I think I'm closing in on the settings but I'm confused with two settings:
Optical Multiplier coefficient - I have no idea what this is. The documentation suggests it might be the Crop Factor.
No, it's not crop factor. It's for situations where you might add a tele or wide optical convertor onto your lens, say a 1.4x tele convertor or something.
If it is, then what's the Sensor Coefficient? This was my guess for the Crop Factor.
Correct, this is where you enter the crop factor.
BTW, reading the released documentation it looks like the session XML file is created by the configuration process (duh!) and since I specify where it's located.....
No. The XML session file is created when the shoot session completes.
Yoy can specify where the XML format data file recording shooting co-ordinates is stored using the Configure/Data tab.
If you want to create an XML format data file for use with the APP/APG Papywizard Import filter/wizard without actually performing a real shoot using a Panogear/Merlin mount, then configure Papywizard plugins to Simulation, the use Configure to specifiy settings that match the camera and lens you used to shoot your real images, and overlap, camera orientation, and so on... the Connect and perform a 'shoot' with Data file enabled so you can create the XML data file.
But because you are not shooting a regular grid/matrix pattern you will need to create a custom preset to match your shooting pattern and 'shoot' using that preset in Preset mode.
Really sorry about the newbie stuff, but hopefully it will only be once and I'll put it all together in case someone else wants to use a smartphone for capturing spherical panoramas.
Hang on a minute.....
It's difficult to create spherical panorams with a pano FOV of 360x 180 without a proper pano head, still harder I imagine using a Smartphone rather than a conventional camera.
If you must try and do it with a Smartphone, may be ditch the robotic head idea and instead see this?:http://www.fromparis.com/technical.html