but saving the manual created pattern on the TC device (in form of xml ;-) ) and giving the template a useful name you ever can come back and choose your saved "pattern" to do the "same" pano on a new scene (without the need to remember the exact values you used the last time)
ThatÂ´s a nice theory - but in real live your patern would only fit the ONE situation you generated it from! So recalling the pattern for tje use in a different surrounding at least would mean to EXACTLY reproduce the setup. Otherwise the pattern wouldnÂ´t match!
So what would you win? Nothing.
You donÂ´t need to "remenber the exact values used at the last time" when you let the TC do itÂ´s work: itÂ´s all there in your entries . . .
Either your setup is correct: then the TC works perfect, or the setup isnÂ´t correct: then no custom preset will save you.
I shot in very different places: in an underground-tube, on a tower, inside a museum, inside a shower, in stores, hotels, landscapes, open air cinemas, i used
15mm fisheye, 20, 30,85, 300 and 400mm lenses, i shot in the rain, at night, with 3, 7, 9, 12 steps bracketing . .
I NEVER had a need for a preset-pattern. I ALWAYS thanked heaven for NOT needing presets. The TC is fast, small, reliable - reduced on what a panorama-photographer REALLY needs to shoot in an absolutely reliable and comfortable way. And itÂ´s simple in a very clever way to avoid making mistakes which shows you having ruined the shot when you come back home and start stitching.
When i used the N800 and PW-presets is several
times stood in the field and wasnÂ´t able to use a different lens than which i intended to use before - because i had no preset for this lens . . Such things happen when you NEED to use presets!
Another time i decided on the location not to use a fullframe-camerea but my backup (crop) camera and another lens insted of the one on the fullframe - took me ecaxtly ONE touch on the display to select it instead of looking for the matching preset.
ItÂ´s widely misunderstood i mean: because you store your cameras and lenses (a lot of it) as well as their values ONCE in the controller at home you just need to recall it from the list - and have the values pre-set.
So in theory it might be sounding good to have custom-style presets . . but: for what? Not for real shootings - thatÂ´s for sure.
When Josef started designing the controller he was going to adopt the preset-concept from PW. I stopped him. I told him about my experiences using it in real life producing panos . . . and i could convince him to go a way which definitely is much more clever under pano-production aspects.
So: blame it to me that the TC doesnÂ´t provide "custom-style presets" . . and be glad not to need them