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Well, the advantage of IR is you don't have to plug anything in, making it easier to mount and unmount the camera. Is there a cheap source of those Canon remote control plugs? But the huge advantage of USB, as I point out in the review, is that you learn a ton of other stuff. You get an ACK that the...
by bradtem
Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: My review of the Gigapan
Replies: 19
Views: 7320

I don't expect there to be a common protocol. You just have to know the major protocols. I doubt there were more than a tiny number of IR protocols. A library like libgphoto2 already speaks all the known USB protocols I think. For USB control you don't need UI as the camera will identify itself when...
by bradtem
Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: My review of the Gigapan
Replies: 19
Views: 7320

Well, you would be surprised how cheap powerful, fast, accurate servos have gotten of late in the robotics field. The only thing keeping these mounts expensive is the fact that they sell in low volumes. Pappywizard seems fine. As I note I suspect the best thing would be to code it in j2me using blue...
by bradtem
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: My review of the Gigapan
Replies: 19
Views: 7320

Looks fun. The pro models should try to emulate a design similar to this. While I like one you can take apart for travel, an "L" shape is usually not too hard to pack into a suitcase of backback, or even camera bag. While I can't buy his DIY unit, someday I might be able to I suppose. I see that he'...
by bradtem
Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:52 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: My review of the Gigapan
Replies: 19
Views: 7320

My review of the Gigapan

It's not a very happy one, though of course it still only calls itself a beta product.

http://ideas.4brad.com/not-entirely-fair-review-gigapan-imager
by bradtem
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:23 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: My review of the Gigapan
Replies: 19
Views: 7320

I will. As I try out APP I am finding a wide variety of problems and feature requests and am summarizing them into a file, and then I will turn that into some posts to the forums. This particular one is an issue with setting the default directory in "settings" into which a .pano will be saved (and t...
by bradtem
Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:51 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

All sounds like good news. I tried the nodal ninja but the one I tried could not hold my camera tightly. They have newer ones I have yet to try. Good news about the V2 features, I await them. I looked briefly at the Merlin but will look more deeply. Doesn't look quite as portable either though it mi...
by bradtem
Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

I like AutoPanoPro for the obvious reason specified in the name -- it's automatic. When it works, or is close to working, it's vastly less work for me to build up my panos. (I also like that it's native on linux.) I shoot a _lot_ of panos, and I need a tool that will let me build them easily, or fra...
by bradtem
Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Oh, undo is indeed quite helpful, it's just that doing a single undo is 3 clicks (open undo panel, select step, click tiny close box) compared to typical UIs which have Undo as the first item on an edit menu, and put it on a shortcut (ctrl-Z). Multi-click UI is good for multiple undo. In addition, I...
by bradtem
Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Sure, I can screenshot the control point editor. Oddly this time it is different from the last (the pano is the same) in that it doesn't have orange RMS scores on the kinks, though it has slightly elevated scores. I can tell you one of the things that seems to be going wrong on this particular pictu...
by bradtem
Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:56 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Yes, I certainly need that -- and more. A 50mm 36 shot pano is about 60,000 by 3,300 when done. It needs a serious machine. The widest I have done is 93,000 pixels wide (shot at 200mm in a partial circle, found at http://pic.templetons.com/cgi-bin/imget?f=brad/pano/midpano/morn-200.jpg) and that tax...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Such an ability would give it the ability to be trained on a lens, by shooting some quick fake panos of test targets so that the program learns perfectly everything about the lens' geometry and distortions. You can do that with PTgui and store as a template. But PTGui doesn't run 'natively' on Linu...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

What's the easiest way to get 'em straight? I am taking a different approach when this happens for now -- switching from APP to another program which doesn't work well except on pano head shot panos, because it assumes those constraints normally. IMO, use a Hot Shoe bubble level and make sure your ...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Oh, I'll get one. The other program I use primarily is Panorama Factory. PF is for single-row panos but has two important features which make it the winner for very high quality panos. The first is its "fine tune" which lets you go into a blend and generate different blending vectors all over it (an...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

My hardware is reasonably fast -- core 2 duo 6600, 6 gigs ram, nvidia 7600 gpu. I would not call the UI of APP "zippy" at all (the stitching is at a decent speed) but it's usable for buttons, menus, and the like. The worst thing is the vertical line tool, and the image move mode, though I have not y...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:02 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

I will get some shots. I usually discard them when APP does not do them well. My most serious shots I do on a Kaidan pano head. (Gave up on the gigapan, wait for the next version). I'm shooting on Canon 40D/20D/etc. typically with the 50mm prime lens, sometimes with 10-22mm zoom. The 50mm is effecti...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:40 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?

I understand why the sifter may get handheld-panoramas wrong and need manual straightening adjustment. And I understand the various tools such as the vertical lines, the auto-horizon etc. But I am finding that while the majority of my panohead shot panos come out straight, far too many of them are c...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:48 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Why do I need to straighten panos shot on pano head?
Replies: 27
Views: 7351

Yes, since my sources are usually jpeg I would need to edit the .pano file to do this, which would work but is hardly an ideal workflow. And I also prefer to keep source images as they are, though it's tolerable to copy the source to a safe copy and then edit the original if I happen to be working o...
by bradtem
Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:04 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Best workflow to correct an image to improve smartblend?
Replies: 3
Views: 1689

Best workflow to correct an image to improve smartblend?

APP's approach of using an alpha channel to remove moving objects from a source image to avoid ghosting when smartblend can't figure things out is an interesting one. I am just curious if there is a good workflow to do it? Right now I have to identify the bad images, load them into my photo editor, ...
by bradtem
Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:55 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Best workflow to correct an image to improve smartblend?
Replies: 3
Views: 1689
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