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mediavets wrote:Here's an idea for a simple, cheap and effective wooden rail:

http://www.autopano.net/forum/p37570-2009-01-24-23-56-43#p37570

That's a great suggestion. Wood isn't a problem for a piece that size, and has the benefits of a custom plate for the camera model.
by steve
Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:46 am
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

"steve" I believe that you live in Australia ... You can buy a Merlin mount via Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Skywatcher-MERLIN-SynScan-AZ-Goto-Tischmontierung-/370394941547?pt=Optik_Zubeh%C3%B6r&hash=item563d42486b#ht_1360wt_905 The best price I can find for the mount alone is Aus$600, and no speci...
by steve
Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

What are the camera-base-to-centre-of-the-lens-mount dimensions of the D80 and D7000 bodies. http://wiki.panotools.org/Entrance_Pupil_Database shows 42.8mm, however my eyeball+ruler says 44mm. I don't have a D7000 to measure yet. There are a number of ways to get a more extensive range of exposure ...
by steve
Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

I always shoot the main row of 6-around at a negative pitch. Why would you choose not to? In case the upshot doesn't stitch, I still have the 6 around without a larger hole on top. I know that Autopano wants to do everything with SIFT, however the inability to do a manual override means that I've h...
by steve
Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

The Panogear package includes a Lithium Ion battery system with charger, and a dovetail rail for mounting the camera in either portrait or landscape orientation, plus the Bluetooth module. That sounds worth the difference in pricing, along with the single shipment costs, coverage and single point o...
by steve
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

The Ninja´s footprint is much smaller. I mount the Merlin onto a ballhead and for a Nadir i swing it 90° Hi Klaus, Is the Merlin able to swivel the camera for an apex shot, when the 10.5mm lenses (very short) is used, on a Nikon D80/D7000? I'm not so worried about nadir shots, but I'm wondering if...
by steve
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:48 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself

Looking at the PanoGear, it appears to be a Merlin with some useful extras like a Bluetooth module. Are there any modifications to the Merlin as a reason for the price difference? Eg, perhaps a modified mount for the camera to be in portrait orientation - which is important for me! I plan to use a N...
by steve
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Buying a PanoGear vs building it myself
Replies: 17
Views: 6783

> it reminds me to this famous photographer (who did his weird stuff completely analog):

I clicked on 2001, and "The Journey" popped up. The image is quite familiar to many teenage boys who spend their time beating the love-pole over less than erudite web pages.
by steve
Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:48 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Photomatix User Gallery : what do you think?
Replies: 11
Views: 3367

Manually set control points

When taking panoramas of white rooms, I frequently find myself able to see a point like the corner of a powerpoint, the edge of a bed, or the corner of a room. Because these points are small, there is not enough information to extract SIFT details, and Autopano ignores my input when I tell it that t...
by steve
Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Manually set control points
Replies: 3
Views: 2041

It wasn't a message directed against you, beeloba. The following sentence explained about the 100 messages.
by steve
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:58 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: The World Wide Panorama [Current event: Sustenance]
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

And please stop asking about the meaning of "sustenance"... after 100 messages on the WWPano mailing list, I wish a different word had been chosen!
by steve
Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:22 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: The World Wide Panorama [Current event: Sustenance]
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

Thank you! Now, no more posts to this thread!

Only Alexandre has the right to cause regular heart attacks on login!

:)
by steve
Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Announcements / Annonces
Topic: Autopano Pro 1.4 Alpha 3
Replies: 6
Views: 5959

I'd like to drag photos to their approximate position, then draw a square where the photos overlap to get Autopano to match those two regions for CPs.
by steve
Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:58 am
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: move editor improvement
Replies: 2
Views: 1103

Could someone please lock the Announcements forum so that only AlexandreJ can post? My heart can't take the "NEW MESSAGES IN ANNOUNCEMENTS" jolt every time I log in. Hopefully this message will be the last jolt inducing waste of time, and only legitimate jolts will be induced by AlexandreJ the Great...
by steve
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:17 am
 
Forum: Announcements / Annonces
Topic: Autopano Pro 1.4 Alpha 2
Replies: 36
Views: 17918

Yes, I have encountered this problem too. The difficulty is that Autopano only renders the area covered by the photo, and does not insert blank space for the area not covered by photos. Hence any subsequent program does not know where the horizon line is. I work around this problem by running a prog...
by steve
Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:56 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Suggestion on partial panorama and spherical / equirectangular renders
Replies: 3
Views: 1708

Hello Alexandre, I had a thought the other day... you could use the second half of the SIFT process to handle templating. If you run the pictures through the normal process, then you have the positions of the photos relative to each other. Most of them will be correctly positioned, so you can genera...
by steve
Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: About a layout templating system ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4950

Yes, I already use a templating system with Autopano by automatically generating *.pto files for my shots. I know that the ideal is for SIFT to provide all the information, but the descriptors just aren't available for white walls, blank ceilings or blue sky. To avoid having a specific template, whi...
by steve
Tue May 29, 2007 10:23 am
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: About a layout templating system ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4950

Parallax is only a problem with close-up subjects, so a hand-held pano isn't going to cause any issues as long as the deck of the boat isn't visible...
by steve
Mon May 21, 2007 7:24 am
 
Forum: Panorama gallery / Galerie de panoramas
Topic: Impossible Pano?
Replies: 8
Views: 2752

Using a template is one of the ways I force Autopano to do what I want. It wouldn't take long to add to Autopano, and it does dramatically improve results. The reason why is because RANSAC has a preference towards minimal changes, so all the mathematics is already there waiting to be exploited. You ...
by steve
Tue May 15, 2007 3:13 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Handling the Blue (or Cloudy) Sky Problem
Replies: 22
Views: 8986

I can't understand the messages in French. Could you please post them to the sections for French?
by steve
Sun May 13, 2007 7:38 am
 
Forum: Announcements / Annonces
Topic: Harlem-13-Gigapixels.com
Replies: 40
Views: 20832

You are making the assumption that reducing the price would result in more purchases. I don't think that is true, as there are a limited number of people interested in panorama photography. The need to purchase a pile of professional equipment to do panoramas properly most definitely enforces the fa...
by steve
Sun May 06, 2007 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Side-by-side panoramas?
Replies: 34
Views: 6987

The details of SIFT are available as a paper (which I have studied in depth), but the implementation is not open source and it is not free for commercial implementation. The point of my costing is that the software is a small part of my overall equipment cost, and has nothing to do with your cars, p...
by steve
Sun May 06, 2007 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Side-by-side panoramas?
Replies: 34
Views: 6987

I could buy 6 copies of Autopano Pro for the price of one single lenses that I have in my camera. I could buy 15 copies of Autopano Pro for the cost of my camera. I could buy 2 copies of Autopano Pro for the cost of my tripod alone. I bought my lenses, camera and tripod so that I could use Autopano ...
by steve
Sun May 06, 2007 11:26 am
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Side-by-side panoramas?
Replies: 34
Views: 6987

I don't think there are that many people who would buy Autopano, and would be about the same group as those who buy equipment like panoheads and DSLR's. So having photographic equipment pricing rather than bulk commodity Windows pricing seems the best approach. I didn't think twice about paying for ...
by steve
Sat May 05, 2007 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Side-by-side panoramas?
Replies: 34
Views: 6987

May I be the first to offer a bug report on Autopano 1.4 Alpha 1? :)

The screenshot shows that the photos have slightly different sizes, suggesting that it isn't locking lens distortion for the group.

Just one of the things that you notice when you have the screenshot as your desktop background. :)
by steve
Fri May 04, 2007 1:45 am
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Autopano Pro v1.3.1 Alpha 3 Preview
Replies: 27
Views: 6600
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