Papywizard can be used in two distinct ways: Mosaic mode and Preset mode.
Here we will explain the easiest: Mosaic mode.
First of all, you need to define certain parameters that are necessary for the software to function correctly. Let's begin at Papywizard's "Configuration“ menu (the parameters that are not indicated here are optional parameters).
The Shooting tab allows you to define the camera orientation whether it be portrait or landscape mode (uniquely when using the straight bracket or the L-bracket).
With stabilization delay, you are able to regulate the delay between the motorized head's last movement and the camera's trigger.
Increase the value if your photos are blurry.
- “Overlap”: Define the overlap between images.
- "Start from": Define the order of the sequence.
- "Initial direction": Define the type of scanning sequence.
CAMERA / LENS
The "camera/lens" tab allows you to modify the width of the shutter triggering pulse generated by the motorized head (if the camera triggers more than once, reduce the pulse.
If, on the contrary, the camera does not trigger, increase the duration.
The sensor setting is very important; it must be set according to your camera's specifications:
- For a "full-frame" camera, indicate 1.
- For cameras that are not full-frame, indicate the multiplier coefficient according to the manufacturer's specifications. (For Canon, it is often a ratio of 1.6 and for Nikon it is 1.5). Underneath indicate your camera's sensor resolution. In Mosaic mode, only rectilinear lenses are possible (these are classic lenses, not fisheye). Choose the focal length then indicate the optical multiplier coefficient (when using a rectilinear lens only).
The "Data" tab allows to plan the save of an XML file describing the session at the end of each shoot.
These data are directly exploited by Autopano and allow a faster and more accurate stitching of your pictures. RF chapter: using the XML session files (XML) with Autopano.
Check « Enable » in the Data file field for Papywizard to create an XML file of your sessions.
Validate the settings to go back to Papywizard's principal screen (if you haven't already done it, attach your camera to the attachment zone and reconnect the trigger cable from your camera to the motorized head).
LAUNCH A SESSION
Using the 4 arrows:
- Shift the motorized head to one of the corner of the desired shooting scene, then click on Corner 0 (°). The mosaic will start at this point.
- Shift the motorized head to the opposite corner of the desired shooting scene, then click on Corner 1 (°). The mosaic will end at this point.
- It does not matter which corner you use for start or end, but it will influence the direction the pano will be shot. Note that, depending of the settings, Papywizard can start shooting from the start position, or from the end position.
- Total Fov: panorama's horizontal and vertical coverage in degrees.
- Nb picts: number of photos required to cover the desired shooting scene.
- Real overlap: Real overlap is indicated to provide verification.
- Resolution: Estimations of the final panorama resolution.
The parameters are now configured. Click on "shoot" to begin.
A window will appear so that you will be able to follow the shooting as it takes place.
The window shows the matrix of photos to be taken for the desired panorama (here, 8 photos high by 39 photos on the horizontal level).
- Yellow box: The next photo to be taken.
- Green boxes: Photos already taken.
- Target: Actual position of the head.
- The bottom field indicates whether the motorized head is moving in the stabilization stage or trigger stage along with the time elapsed since the beginning of the sequence.
- Step-by-step: Move the system along step-by- step.
- Start: Launch the sequence.
- Pause: Pause the sequence. Restart with the “Restart” button or stop it completely with the “Stop” button.
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