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Welcome to the GigaPan Forum!

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
arronlee arronlee
Posted: Oct 11, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Wrong see image from the viewer

I am not sure about whether it is the problem of the site or your image. But I wonder have you installed any image viewer to help you with it? If so, which kind of image viewer have you used? A web image viewer or a windows image viewer? Is this the problem of incompatible?

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Oct 10, 2013

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Need to swap for a 10 pin Nikon cable

I’ll trade any of the other cables that ship with the EPIC pro. PM me if interested.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Oct 10, 2013

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Product Updates?

The gigapan store is out of EPIC and EPIC pro and low on EPIC 100. That could mean a refresh is coming…

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Oct 7, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Sports arena gigapan

As long as the people are moving, there is no way to completely eliminate cut offs – it’s the nature of multi-frame shooting. When you shoot a Gigapan you are in a way shooting a timelapse – things are going to move, there’s no way to avoid it. Jason provides some good strategies for minimizing them and preparing to fix the remainder in post processing. One thing I would add for sporting events is to shoot in columns rather than rows – people in stadium seating tend to move vertically more than horizontally.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Oct 7, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Missing shots

Can you provide more info about the setup you’re using? Which imager and camera you have would be a good start.

If it’s an EPIC pro, how you have it configured (mirror lockup or not, any delays that you’re using, etc.) would be helpful as well.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Posted: Oct 6, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan slide shows - displaying in group settings

Hi Jerry,

I have used GigaPans in classroom settings and it does work well. Most projectors I’ve used in teaching environments are not especially high resolution, so the area you’ll see on screen is probably less than you’re used to seeing on your computer, but the GigaPan experience doesn’t suffer as much because the zoom factor still works just as well. I don’t think the audience will notice the difference.

If you’re able to get a high res projector or display system (1080p or 4K) I’d imagine the experience would be a little better (maybe a lot better), but I still don’t think it suffers on a normal classroom projector, unless you’ve already been spoiled by a super-high res display.

Ron

kendidit kendidit
Posted: Oct 4, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Missing shots

I’ve been noticing lately, that the first shot in a pano, or sometimes the top shot in a few of the first columns don’t set off the camera. I’m not using auto focus,or auto anything for that matter…?

Simon Bolivar Simon Bolivar
Posted: Oct 4, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Sports arena gigapan

Hello, if anybody can explain a bit further about how to shoot people without cut offs or overlaps between images, I will appreciate. Thanks a lot.

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Oct 3, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Sprint Release Notes

October 3

A code release for gigapan.com on Thursday, 10/3 includes the following:

NEW FEATURES:
New embed URL uses a hash to obscure the Gigapan ID or Auth Key and increase flexibility in formating and use.
New view embeds are now generated and served using Seadragon only – existing embeds will continue to use Flash. New embeds going forward will not.
Large Format Printing is now available in 36, 48, and 60 inch sizes.

BUGFIX / CLEANUP:
Stitch Help now redirects to CMS content
Added .cat to the list of acceptable email address extensions
Rerouted existing embeds, so that they continue to work
Resolved changing Gigapan Tag logo triggers regeneration of the print
Removed Google Analytics Event tracking from iOS viewer

Jerry Schoen Jerry Schoen
Posted: Oct 2, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Gigapan slide shows - displaying in group settings

Has anyone had experience using Gigapans in group settings – e.g. classrooms, community meetings, etc? I’d like to try creating annotated Gigapans (using snapshot feature), then presenting them to audiences, with computer connected to projector. My biggest concern is image quality; will detail features show up well on a projected Gigapan image vs. what I see on my computer screen?

For anyone who’s done this, I’m curious about the overall experience, and what projector hardware worked well or didn’t when displaying Gigapans.
Thanks

General Toner General Toner
Posted: Sep 29, 2013

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Full Frame or Cropped sensor camera with Epic Pro?

Good point John. To note on this topic, typically only a few hundred for Nikon to replace a shutter mechanism on a DSLR.

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 26, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Wrong see image from the viewer

Please check if your gigapan image is set as Private. Private images are not available for view to the public on the gigapan.com website using the gigapan ID (e.g., 141033). A unique hash key permits viewing to those who have it.

To check, please log in. Under your Portfolio, click on the image to reach its detail page. Under About This Gigapan, click on Edit. Make sure ‘Is Private’ is not checked.

Hope this helps!

Jose Culebro Jose Culebro
Posted: Sep 24, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Wrong see image from the viewer

I can’t see my upload images in the website, somebody can help me, is problem of your site or my image?
http://gigapan.com/gigapans/141033

regards

Joseph Saracino Joseph Saracino
Posted: Sep 24, 2013

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

Hi Johan —

(I sent you a private message but haven’t heard back, so I’ll reiterate here).

I’m a little confused by your post. The latest version of the gigapan.embedlarge code checked in to github should already automatically support iOS devices (and dynamically adjust layout to support different screen sizes). Is there something in the current code that isn’t working?

How would you propose integrating the changes in your post to the currently checked in sources?

Thanks!

— Joe

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Sep 22, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

It would be especially cool if the new version retained the comments and snapshots of the old version. Or could that lead to confusion and/or abuse?

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Posted: Sep 22, 2013

Topic: General Gigapanning / Overlap, shooting outdoors

It is generally not a good idea to use autofocus or autoexposure because this can give rise to adjacent images that are so different they will not stitch, or give you a patchwork effect due to the different exposures. For the best results, learn to shoot with fixed aperture and exposure so every image is taken with the same settings. This isn’t straightforward though – you need to find settings that will work for every photo the imager will take. Finding out about “hyperfocal distance” will help.

Changing the overlap is not something you need to do. It can be useful if your camera’s images have an unusual aspect ratio. Another use is if you want to eliminate as many ghosts as possible. In that case you can set the overlap to 50% (but you will have to take many more photos to cover the same scene).

Changing the order of shooting is more useful. For example, if the sun is setting or it’s a cloudy day and the wind is moving the clouds quickly, then I sometimes try shooting in rows, top-down. If there are people in the scene then I shoot in columns because people are tall and thin, so there’s a better chance of getting their top and bottom halves before they have moved.

Melany Melany
Posted: Sep 22, 2013

Topic: Products / New Gigapan Field Backpack

I was hesitant about ordering the Gigapan backpack – mostly because of the price.
I have a large camera backpack, and by pulling out all the separators, the gigapan would fit inside. It worked, but there had to be a better way! Getting the unit in/out of the backpack was a pain.

I ordered the field pack and just put my gigapan epic pro inside. I still have room for a large lens and my camera. I doubt I’ll be backpacking with this thing, but for storing and carrying it’s perfect. It should also be good for flying, if I decide to take the giga.

It’s HUGE, but works well. Most important to me, is that the unit fits in and is easy to maneuver in/out. There’s also room for the camera and lenses and a pocket for “stuff”

If I were to put a laptop/tablet and tripod along with all this gear, I wouldn’t be able to carry it! But it’d be perfect to just lug stuff into a venue and keep everything together.

If I go someplace where I have to actually have to HIKE to the location, I’ll probably just put the Gigapan and cable in a common backpack, and carry the camera and tripod, to be honest. But who knows! Without a lot of ‘stuff’ in the pack, I might be able to wear this one on a hike.
John Opie John Opie
Posted: Sep 21, 2013

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Product Updates?

Like your ideas. :-)

It’d be nice if you could store camera/lens sets with their proper names, such as “E30+180” or “D3200+300”, which would save the desired overlap, field of view, etc. I use several lenses and I always forget which of the saved settings is which!

It’d also be great if we could save standardized gigapans: if I have an E30 with a 180 lens attached, let me center the Gigapan Pro and then run a standarized gigapan instead of having to always point to the top right and lower left. I know I can save this, but couple this with the camera+lens combo, and we’ve saved a number of minutes in setup.

Consider this as well: integrate GPS and an electronic level with an x-y motor setup on a ball mount to autolevel the unit. Chips to do this are cheap. Put a USB port to write the GPS info to a nanoUSB stick.

Most importantly: if you do offer a significant interface/mechanism upgrade, provide us early adopters with an upgrade path that makes us your friend. :-) In other words, let us send our units in with a check for $300 and get a fully updated unit, rather than abandoning us when you take it to the next level for $1000. Just sayin’, you know? :-)

John Opie John Opie
Posted: Sep 21, 2013

Topic: Digital Cameras on Gigapan / Full Frame or Cropped sensor camera with Epic Pro?

Consider this: given the serious number of photos taken when gigapanning, you need to have a very solid body to handle the sheer number of exposures made. My Olympus E30 now has over 60k exposures, largely gigapanning, but it has a shutter rated to 150k+ exposures. Not sure what Nikon rates their bodies, but I recently decided not to get a D3200 to replace the E30 because it is a consumer-level camera with a shutter designed for only around 50k exposures. Not to criticize – makes absolute sense for Nikon to do this for consumer-level cameras – but it’s something to consider.

Glen David Short Glen David Shor...
Posted: Sep 21, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

Great idea, an improvement for sure

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 20, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

Thanks. One futher thought – if you made deleting the old one a condition for using the redirect, you might be able to reclaim some server space, which never hurts.

Johan Boom Johan Boom
Posted: Sep 20, 2013

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

make your gigapixel also automatic visable on a iPhone/ iPad:

Add between:

The code:

if (navigator.userAgent && (
navigator.userAgent.indexOf(“iPad”) > -1 ||
navigator.userAgent.indexOf(“iPhone”) > -1 ||
navigator.userAgent.indexOf(“iPod”) > -1
))
{
window.location.replace(“”http://www.gigapan.com/mobile/iOS/1.0/?id=xxxxx">http://www.gigapan.com/mobile/iOS/1.0/?id=xxxxx");
}

END CODE

Works fine on my website:

http://www.360p.nl/images/gigapixels/Kampen6.55…

xxxxx = the id of your panorama on the Gigapan website.

Johan

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Sprint Release Notes

September 19

A code release for gigapan.com on Thursday, 9/19 includes the following:

NEW FEATURES
Added targeted copy to Directory that invites membership upgrades depending on current member level.
Various feature additions to back end of print processing code base.
Added Google Analytics event tracking to Print Order page Add to Cart button

BUGFIXES
Fixed Stitch/Upload version message.
Resolved NetSuite missing class issue resulting from recent NetSuite upgrade.
Adjusted cart count script to load after the rest of the page has finished.
Content correction to “Learn More about GigaPan Stitch” link.
Fixed premier upgrade to elite.
Corrected Stitch help link redirect to correct support page.
Corrected Share Galleries formatting.

Jenny Walsh Jenny Walsh
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

Thank you for sending us the suggestion Mosley. You are not alone in this request. We have had a few others as well that I am aware of. I am adding this to our feature tracking tool.

As soon as we have available development time, we will dig in.

Mosley Hardy Mosley Hardy
Posted: Sep 19, 2013

Topic: Web Site and Forum / wishlist - replace/redirect

I occasionally go back and rework gigapans that I’m not satisfied with. I’d love to have a way to either replace the old version, or have the old address redirect a browser to the new version. I suspect the latter would be easier to implement.