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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
Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jun 1, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Command line arguments for Stitcher

Can someone post a list of available command line arguments for the Stitcher. In particular a list of the commands to use the ‘timestitch’ feature for aligning time-series gigapans would be great.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jun 1, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Big Project

I’ve stitched 2-3 gigapixel panos on an old netbook without a problem it just takes forever. The stitcher does seem to do a very good job with system resources. However if you have a very old computer with too little ram I can imagine you might run into errors from lack of memory. The 2.0 version of the stitcher is very fast, but I haven’t stitched anything as large as 50gp.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jun 1, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitch 2.0: Dig up the old panorama photos

I can confirm that the new stitcher works really well with bad image sets. For example below is a pano I shot where I made the camera FOV too wide for what it actually was so there wasn’t enough overlap between images to get a good stitch with the older stitcher. You can see that the new version does a way better job. (The EFX image adjustment features are also very nice and definitely worth the money if you shoot a lot of panos).

Original Stitch (v1.x): http://gigapan.com/gigapans/88326
Stitched with 2.0: http://api.gigapan.org/gigapans/101140

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jun 1, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / 'Search' function for forum

Any chance we’ll get a Search feature for the forum? This would greatly improve the utility of having a forum since it allows people to see if their question had already been answered before posting it. I see the search bar on the top of the site but choices are only “groups, galleries and gigapans”

GIGAprint GIGAprint
Posted: May 31, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / PRINTING giant digital photographs, panoramas

We can produce large format gallery quality panoramas not only from digital files. I have done this even before the “digital revolution”. So if you have old negatives/transparencies – I can help with my Heidelberg Primescan D8400 drum scanner.

GIGAprint GIGAprint
Posted: May 31, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / PRINTING giant digital photographs, panoramas

Yes, I do have pricing schemes, but they vary depending on the materials used, file prep stage, and print size (larger size = less $/per foot).
I also offer free color proofs with no obligation to proceed with a printing order. Generally prices start at $6/square foot. I usually show several material/pricing /finishing options when estimating a project. A pricing table often is not fair to a customer or print producer – since every situation is different – I know this from my years of experience. it is not a mass production, or “one hour photo” – we offer personal professional approach to every project with compatible or even lower pricing.
So don’t be shine – ask, request estimates, etc. – no sales pressure, no obligation guaranteed.

Leonie Holmes Leonie Holmes
Posted: May 31, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / NEW TO GIGAPAN

Hi Trevor, I just got my gigapan pro and so far just experimented in the kitchen with a long snapshot. I am going to go out and photograph the Bay which is just beyond my garden. I’m not sure what I’m doing yet so will probably make a few mistakes before getting it right. The kitchen shot looks ok but the overlaps aren’t too good. My mistakes not the gigapan. I will upload some images next week when I, hopefully, get the hang of it. Good luck, Trevor and yes, I would recommend buying one. The images I’ve seen by other people are spectacular. I am using a Nikon D700.
Leonie (Canada)

Richard Gillespie Richard Gillesp...
Posted: May 31, 2012

Topic: Cold-weather Gigapanning / Does it work in cold weather?

I would also put it in a plastic bag like I do my cameras, in and out of the cold to prevent condensation.

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Posted: May 29, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Stitcher 2.0.0501 crashes with Windows 7 64-bit

Had a problem with Stitcher 2.0.0501 crashing each time I tried to add files using Windows 7 64-bit. It was annoying as heck. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling and it still crashed. I tried repairing the program and again, it still crashed.

I finally thought about what was going on and decided to go into the Gigapan stitch folder, right clicking on the stitcher.exe and going into properties, then compatibility. I changed it to XP SP3 mode. That seemed to fix the problem.

PalinImages PalinImages
Posted: May 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / NEW TO GIGAPAN

Hi Everyone, firstly I absolutely love a lot of the images being shown on the site. I’ve not actually got my gigapan yet but I’m looking at ordering the pro. I would appreciate any tips, I use a 5d with various lenses.
Do you think that if I ordered my Gigapan from this site, I live in the UK, that I would have any problems with using the system in the UK? I know I sound stupid so please excuse me for this. It’s a lot of money and I want to get it right.

Thanks for some cracking shots!

Trevor

David Pivin David Pivin
Posted: May 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Inconsistent light in stitch

Looks to me like contrast enhancement going on, like with Canon cameras. The function in Sony cameras is called DRO. It should be disabled. See p 28 of the camera manual.

Dave

virtualnet virtualnet
Posted: May 28, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / straight

Hi…
I’ve done some panoramas but donĀ“t understand why they are not straight. This is the link to my panorama: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/106082
Can you help me to understand why they are not straight? :)

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: May 27, 2012

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / PowerShot SX40

I finally had a chance to try out my new Canon SX40HS with the EPIC 100, and I thought I’d report on what I’ve found so far.

If you’re considering this camera for Gigapanning, there’s good news and bad news.

First, be aware that RAW format is not offered on this model out of the box. If you’re intent on shooting RAW, it can be done but there’s one very significant tradeoff. The popular CHDK firmware hack gives the camera the ability to save .DNG files when properly configured. The downside is that it takes right at 3 second per exposure to accomplish it. Add in 1 second for a start delay (to let the lens settle)if you’re shooting at full zoom, and you’re at 4 seconds per exposure.

On the other hand, if you’re satisfied with JPEG, it’s a very quick camera when properly configured. I’ve found that if you configure the EPIC for a short button push and set the SX40 to ContinuousLV mode, you can get 1 exposure per second. It will actually go down to .8 sec, but as the card starts to heat up it will miss exposures.It also has the advantage of SDXC compatibility which gives you the ability to buy a 64Gb memory card for about $50.

A number of reviews have called the SX40 the best super zoom on the market. We shall see. . .

I’ll report more as I gain experience with the camera.

John Opie John Opie
Posted: May 27, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Inconsistent light in stitch

Light conditions can change quite rapidly, especially if you are dealing with relatively long exposures. Most often I see this when office buildings turn their lights on and off during standard maintenance or when advertising lighting changes. Bummer, but try it again at around 3 AM or so when there is less dynamics going on…

beautifulmodule beautifulmodule
Posted: May 27, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Inconsistent light in stitch

http://gigapan.com/gigapans/106191

For some reason in my gigapan I am getting different shades of exposures. My camera was on manual mode all around including focus, WB, etc. Any ideas what might be causing this?

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: May 26, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Snapshots?

I was able to successfully make a snapshot on one of your public GigaPans. Is the one people were having trouble snapshotting private? I’m not certain, but it’s possible only the author can snapshot private GigaPans (even if you’ve shared the private link with others).

Speculation: If that’s the case, it’s probably because you’d need GigaTag access to allow others to snapshot a private GigaPan. (I’ve never used GigaTag so anything I say about it at this point is speculation.)

Charles Davis Charles Davis
Posted: May 26, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Snapshots?

I created a panorama and posted it here. I opened it to others, suggesting that they locate themselves and create a snapshot w/ descriptive information. They can’t seem to get it to work. I have created a couple of snapshots w/ no problems.

The other people WERE registered and entered their registration data.

Is there some “trick” to making this work for visitors? Is this even possible?

Jason Buchheim Jason Buchheim
Posted: May 24, 2012

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

Hi Tom,

Another idea came to me this morning as I played with a new toy. A very interesting camera accessory that just came available is the ‘Triggertrap’ app for iOS devices that lets the iphone/ipad be the smarts for a cable release that features HDR, timelapse, motion detection, GPS movement, and more. Check out http://www.triggertrap.com My unit finally arrived in the mail yesterday, it consists of a little dongle that listens for noise from the headphone jack and triggers the cable release on the camera. It comes with the option for a plug for most any camera that can be cable release controlled (including Nikon DSLRs and the Panasonic’s) The dongle is $10 and $10 for the camera connecting cable. I mention this as it would probably work with the Gigapan unit to connect to your Panasonic of interest with little or no modification necessary or it would be an easy base for creating a cable that would work properly. The camera connection cable is essentially a headphone jack, so the resistors and stuff necessary for the Panasonic cable release are built in to it. The dongle may work just from the pulse from the Gigapan, I have not tested it, but essentially it is activated by the iPhone sending out a pulse of sound on all frequencies (0HZ to 22000HZ all at maximum db) to generate a voltage through the headphone jack, this voltage self powers the dongle to activate a connection with optoisolators (so there is no physical electrical connection between iphone and camera).

I mention all this as, besides being a cool gadget, the dongle and camera connector cord might work well to connect the Epic and Epic 100 to cameras for electronic shutter release at minimal cost or complexity.

I do not have an Epic100 to test it with though (only have the Epic Pro, which, of course, already does the electronic shutter release), so someone else will have to take the plunge and try it.

Check it out http://triggertrap.com & https://triggertrap.com/products/dongle/

Jason

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: May 23, 2012

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

Thanks for the information, Jason. I’ll let you know if I buy the Panasonic.

Aloysious A Gruntpuddock Aloysious A Gru...
Posted: May 23, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Recommended Tripod

Should have said – when using a motorised pano head I use …

Also take a few using a rifle grip.

Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Posted: May 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Share your mistakes!

http://gigapan.com/gigapans/24538
I learned I have to turn OFF image stabilization to avoid shake on the top image.

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: May 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Share your mistakes!

Have you ever finished shooting a lengthy gigapan and then realized a setting was wrong? I’ll share a few of my mistakes so far in the hope that others can avoid them. If you have some learned wisdom, tell us what to avoid.

- Camera ran out of batteries (duh).
- Forgot to change Epic Pro horizon settings after changing lenses.
- Forgot to manual focus during a night shoot.
- Forgot to turn off auto white balance when shooting JPGs.
- Shot too close to sunset. Sun went down and half of 338 photos were black.

Above all, shoot in RAW and allow enough time to double check your settings.

What are you thoughts?

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: May 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / PRINTING giant digital photographs, panoramas

Do you have any common pricing schemes, like per foot, etc.?

bkaylor bkaylor
Posted: May 23, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / examples of gigapans with Mercator projections

Hi Paul, if you haven’t found your examples yet, I can go back and try to stitch the same photos with the two projections you want, I’ll post back if I get something uploaded.

Nathan Wong Nathan Wong
Posted: May 23, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Software Won't Open

I’ve had that happen to me numerous times. It had gotten to a point where I would use a third party stitcher because the Gigapan one wouldn’t work. In order for me to get it working again I usually remove (uninstall) the program and reinstall it. You’ll need to reboot your machine before it’ll work again.

Good luck!