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Well done! I was going to suggest your final solution, as unnecessary as it should be. :-P
by aaronpriest
Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Blending presets - annoyment
Replies: 12
Views: 2246

eBay has been the only place I've successfully sold photo gear, and unless it's a well known piece of hardware it won't sell well. A Nodal Ninja is pretty well known though.
by aaronpriest
Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Panorama gallery / Galerie de panoramas
Topic: INTERFACE: An Online Exhibition of work by Steve More
Replies: 5
Views: 2467

I have done this several times. My solution is time consuming and not cheap, although the results are fantastic. I make a lot of night sky timelapse movies and occasionally I'll stitch a hemisphere of the night sky and then want to move a "virtual camera" through the scene in a video. I do this with...
by aaronpriest
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Using Panotour / Panotour Pro 1.8
Topic: Converting Virtual Tour to a Video
Replies: 11
Views: 2769

If I really have a struggle and the nadir is impossible to shoot or fix, I get lazy and use a mirror ball nadir cap. LOL http://wiki.panotools.org/Adding_a_nadir_cap_(mirror_ball)
by aaronpriest
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Hard- and Software suggestions for Interior Panoramatours ?
Replies: 58
Views: 33861

I use PTGui Pro and their viewpoint correction feature with an off-axis shot where the tripod used to sit. Or if I'm lazy and didn't shoot an off-axis nadir, I clone it out in Photoshop. I use krpano's sphere to cube droplet, edit the square (and any other retouching I need like dust spots if I miss...
by aaronpriest
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Panogear
Topic: Hard- and Software suggestions for Interior Panoramatours ?
Replies: 58
Views: 33861

Have you tried as *.psd *.psb? Maybe you are hitting the 4GB TIFF limitation? Although I would expect it to start rendering and crash during saving if that were the case.
by aaronpriest
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: Problem Rendering
Replies: 20
Views: 3084

I've not found a way to do that within Panotour. But I have used the included krpano license and done it there with one of their droplets. However, the best program I've found for this type of application is Object2VR, partly because it works on mobile devices. http://gardengnomesoftware.com/object2...
by aaronpriest
Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Using Panotour / Panotour Pro 1.8
Topic: Presentation objects not rooms
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Yeah, I have a Pelican case for some of the electronics for my computer company. I was thinking of getting one for the Panoneed to transport it (not for hiking of course, just safe storage). They are the best around!
by aaronpriest
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

Yes, but I wanted one REALLY good tripod that could go nearly 6 feet high and yet still get me 4 inches off the ground for some of the other things I shoot, and I was sick of a center column getting in the way. I can add a center column to this later if have a need (say in a very confined small room...
by aaronpriest
Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

I bought a tripod without a center column and a 75mm video bowl for leveling (Really Right Stuff TVC-34L), so the legs do stick out quite far with such a wide base. I also raise it quite high so that I can keep the ground in focus at the right focal length and aperture (depth of field and hyperfocal...
by aaronpriest
Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

Showing off the Panoneed to my Dad in the back yard this afternoon. He wanted to record a video of it to send to Grandpa (also a photographer, runs in the family I guess!). I left the tripod in the photo to show how small the nadir hole really is to patch in Photoshop. The snow has nearly all melted...
by aaronpriest
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:08 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

I go back and forth between PTGui and APG a lot. Each scene seems to favor a particular one over the other.
by aaronpriest
Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: HDR LDR is just so hit and miss.....
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

For being faster you can shoot all rows but teh lower one(s) and stop here, adjust the focus for one row, start again and focus for rteh next row or so. I've tried doing this, for whatever reason I'm having a difficult time with the touch controller screen. The right side seems the most troublesome...
by aaronpriest
Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:48 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

besides: can you give me a link to this rail? Looks good! Yes, it is a Really Right Stuff MPR-192 arca swiss rail. I needed the extra length of the 192mm rail over the ones provided with the Panoneed. I could not easily adapt the trapezoid type mount with arca swiss rails though, it doesn't clamp t...
by aaronpriest
Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:42 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

tip: instead of rubber band - which can get brittle in cold conditions - I use a velcro placed on the battery cover on backside of the promote (leaving fre the area of the screw). Georg, yes, me too! The sticky tape that once held the velcro on my Promote Control over the years has recently lost it...
by aaronpriest
Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:32 am
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

It seems to always start it from level for me, and not from where I was pointed. But perhaps I was pointed down too far. I was attempting to shoot a couple rows close to nadir at a different focus than the rest of a sphere without shooting the whole sphere at a different focus distance. I had set 36...
by aaronpriest
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

Thanks Klaus! Yup, it's great! No better motorized head out there for the money that I've seen (when you include vibration sensor, 2nd curtain sync, electronic bubble, ease of calculating full spheres, etc.). I'm still trying to understand angle mode and a few things.
by aaronpriest
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

Got my Panoneed this week!

Amazing robotic head! I'm still experimenting with the best way to transport it, mount my Really Right Stuff rails and clamps to it, and documenting the no parallax points of all my lenses on it. But here are a few photos and a video of it in action! I'm using it on a Really Right Stuff TVC-34L trip...
by aaronpriest
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Got my Panoneed this week!
Replies: 26
Views: 7248

The .xml files of both the panorama that works and the panorama that does not say <lens type="rectilinear">, neither says fisheye. Yup, as mentioned a few posts above. Copying the lensid.txt to AppData\Local\Kolor\Autopano Giga 3.0\User\Data and editing it for my lens fixed the fisheye problem. I'm...
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

Yup, PTGui again handles control points fine importing with an .xml file. But it is not stitching as well as APG usually does, and exporting layers to stitch in Photoshop does not work with a 360° sphere.
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

Changing it without closing AGP did nothing, it apparently only reads it at startup? Copying it to the user\data folder and editing there DID fix it though! It now detects TIFFs and JPEGs as 14mm rectilinear instead of fisheye. Thanks!!! Now for my second obstacle: control points are a disaster! The...
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

Also, that file reverted back when I went and looked again. Maybe APG rewrites it when it is opened?
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

Hmmmm... that looked very promising Georg. I see what you mean. I added the 0 at the end of the line, restarted APG (didn't reboot though), no dice. Still doesn't work with TIFFs, or with JPEGs either I discovered, only RAW files.
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

OK, I guess I'll have to report this as a bug. RAW files work, TIFFs (not fused, just one exposure) exported directly out of Lightroom do not (they show up as fisheye). Doesn't seem to matter the color profile or type of compression, or even bit level (8 or 16bit). So far this seems to be only with ...
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

Well, it's got to be something with EXIF data on the images and not the .xml files. I've done more testing and it works fine with RAW .nef files, I guess I was using exported .TIFFs from Lightroom before (both a single exposure and fused ones). I'm going to do some more testing....
by aaronpriest
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Using Autopano Pro / Autopano Giga
Topic: .xml file not importing correctly
Replies: 13
Views: 1955
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