|The TC handheld controller for Panoneed:
Setting up the equipment:
At home you connect the TC to your PC.
A menue opens where you type in the camera´s name (just a name) and the sensor-size/ratio of the camera.
Sensor-size and ratio are needed, the camara´s name ist just a reminder.
After that you type in the lenses you´re going to use one by one - they get stored in the right part of the menue.
There´s space for about 50 different lenses and different cameras.
You also type in whether your individual lens is a fishey or a rectangular.
Also you store whether you will use the lens in portrait or landscape mode. Multiple settings for the same lens are possible, of course.
Connected to your head you just choose a lens from the list.
Then you tell the head whether you want to shoot a sphere, a dedicated angle or a mosaic.
All calculations - ALL - for shooting a sphere are done in real-time, no need for generating any kind of presets or pattern: its done on the fly inside the TC.
Let´s say you have a 35mm lens mounted and aligned and you want to shoot a sphere:
1) choose "sphere".
2) choose how many exposures you want to do.
3) choose how much overlap you want to get.
4) choose a wait-time for letting the camera expose before the head moves on.
5) if you want to activate the sensor for vibrations: push tehe symbol
6) it you want to lock the mirror: activate the camera´s mirror-lock and push the symbol for "mirror up".
7) if you want to start with the Zenith-shot: push the symbol for it.
8) if you want to start push: next
9) here you can see how many shots it will take and what your start-time is.
10) push "start".
In fact you need to push 4 buttons for starting the shoot for a sphere - the other options usually stay the same.
The same procedure is for "angle" and "mosaic" - besides here you must define points for "start" and "end".
1) "angle": you aim the camera to the center of the motif/FOV you want to cover. Pushing start means that the camera
will shoot all positions between two points with having the aimed vision centered in the pano. This way you have a good
imagination how your image-composition will look like after stitching.
2) "moasic": you aim the camera to a start-point up left and an end-point down right (or vice versa) and pus "start".
The camera shoots all positions in between.
After coming home you connect the TC to your PC and download the xml-files.
If you break the shooting, no xml will be written. Interrupting and proceeding the shooting doesn´t
influence the xml - it´s like no interruption had taken place and the xml is written.
Import the xml into APG or into PTGui then according to their procedures.
You can store some thousand xml files in the TC.