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  1. I've had my Gear 360 over 2 months now. It has the latest firmware and works well with my S7. Recently however it has started to geotag my panorama images with incorrect GPS locations. For example a day ago i visted a nature reserve and took 20 panorama images. My S7 stitched the images and i copied them from my S7 to my desktop PC. The first 15 images taken were all geotagged with a location close to my house address - that's 20 miles away from the nature reserve! The remaining 5 images were correctly geotagged. My Gear 360 always used to accurately geotag all images - it's only in the past 2 or 3 weeks that it's started to use incorrect GPS locations. No changes have been made to my S7 or Gear 360 since the GPS problem appeared - it always worked perfectly and now doesn't . On this visit to the nature reserve i looked at the geotag location on the very first image i took and noticed it was incorrect. I used the android app 'GPS Status' to reset any cached GPS locations on my S7 and then downloaded fresh A-GPS data. In theory after using GPS Status my S7 should have had no locations in it's cache and so should not have been able to geotag future images with the cached location near my house address. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
  2. I use Pano2VR. It's patching tool is very easy to use and produces great results.
  3. I attached my Gear 360 and took it for a drive at a nearby ruined castle. https://youtu.be/spX5QAbMMsg It was amazingly good fun
  4. Saved video being split?

    You could try formatting your SD card with a Linux file system. Seems like some android devices support some of the Linux 'EXT' file systems and some don't. I'd suggest trying EXT2.
  5. Are you recording to SD card? If so, is that SD card formatted as FAT32 or exFAT? FAT filesystems cannot handle files larger than 4GB so perhaps that's the reason your video is split into multiple files?
  6. What software are you using to try and view your photo as a 360 panorama? Have you tried more than one 360 viewer?
  7. Try using EXIF Tool GUI. I posted some a quick 'how to' here: http://360camerasforums.com/index.php?/topic/702-adjust-before-stitch/&do=findComment&comment=1314.
  8. Gear 360 geotagging problem

    There is (i think) a bug in the Gear 360 firmware. The bug prevents an android app (on your mobile) from correctly setting a GPS location on the Gear 360 when using the 'open spherical camera' interface: http://developer.samsung.com/forum/board/thread/view.do?boardName=SDK&messageId=296380&topCtgy=03#post3 The StreetView app uses the open spherical camera interface so how come the StreetView app can set a GPS location on the Gear 360 but other developers find that they are unable to do so? Maybe the StreetView app devs found a workaround? This bug has not been fixed in the Gear 360 firmware update released just a week or so back. Another firmware bug is reported here: http://developer.samsung.com/forum/thread/bugs-in-gear-360-open-spherical-camera-api-implementation/201/295200?boardName=SDK&startId=zzzzz~ Bugs like these imply Samsung never properly tested the open spherical camera interface in their firmware!
  9. Samsung S6 and S7

    Yes. Look at my post in this thread: http://360camerasforums.com/index.php?/topic/309-how-can-i-stitch-the-pictures/&do=findComment&comment=489. Action Director applies far more JPG compression to still images than Gear 360 Manager. EDIT: Ooops i thought you were asking about using Action director - ignore this post!
  10. I just connected my S7 and Gear 360 using the StreetView app. Nowhere did i see any live preview and nowhere did i see any settings to enable live preview. Gear 360 is running latest firmware (updated just a few days back) and StreetView app is latest version.
  11. I'm putting together a quad which i intend to attach my Gear 360 to. The quad currently has standard 2.4GHz RX/TX controller (a FlySky I6 modded to 10 channels). Next i shall add a 5.8Ghz FPV camera. After this i want to mount my Gear 360 and am wondering whether i can use Gear Manager on my S7 to control my Gear 360? Gear Manager uses WiFi Direct to control the Gear 360, i see WiFi Direct can operate on 2.4GHz and/or 5.8GHz: http://www.wi-fi.org/knowledge-center/faq/does-wi-fi-direct-work-on-80211-abgn Does the Gear 360 use 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz - so far i've been unable to find this out. Will the Gear 360 wireless interfere with either the RX/TX or FPV signal?
  12. Quads & wifi interference

    https://goo.gl/photos/VQ8jgsVKCyE3B55x5 That's better. With my battery on the top of the frame and my APM supported by standoffs over the battery i now have all that space under the frame for my Gear 360 and some retractable landing gear. Must be time to go shopping...
  13. Gear 360 Camera reversed

    But what is the problem - surely you can ignore what the manual says and orient your Gear 360 according to what you know to be the front camera? I very much doubt your Gear 360 is any different to anyone else's Gear 360 so exchanging it for a new one is not gonna change anything?
  14. Quads & wifi interference

    Do you mean to rig up a servo or similar mechanical mechanism to press the official bluetooth remote button on the quad? Sounds clumsy to me! There's some apps on Play Store that can be used to query any BLE device to find what services the device offers: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=nRF&c=apps&hl=en 'nRF Connect for Mobile' can query the Gear 360 (when the Gear 360 is in 'remote control' mode) and tell me the ids of the BLE services running on the Gear 360. One of these services will be the service to connect to in order to control the Gear 360 shutter. I'm hoping i can build a simple bluetooth controller that will be connected to a channel on my APM and be able to trigger the Gear 360 shutter. Perhaps a micro:bit will be able to do this, it has a BLE controller onboard as well as digital inputs to allow the APM to talk to it. Yesterday i attached my Ricoh Theta S to my S500: https://goo.gl/photos/UnLBMsQficfqngQz7 I took a few shots from the air and had no problems with wifi interference. (I'm unsure whether the Theta S uses 2.4GHz or 5.8Ghz for remote control). https://goo.gl/photos/nWgodE4xzZdZadQ6A My plans now are: Mount battery on top of frame body (where my APM is currently mounted). Use some ~30mm standoffs to mount my APM above the battery. Attach a gimbal mount to the underside of the frame - where the battery was previously mounted. Replace the S500 standard landing gear with some retractable landing gear. I'm hoping that the S500 body and props won't be too prominent in any images i take and that i can simply clone them out in Photoshop. If that's not the case then i'll need to consider mounting the Gear 360 on a pole instead of directly on the gimbal mount.
  15. There's a couple of suggestions for software in this thread: http://360camerasforums.com/index.php?/topic/846-desktop-photo-viewer/
  16. Quads & wifi interference

    I'm building an S500 quadcopter: https://goo.gl/photos/baPdj84fH83xrBb1A Ardupilot version 3.2.1 running on an APM 2.6 flight controller (i still have to configure failsafe). I'm hoping i can add some retractable landing gear - get rid of those useless platic legs you see in my photo. Then i'll be ready to mount my Gear 360 - i haven't got as far as looking for a way to mount it yet but see some useful info in this blog from member 360rumors: http://360rumors.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/using-360-degree-camera-with-yuneec.html Mounting my Gear 360 on a short pole underneath the quad is likely gonna give me the best results but will also be more tricky than simply mounting my Gear 360 directly to the underside of the quad. I did think i could take a retractable landing gear mechanism, attach my Gear 360 to a short pole then attach the pole to the landing gear mechanism. I'd raise or lower the pole from my RX/TX when i need to shoot. The pole would need to be at least 6 inches or so in length to be useful and that'd cause the quad's center of gravity to be shifted when the mechanism carrying the Gear 360 and pole is in it's up(not deployed) position. If the mechanism failed then i'd risk damaging my Gear 360 when landing. I'm unlikely to take this idea any further. So the mobile seems to use 5.8GHz to control the Gear 360, maybe 2.4GHz too or maybe just 5.8GHz. So interference with the RX/TX is less likely. To be honest i don't think remotely controlling my Gear 360 using my S7 is practical - limited wifi range means limited usefulness. My goal is to take still images (not videos) using my quad, so starting the Gear 360 manually before takeoff isn't an option. I wonder whether i can build a arduino based bluetooth controller that mounts on the quad and my RX/TX controls tells this controller when to take a photo. The controller would need to replicate the functionality of the official Gear 360 bluetooth remote - so unless Samsung have published details about the Gear 360's bluetooth interface then it might be tricky/impossible to replicate the commands required.
  17. Gear 360 for events

    No, once set up you can use the Gear 360 standalone or remotely controlled by your mobile. You can read about the standalone camera controls here: http://360rumors.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/using-samsung-gear-360-without.html Remote control uses your mobile's 'wifi direct' feature so remote control range depends on the strength of your wifi direct signal.
  18. Gear 360 Camera reversed

    Can you connect a Samsung device (S7 etc) to your Gear 360 and preview your image using Gear Manager? If so, the preview will soon show you which lens your Gear 360 is using for it's front lens.
  19. Gear 360 Accessory Value Kit

    I see that Samsung has released the Gear 360 Accessory Value Kit and the kit contains a bluetooth remote control. I'm wondering whether, when using the remote, the Gear 360 will still be able to geotag any images that it takes. The Gear 360 geotags images using GPS data from the connected Samsung mobile (S7 etc). Does the remote connect to the Gear 360 at the same time as the Samsung mobile, so the mobile is used for GPS data and the remote simply triggers the shutter? Or does the remote connect to the Gear 360 but the Samsung mobile does not connect and therefore no GPS data is available for the Gear 360 to geotag images? Anyone got any experience of the Value Kit and it's remote control?
  20. Gear 360 for events

    To reply to your points 1 and 2: Low light performance can be massively improved by using a monopod or tripod. I use a Sirui P-224S monopod: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=SIRUI+P-224S It's maximum height is 160cm and it has a (detachable) three legged base. A monopod lets the Gear 360 use slower shutter speeds and that improves low light performance. Also true HDR is possible with a monopod, see this shot i took in a dark part of a castle wall: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.7037621,0.690711,3a,75y,312.18h,82.82t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-GosAd7T7R-8%2FV5yWv2j9g9I%2FAAAAAAAA33Y%2FvvKB4xbr0WIo-RFGQll4Y3FNP7JgbogagCLIB!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh6.googleusercontent.com%2F-GosAd7T7R-8%2FV5yWv2j9g9I%2FAAAAAAAA33Y%2FvvKB4xbr0WIo-RFGQll4Y3FNP7JgbogagCLIB%2Fw203-h101-n-k-no%2F!7i7776!8i3888 With just my monopod that shot would not properly expose - the walls would be too underexposed while the light areas (with sky) were too overexposed. So i took 3 shots at -/+1EV and used HDR Projects (software) to stitch the shots together. The result is vastly superior to the (single) non HDR shot.
  21. Disappearing subjects

    This is an interesting video that shows how Autopano can be used to manually stitch a Gear 360 dual lens image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2y_BjejebI Towards the end of the video it shows the Gear 360 image: stitched using Gear Manager and stitched using Autopano. The Autopano version looks far better as it properly blends the different brightness and contrasts between dual images.
  22. Desktop Photo Viewer

    The Ricoh Theta S viewer app works well with Gear 360 panoramas - i'm not sure about videos. You can download it from https://theta360.com/uk/support/download/
  23. Photo editor

    Do note that a Gear 360 panorama should be 'already levelled'. The Gear Manager app levels while it stitches the 2 fisheye images together - it levels the panorama as best it can and mostly does a good job. (Unlike the Ricoh Theta S where no auto levelling is applied during the stitching process). However, even though Gear Manager levels the panorama, the panorama still contains the original metadata (sensor info). Pano2VR automatically applies levelling when you import a panorama - as long as the panorama contains the required metadata (sensor info). So import a Gear 360 panorama and you should see your 'already levelled by Gear Manager' panorama re-levelled by Pano2VR using the (redundant) panorama metadata (sensor info). The result: Pano2VR's default view of your imported panoarama is of the panorama levelled twice. You won't notice this if the Gear 360 was reasonably level when you took the shot, but take a shot at say 45 degrees and import it into Pano2Vr - you should see the twice levelled effect. More info can be found in this thread of mine on the Pano2VR forum: https://ggnome.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11181
  24. Photo editor

    Pano2VR can level your panorama: http://ggnome.com/doc/pano2vr/5/pane-properties/#leveling
  25. Different quality using the App

    By 'the app' do you mean Action Director? If so, it is known to create far lower quality images than the Gear Manager: http://360camerasforums.com/index.php?/topic/309-how-can-i-stitch-the-pictures/