Thank you, I appreciate the understanding and I apologize if I was being difficult. I know that you were trying to help me get the best results possible, I'm just trying for a workflow that's better for me rather than perfection. What I'm doing is HDRI panoramas with 7 exposures each and I've had much success doing so in the past, my best results have come from groups using a very precise grid like the indoor example I posted. My hope was that I could use this good result as the template putting my images in those same exact spots, as I feel the rendered results would be good enough for what I'm doing regardless of not using any control points. These HDRIs are mostly for lighting and reflection maps, with a single exposure panorama being where I want the best results (as that is used for backgrounds and the only part actually seen in end result).
I have tried creating my own templates, this is what I originally wanted to create the thread for. When creating a template it wouldn't let me use it, even though I created the template from a group using 420 images and tried using it on another group of 420 images it would tell me the number of images was different. This appears to only be a problem with bracketed images though, I've been experimenting and when saving them from panoramas with a single exposure for each position (60 images) it allows me to use the created template just fine. You were right in saying it's just a guide for creating control points though, even using the templates my images end up in different positions.
OK - I didn't know you were using bracketed exposures.
APG uses a concept of stacks for managing bracketed exposures.
It may recognise bracketed exposures and automatically create stacks or you can manually create stacks. Not sure what happens with bracketed exposures and the Gigapan Import wizard.
I have very limited experience of handling bracketed exposures, but I know that many users prefer to process their bracketed exposures with third-party software before stitching with APG.
I suppose I just need to hope for a "disable control points" option.
Did you experiment with the Detection options in the Gigapan Import wizard? Not sure what they do.
It wouldn't be too much of an issue if I wasn't dealing with so many images, when using the bracketed shots there is a whole lot of manual adjustments needed when the control points come in unfavorably.
With stacks I believe that you should be able to move a stack as if it was a single image.
Thanks for the help. I've actually been looking into buying a new pano head as my Epic 100 doesn't support the new camera I bought. My eyes have been on the Epic Pro as I've enjoyed my time with Gigapan, would you have any suggestions for a head that would better suit my needs in this situation?
The Panoneed head is probably the most versatile and capable of handling just about any lens/body combination you might ever use: http://www.typeandcolour.de/index.php?ln=en&tp=pk_home
I have never used one so I'll leave it to Klaus Esser a pro photographer who was closely involved in its development to answer your question.
You might also consider the Seitz Roundshot VRDrive:http://www.roundshot.ch/xml_1/internet/ ... 78/f79.cfm
Both record shooting co-ordinates and these files can be exported and used by APG Import wizards.
You mentioned heads that export documents for Autopano to import and I know the Panogear head does this, do you know if these XMLs would help me preserve the image's actual angle rather than where Autopano thinks it should be?
I have used a Merlin robotic head with Papywizard control software for some years - this same mount is marketed by Kolor under the Panogear label. The T&C Touch Controller from the same stable as the Panoneed is a good controller for this mount :http://www.typeandcolour.de/index.php?ln=en&tp=hhc_home
I cannot recommend the Panoshoot controller currently offered by Kolor as too many people have reported problems with it.
I don't know what brand and model your new camera is but I don't think the Panogear system will best meet your needs. It cannot readily accommodate many DSLRs at the NPP. It is astro-telecsope mount rather than a purpose designed robotic pano head.