So after an enquiry from @rib71 about stitching panos using the Mac we had an ‘online lesson’ and during this I tried a few new things myself (free) and also took the drone with me on my exercise today to do a little test.
Hangar 360 (my go to pano app for ages) seems to be dead once and for all, it will still to connect to the MP and fly, and indeed take the 23 images for a mission however it wont upload to their servers for processing despite many attempts, I’ve emailed the developers and got nothing back ;o(
So I thought I better start looking at options for the summer months after lockdown when I can get some proper flying in.
So the following is the same pano (altitude 90m) shot using 3 different apps all within 12 minutes of each other, all were stitched with DJI Media Maker (I didn’t know this existed until today) you just drop the files straight from the memory card onto the app (Mac and Windows versions available) and it spits out a stitched image ready to upload. Not sure how it will cope with tricky stitching, but thats for another day if anyone is interested, lots of stitching program options are available.
The files were then opened in Gimp (free image editor), and the canvas resized to 15000 x 7500 (optimum ratio of 2:1 for 360 images) I then filled the top of the canvas in black, although sky can be added if you’re feeling adventurous.
Uploaded to Kuula and the results as follows
1st I used DJI GO4 on the pano preset, it shot 34 images, exposure is well out but it stitched well, I could probably rescue this if I played with all the images individually (mainly levels adjustments)
Next is Hangar 360, as I said earlier I have been a massive fan of this since my Phantom 3 days, now unfortunately (so it would seem) the uploading of images is not working, however it will still connect to the MP and run a mission, so I did that the this is the result from the 23 shots it took.
Exposure is much better than GO4’s version and again it stitched really well.
Next up 2 from Litchi, I use the app for 99% of my flying, in this first one I just used the auto panorama preset, 23 images. Good exposure, although the sky could do with some work in photoshop to take out the bright areas.
Next is the 2nd from Litchi, this time manual 23 shot panorama I used manual exposure settings and AE Lock. Overexposed on the sky and the cooling towers, (think a cloud may have got in the way) but again stitched well
Verdict from me, I wont be using GO4 for Panoramas ;o)