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Ah, a 'clutch' in effect.

Thank you.

Update - but, if you set the friction too low, is there not a risk that the camera will slip down when you release it, banging the lens on the mount?
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:18 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Is it OK to rotate the head by hand?
Replies: 9
Views: 5612

As a general principal, I don't like the idea of messing about with friction adjustments.

If you set them too high the motors have to work harder and this will probably increase the battery drain as well as slowing the rig down (and possibly stripping gears).
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Is it OK to rotate the head by hand?
Replies: 9
Views: 5612

The problem with having two languages is that many useful discussions are closed to those who (like myself) can only read one language.

Would it be possible to set it up so that threads can be automatically translated into both languages (or possibly more)?
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Announcements / Annonces
Topic: Future forum migration
Replies: 8
Views: 3753

Sometimes getting the camera position correct means that it is not balanced, my Fuji had to be entirely in front of the horizontal axis at full zoom. I don't have a Panogear but would expect that the head should be able to move (albeit reluctantly) when the unit is inactive. Once it is switched on, ...
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:16 am
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Is it OK to rotate the head by hand?
Replies: 9
Views: 5612

You might get away with that but only using the multiple viewpoints feature in Autopano Giga http://www.autopano.net/wiki-en/action/view/Reproducing_a_painting_or_artwork
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:18 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Is it possible to shoot a pano by moving the camera AROUND a subject?
Replies: 22
Views: 4029

I had just done a clean install of the latest version of Autopan Pro and it stitched the pano with only some minor errorrs in some of the lighting columns.
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Problem Stitching
Replies: 46
Views: 7001

Should be able to run an LCD screen with 3 wires (including the earth) using an I2C screen chip interface - loads of them on ebay.
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: New lightweight motorized panorama head
Replies: 28
Views: 7137

Why not build one using spare bits of timber and a Lego set? You can have it working autonomously using an internal program or run programs on an external pc, laptop, pda, etc. You can aso have direct control using Bluetooth or usb if that is what you prefer. Does multi-row panos and can handle brac...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:24 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: New lightweight motorized panorama head
Replies: 28
Views: 7137

I tend to be lazy and shoot in autofocus but I believe that the best way is to use manual focus if possible with a small aperture to give good depth of field. I realise that this is not always possible indoors but if you focus on the nearest parts of the scene and check that the most distant parts a...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:14 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Overlapping question
Replies: 11
Views: 2284

I found that the hardest part was activating the camera shutter.

Here is a link to some of the methods I tried - http://www.flickr.com/photos/73571158@N00/5589231852/in/set-72157623635436569

Hope this helps.
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:53 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Own panorama head, gear ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

Commercial pano heads tend to have large power packs so can afford to use the motors to hold the unit in position. I tried using gear trains for both axes but eventually went for worm drive on the horizontal axis because it used fewer parts for the same ratio. The initial (LEGO) gear train was so st...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:09 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Own panorama head, gear ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

Commercial pano heads tend to have large power packs so can afford to use the motors to hold the unit in position. I tried using gear trains for both axes but eventually went for worm drive on the horizontal axis because it used fewer parts for the same ratio. The initial (LEGO) gear train was so st...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Own panorama head, gear ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

I would definitely go for the worm drive on the horizontal axis because friction will usually prevent the motor/ drive train from runnning back. This means you should be able to switch the motor off between shots to save the batteries. You might have to use a smaller axle shaft for the worm, or choo...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:59 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Own panorama head, gear ratio
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

In detection, choose the 'force every image' option.

In edit, select 'move images' then 'pictures'.

You can now drag the errant shots (usually clustered near the bottom, left corner) into the correct position using the grid.

It may help to set the grid to just less than the picture size.
by a a gruntpuddock
Sat May 18, 2013 10:14 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Help with manual arrangement of images
Replies: 4
Views: 981

I found this free program useful - http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue May 14, 2013 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Panoshoot
Topic: WI FI undefined error
Replies: 4
Views: 4181

From the FAQ "The license of Autopano Pro is a single-station license, i.e. you can only install the application on one computer. However, Kolor tolerates the installation of the application on several computers for individuals and self-employed persons insofar as you are the only user of the applic...
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:08 am
 
Forum: Using Panotour / Panotour Pro 1.8
Topic: Can Panotour pro be used in desktop and laptop with same license?
Replies: 2
Views: 593

I use CorelDraw - handles >30,000 no problem.
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:57 pm
 
Forum: Autopano - Bugs & discussion
Topic: Photoshop 30,000 Pixels Warning ....
Replies: 7
Views: 1497

by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: putting a gigapano online
Replies: 5
Views: 1782

Thanks for the info.
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Multiple camera setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 2961

Multiple camera setup?

by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:38 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Multiple camera setup?
Replies: 6
Views: 2961

It would be better if you could post the photos (or a link to them) so that we can try to stitch them.
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: How to create a cylindrical panorama?
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

Surprised it lasted so long!

Haven't bought anything from a camera shop in years - all been much cheapr on the net.
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:34 am
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: The UK's biggest camera retailer has gone bust
Replies: 4
Views: 1193

It is quite clear on the Kolor website that incremental upgrades to a version (ie from 2.5 to 2.6) are free.

However, new versions (ie from 2 to 3) have to be purchased, but users of the last version get a discount.

Don't see why you are complaining, you bought version 2 and can still use it.
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:49 am
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Update
Replies: 7
Views: 2534

Autopano Giga (not Pro) is designed to handle the situation where the camera changes position.
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Long flat panorama
Replies: 3
Views: 851

Don't understand a word of it but this laddie seems to be doing it using Excel & VBA to generate the commands -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRifcnxx5eQ&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rYTR3dXh30
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: How to connect Papywizard to Tinkerforge Bricks (Stepper)?
Replies: 5
Views: 1785
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