with a video camera) and follow Microsoft’s instructions for embedding movies in PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-he…

Sventek Sventek
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Sticher 2.0 and EFX

I am also wondering whether the e-mail has been sent out yet. I haven’t received any notification, and I would like to upgrade to EFX.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 23, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

1. My apologies, typo.
2. I just Googled “hotel 3D tour” and came up with several, the first I picked was this one:
http://www.bergfried.at/hotel-tirol/Article/ID/…

The type of software I think they use can be found here:
http://gardengnomesoftware.com/pano2vr.php

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jun 22, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

1) Who’s Rob?
2) Please cite an example by URL of “those sorts of Pano to Virtual Reality scenes that you see on hotel websites giving tours of rooms” to give us a better idea of exactly what you’re asking for. Until I see what you’re talking about I won’t know if it can be done.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 22, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Shooting order

It should be mentioned, however, that this is not possible on all machines. I don’t think that the simplest version of the Epic does not have that capability.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 22, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

That’s a great idea Rob! I looked up Camtasia Studio and although it’s an expensive download, there is a 30 day free trial, plus as you say there is likely other screen capture software out there. What about creating those sorts of Pano to Virtual Reality scenes that you see on hotel websites giving tours of rooms? Can those be embedded in an easy/manageable way and if so, how?

Dave Belcher Dave Belcher
Posted: Jun 22, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Battery recommendation EPIC/EPIC 100

I’ve been using the latest Duracell rechargable Ni-MH batteries and under most conditions can record more than 1200 shots per charge.

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: Jun 21, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Telephone as a Level

After trying to peer at the Gigapan bubble level underneath my camera, I realized that I had a more accurate leveling tool in my pocket: my phone!

My iphone and probably most smart phones have built-in multi-axis angle sensors. I have a free app called “Angle Meter,” and after testing it against some carpenter’s levels I determined that it’s really accurate! So if you struggle to read that tiny bubble level, try placing the flat edge of your telephone against your Gigapan surface and use any angle meter app.

bkaylor

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Posted: Jun 20, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Where did gigapan 36745 go?

What? You mean I missed that one?

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Jun 20, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

You can use screen capture software such as Camtasia Studio to capture a movie of you zooming thru your GigaPan on the web, and then render that movie so that it can be played back as a standalone in your presentation software of choice. You lose the spontaneity of the web, but retain the “Wow” factor of zooming. I did this at AGU back in 2008.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Posted: Jun 20, 2012

Topic: Embedding / GigaPan & PowerPoint?

I’m an archaeologist using GigaPan to document deteriorating ancient sites in Peru. I have been fascinated by the application of GigaPan imagery to archaeology projects like the folks at Emory with Samothrace in Greece, but I’m trying to see the value of GigaPan OUTSIDE the web. For example, conference presentations often use PowerPoint. How can I present a GigaPan WITHOUT having to open a web browser(e.g. use directly in PowerPoint), if at all? Thanks!

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Posted: Jun 20, 2012

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

The longest I used was 400mm and it worked out very well.

http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/58831