Apr 152012

I thought gigapixel panoramas (or gigapans) were the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

I wanted to make a gigapixel panorama. I’m still a bit short of this goal, but I’m having fun and learning a lot in the process.

The easiest way to make a gigapixel panorama is buying a gigapan or using a telescope mount that runs papywizard.

That doesn’t quite appeal to me. I want to be more involved. So of course I hit YouTube to find more information. I was not disappointed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3AoUL4t2OI – Gigapan Homemade

I’m a regular reader of hackaday.com and these posts earned a spot in my bookmarks. Especially the last post.

I have an iPhone 4 and it is stupid simple to make a panorama with the photosynth app.
Photosynth for iOS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XYSJPbwBT4 – Mastering the Photosynth App – Episode 1: Great Indoor Panoramas

I was quite pleased to discover that Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) was free for noncommercial use and stitched a lot faster than hugin. I bought a cheap tripod from wal-mart and went out to take pics of the flooding with my cheap-o Nikon S220.

I learned a thing or three about taking panoramas manually. The first is that water makes a terrible subject. In order for it to stitch you need to have something identifiable in all corners of the picture.


I’ve upgraded slightly since then, I bought a Nikon L120 and an aluminum tripod. If I were to do it over again, I would probably buy a Canon camera that can run CHDK

I’ve tried a few other panorama stitching programs, but I have the best luck with hugin or Microsoft ICE.

After all of this, and the success with servos in the cat laser toy, I decided to build my own. I hit youtube once again for inspiration. Once again, I wasn’t disappointed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JXtnEVdu98 – DIY Gigapan testing 11/09
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-aLj4TZWIw – Pan Tilt Panoramic Robot head (version 2.0)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgFEY7lAnaA – Panoramic MERLIN HEAD – Tête panoramique motorisée Merlin – Papywizard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obRiQJ27BoY – PanoBot motorized panorama pan head
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNIvJlx0E4U – Gigapan Tutorial – 1 of 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p83lZeiGc68 – GigaPan Pro Epic Quick Guide

I’ve made a few other posts about this, and I hope to make more.

I’ve got a few pictures of the panorama robot and pictures I’ve taken

I’ve uploaded a few panoramas to photosynth.net (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)

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