Hello Claude, hello Jones (Master of the Presets)!
I plan to do some 12-16 hr Day-to-Night-to-Day Astro TimeLapse the next weeks with my New Merlin Head and PW, and have the following question:
The Preset-Generator here is very interesting http://www.autopano.net/forum/t6748-papywizard-timelapse-preset-generator
and thanks to Jones
but as far as I can see I can't use it for my TimeLapse Project because of Day to Night transition issue.
While I like the Idea of Stop-Motion-Stop TimeLapse, in my case it is not appropriate, because I need continuous motion of the Merlin from Point A to B at sidereal 1° per 4 minutes speed, for a given degree of horizontal panoramic move (eg 180°, 270° etc).
Continuous motion is necessary because especially during the day-night transition I have to adapt exposure of the camera a couple of times (say from 1" to 20" and ISO from 800 to 3200 etc), and later then again when it is getting completely dark. Exposure is then finally again adapted reverse for Night-Day transition. Later on Images are processed via Capture NX / Aperture / AfterEffects Workflow to reduce remaining luminance flicker (and correct lens aberration, saturation, luminance etc).
So, bottom line is, I can't use a fixed stop-motion-stop interval, but need continuous 1x sidereal movement because my exposure times are not fixed and vary.
I hope I could explain the best what I would need that preset for...
Thanks for your help and where can I donate some bucks for all the coffee you guys are proably drinking
PS: If I am wrong with the preset generator of Jones that would of course be nice, but then I'd need a tip for a setup of 25" seconds interval with no stop and continuous siderial movement
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