a a gruntpuddock wrote:
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 because it saves the time and battery power compared to always starting the row or column at the same end.
Papywizard can be configured to start from any corner, and to shoot by row or by column, and to reverse at end of the row or column or to go back to the start of the next row or column.
So it should be possible to configure Papywizard for a simulated shoot that matches the pattern shot by your home-gorwn robot.
Papywizard only allows one value for overlap % which is applied to both axes - becasue normally it will be calculating adn controlling shooting positions. However this doesn't seem to matter too much when using it to assist placement of images shot using a different robot or even manual pano head.
Just configure Papywizard to match your camera/lens setup and shooting pattern and estimated overlap %, then specifiy the simulated mosaic shoot by entering number of rows and columns and you should be able to generate an XML format data file to use with the Papywizard Import wizard and your own images.
I did not bother looking at the 'input' options before because I assumed you had to have used one of the commercial heads to prepare all the relevant files, etc.
Not necessarily so.
Think I will try an old pano again using these options, I had to spend some time setting the sky shots by hand but that may not be necessary.
Look forward to hearing whether this workaround is useful for you.
My proposal for what I termed a Generic Matrix Import wizard was for something more like the Gigapan Import wizard. But with more shooting pattern options, the ability to specify either portrait or landscape orientation for the camera/lens, and the ability to specify both an estimated vertical overlap % and an estimated horizontal overlap %.