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For the sceptics, here are some links to LEGO pano heads. Remember that LEGO is DESIGNED to come apart easily though! Can't find the link now but have seen a site where the prototypes failed under the strain, letting a dslr fall about 5' to the ground. Not being a devout LEGOer, I had no qualms abou...
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: RSS Rotator or Advanced Rotator RD16-II... or?
Replies: 8
Views: 2828

I looked at rotators but realised that most of them had a very limited number of detents, which meant that you had no real control over the overlaps. I made up some stiff carboard protractors to fit under a standard tripod head then realised that I already had a protractor built into a laser level w...
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: RSS Rotator or Advanced Rotator RD16-II... or?
Replies: 8
Views: 2828

I had the same problem as well as legs which would not support me long enough to shoot a large pano. I built a LEGO-based rotator to do all the work for me - http://www.flickr.com/photos/73571158@N00/sets/72157623635436569/ If you only shoot single row panos, you cam mechanise the most basic model u...
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:57 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: RSS Rotator or Advanced Rotator RD16-II... or?
Replies: 8
Views: 2828

Since you have shot the pictures in a regular pattern this is fairly easy to fix. First you have to select the 'Force every image to be in one panorama' option before starting the detection phase. All photos which the program cannot recognise will be dumped into one spot, usually near the bottom, le...
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:06 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Dealing with the Sky ....
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Have you tried adjusting the center point of the image?

I sometimes get this on long panos, even using a tripod but a bit of adjustment usually gets ridof mostt of the curvature.
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: automatic horizon - additional option to manually define a horizon
Replies: 30
Views: 9832

Doesn't look like they merged two separate shots, there would be some atrifacts. They might have shot the city very carefully using a long focal length then shot the sky at wide angle to get it done quickly, then used all the shots to create a single pano. UPDATE Wrong, as usual! http://blog.360citi...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Adding "fake" sky to a gigapixel panorama
Replies: 7
Views: 1989

I usually put them on Photobucket then paste the 'share' code into here.
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Help with Mis-aligned stitching
Replies: 10
Views: 2389

Possible problem with AP3 jpg format

Been trying out APP 3.0 on my quad core pc with 4mb ram - very impressive. Created a 147 mb jpg pano of my back garden. One problem was that Flickr refused to accept the smaller version (18.7mb jpg) cut down in CorelPaint, saying it was an invalid file. Ran it through Photoshop Elements 10 and saved...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Autopano - Bugs & discussion
Topic: Possible problem with AP3 jpg format
Replies: 1
Views: 731

"Stood in one place and just pivoted to get all the pics" Did that with my very first pano and got an area which would just not stitch. The problem is that the camera posotion moves between shots, you rally need to totate yourself about the camera, not the camera about you. A monopod helps because i...
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Need assistance with a pano
Replies: 10
Views: 1683

I have two patterns, depending on whether I want to shoot in rows or columns. In either case, it starts at the top left corner then trundles along one row/ column, shifts, then reverses direction. So, in the case of columns (my preference), it goes down, across, up, across, down. Did it that way bec...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Why not let the photographer help Autopano - new feature?
Replies: 11
Views: 4136

This is usually caused by not keeping the camera axis vertical and can happen even using a tripod. I can normally get most of it out by adjusting the position of the centre point, but sometimes you have to move the centre from side to side as well as up and down. If you select planar layout, you mig...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Flat Horizons ???
Replies: 7
Views: 3234

Thanks mediavets - a bit of APP I had vever explored!

Pity the supplied options do not match the pattern I set for my home-grown pano head, but it's nice to know they are available.
by a a gruntpuddock
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:09 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Why not let the photographer help Autopano - new feature?
Replies: 11
Views: 4136

This feature is not available in Autopano Pro, options are free or single row/ column. However, if you go into 'move pictures' mode, it is easy enough to manually align shots, especially when they have been taken in a regular pattern. Adding additional alignment options as suggested by macbenutzer w...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:06 am
 
Forum: Autopano Future
Topic: Why not let the photographer help Autopano - new feature?
Replies: 11
Views: 4136

Perhaps you have used autofocus and the camera has been unable to focus before the next shot was taken?
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Triggering Nikon D3100
Replies: 22
Views: 6205

Do you mean pixel size or file size?
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun May 20, 2012 8:23 am
 
Forum: Using Neutralhazer
Topic: Image size
Replies: 1
Views: 1668

What quality and size settings are you using?
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri May 11, 2012 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Rendered pano is unsharp
Replies: 12
Views: 2727

I suggest you hand the problem over to your pupil, he might spot something you are missing.

Kids all seem to know much more about computers nowadays anyway!

Did he use the 'extended save'? http://www.autopano.net/wiki-en/action/view/Panotour_-_Interface_-_Toolbar
by a a gruntpuddock
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:05 am
 
Forum: Using Panotour / Panotour Pro 1.8
Topic: Absolute Beginner question - taking over an existing project?
Replies: 7
Views: 1405

UPDATE - Tried the full version of Serif PanoPlus - very good at assembling the pano, but limited adjustment options and major problems in trying to render at full size. Keeps saying it cannot render and to reduce the dimensions. In this case recommended width was about 17,000 pixels but it would o...
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: New to photo editing and stiching, Willing to pay to have a photo done
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

You can rotate the whole pano by adjusting the 'roll' angle. To straighten out a curved horizon you have to change the centre point of the picture (vanishing point) by clicking just above or below the median line. On a long pano you will probably not be able to sort it all out, but you can usually i...
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: help straightening panorama
Replies: 3
Views: 954

I had problems because the downloaded files were stretched horizontally so the panos ended up really wide and distorted. Strangely enough, they look ok when posted here, although they are also distorted on photobucket! I would recommend that you download the free Serif program and try that with the ...
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:42 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: New to photo editing and stiching, Willing to pay to have a photo done
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Out of interest, I downoaded this free program from Serif - http://www.serif.com/free-panoramic-photo-stiching-software/ I loaded all the photos (40) into it and this is the result - http://i1158.photobucket.com/albums/p616/AAGruntpuddock/Panorama.jpg The full version (download) is only £14.99 (eve...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:39 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: New to photo editing and stiching, Willing to pay to have a photo done
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Removed unneccessary photos, tweaked the colour settings and restitched in cylinder mode -

Image

Edited to add in a shot I missed!
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:37 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: New to photo editing and stiching, Willing to pay to have a photo done
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Seemed to be only 40 photos - one was missing and one was a copy.
Stitched as spherical - Image

Image
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:17 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: New to photo editing and stiching, Willing to pay to have a photo done
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Put the photos on Flickt , Photobucket or similar and post a link here - I'll have a try for free.
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: New to photo editing and stiching, Willing to pay to have a photo done
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

http://i1158.photobucket.com/albums/p616/AAGruntpuddock/RavenscraigScrap-1.jpg No tutorial as far as I know. I shot a large pano but the camera batteries failed before it finished. Autopano could assemble the bits with the buildings but omitted shots showing only the sky (it was pretty uniform). I ...
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Problem stitching panorama
Replies: 18
Views: 3365
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