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I go into the 'move images' mode with the grid enabled.
You can see where each shot should go by its number, just drag it until it is in the right place relative to the grid.
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:53 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Problem stitching panorama
Replies: 18
Views: 3397

OK, sorry!
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Forum Members...that aren't really forum members - Spam Accounts
Replies: 16
Views: 6871

I had all sorts of problems with a pano which had many all-sky shots.

I eventually found that by switching on the grid and looking at the shot numbers, I could move each photo into sequence and place it fairly accurately.
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Having some really hard time stitching this panorama.
Replies: 21
Views: 3529

Well, I was reading on another thread about how a Panogear user could not get the center of the lens over the pivot point because the rig was too narrow (apparently limited to 60mm dia lenses) so I think your 800mm lens might not fit that model. You would have to try it out to see before you bought ...
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:46 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Planning to buy a Motorized Panohead, need help.
Replies: 151
Views: 37226

Not used over 300mm but I would think that any vibration severe enough to significantly affect the overlap would ruin your shots unless you were using a VERY high shutter speed. I prefer to use a surveying tripod as they are much more stable than photographic tripods, you needan adaptor since they u...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:30 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Minimum Percetage overlap for >400mm lens
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

In the video he is not using the photographs, they are merely taken to show what he is seeing.
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Nodal point (nodalNinja4) question & AutopanGiga (badlinks)
Replies: 34
Views: 6520

This is the way I prefer to do it -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEgLgReARxs
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:36 am
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Nodal point (nodalNinja4) question & AutopanGiga (badlinks)
Replies: 34
Views: 6520

Some info about free programsto batch modify your exif data, one of these might help - http://www.exifer.friedemann.info/

Also here - http://www.colorpilot.com/exif.html
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: HDR stiching question
Replies: 21
Views: 3275

I only got into LEGO because I needed to build a motorised pano head, and in fact ended using very little of what I bought. But when I look around for ideas, programming hints and so forth the ingenuity of those who use it as a hobby never fails to amaze me. If you google LEGO and just about any dev...
by a a gruntpuddock
Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:28 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Motorized head Panogear or Gigapan?
Replies: 24
Views: 6959

I don't think anyone would suggest thet the LEGO heads are as powerful or rugged as the models you are using. But for those of us who are only doing panos as a hobby they are much more viable. I could buy a VRII tomorrow if I really wanted but why pay so much extra for so little additional benefit? ...
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Planning to buy a Motorized Panohead, need help.
Replies: 151
Views: 37226

I used a simpler method from the comfort of my armchair. Put a steel T bracket on the end of a bit of 25 x 25 mm pine and drilled the central hole out for a camera screw. I then mounted the assembly onto the tribrach and tripod from a laser level kit. The window in my living room has a single centra...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: nodal point
Replies: 6
Views: 6407

One problem I encountered (predicted but hoped it would not happen) is the focus rail unscrewing itself under load. I had bought some Loctite Lock 'N Seal but was reluctant to try it because I had never used it before. Could stick another nut inside the rail but that would restrict the movement of t...
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Motorized head Panogear or Gigapan?
Replies: 24
Views: 6959

Ah, but you are forgetting about the external gearing; the 1 degree is measured at the axle of the motor. I wrote down some notes a while ago before senescence dimmed my memory - Horizontal axis (tilt) Uses one worm gear driven directly from the motor. It interacts with a 56 tooth Lego turntable fit...
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:52 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Motorized head Panogear or Gigapan?
Replies: 24
Views: 6959

I don't know about using the NXT with a commercial head, but stepper motors can definitely be added onto a NXT via an interface on the sensor ports so it should be possible. Definitely warranty-cancelling stuff though, only to be attempted if you have a broken one to play with! I have considered try...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Motorized head Panogear or Gigapan?
Replies: 24
Views: 6959

If I had to factor in my time spent trying things and developing the program it would be very expensive! I wasted several weeks just trying to get a LEGO-only design before giving up. However, it was a hobby which I have enjoyed and has given me great satisfaction, and I have learned a great deal. I...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Motorized head Panogear or Gigapan?
Replies: 24
Views: 6959

For less much less than the what these cost you can build your own, and then you can specify what the dimensions should be and exactly how the program should work. I had no experience or facilities for either welding or casting so built a prototype out of 25mm x 25mm pine, screws and steel brackets ...
by a a gruntpuddock
Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Motorized head Panogear or Gigapan?
Replies: 24
Views: 6959

My LEGO NXT pano head is programmed in NXC (I did it in NXT-G to begin with but NXC is easier to modify). It can shoot a limited pano for which I define the bottom right and top left of the pano or a 360 for which I define the lowest and highest levels and the starting point. The 360 method is easie...
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:16 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Planning to buy a Motorized Panohead, need help.
Replies: 151
Views: 37226

The LEGO approach has many advantages. In one box (around £100- £120 on ebay if you are patient) you get a computer with integral battery box, 3 stepper motors with rotation sensors and gearing built in, connection cables and a compatible programming language. More sophisticated languages are avai...
by a a gruntpuddock
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:23 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Planning to buy a Motorized Panohead, need help.
Replies: 151
Views: 37226

I have been experimenting with the NXT as well - http://www.flickr.com/photos/73571158@N00/sets/72157623635436569/ Video also on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Sm2SkoiHE I have built several heads using the NXT and they all worked, but I think this one is the most convenient to use. Cert...
by a a gruntpuddock
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:39 am
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Lego NXT-based panohead
Replies: 12
Views: 5843

There is a low-cost self-build option using a wooden frame and Lego motors/ controller. Does not look very elegant but does the job. http://www.flickr.com/photos/73571158@N00/sets/72157623635436569/ Free software available in NXC format (see http://bricxcc.sourceforge.net/ and http://dl.dropbox.com/...
by a a gruntpuddock
Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Planning to buy a Motorized Panohead, need help.
Replies: 151
Views: 37226
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